SWINDON TOWN: Selection headache for Di Canio

Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio

Swindon Town boss Paolo Di Canio

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PAOLO Di Canio currently sees himself choosing his first starting XI of the new season from a pool of 14 players, following the 6-1 win at Weston-super-Mare last night.

The Swindon manager once again made several changes to his side over the course of the 90 minutes at the Woodspring Stadium, with Matt Ritchie, Andy Williams, James Collins, Raffa De Vita and Paul Benson getting the goals which saw off the Weston challenge.

However, Di Canio revealed after the game that his starting line-up for the fixture, plus a handful of players who came on during the second period, are the individuals he sees as integral to his plans at present.

“I played that starting XI not because they would be in the starting XI for the first official game but obviously most of them are in my mind for the starting XI,” he said.

“We have to be honest, we have 24 at the moment but thinking about the starting XI there are two, three, four players (from the second half team) that deserve to start from the kick-off.

“At the moment we have 14 players that deserve to play in the starting XI. I hope I can have in the next few weeks maybe 17 that deserve to play in the starting XI.

“At the moment I have maybe 14, maximum 15.”

One player who may well not be part of that group is left-back Alessandro Cibocchi, after the Italian was substituted just 17 minutes after coming on as a half-time replacement at Weston.

Di Canio was scathing in his criticism of Cibocchi’s mental preparation for the match, but he said the defender still has the ability to force his way into his plans for the assault on League One.

“In the way he approached the game it was absolutely rubbish. I told him ‘go out’ because we are not on the beach, we are here to play football and behave as a professional,” said Di Canio.

“I understand somebody can have a problem but in the way he approached the game it was an absolute disaster mentally and in one minute he made something that one player should not do in a year – the mistake, three in a row in a very rubbish way.

“He knows me, it’s better if he sees that because there are other players who deserve to play and I don’t give any more gifts to anyone.

“I think he is a player who can stay in the group of the team in League One but it’s obvious now I will take my decision because he is a professional, when we train he trains hard, he doesn’t moan, he knows how to behave but there is the main part that is the game that gives me the information.

“Fortunately we have 25 days to go so we can recover from the mistakes we made in terms of approach, mentally or physically or tactically.”

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7:26am Thu 19 Jul 12

the wizard says...

As Wilson used to say, "we need to concentrate and work on certain areas".
As Wilson used to say, "we need to concentrate and work on certain areas". the wizard
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7:31am Thu 19 Jul 12

London Red says...

I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney
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I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start
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That would then give us a core 18
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Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo?
I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney . I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start . That would then give us a core 18 . Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo? London Red
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8:09am Thu 19 Jul 12

Sharkyharper says...

I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch.

I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season.

Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;)
I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch. I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season. Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;) Sharkyharper
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8:17am Thu 19 Jul 12

London Red says...

That sounds very promising if we have now balanced the left and right side
That sounds very promising if we have now balanced the left and right side London Red
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8:18am Thu 19 Jul 12

STFC Tony says...

LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings.
Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say.
LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings. Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say. STFC Tony
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8:20am Thu 19 Jul 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Sharky thank you for that. love the sound of it. Any chance you or anyone else there last night care to give an individual by individual assessment of the new boys last night. a scouts report?

Would be good to hear as couldn't make it.
Sharky thank you for that. love the sound of it. Any chance you or anyone else there last night care to give an individual by individual assessment of the new boys last night. a scouts report? Would be good to hear as couldn't make it. dreamofacleansheet2
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8:24am Thu 19 Jul 12

ciclosporindorset says...

I wondered if the missing 2-3 were Bostock, A.N.Other1 Striker and A.N.Other12 Goalie. Theres also plenty of time before September to off load the ones not good enough to make matchday squad on regular basis!! LOL!!!!!
I wondered if the missing 2-3 were Bostock, A.N.Other1 Striker and A.N.Other12 Goalie. Theres also plenty of time before September to off load the ones not good enough to make matchday squad on regular basis!! LOL!!!!! ciclosporindorset
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8:49am Thu 19 Jul 12

stokes_stfc says...

Sharkyharper wrote:
I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch.

I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season.

Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;)
Sharky, how did Troy A-H play... adver report said he made a couple of mistakes, so interested to hear the verdict
[quote][p][bold]Sharkyharper[/bold] wrote: I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch. I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season. Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;)[/p][/quote]Sharky, how did Troy A-H play... adver report said he made a couple of mistakes, so interested to hear the verdict stokes_stfc
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8:59am Thu 19 Jul 12

STFC Tony says...

Troy - Decent with the ball at his feet, a little rushed in some of his decisions. Opted to go big with every header instead of trying the little knock to a team mate.
Miller - Decent with the ball and has a good eye for a pass. Looked good alongside Ferry. Seemed to give ferry more room to play as Miller was further forward.
Roberts - Looks very good on the wing and has formed a very decent partnership with Jay Mc. Looks like the wings are sorted.
Williams - Very willing to run the channels and pull defenders out of position. Never stopped running and looked very dangerous when he was in the box.
Collins - Guilty of missing an easy chance when one on one. Looked very dangerous though. Stuck to the middle of the pitch and was always annoying the defenders by closing them down quickly. Strong on the ball and always looked to lay it off then move into the box.
Navarro - Guilty of losing possession a number of times and beaten in the air too. Seemed comfortable with the ball at his feet. Looks like the sort of win it back and give it to the fellow midfielder type.

The thing i liked most though is how much work we have put into Free kicks and Corners. Scored a good goal from a well worked corner and then another from a very intricate free kick routine, straight off the training ground. This season looks promising!
Troy - Decent with the ball at his feet, a little rushed in some of his decisions. Opted to go big with every header instead of trying the little knock to a team mate. Miller - Decent with the ball and has a good eye for a pass. Looked good alongside Ferry. Seemed to give ferry more room to play as Miller was further forward. Roberts - Looks very good on the wing and has formed a very decent partnership with Jay Mc. Looks like the wings are sorted. Williams - Very willing to run the channels and pull defenders out of position. Never stopped running and looked very dangerous when he was in the box. Collins - Guilty of missing an easy chance when one on one. Looked very dangerous though. Stuck to the middle of the pitch and was always annoying the defenders by closing them down quickly. Strong on the ball and always looked to lay it off then move into the box. Navarro - Guilty of losing possession a number of times and beaten in the air too. Seemed comfortable with the ball at his feet. Looks like the sort of win it back and give it to the fellow midfielder type. The thing i liked most though is how much work we have put into Free kicks and Corners. Scored a good goal from a well worked corner and then another from a very intricate free kick routine, straight off the training ground. This season looks promising! STFC Tony
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9:11am Thu 19 Jul 12

London Red says...

Cheers - Tony
.
I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances
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Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order
.
Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place
.
I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in
.
Then it is picking 2 from the following trios
.
Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus)
.
Ferry/Miller/Navarro

.
Williams/Collins/Ben
son
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Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench
.
Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that
.
Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG
Cheers - Tony . I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances . Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order . Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place . I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in . Then it is picking 2 from the following trios . Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus) . Ferry/Miller/Navarro . Williams/Collins/Ben son . Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench . Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that . Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG London Red
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10:13am Thu 19 Jul 12

P*ssed Off says...

London Red wrote:
Cheers - Tony
.
I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances
.
Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order
.
Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place
.
I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in
.
Then it is picking 2 from the following trios
.
Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus)
.
Ferry/Miller/Navarro


.
Williams/Collins/Ben

son
.
Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench
.
Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that
.
Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG
London red, "I can't wait for 25 august when we play MK my first live game at the CG"? If this is a true statement, then you have spouted a load of cr*p on here over the years for someone who has never seen the team play at home!
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Cheers - Tony . I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances . Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order . Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place . I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in . Then it is picking 2 from the following trios . Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus) . Ferry/Miller/Navarro . Williams/Collins/Ben son . Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench . Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that . Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG[/p][/quote]London red, "I can't wait for 25 august when we play MK my first live game at the CG"? If this is a true statement, then you have spouted a load of cr*p on here over the years for someone who has never seen the team play at home! P*ssed Off
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11:03am Thu 19 Jul 12

Steve. Brentford says...

P*ssed Off wrote:
London Red wrote:
Cheers - Tony
.
I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances
.
Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order
.
Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place
.
I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in
.
Then it is picking 2 from the following trios
.
Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus)
.
Ferry/Miller/Navarro



.
Williams/Collins/Ben


son
.
Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench
.
Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that
.
Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG
London red, "I can't wait for 25 august when we play MK my first live game at the CG"? If this is a true statement, then you have spouted a load of cr*p on here over the years for someone who has never seen the team play at home!
Ha ha he means for this coming season.
[quote][p][bold]P*ssed Off[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: Cheers - Tony . I was primarily basing the suggestions on the reports coming out of Italy where Sam had praised Rooney over his perfromances . Navarro had started both those games so was assuming he was high in the pecking order . Still its early doors and I'm sure improvements will continue from all the players - so look forward to a few more reviews as those take place . I see it as Fodders, Caddis/Ritchie and Jay Mac/Roberts are pretty much pencilled in . Then it is picking 2 from the following trios . Macca/Troy/Flint (well this is more Macca plus) . Ferry/Miller/Navarro . Williams/Collins/Ben son . Which ever 2 did get it we would still always wnd up with a great bench . Plus we then can add Rooney, RDV and probably Thompson to that . Looking good - and I can't wait for 25 August when we play MK my first live game at the CG[/p][/quote]London red, "I can't wait for 25 august when we play MK my first live game at the CG"? If this is a true statement, then you have spouted a load of cr*p on here over the years for someone who has never seen the team play at home![/p][/quote]Ha ha he means for this coming season. Steve. Brentford
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11:08am Thu 19 Jul 12

Sharkyharper says...

I would agree with all of the above being said about our newbies... Just a quick thing to add about Troy, he is very vocal and considering he is quite young and new to this team I thought was quite impressive, you could clearly hear him calling the line, something that is left to McCormack.

I think the starting Xl last night will be the team that starts up at Hartlepool with maybe the exception of Troy, maybe flint might get the nod over him.

I think people were saying on here that ferry might be in and out of the side this year (I think paolo even said he might only get 25/30 games) on lasts nights performance it's him A.N.other, he does make the side tick.
I would agree with all of the above being said about our newbies... Just a quick thing to add about Troy, he is very vocal and considering he is quite young and new to this team I thought was quite impressive, you could clearly hear him calling the line, something that is left to McCormack. I think the starting Xl last night will be the team that starts up at Hartlepool with maybe the exception of Troy, maybe flint might get the nod over him. I think people were saying on here that ferry might be in and out of the side this year (I think paolo even said he might only get 25/30 games) on lasts nights performance it's him A.N.other, he does make the side tick. Sharkyharper
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11:22am Thu 19 Jul 12

Stilloyal says...

The starting side plus a few others do lend to an exciting and eventful season. The aquisition of Bostock will certainly add a new dimension to central midfield and the front line.
I think it's time that I made another trip to Corals.

Off topic, there are a few bigots and know alls on this list that seem to think that the only oppinion that counts is theirs. Got news for you lot even if you don't agree with someone else's view ,it's their right to express it without you getting balshy and gobby.
Accept that for the time being at least this is a country of free speech and people are allowed to express their view or oppinion in a civil manner , please respond in a similar fashion.
We expect crap from up the A420 but not from our own.
The starting side plus a few others do lend to an exciting and eventful season. The aquisition of Bostock will certainly add a new dimension to central midfield and the front line. I think it's time that I made another trip to Corals. Off topic, there are a few bigots and know alls on this list that seem to think that the only oppinion that counts is theirs. Got news for you lot even if you don't agree with someone else's view ,it's their right to express it without you getting balshy and gobby. Accept that for the time being at least this is a country of free speech and people are allowed to express their view or oppinion in a civil manner , please respond in a similar fashion. We expect crap from up the A420 but not from our own. Stilloyal
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12:33pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Swindon1984 says...

STFC Tony wrote:
LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings. Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say.
I said a week or so back I could see Benson being a decent stand in captain but doubted he'd get the chance - suppose we'll see, but it was only a friendly.
[quote][p][bold]STFC Tony[/bold] wrote: LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings. Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say.[/p][/quote]I said a week or so back I could see Benson being a decent stand in captain but doubted he'd get the chance - suppose we'll see, but it was only a friendly. Swindon1984
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12:43pm Thu 19 Jul 12

ciclosporindorset says...

Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.
Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future. ciclosporindorset
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12:47pm Thu 19 Jul 12

London Red says...

I see the accounts have been published online ahead of the AGM tomorrow
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It states in the post balance sheet events that the net position of the transfers Smith, Connell, Lanzano, Rooney, Cox, Fodders, Timlin and Benyon - PLUS - cancelling the contracts of JP, Lucas, Manks and Comazzi came to about £500k
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It also says we only have a contigent liability of about £200k - which must be linked to measurable items like promotions, appearances etc rather than unmeasurable sell-ons
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All in all not a bad bit of business even if we then let Connell, Smith and Cox go on a free as Wes is worth that £700k on his own!
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Plus we also have Rooney in there too
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Other interesting points was Revenue fell by £1m which was driven purely by Gate Receipts - showing the massive imapct the PO Campaign had
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Wages despite earlier speal remained pretty static between the PO campaign and the relegation Campaign at £3.9m - so DW didn't get a vast injection - just redistributed existing wages like Paynter and Greer to Prutton etc
.
So our rumoured £4m (which PdC basically confirmed) would put us back in line with that - though I would argue our current squad is stronger than both the previous ones!
I see the accounts have been published online ahead of the AGM tomorrow . It states in the post balance sheet events that the net position of the transfers Smith, Connell, Lanzano, Rooney, Cox, Fodders, Timlin and Benyon - PLUS - cancelling the contracts of JP, Lucas, Manks and Comazzi came to about £500k . It also says we only have a contigent liability of about £200k - which must be linked to measurable items like promotions, appearances etc rather than unmeasurable sell-ons . All in all not a bad bit of business even if we then let Connell, Smith and Cox go on a free as Wes is worth that £700k on his own! . Plus we also have Rooney in there too . Other interesting points was Revenue fell by £1m which was driven purely by Gate Receipts - showing the massive imapct the PO Campaign had . Wages despite earlier speal remained pretty static between the PO campaign and the relegation Campaign at £3.9m - so DW didn't get a vast injection - just redistributed existing wages like Paynter and Greer to Prutton etc . So our rumoured £4m (which PdC basically confirmed) would put us back in line with that - though I would argue our current squad is stronger than both the previous ones! London Red
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12:48pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Stilloyal says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.
I guess or I hope that talks are ongoing with our club then.
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.[/p][/quote]I guess or I hope that talks are ongoing with our club then. Stilloyal
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12:50pm Thu 19 Jul 12

stfcphil says...

Swindon1984 wrote:
STFC Tony wrote: LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings. Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say.
I said a week or so back I could see Benson being a decent stand in captain but doubted he'd get the chance - suppose we'll see, but it was only a friendly.
Also at the game, and can safely say that Paolo doesn't do friendlies. Just ask Cibo. Was also stood by the dugout in the first half and was certainly a good experience, but he is analysing every touch of the ball, and clearly gets very frustrated when a player does anything wrong. Biggest disappointment for me on the night was Rooney. Think he may feel very threatened by Roberts, and rightly so, but if he is sensible, he will learn as much from him as he can. All in all, a very enjoyable evening, even if we did look like Barca in the first half, and Barnet in the second :-).
[quote][p][bold]Swindon1984[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STFC Tony[/bold] wrote: LR i would have said De Vita instead of Navarro. I went tot he game last night and was excited to see Navarro play but he was not too good and PDC was visibly frustrated when he lost possesion. If his 14/15 was based on performances from last night then RDV is probably ahead of Nav. Also Rooney wasn't that great either. On balance the first half team looked far superior to that in the second. That is normal for a friendly with all the changes made usually disrupts the team flow etc. Ferry and Miller looked decent together. Williams and Collins looked to already have a good understanding and Roberts and Ritchie looked dangerous on the wings. Jay Mc and Roberts look to have replicated Cads and Ritchie so we now have two dangerous wings. Also Benson was handed the captaincy when Cads was replaced, interesting. That Chris Smith can more than hold his own too. Decent cover for Cads i would say.[/p][/quote]I said a week or so back I could see Benson being a decent stand in captain but doubted he'd get the chance - suppose we'll see, but it was only a friendly.[/p][/quote]Also at the game, and can safely say that Paolo doesn't do friendlies. Just ask Cibo. Was also stood by the dugout in the first half and was certainly a good experience, but he is analysing every touch of the ball, and clearly gets very frustrated when a player does anything wrong. Biggest disappointment for me on the night was Rooney. Think he may feel very threatened by Roberts, and rightly so, but if he is sensible, he will learn as much from him as he can. All in all, a very enjoyable evening, even if we did look like Barca in the first half, and Barnet in the second :-). stfcphil
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1:18pm Thu 19 Jul 12

RamsburyRed says...

Will our problems never end? Now we have a selection headache!
Will our problems never end? Now we have a selection headache! RamsburyRed
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1:25pm Thu 19 Jul 12

ciclosporindorset says...

Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.
Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future. ciclosporindorset
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1:30pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Oxon-Red says...

STFCPHIL,

Town were better 2nd half then :-0

COYMR
STFCPHIL, Town were better 2nd half then :-0 COYMR Oxon-Red
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1:50pm Thu 19 Jul 12

the wizard says...

London Red wrote:
I see the accounts have been published online ahead of the AGM tomorrow
.
It states in the post balance sheet events that the net position of the transfers Smith, Connell, Lanzano, Rooney, Cox, Fodders, Timlin and Benyon - PLUS - cancelling the contracts of JP, Lucas, Manks and Comazzi came to about £500k
.
It also says we only have a contigent liability of about £200k - which must be linked to measurable items like promotions, appearances etc rather than unmeasurable sell-ons
.
All in all not a bad bit of business even if we then let Connell, Smith and Cox go on a free as Wes is worth that £700k on his own!
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Plus we also have Rooney in there too
.
Other interesting points was Revenue fell by £1m which was driven purely by Gate Receipts - showing the massive imapct the PO Campaign had
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Wages despite earlier speal remained pretty static between the PO campaign and the relegation Campaign at £3.9m - so DW didn't get a vast injection - just redistributed existing wages like Paynter and Greer to Prutton etc
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So our rumoured £4m (which PdC basically confirmed) would put us back in line with that - though I would argue our current squad is stronger than both the previous ones!
Good appraisal LR putting the nuts and bolts into a more simplified account of what is going on. Seems a bit strange that despite the up upheaval we have gone through we now have a better group of players and yet two years on they are costing us no more in real terms. Seems excellent value for money to me, and I think they will take the club further.
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I see the accounts have been published online ahead of the AGM tomorrow . It states in the post balance sheet events that the net position of the transfers Smith, Connell, Lanzano, Rooney, Cox, Fodders, Timlin and Benyon - PLUS - cancelling the contracts of JP, Lucas, Manks and Comazzi came to about £500k . It also says we only have a contigent liability of about £200k - which must be linked to measurable items like promotions, appearances etc rather than unmeasurable sell-ons . All in all not a bad bit of business even if we then let Connell, Smith and Cox go on a free as Wes is worth that £700k on his own! . Plus we also have Rooney in there too . Other interesting points was Revenue fell by £1m which was driven purely by Gate Receipts - showing the massive imapct the PO Campaign had . Wages despite earlier speal remained pretty static between the PO campaign and the relegation Campaign at £3.9m - so DW didn't get a vast injection - just redistributed existing wages like Paynter and Greer to Prutton etc . So our rumoured £4m (which PdC basically confirmed) would put us back in line with that - though I would argue our current squad is stronger than both the previous ones![/p][/quote]Good appraisal LR putting the nuts and bolts into a more simplified account of what is going on. Seems a bit strange that despite the up upheaval we have gone through we now have a better group of players and yet two years on they are costing us no more in real terms. Seems excellent value for money to me, and I think they will take the club further. the wizard
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2:24pm Thu 19 Jul 12

umpcah says...

ciclosporindorset wrote:
Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.
If Bostock had played we would`ve scored at last eight !
[quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.[/p][/quote]If Bostock had played we would`ve scored at last eight ! umpcah
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2:39pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Med Red says...

Sharkyharper wrote:
I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch. I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season. Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;)
....."unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch".... if Risser struggles against non-league players what's he gonna be like in League 1?
[quote][p][bold]Sharkyharper[/bold] wrote: I felt sorry for cibo last night- yes he made a few mistakes but he was given no time to redeem himself unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch. I was pretty much stood in the dug out last night and it was one of my most enjoyable nights at a football match purely because i got the chance to hear di canio and what goes on, he is a perfectionist and the he demands that back from his players, also the respect the players have for him is quite amazing, no one back chats him, they all listen and they even ask for permission to go and have a shower after being substituted, fair play to cibo when he got subbed, yes he was very upset but he showed no dissent what so ever and I hope he recovers to be a squad member this year but with the form of mcceverly last night that's all he will be, him and Roberts were just as good as Ritchie and caddis at any point last season. Very interesting night and I can't wait for forest rovers and hopefully get somewhere near the dugout as standing near paolo is worth the admission money alone ;)[/p][/quote]....."unlike Risser, time after time he gave the ball away or got beat in the tackle but was still allowed to stay on the pitch".... if Risser struggles against non-league players what's he gonna be like in League 1? Med Red
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4:37pm Thu 19 Jul 12

mollypolly says...

I'm thinking exactly the same as you Med Red. Risser looked out of his depth last night against what is supposedly inferior opposition. It goes without saying we will face much stiffer tests when the season starts proper. I've said it before and I'll say it again Risser is not good enough for our team and it is beyond me hoe he has survived the mini cull this summer. He must be the luckiest guy in football to still be part of our squad. I'm hoping with Ferry, Novarro, Miller and fingers crossed Bostock on our books he'll not get a look in this season. I'm still baffled as to how this guy divides opinion. One good game against Torquay at home that Tuesday evening and the rest of the time he has been dire.
I'm thinking exactly the same as you Med Red. Risser looked out of his depth last night against what is supposedly inferior opposition. It goes without saying we will face much stiffer tests when the season starts proper. I've said it before and I'll say it again Risser is not good enough for our team and it is beyond me hoe he has survived the mini cull this summer. He must be the luckiest guy in football to still be part of our squad. I'm hoping with Ferry, Novarro, Miller and fingers crossed Bostock on our books he'll not get a look in this season. I'm still baffled as to how this guy divides opinion. One good game against Torquay at home that Tuesday evening and the rest of the time he has been dire. mollypolly
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4:58pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Oxon-Red says...

MollyPolly & MedRed,

All about opinions RE Risser.

Paolo (and others) see things that others don't, see Wiz's comments on another thread regarding the highlights DVD.

Said it before, he reminds me of Leigh Barnard, not rated by many yet was in the team throughout the Macari and Ardiles reigns.

COYMR
MollyPolly & MedRed, All about opinions RE Risser. Paolo (and others) see things that others don't, see Wiz's comments on another thread regarding the highlights DVD. Said it before, he reminds me of Leigh Barnard, not rated by many yet was in the team throughout the Macari and Ardiles reigns. COYMR Oxon-Red
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5:35pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Wilesy says...

Rooney - we saw last year that he blows hot and cold. Clearly had a hot 45 against Bomba's pub team, and a cold 45 against Weston. He clearly has the skills but needs to improve on the consistency, I wonder how patient Paolo will be.

Risser - not his greatest fan, but he played his part last season. That being said his touch is not great and he isn't mobile around the pitch - two attributes that you would think any 'Paolo player' would have at the very least.

Difficult to pick that 1st choice 11, sentiment would say start with Flint and Benson, but from the line-ups it's heading towards

Sir Wes
Caddis Troy Macca McEveley
Ritchie Ferry Navarro Roberts
Collins Williams

Best of the rest are Benson, Flint, Miller

To be fair you could substitute any of those three into the side and just as strong.
Rooney - we saw last year that he blows hot and cold. Clearly had a hot 45 against Bomba's pub team, and a cold 45 against Weston. He clearly has the skills but needs to improve on the consistency, I wonder how patient Paolo will be. Risser - not his greatest fan, but he played his part last season. That being said his touch is not great and he isn't mobile around the pitch - two attributes that you would think any 'Paolo player' would have at the very least. Difficult to pick that 1st choice 11, sentiment would say start with Flint and Benson, but from the line-ups it's heading towards Sir Wes Caddis Troy Macca McEveley Ritchie Ferry Navarro Roberts Collins Williams Best of the rest are Benson, Flint, Miller To be fair you could substitute any of those three into the side and just as strong. Wilesy
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6:07pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Malkym says...

London Red wrote:
I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney . I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start . That would then give us a core 18 . Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo?
Come off it LR!! let's face it you've no more idea than the man in the moon or anybody else! Be a good boy, after a string of excellent posts lately please don't revert to posting twaddle :)
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney . I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start . That would then give us a core 18 . Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo?[/p][/quote]Come off it LR!! let's face it you've no more idea than the man in the moon or anybody else! Be a good boy, after a string of excellent posts lately please don't revert to posting twaddle :) Malkym
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6:09pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Malkym says...

umpcah wrote:
ciclosporindorset wrote: Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.
If Bostock had played we would`ve scored at last eight !
...and been in the quarter finals eh Umps lol!!
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ciclosporindorset[/bold] wrote: Bostock tweeted today he's still patiently waiting to hear about his future.[/p][/quote]If Bostock had played we would`ve scored at last eight ![/p][/quote]...and been in the quarter finals eh Umps lol!! Malkym
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7:45pm Thu 19 Jul 12

Swindon1984 says...

Malkym wrote:
London Red wrote:
I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney . I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start . That would then give us a core 18 . Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo?
Come off it LR!! let's face it you've no more idea than the man in the moon or anybody else! Be a good boy, after a string of excellent posts lately please don't revert to posting twaddle :)
He did qualify it by saying "guess" to be fair. Heard mixed reviews of Navarro which is a shame, I'll deserve judgement till I see him play though.
[quote][p][bold]Malkym[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: I would guess the 3 or 4 from the 2nd half are Benson, Navarro, Flint and Rooney . I then think he will be looking at RDV, Devera and Risser to step up to make more of a challenge to start . That would then give us a core 18 . Looks like Cibo is on a final warning! Kerrouche didn't listen to his will Cibo?[/p][/quote]Come off it LR!! let's face it you've no more idea than the man in the moon or anybody else! Be a good boy, after a string of excellent posts lately please don't revert to posting twaddle :)[/p][/quote]He did qualify it by saying "guess" to be fair. Heard mixed reviews of Navarro which is a shame, I'll deserve judgement till I see him play though. Swindon1984
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10:07pm Thu 19 Jul 12

London Red says...

Jock - nothing wrong with a bit of speculation in the close season
.
In other news there is a podcast with JW where he confirms interim will be dropped at the AGM
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He also said 1 max 2 may come in before the KO - with Bostock top of the list
.
He did however say PdC wants to wait as he may decide he needs players elsewhere after seeing some of the friendlies - maybe a new LB now hey Jock :)
Jock - nothing wrong with a bit of speculation in the close season . In other news there is a podcast with JW where he confirms interim will be dropped at the AGM . He also said 1 max 2 may come in before the KO - with Bostock top of the list . He did however say PdC wants to wait as he may decide he needs players elsewhere after seeing some of the friendlies - maybe a new LB now hey Jock :) London Red
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11:27pm Thu 19 Jul 12

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

STFC Tony thank you very much for your player by player scout report. Really appreciated reading that.

London likewise your précis of the clubs account. Very informative as well.

All shaping up nicely and loving the "Paolo doesn't do friendlies".... Of course he doesn't and don't you just love it!
STFC Tony thank you very much for your player by player scout report. Really appreciated reading that. London likewise your précis of the clubs account. Very informative as well. All shaping up nicely and loving the "Paolo doesn't do friendlies".... Of course he doesn't and don't you just love it! dreamofacleansheet2
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3:04pm Fri 20 Jul 12

Malkym says...

;) LR ...and we do need cover for JM I don't see Cibbo as the deputy do you?
;) LR ...and we do need cover for JM I don't see Cibbo as the deputy do you? Malkym
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