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Sunderland goalkeeper, Anthony Patterson has completed a short-term loan deal at Notts County.
The 21-year-old arrives at Meadow Lane after regular number one shot stopper, Sam Slocombe, picked up an injury during training which will see him out of action for a few weeks.
Patterson arrives following centre-back Ciaran Brennan also joining the magpies on loan - it sees the highly regarded young goalkeeper have a chance to gain further experience with head coach Ian Burchnall describing it as 'another strong addition'.
"As disappointed as we are to have lost Sam." explained Ian Burchnall., 
"We’re delighted to have been able to add another quality loan player in Anthony, I know people at Sunderland, and they rate him really highly, as evidenced by his involvement in their first-team environment, not only this season but over the past few years.
The head coach added: "He trained with the boys today, and we’ll do everything we can to fully prepare him for Altrincham.
"Contact injuries like Sam’s and Connell Rawlinson’s are inevitable over the course of a long season, but to lose them both at the same time as Kyle Cameron is very unfortunate.
"These are the challenge's football poses, though, and the important thing is to be prepared to deal with them, which I feel we have been."
Speaking to The Northern Echo, Sunderland manager Lee Johnson said: "Anthony’s joined Notts County with a view to being involved in their game on Saturday, he’s joined on a loan, and moving to the Conference, there’s the potential for it to be a short-term loan."
"Their guy has got injured, and it works well for us." He added. 
"It’s the level we wanted to put him at, and Notts County are obviously a big, historic club with a good stadium and fanbase. 
"He’s a very good goalkeeper, so it’s a gift in one sense, because he will do very well for them."
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Notts County have had an excellent start to the season with an unbeaten start from the opening seven matches, with four wins and three draws.
From a perfect performance against Barnet, where the Magpies came out on top by putting five past the bees who didn’t manage to find the back of the net.
Semi-new Magpie boss Ian Burchnall has become a massive fan favourite by taking ‘County’ to the semi-finals of the national League play-offs last season and leading Notts County to a near - perfect start so far! 
The flying high Magpies didn’t have it entirely their way in the first home match of the season after falling behind early in the game due to miscommunication between Sam Slocombe and Connell Rawlinson.
Later on, in the match, the big man’ Kyle Wootton scored a brilliant diving header to find the back of the net.
With the match ending one a piece, the Magpie fans felt they should have taken all three points.
5 in 7 
In nearly all matches for Notts County this season, the six - foot one forward has found the back of the net.
Kyle Wootton originally joined Notts County on loan from Scunthorpe United back in 2019 before making It a permanent move in 2020 for a small fee of £60,000.
Every season playing in the famous black and white jersey, Kyle Wootton has finished as the top goal scorer for the club. 
What does the future hold for Notts County?
With the Notts County owners Christoffer and Alexander Reedtz being so honest, smart and incredibly responsible, the future does look good for the famous Notts County. 
Since the arrival of the new owners, the club has been well run and has had a massive turn around since the last owner, Alan Hardy, who put the Nottingham side up for sale after posting a picture of his genitalia on Twitter.
The Reedtz brothers have set a 5-year plan out and the Magpies have one goal this year, promotion.
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Notts County have completed the signing of 21-year-old centre-back Ciaran Brennan from Sheffield Wednesday until the 27th of November 2021.
The Sheffield-Born player arrives at Meadow Lane as cover for Connell Rawlinson and Kyle Cameron, who are suspected to be out for two-to-three weeks after picking up injuries.
Reports had been circulating that the Magpies' were interested in taking on the young defender, who is eligible to play for Republic of Ireland.
"As soon as Kyle came off against Maidenhead, we knew we were going to have to dip into the loan market to add cover at the back." Said Notts County's head coach, Ian Burchnall.
"We have shortlists prepared for situations like this to ensure we’re able to act quickly"
"To bring in someone of sufficient quality who suits our style, Ciaran was one of the four-or-five players we looked at closely, and he came out on top. 
"He’s very well thought of at Wednesday and will fit in well in terms of how we want to play."
Brennan who has described the loan move as 'perfect', will add defensive cover to Ian Burchnall's team.
Via the official Notts County website, Ciaran Brennan said: "My brother and I were watching Notts against Wrexham on BT Sport a few weeks ago, Notts were in green, and I remember saying to him: ‘That’s the nicest kit ever – how good would it be to sign for them and wear that?!
"So we both saw it as the perfect move. Now it’s happened, I can’t quite believe it!" the 21-year-old added.
"I’ve been lucky enough to play at Meadow Lane before for Wednesday’s Under 23s against Forest a couple of years ago.
"When we walked into the stadium, we couldn’t believe it was non-league. It’s so big, really well looked after, and the pitch is pristine. 
"I said to the lads there and then that it would be brilliant to get a loan move here, so I’m buzzing.
"I’ve spoken to the gaffer about the style of play and had conversations with other people who know about the club, and it sounds like it’s going to suit me perfectly. 
"Having a possession-based approach and playing out from the back is how I’ve been schooled at Wednesday, so I feel I can slot straight in.
"Getting out on loan to further my experience is something I’ve really pushed for, so now it’s up to me to grasp the opportunity and make the most of it.
"I’ve not got long before the weekend – two sessions – but I train aggressively, and I’ll be trying to get straight in the gaffer’s thoughts for Altrincham."
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Notts County's board of directors have taken the time to thank the black and white army for their support ahead of the 2021/2022 National League season.
This comes on the back of the magpies' announcing via the clubs social media that over 3,000 season tickets had been sold on 23rd of July.
Six new arrivals have been signed this summer, with the Notts head coach Ian Burchnall looking to add further depth to his squad ahead of the league campaign.
"We would like to place on record our immense gratitude to our fans, a statement read via the official clubs' website.
"For backing the club with such strong season ticket sales this summer.
"Over the weekend, 2021-22 sales surpassed our total figure for the 2019-20 campaign – including half-season tickets.
"Which is fantastic, especially as there is more than a month to go before our first home match. We also understand that, for various reasons, a season ticket isn’t a viable purchase for everyone, but we’re thrilled with how the entire fanbase continues to support us in every way possible. "
Notts County season tickets are now on general sale, after fans' have taken to renewing their 2019/2020 - after a whole season without being able to buy a season ticket due to COVID-19.
"Shirt sales, for example, have been very strong, and it’s been great to see so many of the new designs on show at our pre-season friendlies.
"Everyone at the club is working hard to prepare for the new campaign, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back to Meadow Lane for what we hope and believe will be an exciting and successful season."
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Notts County has announced their squad numbers for the 2021/2022 National League season.
The Magpies' have made six summer signings, with Kyle Cameron, Frank Vincent, Joel Taylor, Ed Francis, Aaron Nemane and Matt Palmer all joining the ranks.
Head Coach, Ian Burchnall has been busy assessing the squad ahead of the new league campaign and has decided upon his squads numbers today.
2021-22 Squad Numbers:
Sam Slocombe - 1
Tiernan Brooks - 12
Jake Kean - 13
Richard Brindley - 2
Kyle Cameron - 4
Connell Rawlinson - 5
Adam Chicksen - 23
Alex Lacey - 24
Wing Backs:
Joel Taylor - 3
Dion Kelly-Evans - 16
Jim O'Brien - 6
Ed Francis - 14
Matt Palmer - 18
Frank Vincent - 17
Michael Doyle - 8
Cal Roberts - 10
Ruben Rodrigues - 20
Aaron Nemane - 11
Kyle Wootton - 9
Lewis Knight - 15
Elisha Sam - 19
Tyreace Palmer - 21
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Whilst I want to openly acknowledge that Notts requires strengthening up-top off the bat, one player I believe Ian Burchnall needs to commit to giving regular game time during the 2021/22 National League season is Lewis Knight.
Arriving at Meadow Lane from Bradford Park Avenue, the exciting forward who has a blistering amount of pace – described during his debut for the magpies by BT Sports as ‘rapid’ looked to be a real handful.
I can only imagine how effective he can become with developing further as a player and, featuring around the likes of Kyle Wootton and Elisha Sam who should only benefit the 22-year-old.
Having scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for Park Avenue, it signalled a real sign of intent by Notts to sign such as young upcoming player, but I felt slightly disappointed after his initial run of games and the appointment of Ian Burchnall that his development time seemed to be abandoned - this might’ve been due to an injury to the young striker, towards the tail end of the last campaign.
I mean, I can understand that whilst Jimmy Knowles was scoring those all-important goals that it left little space for him – especially with Knowles finding himself on the bench towards the end of last season.
But I saw something promising in Knight, that needs to be given time to come up to the level the club requires.
It’s not just due to his pace, which alone would cause a lot of those slow lanky brutes in National League trouble – his reading of the game seems to be something promising, as he found space which other players might not have drifted into.
I think with the focus being on playing quick, steady build-up football – the sheer number of knock-ons that he would be able to get onto would be exciting to see.
Plus, the formation of playing three centre-backs provides Notts that extra edge up top, that someone could really thrive from with the right level of support.
It’s clear that Ian Burchnall favours this style of play as it provides an extra body in attack, but with a strong tall striker like Kyle Wootton, a tricky winger like Callum Roberts – this would leave opposition teams having to commit players to marking them alone.
Including the new additions to the Notts ranks, such Aaron Nemane who also has a speedy reputation.
The sluggish, slow Notts of old could be a thing of the past. When you intend to play ‘pretty football’ you need players who can hang onto the ball or at least run with it, I firmly feel Lewis Knight can develop into a forward that can get those all-important goals.
Knight could be the right player to advance further with the right nurturing, being a player that could develop into a free scoring striker.
Nobody imagined that Wootton would be such a big hit at Meadow Lane, yet I can see a similar amount of hard-work and graft in Knight too.
Whether, he plays a big part in the upcoming season – it would be a waste not to give him further time to showcase what he can do. I also, don’t believe it would benefit Notts to loan him out as its clear he needs to make the step-up in order to be a success and the chances of him going out to a team above us seems slim.
If there’s one thing we know, goal scorers are hard to find and even more difficult to see do well in our famous Black & White shirts.
This is why, I feel for the promising aspects of Lewis Knights game – the only way he can improve further is to be given a chance to establish himself this upcoming season.
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Notts County's new box-to-box midfielder, Matt Palmer believes the club are going places after signing a 2-year-deal.
Palmer sees the move in the short term as gaining promotion back to the Football League, but has been attracted to the long term vision of the magpies' set by the Reedtz brothers and head coach, Ian Burchnall.
Having joined Notts County after being released by Swindon Town, who had been relegated to League Two in their last campaign - the midfielder is keen to settle within a club that is aiming to do more than just staying within a league.
Speaking about having joined Notts, Matt Palmer said: "I've looked at two ways, obviously, I wanted to come and join a place that has a long term project in place.
"I came and spoke to the gaffer, and he obviously explained the way he wants to play
"The vision of this football club, the vision of the owners and stuff like that, which was really appealing to me." the midfielder added.  
"I think it was a decision where I saw that I go somewhere for maybe a short term year, maybe somewhere they're just trying to stay in the league
"Whereas I think this club is trying to go places, obviously the short term objective is to get promotion, and then I think after that there is a long term project, which is what I want to be a part of
"Like I said the main objective this season is get promotion, but then it's a club that could probably go on again, get themselves up the league"
Before explaining: "There are teams in the championship like Luton, who have done back to back promotions. 
"So yeah, when I came in and spoke to the gaffer, I was really impressed. 
"I spoke to a few people about the way he wants to play football, and it's perfect for me. I think he'll get the best out of me. hopefully it'll work both ways." Palmer added.
Notts County continue to strengthen their team ahead of the 2021/22 National League season, having already signed major coups such as Kyle Cameron, Joel Taylor and Aaron Nemane.
"It was sort of a no-brainer to want to be a part of that, like I said other clubs maybe with what's happened with COVID, that they're maybe just trying to try to stay in the league rather than actually do something. 
"So I think when I was at Burton Albion, they put together a project, and it got them in to the championship 
"I played in the championship with them, so this is something that when I spoke to the manager, you could see that he wants to sort of go along them sort of lines, that's why I wanted to join.
"It's about getting in minutes, and hopefully I can get some in on Saturday and then build up from there."
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Notts County has continued to strengthen their promotion chasing team with the signing of experienced Football League midfielder Matt Palmer.
The 26-year-old had been made available for a free transfer after leaving Swindon Town last season.
Having appeared more than 200 times within the Football League, Palmer arrives at Meadow Lane on a 2-year-deal.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "We’ve brought in two very talented young midfielders in Ed Francis and Frank Vincent this summer,
"So adding someone of Matt’s experience will give us great balance in the central area" He added.
"Matt’s played more than 50 games in the Championship, around 80 in League One and nearly 100 in League Two
"He brings a lot of know-how to the squad while, at the age of 26, he still has plenty to offer in terms of development and improvement. We’re looking at him playing a similar role to Jake Reeves towards the end of last season. 
"He could play deep, but we see him more as a box-to-box midfielder who can contribute to the attacking side of the game."
Ian Burchnall has described Palmer's arrival as being 'perfect for us'.
"Matt’s got a great eye for a forward pass and will also contribute a lot when we’re looking to retain possession as he’s really comfortable with the ball and very competent technically.
"We’ve still got Lamine Kaba Sherif, William Hondermarck and Kyle Bennett on trial, and they’re all showing promise" said the head coach.
"We have the capacity to strengthen further in the midfield area should we wish to."
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Notts County has confirmed the arrival of former Manchester City and Torquay United attacking wide man Arron Nemane on a two-year-deal.
The French born 23-year-old winger arrives at Meadow Lane after the magpies successfully agreed compensation with Torquay to acquire his services.
He joins former Plainmoor team-mate Kyle Cameron, who also joined Notts after opting to start a fresh challenge.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Aaron is one of the quickest players in the league,
"He’s very good one-against-one and can play as a winger in a 3-4-3, as a wing back or even as a number 10. He’s a different type of wide player to what we’ve got at the moment. 
"Aaron is direct in his running and likes to get in behind to stretch the play. He’ll add something different to our attacking patterns and will be particularly useful when we’re up against teams who are defending with a low block as we’ll need players with pace and skill to open them up." He added.
"He suffered an injury towards the end of last season and, while he’s put that behind him now, he’s going to focus on some gym work initially before joining up with the boys on the grass and being in contention for any friendlies."
Nemane believes he brings creative flair to the Notts squad, with his direct attacking player which sees him use his speed and skill to cause opposition players trouble.
"I’m as comfortable playing Maidenhead away as I was playing at Real Madrid in the Youth Champions League, It was a good experience playing against massive teams." Aaron Nemane said. 
"I’m here now, and I’ve adapted to it, we played Notts three times last season and I like their style. They struck me as a very good side, and it’s a massive club, so it was a no-brainer for me to come here.
"I’m not far off, I just need to keep working in the gym and then hopefully I’ll be back to full fitness very soon." He added.
"I can’t wait to get on the ball, take players on and create chances. 
I want to add more goals to my game, along with assists, and that’s what I’m going to try and do this season. I’ll do my best wherever the manager puts me, but I’m comfortable out wide and in more central positions. 
"We’ll just have to wait and see! I’ve played with Ed quite a few times when he played up the age groups at City, he’s technically gifted and will definitely be a good addition to the team."
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Notts County has confirmed the signing of 21-year-old, holding midfielder Ed Francis.
The magpies latest recruit arrives at Meadow Lane on a two-year-deal, after being released by League Two side Harrogate Town.
Francis is a former product of the Manchester City academy having signed his first deal with the Premier League club aged just six-years-old.
Notts County head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "Ed’s time at City gave him a tremendous education,
"He arrives here with great pedigree and experience of playing with some outstanding talent. He progressed through the ranks as a left-sided centre-back but felt, at around 6ft, he probably wasn’t quite tall enough to make it at the top in that role – hence his adaptation into a holding midfielder." He added.
"It’s the position Michael Doyle has played his entire career 
"Doyler’s had a good look at him. He’s keen to work closely with Ed and I think he can add a lot to his game by passing on some of the smaller details. In the role we want Ed to play, you’re the pivot of the whole team." 
Before further explaining: "You have to understand space, where to position yourself to receive the ball and the defensive areas to cover.
"You’re also responsible for dictating the play, so it’s a hugely important position.
"We feel Ed ticks all the boxes to do a great job for us. Positionally he’s very, very good, he’s comfortable on the ball and has a lovely left foot – as well as a good physical presence."
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Notts County's head coach Ian Burchnall has opened up on his thoughts on the teams return to training this past week.
The club is preparing to get the players match fit again, as they begin their pre-season this weekend against Coalville Town. 
Telford United, Boston United, Derby County, York City and Tamworth are all lined-up, with a potential game against National League rivals Solihull Moors.
Meanwhile, the squad has settled into the training and new signings Kyle Cameron and Joel Taylor earned praise for their work outside of the season - with Burchnall declaring 'both have obviously done a lot of work in the off-season and brought a new energy into the group'.
Magpies' Head coach, Ian Burchnall said: "You know, as much as you finish the season, 
"I think you need a break or Monday away - a couple of days, and I'm like missing being here and training with the lads. So it's great to be back with the nice weather and the players are working extremely hard. 
"So it's great fun to be back." he added.
"We want to get the kind of the ground level of fitness that's going to sustain us throughout the season. And that's really important to kind of bed that down so that the volume and the running is a lot. But in my eyes, you can do that everything with a ball, you can bring the ball in and still gain what we want physically from it and still get elements of the technical bits in as well. 
"So for me, the players are working really, really hard, but we get the ball out. And I think that also motivates you to work that little bit harder as well. So yeah, the first few days have been great."
Before explaining further: "I mean, just for them to be able to train a few days without kind of the pressure of everything being out there in the public domain. 
"Certainly we will have a few extra players and some try lists and bodies that we want to look at, in a bit more detail at the game at the weekend." He added. 
"Probably through into next week as well. Carl Roberts looks strong today. He did three, four sessions from him, you look great today. 
"We'll see how it goes on Friday. And whether or not we use him in the game this weekend. Not necessarily that important. But most important is to get a good week out, get some feedback from his body and see where he's at. But really positive today."
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Notts County has increased their transfer hunt as the magpies take on two trialists who are expected to feature in Saturday's pre-season friendly against Coalville Town.
Both players have been part of the training sessions, with head coach Ian Burchnall confirming that they're midfielders.
Summer signing Frank Vincent is currently carrying a knock, which is expected to rule him out of pre-season games for a couple of weeks. 
Notts are yet to further strengthen their midfield, after Jake Reeves departed for the Football League having joined Stevenage and assistant head coach Michael Doyle taking up more of a coaching role.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, head coach Ian Burchnall said: "We've got two in at the minute, and then we'll probably have a couple more Friday and then in the game to help us out, and also it will be for us to have a look at them.
"They're interesting players so the profiles are interesting, but they're ones that maybe we can't get as much information about them as we'd like and then you have to see them first-hand.
"They are midfielders, but we will look at maybe attacking options as well." He added.
"I mean, you take the stature of somebody like that and I thought he was an outstanding player for Torquay last season. To be able to bring him in given his age and where he is in his development, I think it's fantastic for us.
"He's going to be a really good player. Frank Vincent has come in and sadly isn't 100 per cent fit. He needs a few weeks just to recover from a knee injury.
"But I've seen enough of him to see that he's a very good football player. And again, young, ready to develop. Then we signed Joel, and he is going to give us something in that wide area."
Further adding: "He has pace, that directness, that one v one. So far I am happy with the kind of profile, the age of the players and there's going to be more to come as well."
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Notts County's latest recruit Joel Taylor has expressed his delight with signing with the magpies'.
The club returned to training this past Tuesday, with the squad heading back to Meadow Lane after a few weeks off at the end of the last campaign.
The 25-year-old wing back praised the clubs training facilities and the playing surface, as preparation begins for their pre-season games.
Speaking in relation to his first training session, Joel Taylor said: "I do like [the training facilities], 
"Very nice training ground, it's nice to play football."
Before adding: "Yeah, I mean, in pre-season, I know, it's about getting fit and getting back to match fitness. But when you're doing it with the balls, it makes our session a lot more enjoyable than just running around a pitch and whatnot. 
"So with this gaffer we can see he likes to play. So a lot of the running is done with the balls, which again, all players love doing that. So with the ball is obviously the best thing."
With a return to training, Taylor met his team-mates for the first time since signing with the club.
"Yeah. I mean, I met with the lads yesterday when I signed. 
"Well the majority of them anyway, and yeah they seemed sound - just welcomed me into the group straight off. And I feel like a part of the group already.
"I want to come here, help the team progress and get back to where they need to be, but ultimately within myself as well" He added.
"Very, very, very excited. Like I said last season, I think we played a handful of games in front of fans. 
"So getting the fans back in especially at the Meadow Lane, where it's a big crowd. So yeah, I can't wait for the fans to come back in and play in front of them."
Joel Taylor is expected to make his first appearance in a Notts County shirt, in Saturday's friendly against Coalville Town.
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Notts County head coach Ian Burchnall has spoken about adding at least four more signings to his side before the start of the 2021/22 National League season.
The magpies boss hasn't ruled out paying further transfer fees, after Notts completed the purchase of wing-back Joel Taylor from close rivals Chesterfield yesterday.
Having signed their third summer recruit, with defender Kyle Cameron first arriving and then Frank Vincent - both of which arrived as free agents. Burchnall insists that more signings are on the way, as the club once again challenges for promotion back to the Football League.
Speaking to the Nottingham Evening Post, Ian Burchnall said "We need some options in the middle.
"We know we need midfielders in and more options upfront as well. You can jump on the first thing that comes up or do we take our time and be measured and understand that it's a strange window at the moment." he added
"There's a lot of players and a lot of clubs in different situations so things have taken a bit longer than probably we thought it would.
"In an ideal world you have everybody in on day one of pre-season, but it looks like it will probably take another week or so before I feel like we're more or less done."
Further adding: "I think it really depends on the player, the circumstance and the overall package. 
"We have to take all of those pieces into consideration. So no, it's not necessarily only free transfers. We take the full package really and assess from there."
Notts County prepares for the start of their pre-season, with a trip to local side Coalville Town this Saturday.
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The off-season is a special time for many football fans. The first week is a novelty, but many of us begin wondering what exactly we do with our Saturdays now the Euros have finished. 
Such boredom drives inevitable speculation; who's off-contract, who's sought after, who are we linked with. In the era of social media and the internet, there are vast swathes of people demanding that the players who bedazzled in the league last year be signed up instantly, the galacticos of the non-league, if you will.
The thirst for these type of signings are encouraged by the endless stream of anonymous, 'in-the-know', accounts, largely on Twitter these days, who mainly throw enough mud that eventually one will stick; cue the many incorrect predictions being quickly tidied up.
For those football manager fans, my personal approach was to go heavy on the scouting, sign the best players, regardless of position, knowing they'll be good enough, or decent enough, even if not entirely in the position they like best. Reality is somewhat different.

'Philosophy' or 'club culture' are the latest buzz-words for a rather simple thing - how does the club prefer to play football. It's relatively new for us here at Notts, as our style used to change in synchronisation with our manager - roughly every 6 months (or less).
More than most clubs, the Notts pendulum used to swing from one side to the other, without so much as a pause to think about exactly what we are doing and where we are going. Derry: defensive, rigid, direct - to Moniz: attacking, fluid, reckless.
Without diving down the rabbit hole of why and how this all happened, the inevitability is that with such drastic and instantaneous changes in style, you will find yourself with players that simply don't suite the new one. 
It seems that tide has turned, however. A change of manager has brought in a change of tactics and play, but the style is largely similar.
There're no players that were well-suited to the previous manager that couldn't have done a similar job with the new one. This brings in a new factor to consider for our transfer policy - do we target players that are the best we can attract, or do we target the best players in the positions and roles that we need?
Sonny Carey. Brilliant player. Ripped us apart when we played KL. If you ignore the fact he has gone higher up the leagues, the next question is, where would we play him, or more importantly, who would you drop to play him? If we are sticking with 3-5-2, there are two striking positions and three central midfield positions.
Assuming one of those strikers will be Wootton, who plays close to him? Roberts? Rodrigues? If they're both playing, one of them (probably Rodrigues) will be the advanced man in that central 3.
You'd be very exposed if 2 of your central 3 were pretty much attacking midfielders, should you incorporate a Carey, or Carey-like player. Another name that came up regularly was Rhys Oates; primarily a winger. 
We've made 3 signings so far, and they all convey to me the same message - we know the type of player we wanted, and we've got what we think will be a good fit. A summary of what we were missing, prior to these signings:
A Michael Doyle. Left-footed, central midfielder who can dictate the game through his passing ability. Capable of the killer ball. A left-sided CB, ideally left-footed, who can step out and play with the ball at his feet. A left wing back who can attack. Chicksen is solid and technically gifted, but not a winger type. We needed a more attacking LWB to replace Miller. The three players we've signed, so far, seem to be role and positionally ideal (at least theoretically). 
The next question that naturally springs to mind is then what to expect from the further signings? For that, it's best to analyse what we have:

Noticeable is the scope for interpretation. Does 3 at the back mean this is how we line-up? Certainly not, but I've gone with more or less how we featured at the end of last season.
Secondly is just how attacking or defensive this formation varies hugely with personnel, start JOB instead of Rodrigues, Chicksen at LWB, and we all of a sudden look quite solid. Change that up and have Rodrigues, Roberts and Wootton as a quasi-front 3 with Taylor running from the wings, then we start looking dangerous, albeit a bit open. It can be assumed, I think, that those positions and players can be flexible depending on opposition or scoreline. 
For the future signings, I'm not expecting any attacking midfielders or wingers. My personal thoughts are:
Defensive-minded, or tenacious central midfielder who can still play. Neal Bishop type would be perfect. All-round central midfielder. No special leanings one way or the other. Reeves loosely could be pigeon-holed in this category. A striker to compete and at times partner Wootton. Doesn't necessarily have to be the same type as Wootton. A RWB that attacks. Brindley and DKE are solid at this level, but neither are ones to unlock defences. A backup centre back. While Brindley and Chicksen performed amicably last season, playing a back 3 with only 3 established CB's is a big risk.  Head over to the Pride of Nottingham forum to discuss this feature written by Super_Danny_Allsopp, with the community.
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