Back in mid-April, Notts County chairman Ray Trew announced during a radio interview that he would be creating a transfer committee at the club.
This would consist of six members – all unknown at the time of the interview – who would discuss each player, before the manager, Ricardo Moniz made his final decision, as any manager should do if the chosen players were good enough for the club.
After this interview, fans’ opinions were somewhat negative concerning the direction chosen by the club. The general opinion is that this would ultimately lead to bargain players being approved, as the general mood at the time was low.
However, nobody knew for sure how this would work out and regardless it was the direction in which the club opted to go for.
As the close season began, activity around Meadow Lane seemed very slow and fans hung onto any sort of transfer speculation linked with the club.
When Notts made their first signing, it seemed that the mission of the current board and manager was to settle the worries and minds of loyal fans.
The process of transfers is something generally handled on the quiet side at Meadow Lane it would seem. However, it wasn’t long before speculation and optimism started to creep into the fan base, with Ray Trew publicly voicing his thoughts on potential signings.
Notts quickly started being linked with European talent, namely from the Dutch and Belgian leagues where Moniz has managed or dealt with before. Even names within the English division seemed to impress the majority.
As the optimism increased, so did the transfers and, on merit, it seems that the transfer committee is doing a good job, as is Chief Scout Guy Branston who is heading the recruitment drive.
It’s a little too early to say if it’s a complete success, but looking at the business done and achieved by the committee so far, it is certainly showing other clubs how it needs to be handled.
With the club developing squad based on quality and not quantity, it’s easy to become excited when the players linked are of various skills and age ranges. It seems the five-step plan mentioned within local media really was the footprint for the success aimed towards the 2015-16 League Two campaign.
Personally, I am satisfied with the direction in which the club appears to be going. I am also very keen to see the season underway and for fans to quickly jump on board, as success on the field for me can only be measured by the fans in attendance and naturally if Notts do get off to a bright start, the players arriving could seal a brighter future for this football club.
It is a promising start for Notts, which does not warrant any sort of negativity remotely, and I am encouraged by the response I have seen.
Let’s hope this season is a successful one for us, so we can finally push on together in the right direction.