Cooper admits fear of losing star names

Massimo Luongo is one of several Swindon Town players being watched by other clubs this summer

Massimo Luongo is one of several Swindon Town players being watched by other clubs this summer

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MARK Cooper has admitted he is dreading a phone call telling him one of his prized assets is on the way out of Swindon Town, but as of yet the Robins boss is delighted not have had such an experience.

A host of Championship and League One clubs have been monitoring Cooper’s top young talent this summer, with bids rejected from Rotherham AUnited for Massimo Luongo and Peterborough United for Nathan Thompson.

However, Swindon are not in a position to turn down silly money, with the club aiming at self-sustainability in the coming months, and Cooper remains slightly anxious that he could yet see one of his headline acts sold.

For the meantime, though, no bids have been forthcoming that have left Town with little option but to sell.

When asked whether any clubs had been sniffing round his players with fresh offers, Cooper told the Advertiser: “Nothing concrete but I’m sure Lee would ring me and say ‘whoever it is is going’ and we have to prepare without them. I’ve not had any phone calls mentioning that in the last few weeks.

“I do dread it because if we lose any of our boys it weakens us but on the other hand it shows the club is going in the right direction. The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute.

“If we can send them off to have a career as a Premiership footballer then that’s great.”

While he keeps his current squad together, however, Cooper has stressed that the atmosphere in the Robins’ camp is at a high.

He said: “Team spirit seems to be good. Last year we were complaining that maybe we had too many players for training but this year it’s a nice workable sized group but we need three or four additions.”

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6:06am Sat 26 Jul 14

port de soller says...

Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive.
STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain
Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive. STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain port de soller
  • Score: 0

7:00am Sat 26 Jul 14

robstfc says...

Even if we end up playing in the conference?
Even if we end up playing in the conference? robstfc
  • Score: -4

7:27am Sat 26 Jul 14

Scribblemilk says...

If we sell 2 or 3 we will have little left. As it is we look weaker than last season to me, no attacking threat of note and a potentially weaker defence. Unless we can replace Nile and Pritchard with the same quality we could see a very hard season ahead. If we do replace those two with suitable replacements and find the personnel to sort out the defence then with one more season under their belts this squad could have a good year. Its all very fine margins, we need some good transfer news as opposed to bad to at least sell some more season tickets.
If we sell 2 or 3 we will have little left. As it is we look weaker than last season to me, no attacking threat of note and a potentially weaker defence. Unless we can replace Nile and Pritchard with the same quality we could see a very hard season ahead. If we do replace those two with suitable replacements and find the personnel to sort out the defence then with one more season under their belts this squad could have a good year. Its all very fine margins, we need some good transfer news as opposed to bad to at least sell some more season tickets. Scribblemilk
  • Score: 19

7:49am Sat 26 Jul 14

nosyrudeman says...

It is a fact of life in football, that every club is a seeling club. Even the big boys in the Pemier sell players even tho' they do not need to, but silly money can't be turned down. I hate tranfer windows, it causes a lot of stress as a footy fan.

I just wish we had a nice sugar daddy to help us along.
It is a fact of life in football, that every club is a seeling club. Even the big boys in the Pemier sell players even tho' they do not need to, but silly money can't be turned down. I hate tranfer windows, it causes a lot of stress as a footy fan. I just wish we had a nice sugar daddy to help us along. nosyrudeman
  • Score: 2

7:59am Sat 26 Jul 14

Buckers30 says...

I do fear for this season, Crewe are slightly different to us they have gates that are a little half ours.

When you build a team you do it around a Centre Half and or players down the middle, yes CM we're strong GK we're strong, CF I'm interested to see what happens with AW.

If we are not challenging for the playoffs this season are the likes of the Thomsons, Mass and Wes really going to stay, this is their job, yes there's loyalty, however its not part of them like it is for us fans.

We need a 28+ yr old Centre Half now.

How Mark Cooper can be expected to work with this, Wenger would struggle to keep this current team in Lge 1.
I do fear for this season, Crewe are slightly different to us they have gates that are a little half ours. When you build a team you do it around a Centre Half and or players down the middle, yes CM we're strong GK we're strong, CF I'm interested to see what happens with AW. If we are not challenging for the playoffs this season are the likes of the Thomsons, Mass and Wes really going to stay, this is their job, yes there's loyalty, however its not part of them like it is for us fans. We need a 28+ yr old Centre Half now. How Mark Cooper can be expected to work with this, Wenger would struggle to keep this current team in Lge 1. Buckers30
  • Score: 7

8:09am Sat 26 Jul 14

North _Swindon_Red says...

I really this coming season is going to be very hard season, with this currant squad and players likely to be sold I see bottom half finish or even worse on the cards. We totally lack experienced players.
I really this coming season is going to be very hard season, with this currant squad and players likely to be sold I see bottom half finish or even worse on the cards. We totally lack experienced players. North _Swindon_Red
  • Score: 4

8:13am Sat 26 Jul 14

umpcah says...

North _Swindon_Red wrote:
I really this coming season is going to be very hard season, with this currant squad and players likely to be sold I see bottom half finish or even worse on the cards. We totally lack experienced players.
Players likely to be sold ? I think Coops is preparing us for just that - when the demand for season tickets dries up !
[quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: I really this coming season is going to be very hard season, with this currant squad and players likely to be sold I see bottom half finish or even worse on the cards. We totally lack experienced players.[/p][/quote]Players likely to be sold ? I think Coops is preparing us for just that - when the demand for season tickets dries up ! umpcah
  • Score: -1

8:18am Sat 26 Jul 14

LionelHutz says...

I think it's too early for people to be saying they fear for us this season. We won't know how the squad is shaping up until maybe the end of August (should be the end of July in my opinion, or scrap the window altogether). Just think back to last season when the likes of Nicky Ajose, Dany N'Guessan and Nile Ranger all came in after the season had started and gave us the most potent forward line in the league for the first half of the season.

We all know the areas that need strengthening but it's better to bide our time and get the right players in rather than just fill gaps for the sake of it.
I think it's too early for people to be saying they fear for us this season. We won't know how the squad is shaping up until maybe the end of August (should be the end of July in my opinion, or scrap the window altogether). Just think back to last season when the likes of Nicky Ajose, Dany N'Guessan and Nile Ranger all came in after the season had started and gave us the most potent forward line in the league for the first half of the season. We all know the areas that need strengthening but it's better to bide our time and get the right players in rather than just fill gaps for the sake of it. LionelHutz
  • Score: 5

8:35am Sat 26 Jul 14

the don69 says...

Every player has a price, nothing wrong with selling any player for silly money! what will p1ss fans off is selling cheap and not having decent replacements lined up! I think it's gonna be a tough season, league one looks a strong division this term with some big clubs desperate to get back to the Championship, best we can hope for is a stress free mid-table and some cup runs. I think Power needs to look for new investors cause he ain't got the financial clout to get us to the promised land of the Championship simples!!!!!!!!!!!
Every player has a price, nothing wrong with selling any player for silly money! what will p1ss fans off is selling cheap and not having decent replacements lined up! I think it's gonna be a tough season, league one looks a strong division this term with some big clubs desperate to get back to the Championship, best we can hope for is a stress free mid-table and some cup runs. I think Power needs to look for new investors cause he ain't got the financial clout to get us to the promised land of the Championship simples!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 16

9:01am Sat 26 Jul 14

red white says...

Trouble is we always sell our assets very cheaply if you study our history.

Maybe Lee has the power (soz) to bring the change about.
Trouble is we always sell our assets very cheaply if you study our history. Maybe Lee has the power (soz) to bring the change about. red white
  • Score: 1

9:02am Sat 26 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.
"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim. Oi Den!
  • Score: 16

10:13am Sat 26 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

Oi Den! wrote:
"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.
Well said Den..
If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself..

You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do..

Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use..
I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.[/p][/quote]Well said Den.. If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself.. You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do.. Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use.. I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players dazzastfc
  • Score: 4

11:32am Sat 26 Jul 14

the don69 says...

dazzastfc wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.
Well said Den..
If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself..

You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do..

Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use..
I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players
I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.[/p][/quote]Well said Den.. If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself.. You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do.. Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use.. I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players[/p][/quote]I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 2

11:41am Sat 26 Jul 14

Townend80 says...

Swindon fans are always in fear, it's something I've got used to. If Swindon sell we will replace, we don't have to sell to exist or bad the Thompson brothers would of already gone.

Swindon will finish top half this season easy, we have loads of quality and loads of young assets under contract. We are on a lot better shape that 12 months ago.

So Swindon favs please done be scared it's not healthy, it's nearly August and time to get behind the team.
Swindon fans are always in fear, it's something I've got used to. If Swindon sell we will replace, we don't have to sell to exist or bad the Thompson brothers would of already gone. Swindon will finish top half this season easy, we have loads of quality and loads of young assets under contract. We are on a lot better shape that 12 months ago. So Swindon favs please done be scared it's not healthy, it's nearly August and time to get behind the team. Townend80
  • Score: 0

11:43am Sat 26 Jul 14

Oi Den! says...

Spot on Don. Pace and purpose are what's needed. I heard Jon Gittens on the radio say we played without any purpose against Southampton. That's fine for a meaningless friendly. When the real business starts we should be having a go at teams.
Spot on Don. Pace and purpose are what's needed. I heard Jon Gittens on the radio say we played without any purpose against Southampton. That's fine for a meaningless friendly. When the real business starts we should be having a go at teams. Oi Den!
  • Score: 2

11:58am Sat 26 Jul 14

Wilesy says...

Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us.

Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan).

Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley.

Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs.

Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required.

So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season.

3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan).

Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale.

Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation.

Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil.

I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late.

I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know....

Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season.
Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us. Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan). Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley. Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs. Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required. So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season. 3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan). Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale. Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation. Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil. I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late. I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know.... Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season. Wilesy
  • Score: 14

11:59am Sat 26 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

the don69 wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.
Well said Den..
If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself..

You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do..

Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use..
I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players
I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!!
And we've only got Wilma who can't hit a cows arse with a banjo!
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.[/p][/quote]Well said Den.. If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself.. You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do.. Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use.. I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players[/p][/quote]I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]And we've only got Wilma who can't hit a cows arse with a banjo! The Jockster
  • Score: -10

12:21pm Sat 26 Jul 14

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12:59pm Sat 26 Jul 14

london paolo says...

Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute."

It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.
Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute." It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move. london paolo
  • Score: 3

1:56pm Sat 26 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

Townend80 wrote:
Swindon fans are always in fear, it's something I've got used to. If Swindon sell we will replace, we don't have to sell to exist or bad the Thompson brothers would of already gone.

Swindon will finish top half this season easy, we have loads of quality and loads of young assets under contract. We are on a lot better shape that 12 months ago.

So Swindon favs please done be scared it's not healthy, it's nearly August and time to get behind the team.
If Swindon sell we will replace, ??
With what ???..more young inexperienced players...
Are owner and manager has said that things will change and get better and are looking to improve on last season BUT looking at it right now we look very very weak all over esp in defence and attack.

We all know that our club is skint but plenty of other clubs out there are worse off than use with a lot less income and fan base
..
To me somthing is going on with Lee Power..
Dont no what but something seam very very wrong
[quote][p][bold]Townend80[/bold] wrote: Swindon fans are always in fear, it's something I've got used to. If Swindon sell we will replace, we don't have to sell to exist or bad the Thompson brothers would of already gone. Swindon will finish top half this season easy, we have loads of quality and loads of young assets under contract. We are on a lot better shape that 12 months ago. So Swindon favs please done be scared it's not healthy, it's nearly August and time to get behind the team.[/p][/quote]If Swindon sell we will replace, ?? With what ???..more young inexperienced players... Are owner and manager has said that things will change and get better and are looking to improve on last season BUT looking at it right now we look very very weak all over esp in defence and attack. We all know that our club is skint but plenty of other clubs out there are worse off than use with a lot less income and fan base .. To me somthing is going on with Lee Power.. Dont no what but something seam very very wrong dazzastfc
  • Score: -1

3:00pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Since 1950 says...

london paolo wrote:
Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute."

It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.
The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.
[quote][p][bold]london paolo[/bold] wrote: Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute." It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.[/p][/quote]The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well. Since 1950
  • Score: 7

4:04pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Steve. Brentford says...

Since 1950 wrote:
london paolo wrote:
Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute."

It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.
The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.
Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]london paolo[/bold] wrote: Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute." It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.[/p][/quote]The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.[/p][/quote]Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season. Steve. Brentford
  • Score: 8

4:44pm Sat 26 Jul 14

stranglers says...

Steve. Brentford wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
london paolo wrote:
Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute."

It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.
The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.
Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season.
Lets face it we have no money and therefore no ambition, MC would not still be the manager otherwise. I guess we just have to be grateful that we still have a club to support.
[quote][p][bold]Steve. Brentford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]london paolo[/bold] wrote: Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute." It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.[/p][/quote]The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.[/p][/quote]Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season.[/p][/quote]Lets face it we have no money and therefore no ambition, MC would not still be the manager otherwise. I guess we just have to be grateful that we still have a club to support. stranglers
  • Score: 2

4:50pm Sat 26 Jul 14

stranglers says...

Steve. Brentford wrote:
Since 1950 wrote:
london paolo wrote:
Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute."

It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.
The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.
Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season.
MC not got a clue.
[quote][p][bold]Steve. Brentford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]london paolo[/bold] wrote: Of course any realistic supporter understands that we will always have to let the best players move on. The question is at what price. It does unsettle you when Power says he has 'lost' £800k and then the manager says: "The aim was to get young players and try to play in a certain way to attract people to come and buy them, and I think that’s working at the minute." It's not balanced by any kind of rallying call that says we are aiming to get promotion into the Championship this season. Just sell players on. So if I were a player who heard my manager say this, and a Championship club came in for me, I would want to move.[/p][/quote]The managers comments are hardly inspirational to the fans who've shelled out for season tickets as well.[/p][/quote]Yeah thats what i was thinking 50, no one really knows how this season will turn out but inspiration seems to be lacking from our manager,instead it seems we are forever being forewarned of something negative. A strange way to encourage the fans who have yet to commit themselves,cash and time this season.[/p][/quote]MC not got a clue. stranglers
  • Score: -5

5:18pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Scouse Red says...

the don69 wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
"Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.
Well said Den..
If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself..

You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do..

Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use..
I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players
I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!!
couldn't agree more fellas! My 'home' team play football at the back but attack quickly with pace and power and passing for passing sake is silly and yes it does get the crowd's back up on occasion with the team on the pitch obviously can sense.

Pass the right ball, quickly and pull the opposition out of position, create a space and bob is indeed your uncle.

As one of the other guys have commented, without any creative players out wide or up front i'm a little concerned about the start of the season if i'm honest. Yes a centre half is necessary, hopefully one who is quick, can pass and head and lead the defence (no Darren and Aden -thats not either of you by the way!), but we also need a couple of tricky players who can finish, just not sure we've got the people scouting for them or the funds to pay them.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: "Playing a certain way" for the benefit of other clubs and the selling of our own players seems to have become more important than winning League points. Last season we had to take the medicine of dull football with no realistic prospect of progress because we were in a mess. I renewed my season ticket but only after a lot of thought. I imagine many went through the same deliberations and came down on the other side. If we have another season like last term Power will find that the hardcore fanbase has diminished even further. And yes, I'm thankful to have a club to support, etc but Power has told us that the club is on a firm footing now. A competitive team should be the number one aim.[/p][/quote]Well said Den.. If you build a good attacking football team the rest looks after itself.. You can build a good team on a shoestring just look at the likes of yeovil crew Walsall and orient who do have half the fan base we do.. Small football clubs will always struggle BUT sometimes there is always a surprise package so lets hope its use.. I AM not looking forward to this season even if we do keep a good players[/p][/quote]I agree chaps, also the slow ticky-tacky of back and across is so yesterday, it's quick-passing with pace and power (like the Germans) with very pacey counter attacks, come to think of it, it's always been winning football, as long as you got strikers that can find the back of the net and not the back of the crowd lol!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]couldn't agree more fellas! My 'home' team play football at the back but attack quickly with pace and power and passing for passing sake is silly and yes it does get the crowd's back up on occasion with the team on the pitch obviously can sense. Pass the right ball, quickly and pull the opposition out of position, create a space and bob is indeed your uncle. As one of the other guys have commented, without any creative players out wide or up front i'm a little concerned about the start of the season if i'm honest. Yes a centre half is necessary, hopefully one who is quick, can pass and head and lead the defence (no Darren and Aden -thats not either of you by the way!), but we also need a couple of tricky players who can finish, just not sure we've got the people scouting for them or the funds to pay them. Scouse Red
  • Score: 3

5:44pm Sat 26 Jul 14

mcenirm says...

North _Swindon_Red wrote:
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BREAKING: Rotherham have made a renewed 800k bid for Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo. #rufc #stfc

Any truth in this tweet ?
Sam twetted: No truth in reports of second Rotherham United bid for Massimo Luongo, Mark Cooper tells me #stfc
[quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: User Actions Follow FL72 Transfers ‏@FL72Transfers BREAKING: Rotherham have made a renewed 800k bid for Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo. #rufc #stfc Any truth in this tweet ?[/p][/quote]Sam twetted: No truth in reports of second Rotherham United bid for Massimo Luongo, Mark Cooper tells me #stfc mcenirm
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Sat 26 Jul 14

tifosi says...

With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies.
Aren't we lucky.
With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies. Aren't we lucky. tifosi
  • Score: -1

8:41pm Sat 26 Jul 14

dazzastfc says...

mcenirm wrote:
North _Swindon_Red wrote:
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BREAKING: Rotherham have made a renewed 800k bid for Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo. #rufc #stfc

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Sam twetted: No truth in reports of second Rotherham United bid for Massimo Luongo, Mark Cooper tells me #stfc
What does mc no..He has already said and stated that it is not up 2 him what happens with the players...
I JUST WAIT FOR A PHONE CALL..???????????
[quote][p][bold]mcenirm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]North _Swindon_Red[/bold] wrote: User Actions Follow FL72 Transfers ‏@FL72Transfers BREAKING: Rotherham have made a renewed 800k bid for Swindon midfielder Massimo Luongo. #rufc #stfc Any truth in this tweet ?[/p][/quote]Sam twetted: No truth in reports of second Rotherham United bid for Massimo Luongo, Mark Cooper tells me #stfc[/p][/quote]What does mc no..He has already said and stated that it is not up 2 him what happens with the players... I JUST WAIT FOR A PHONE CALL..??????????? dazzastfc
  • Score: 1

10:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?
There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma? The Jockster
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Sun 27 Jul 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

The Jockster wrote:
There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?
You and me upfront Jockster.
30 goals each.
The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?[/p][/quote]You and me upfront Jockster. 30 goals each. The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 0

4:51pm Sun 27 Jul 14

smirg kcab says...

tifosi wrote:
With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies.
Aren't we lucky.
Spare a thought for blackpool?
That club is being run like ours and absolute shambles
Couldn't give two fuucks about them
[quote][p][bold]tifosi[/bold] wrote: With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies. Aren't we lucky.[/p][/quote]Spare a thought for blackpool? That club is being run like ours and absolute shambles Couldn't give two fuucks about them smirg kcab
  • Score: 0

8:01pm Sun 27 Jul 14

tifosi says...

smirg kcab wrote:
tifosi wrote:
With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies.
Aren't we lucky.
Spare a thought for blackpool?
That club is being run like ours and absolute shambles
Couldn't give two fuucks about them
We should care about Blackpool. Fans everywhere should care about Blackpool. If a Del Boy can strip a club of its money and players without the FL bothering, then it could happen to any club including ours. Then your two fuucks may be worth something.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tifosi[/bold] wrote: With two weeks to go till the start of the season, spare a thought for Blackpool with only 8 players on the books and no goalkeeper. And a chairman who has diverted £11 million away from the club into his own private companies. Aren't we lucky.[/p][/quote]Spare a thought for blackpool? That club is being run like ours and absolute shambles Couldn't give two fuucks about them[/p][/quote]We should care about Blackpool. Fans everywhere should care about Blackpool. If a Del Boy can strip a club of its money and players without the FL bothering, then it could happen to any club including ours. Then your two fuucks may be worth something. tifosi
  • Score: 1

8:46pm Sun 27 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?
You and me upfront Jockster.
30 goals each.
The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.
Now Dukey I'm liking the thought process there, alas the old pins ain't what they were but we have to hope that whatever firepower, or lack if upfront is enough to at the very least keep us in L1.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?[/p][/quote]You and me upfront Jockster. 30 goals each. The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.[/p][/quote]Now Dukey I'm liking the thought process there, alas the old pins ain't what they were but we have to hope that whatever firepower, or lack if upfront is enough to at the very least keep us in L1. The Jockster
  • Score: -1

8:49pm Sun 27 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

It did happen to ours have you forgotten the Banbury Bullsh!tter already?
It did happen to ours have you forgotten the Banbury Bullsh!tter already? The Jockster
  • Score: 1

8:56pm Sun 27 Jul 14

The Jockster says...

TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?
You and me upfront Jockster.
30 goals each.
The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.
Like the thinking Dukey, shame the old legs can't run around like they used to.
[quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?[/p][/quote]You and me upfront Jockster. 30 goals each. The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.[/p][/quote]Like the thinking Dukey, shame the old legs can't run around like they used to. The Jockster
  • Score: -1

10:37pm Sun 27 Jul 14

TheDukeOfBanbury says...

The Jockster wrote:
TheDukeOfBanbury wrote:
The Jockster wrote:
There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?
You and me upfront Jockster.
30 goals each.
The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.
Like the thinking Dukey, shame the old legs can't run around like they used to.
Highlight of last season was meeting Andy Rowland.
One of my all time favourites.
A wonderful bloke and so **** humble. Spoke for ages about the old games particularly Arsenal in the league cup qtr final.
Total respect.
[quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TheDukeOfBanbury[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Jockster[/bold] wrote: There could be trouble ahead..... Methinks Cooperman is priming the fans for some key departures! ... How will we cope without Wilma?[/p][/quote]You and me upfront Jockster. 30 goals each. The new Mayes and Rowland......bring it on.[/p][/quote]Like the thinking Dukey, shame the old legs can't run around like they used to.[/p][/quote]Highlight of last season was meeting Andy Rowland. One of my all time favourites. A wonderful bloke and so **** humble. Spoke for ages about the old games particularly Arsenal in the league cup qtr final. Total respect. TheDukeOfBanbury
  • Score: 0

12:29am Mon 28 Jul 14

mancrobin says...

port de soller wrote:
Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive.
STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain
Spot on. Crewe's approach has enabled them to compete in a much higher level than would otherwise have been the case. On the strength of their gates, the Vauxhall Conference would have been their level but instead they have maintained a League 1/Championship level. This was built on good footballing connections, a great coach and the willingness to sell off young talent.

Yes please.
[quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive. STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain[/p][/quote]Spot on. Crewe's approach has enabled them to compete in a much higher level than would otherwise have been the case. On the strength of their gates, the Vauxhall Conference would have been their level but instead they have maintained a League 1/Championship level. This was built on good footballing connections, a great coach and the willingness to sell off young talent. Yes please. mancrobin
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Swindon1984 says...

mancrobin wrote:
port de soller wrote: Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive. STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain
Spot on. Crewe's approach has enabled them to compete in a much higher level than would otherwise have been the case. On the strength of their gates, the Vauxhall Conference would have been their level but instead they have maintained a League 1/Championship level. This was built on good footballing connections, a great coach and the willingness to sell off young talent. Yes please.
Think they do a bit better than most conference sides, average around 5000 which was better than all but Luton last year, and not even the lowest in our division, but take the point - gates alone wouldn't see them remain a League 1 club for too long. Ironically for most of the years I've supported the town, Crewe have been at around our level, lost count of the amount of times I've seen them play. Whilst Swindon have been a boom and bust club over the past twenty odd years Crewe have been fairly constant. Although if you've got the same manager at the helm for most of that time in Mr Gradi, you'd probably expect that.

Suppose the point is if we had that sort of contiuity, along with higher attendances maybe we could look to the future with a greater expectation of success - as someone mentioned earlier though we need to give the owners time to do what they need to, things may even get worse before they get better, but chopping and changing leadership and strategy every other season in a quest for instant success isn't the answer.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]port de soller[/bold] wrote: Is sad when players are sold or need to be Sold,Crewe have been selling players for years simply to survive. STFC are in the same Boat unfortunate as it is.Sounds as if MC is on a fishing expedition seeing if interest is there.I could be wrong yet just get a feeling we just might see 2/3 going before the end of Aug and to be honest if it helps STFC financially no true Fan can compain[/p][/quote]Spot on. Crewe's approach has enabled them to compete in a much higher level than would otherwise have been the case. On the strength of their gates, the Vauxhall Conference would have been their level but instead they have maintained a League 1/Championship level. This was built on good footballing connections, a great coach and the willingness to sell off young talent. Yes please.[/p][/quote]Think they do a bit better than most conference sides, average around 5000 which was better than all but Luton last year, and not even the lowest in our division, but take the point - gates alone wouldn't see them remain a League 1 club for too long. Ironically for most of the years I've supported the town, Crewe have been at around our level, lost count of the amount of times I've seen them play. Whilst Swindon have been a boom and bust club over the past twenty odd years Crewe have been fairly constant. Although if you've got the same manager at the helm for most of that time in Mr Gradi, you'd probably expect that. Suppose the point is if we had that sort of contiuity, along with higher attendances maybe we could look to the future with a greater expectation of success - as someone mentioned earlier though we need to give the owners time to do what they need to, things may even get worse before they get better, but chopping and changing leadership and strategy every other season in a quest for instant success isn't the answer. Swindon1984
  • Score: 0

2:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

bearwoodred says...

Wilesy wrote:
Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us.

Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan).

Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley.

Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs.

Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required.

So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season.

3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan).

Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale.

Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation.

Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil.

I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late.

I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know....

Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season.
good round up Wilesy and thanks for the info. To be honest though out of the players going only Troy for me is a keeper and maybe Jay, but the others are not real suprises and Nile was always going to be more trouble. For me Pritch was hit n miss and I have mixed feelings about him - thought he was very greedy but had a bit more about him than most.

Shef Utd will win the league with Preston close behind them. We will finish 4th maybe 5th.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us. Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan). Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley. Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs. Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required. So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season. 3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan). Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale. Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation. Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil. I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late. I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know.... Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season.[/p][/quote]good round up Wilesy and thanks for the info. To be honest though out of the players going only Troy for me is a keeper and maybe Jay, but the others are not real suprises and Nile was always going to be more trouble. For me Pritch was hit n miss and I have mixed feelings about him - thought he was very greedy but had a bit more about him than most. Shef Utd will win the league with Preston close behind them. We will finish 4th maybe 5th. bearwoodred
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2:34pm Tue 29 Jul 14

bearwoodred says...

Wilesy wrote:
Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us.

Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan).

Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley.

Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs.

Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required.

So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season.

3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan).

Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale.

Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation.

Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil.

I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late.

I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know....

Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season.
good round up Wilesy and thanks for the info. To be honest though out of the players going only Troy for me is a keeper and maybe Jay, but the others are not real suprises and Nile was always going to be more trouble. For me Pritch was hit n miss and I have mixed feelings about him - thought he was very greedy but had a bit more about him than most.

Shef Utd will win the league with Preston close behind them. We will finish 4th maybe 5th.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Looking at the Telegraph League 1 summer transfers page , every team has released a number of players but looking at the players we have lost I can't see any team that has lost more than us. Out: Lee Cox (Plymouth), Troy Archibald-Henville (Carlisle United), Paul Benson (Luton Town), Miles Storey (Portsmouth, Loan). Released: Harry Agombar, Dany N'Guessan, Alan Navarro, Aaron Oakley, Kayden Jackson, Alex Smith, Leigh Bedwell, Mark Francis, Alex Ferguson, Jay McEveley. Plus Pritchard, Mason, Hall and Stephens have returned to their clubs. Plus Nile Ranger released and Ward and Harley not required. So that looks to be 21 out. Sounds a lot when you look at it in numbers though appreciate 6 never played last season. 3 in - Antonio Josue (Staines Town), Anton Rodgers (Oldham Athletic), Josh Lelan (Derby County, Loan). Looing at incoming players I would say that there are only 4 teams that at this stage have had a worse transfer summer than us - Crewe, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Rochdale. Teams that come up don't tend to have a disaster so I would still expect Chesterfield and Rochdale to do OK. Doncaster are unlikely to struggle I would think. Crewe would be my favourites for relegation. Some teams have really strengthened, like Bristol City, Crawley, MK Dons, Sheff Utd, Notts County, Preston, Yeovil. I like to clap happy if I can but really don't see how Power's prediction for an improvement on last season is going to happen, it is being left very late. I would be amazed to see Stephens being loaned out to anyone just yet, if at all at this rate, and certainly not 'by end of July'. Callum Chambers off to Arsenal for £16m, possibly Schneiderlin as well. Loevren probably off to Liverpool and Fonte probably off to Cardiff. Southampton would be foolish to let him go at this point...although to be fair they are letting everyone go it seems so you never know.... Think that overall what we are seeing, like it or not, is that the players who were back-ups last season like Barker, Branco, Barthram, Gladwin etc will this year be first team regulars this season.[/p][/quote]good round up Wilesy and thanks for the info. To be honest though out of the players going only Troy for me is a keeper and maybe Jay, but the others are not real suprises and Nile was always going to be more trouble. For me Pritch was hit n miss and I have mixed feelings about him - thought he was very greedy but had a bit more about him than most. Shef Utd will win the league with Preston close behind them. We will finish 4th maybe 5th. bearwoodred
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