- Alex Hay departs
- NOT RELATED!
- Marc Williams
- Solihull Moors 0-4 Chester FC (Blue Square Bet North)
- Altrincham 3-3 Chester FC (Blue Square Bet North)
- Chester FC 2-0 Colwyn Bay (Blue Square Bet North)
- Chester FC 2-0 Workington (Blue Square Bet North)
- Oxford City 1-2 Chester FC (Blue Square North)
- Chester FC 2-0 Hawarden Rangers Preseason Friendly
November 9th, 2012 by goodwin14
After much deliberation I have decided to let player and head scout Alex Hay leave the club. He is essentially a wage thief. He wouldn’t get ahead of anyone in the first team squad and quite equally most of the under 18′s would also get ahead of him so that numbers his days as a player.
In terms of scouting I expect better and in Claus Lundekvam have got better so Alex has no place at the club. I offered mutual termination which is a little academic because if he didn’t accept he was going out on a free anyway but he took the £2500 and is history. In terms of a new chief scout I will wait till a new scout is identified and then make a decision as to whether to appoint a new chief scout or promote Lundekvam. Lundekvam will continue on as the clubs single scout until further notice.
The club would like to place on record blah, blah, blah………………..
November 8th, 2012 by goodwin14
Can anyone explain to me why Swanseas, QPR, Reading, West Ham, Norwich and Southamptons logos dont work in the league table screenshot? Also kits dont work and for same clubs? The rage is coursing through me and if onemore forum suggests reloading the skin I dont think I will be responsible for my actions!
Anyway any suggests (asides the obvious) will be much appreciated.
November 5th, 2012 by goodwin14
With the club looking to go professional at the end of the season there still remains the problem of whether or not I can retain my players. In an ideal world I would have the contracts extended and shift to professional however there is not that option in FM so after attempting to sign Marc onto a professional contract was thwarted by not being allowed I did the next best thing and offered him an extension. Obviously in the professional era I will offer another one and shift him across.
My reasons for offering him a new deal was simple, he is red hot at the moment. I want to keep my best players obviously and Marc is a decent player. He is young enough to develop further especially in a profesional envoironment. I can see him playing a part at the club if we step up but that would depend on signings and other players development.
I have brought in on trial Adam Davies. Attribute wise I believe he is better than current number two Martin Fearon. I will throw him into a reserve friendly and take the advice of my backroom staff before coming to a decision.
November 5th, 2012 by goodwin14
Well after receiving the Manager of the Month award I was hyper aware of the curse which follows such awards. Solihull Moors have made a moderate start the season and they were packing some quality most notably Stern John who attribute wise is head and shoulders above most players at this level.
A change was made in terms of Sarcevic dropping back to the bench and being replaced by Howard. Booth being the man missing out. Tactics were simple. Our preferred formation is the 4-4-2 and we will continue in that vein. Performances have improved and become more slicker by and large and fluidity is getting there.
My biggest concern was Stern John. He was scoring goals in the Premier League not long ago so he has got some skills but I was unprepared to base my tactics and team selection around negating one man. Ronaldo or Messi maybe but not a Stern John. My focus is on imposing our game on to the opposition as opposed to reacting to them. Teams want to play us then they play us and not shadow side.
I told the players before hand I wanted to see what they could do and had a specific word with each department. All in the men reacted positive.
The game began in a frenetic way as Solihull push forward then we pushed forward and almost immediately a long ball over the top from Hankin, after some neat tidy up play within our own penalty area and Redshaw anticipated Broomes back header and picked it off and Redshaw took a touch forward which had him in behind the defence and his second touch was a shot across the keeper and into the corner of the net. Three minutes in and one up. Phenomenal.
We showed a few flashes of quality but alarmingly Solihull began to forced activity out of Danby and they insisted on over the top balls. Fortunately they mostly ran out of play but it concerned me enough to issue a drop back order after thirty minutes to try and take the sting from Solihulls momentum. It had a positive effect as we began to engage their attacks head on as opposed to chasing back and dealing with threats. Redshaw took a hit and I decided unless something spectacular happened in the dressing room at half time he would be substituted. Powell also was having a very loose game and my initial thought was to replace him at the break too but I wasn’t going to make too substitutes at half time without a very good reason.
After half an hour Hankin delivered a quality piece of winger play by bursting down the right and burning off two Solihull players and deliver a wicked cross which was nodded down by Howard and Marc Williams who peeled off his marker volley home from the apex of the six yard box.
Solihull did make three passable chances which resulted in one good save, one flash wide and one headed over when John should have really done better. On the subject of John he began to fade badly as the half wore on after a bright start. My assistant began to tell me relentlessly that we should be paying attention to Blackwood but I disagreed as he was hitting a few long range shots well wide and not much else so I ignored him.
At the half time break Redshaw was replaced by Jarman and I told the guys I was pleased but we could do better and everyone reacted well. I did contemplate removing Powell but I decided to leave him on but I was going to watching him like a hawk. We were two up after all.
A couple of minutes into the second half and a fantastic long ball from McGinn on the edge of our box let away Marc Williams who beat his defender for pace and hit a shot past the keeper at the near post.
We settled into passing well and pushing against Solihull who lost a player through injury but they were unable to offer anything and it was inevitable that a fourth would come. Fifteen minutes to go and after a sighter in the first half Mcginn hit a free kick over the Solihull wall from the very edge of the penalty area, dead centre and hard but the keeper didn’t do well and merely helped it into the roof of the net.
So much for the curse.
The next game is on Wednesday against FC Halifax and they have had a stinker so far conceded about three a game, coupled with our nearly three a game, so this guarantees and nil nil.
November 2nd, 2012 by goodwin14
The monthly appraisal came in and all in all it looked pretty good.
The finances looked good and the end of season projections looks on course for a whopping profit. I am aware however that wages will go up as a result of the impending full time professional status set to kick in at the end of the season. However most peoples contract expires at the end of the season so it is extremely manageable.« Previous Entries
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