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  1. We've clearly been tracking them for some time. I've not see too much of them other than the two FA Cup games Kidderminster had against Reading and West Ham. Austin scored against Reading and I seem to recall Bajrami playing in midfield against West Ham.

    Their fans had pretty much expected Bajrami to leave once his contract was up, general consensus was that he was far too good for that level. They were also sad to see Austin go. From the bits and pieces I've seen of him he reminds me of Alan Judge, very energetic, pretty skilful and capable of a long range screamer!

    There's a Notts fan on twitter called Tom (@tomhwilliams23) who's looked into these players and done a little run down with some clips of them.

  2. A few seasons ago Doncaster sold Marquis to Pompey for £1.5mil and last year sold Whiteman to Preston also for £1.5mil (*both values are from transfermarkt.co.uk). So I think Doncaster might actually have some money. I also think 500k is a lot for a player with one year left on his contract, a club can just wait for a year and get him for free.

    No idea whether this is true but I can see why clubs would be interested in Roberts. I don't want him to go, but more often than not it was a case of Cal playing out of position to get both him and Ruben in the team...

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  3. I do feel for Gateshead’s fans, losing your two top strikers to the same club, their optimism about the season will have taken a big hit. Like Langstaff, Scott is clearly ready to play at this level now. Seems all very similar to when we signed Roberts so I’m confident he’ll cope with the step up.

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  4. It didn’t help that when he signed he hadn’t played for a while either, getting a good pre-season was vital for him but then sadly he got injured. I feel with Langstaff and Scott we’ve got the better deal but good luck to him (just not when he plays us!).

  5. Well it’s the kind of appointment everyone was expecting. Yes his stats from Swindon aren’t great but I don’t know if that team/environment suited him. We are setup for a head coach, so it should suit him here. I’d be surprised if he does terribly due to the fact we have players that are more than good enough for this level.

    Can he get us promoted though? That’s the real challenge but I hope so!

  6. I’m actually quite disappointed to see Sam go, it felt like finally something was just clicking for him. He had that great month where he won the NL PotM. And then sadly he didn’t feature that much in the last leg of games but I've been impressed by his improvement and thought next season he’d feature in the team more.

    That’s a name from the past! Sean Canham jumped from the Southern Prem to League 2, and unfortunately it showed!

    As for Langstaff it seems the natural progression for him considering he finished as the top scorer in the NL North. It’ll be a big ask to get 30 goals again, but I’m looking forward to see what he can do. Apparently he’s very fast, not the same type of players as Woots so (assuming he’s off) I wonder if we’ll try and sign someone else similar to him. That would give us 4 strikers going into next season alongside Knight & Mitchell (who are also pretty quick too!)

  7. Mike Williamson seems a popular choice at the moment and you can see why just won the NL North and scored 99 goals doing it! I'd be interested to see if we've approached him or vice-versa. Plays out from the back in an attacking 4-3-3, which I think would work with the majority of our players. 

  8. Very happy with that, even if the new head coach doesn't play 3-5-2 he'll slot back into right-back a treat.

    And given it was revealed how close him and Chicksen are, I'm quietly confident he'll sign on too now!

  9. Although Andy Woodman is/was the current favourite, I’d say it's incredibly unlikely given the statement mentions “a change in personnel does not lead to a switch in overarching philosophy.”

    None of the names really jumped out at me, the only manager in this league that I might be tempted to look at is Phil Parkinson (no not that one!), Altrincham have competed very well for a part-time team the last two years and been no-where near the relegation spots like the other promoted teams.

    If I had to make a bet, it would be that the new guy won’t be on that list… I’ll go for Ian Foster, current England U19 manager. No inside knowledge, but fits what the owners would want.

  10. Also been reported that Michael Doyle will join him.

    I can understand why he’s gone, a L1 club that’s well backed and even if he does get sacked, he’ll still probably be able to get a FL job. I don't begrudge him moving but I’d have preferred him to stay, just to see if he was capable of addressing our weaknesses. I think we’d have learnt a lot more next season in terms of knowing whether IB was capable of taking us up. Now I guess we’ll never know.

    How do you feel about the news?

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  11. Well we've not hung around there, that announcement was quicker than I expected!

    Kind of felt due to high numbers of contracted players for next season one or two were going to move on. Sad to see them go, both good players but I can see why they’ve not been offered contracts. Some speculation that Lacey is a high earner so maybe we think we can get equal quality for less money, I think a League 2 club will come in for him. And you can never fault Dion’s effort, but with Brinds and Richardson he kind of felt like the third choice. I'd imagine we'll see him next season lining up for another NL side.

    This from the statement is interesting;

    “As our supporters would expect, preparations for 2022-23 commenced long ago. We have identified the areas we need to improve and are in a strong position to act swiftly.”

    Let’s see then…

    Also in terms of our first signing my money is on Geraldo Bajrami, if the reporting is true we tried to sign him in January and he is now out of contract at Kidderminster Harriers. 🧐

  12. From what I can find these are the players who will be out of contract next month...








    Not that many for once. Strong rumours that Pompey are very keen on Wootton, it’s been widely predicted that he won’t be here next season and I have to agree. Assuming he won't re-sign, I think I'd want to keep the rest. However that would mean we would already have 19 contracted players going into next season. Part of me is a bit worried about a potential play-off hang-over and there wouldn't be much room for new recruitments to freshen up the squad. Equally I think it would be daft to get rid of good players for this level, it just means that the recruitment would have to be spot on given we would only be adding a few players.

    What do you think? Who would you want to keep for next season?🤔

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  13. Gutted, yes we didn't play that well but we were still 30 seconds from winning and that hurts.

    They were a more cohesive unit and attacked in numbers better, that said they didn't exactly carve us open and most their shots came from outside the box (set-piece goals aside). We just looked a bit all over the place a times, big gaps between the defence, midfield and attackers. We like to have control of the game but we never got it. I thought we went into that game with the mentality of keeping it tight and we didn't want to commit too many players forward so we struggled to really get at them.

    Losing Cal so early meant we had use our only attacking sub way too early. Once we went 1-0 up we crying out for some fresh legs (and pace) upfront but all we had were defenders and midfielders. Grimsby had 2 forwards on their bench and they won the game for them...

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  14. 🚨 Trigger warning, I'm handing two 7's in my ratings 😵

    Slocombe 7 - Dealt with balls into our box well, looked more confident with the ball at his feet and didn't actually have that many saves to make.

    Brindley 5 - Quiet game, not under that much pressure defensively but didn't ever really carry the ball out of the defence like he can.

    Lacey 7 - Solid, won most his battles with Taylor, some vital blocks and generally defended well.

    Cameron 6.5 - Good to have him back, few dodgy touches but dealt with their threats.

    Richardson 5 - Not much luck going forward other than one great cross for Ruben's header, doesn't defend with the same attacking urgency at times and tried to do too much by himself.

    Chicksen 6 - Pretty solid defensively, didn't get forward enough for me, really felt like we were playing a back 5.

    Palmer 6 - Didn't/wasn't able to get on the ball at all in the first half, more involved as the game went on always trying to hassle Grimsby midfield who looked more assured than ours.

    O'Brien 5.5 - Played quiet deep, and never really did what he does well making those runs beyond the back line.

    Roberts n/a - Don't know what to say other than I hope it's nothing serious.

    Rodrigues 6 - Lost his threat and influence when he dropped back, passing a bit wayward but a calm head for the penalty.

    Wootton 6.5 - Tireless running, I thought he was pretty good considering he had little support and attacking options close by.


    Sam 6.5 - Gave us an outlet with his pace, touch and hold play was good just a shame we never got forward enough as a team to cause much of a threat.

    Francis 5.5 - He's a bit slow at times, reminds me of Doyle in that sense, good on the ball but didn't really affect or change the game.

    Brunt 5.5 - Probably had our best chance in open play in the second half of extra-time, actually drove us forward a few times. Just not that player that game needed.

    I thought we were too defensive and risk averse last night, which is odd to see from us. Needed to push up and be braver. Grimsby were the more cohesive unit but it was a close game that was settled by dead ball situations.

  15. Notts are kind of damned if you do damned if you don’t with the ticket scenario. I can see why we’ve capped Grimsby allocation; it’s our home game and we’ll want to get that home crowd advantage. I’m not sure Grimsby can really complain, we finished 5th and there’s nothing stating we can’t do it, a lot of teams in this league can’t even offer 2,000 seats for away fans! Maybe we could’ve allocated an extra lot once they’d sold out, that might have stopped some fans moaning. There probably will be a few fans in the home end but it should be dealt with, most Grimsby fans will realise it’s not worth the hassle to come and only get chucked out.

    As for the game, it’s all about our ability to deal with Grimsby’s press (assuming they do!). If they do push up then we’ve got to exploit all the space in behind. So Woots hold up play and runners to exploit the space will be key. It’s a shame Nemane is suspended as we could’ve pinged balls over the top for him and Cal to chase. Having Cameron and Brindley back will help us in defence, I suspect it’ll be a 3-5-2 then we could change to a back 4 and push another play forward if we are being penned in.

    Going to be a close game, but I'm hopeful our good home form will see us through.

  16. Yeah, I've watched a few. Haven't seen tonight's game as I've opted for Rangers v Frankfurt but I can imagine it's not great.

    I've been impressed with the quality and pace of the Championship games. But yeah L1 and L2 its more hit and miss, I mean Wycombe are incredibly direct and they've got no interest in short passing. But the commentators in the Sheffield Wed v Sunderland game banged on about Darren Moore and his 'passing style', they passed it out from the back like twice in 45 mins! It was just a game of attrition, I think the commentators were just trying to con the viewers! I didn't watch the second half of that one...

  17. Before the Reedtz Brothers took over it felt like there was something going off at the club every week, but now off the field it’s all quiet these days and that’s a good thing!

    Most the articles now are just rehashed versions of pre-match and post-match interviews occasionally you get the odd transfer story but the media team at Notts cover pretty much everything you need to know. 

    Given the reduced output I wonder if there won’t be a dedicated reported, just whoever’s got the quietest week... I can see why he's moved on and they are certainly not short of stories at Derby at the moment.

  18. Yep, tough to predict who will go up. That said given how Chesterfield limped over the line I'd be really surprised if they won it.

    In terms of us, if we get to Wrexham and beat them I really would fancy us to do it. But those will be two tough games, Grimsby unbeaten in their last 7 away games and we just aren't as good away from home.

    I kind of agree with @DangerousSausage with regards to Wrexham in the NL next season. But I can't help but think of their documentary, they'll want a win at Wembley desperately for that. So them not getting promoted would be funny!

  19. I also didn't think too much of it when the news first came out but as of now he's the favourite with the bookies!

    Interesting that nothing was asked in the post match interview, is this because it's a complete non-story or were they told they can't? 🤔

  20. Yeah, I mean if Stockport lose to Torquay than I think they'll have blown it. I think they'll be feeling more pressure now than they thought they would, they really should have been able to wrap up the title given the initial gap they created.

    Wrexham just seem to be on a roll at the moment, and given they just turned Stockport over, I'd hate to go there away.

  21. 50K will be little consolation to the 10 years of Vanarama they are likely to serve!

    That is interesting though, Scunthorpe have been so bad all season that I wasn't surprised when I first saw the result. Apparently Northampton have made a complaint so maybe it will be looked into but I can't see anything happening.

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