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Will allowing Jon Stead to leave become a blessing this season?

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I think it was a mistake to allow the likes of Mike Edwards, Alan Smith and Shola Ameobi to leave Notts last season. Something most fans would agree with I think, Ameobi wasn't replaced and the club lacked some with the ability to take the rough and tough. Edwards and Smith formed a culture club, they was good people to have behind the scenes. However, I am inclined to believe allowing Jon Stead to leave ahead of the National League campaign will allow the club to re-identify itself. The signings of Kane Hemmings and Kristian Dennis wasn't give the proper chance to settle, early spells they did look quite good but fitness impacted that from establishing further in my opinion. Stead due to his hard-working approach became the player we relied upon too much, allowing him to leave should give a fresh change up top.

Provided that the club injects pace which was majorly lacking last season I do feel the change will benefit the club.

You can't rely on someone at that age to play week in and week out without seeing them become inconsistent. He did well don't get me wrong, but every manager fell back to selecting him instead of getting more out of others.

What's your thoughts? Will Notts miss Jon Stead next season?

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Nobody can't seriously fault his efforts or his contributions, his attitude towards his time here is questionable, but I absolutely believe the club has made the right decision. He's not the type of player we should rely on like what has been seen, again, I praise his efforts and attempts to try, but form is massively effected when you have to play merely because you apply yourself properly.

He scored for fun with confidence, he didn't seem to be playing like he could despite all his efforts.

Allowing him to depart forces change which is needed.

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notts always seems to go for strikers who are quite past it, some like lee hughes looked worthy of starting but sometimes jon stead should have sat on the bench. the issue with the last season was the poor form and managers look to players like stead to change things. the added pleasure makes me thankful the club has decided to mix things up. for fresher legs to work, they need to be given a chance which would be doubtful if someone like him still remained.

i do rate him as a player and i wish him well, i just feel now is the right time. 

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Notts needs to have more pace up top, with Jon Stead still around not only would Neal Ardley [the manager] would be forced to select him. Others wouldn't get a chance and ideally they need to be hitting form now.

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It was but i dont think they liked the way the club was being run.

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Notts have had the habit of hanging on to some players too long, others leave to early. I think now is the right chance to allow Jon Stead not to be the vocal point of our attack. I would never question his work rate but his ability has been going for some time.

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It's not for the sake of criticising him, Jon Stead was a good club servant and could have been a legend had we had enjoyed some success under him. He was reliable, hard working and a fighter. That said, I just do not think Notts could have used him for another season as the main part of our attack. He struggled at times last season, I really do believe the club needs to find younger legs that can partner the two existing strikers. 

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Some of those players would of been helpful to the club last season but i'm guessing its down to their wages just as much. jon Stead would have not played his best this season and any injuries could affect him more than any league season.

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Personally I think we should have kept him I know that he’s dropped off last season because of his age but he was a leader of the dressing room and he has scored some vital goals for us last season. But I think a coaching role would have been ideal for him he’s gone to a none League side like us so I can only think that league status didn’t matter

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I bet it wasnt just because of his age, probably another not liking the way the club was being run.

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It was time for Jon Stead to have a fresh challenge/to retire, as it was for Notts to find a new striker.

I hope the club can sign a target man.

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Jon Stead even at his age was good for us but he couldnt manage the full match due to his age. It was time for him to go but it proves how bad we were for him to be one of the best and not even manage the whole match.

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