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1  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: Yesterday at 09:52:02 PM
I am enjoying the positive responses for a player I feel we let go too soon. I am feeling hugely positive about the season already. PP for me has made 99% the right decisions in team/squad selections, even to the point where he brought a player off at halftime at Rushall away. For me personally him and Neil know a decent player who is hungry and has pride to succeed.
2  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: Yesterday at 07:12:21 PM
I'm slightly baffled. He wasn't any use last time. Maybe he'll fit into this set up better.

I think a lot of people were disappointed when he left. And he did play for us in the Conference Premier remember

And never produced anything. But if the current management see something in him I'll reserve my judgement.

He had some good performances with us at the league above so I think you'll  be surprised. For two of the 4 games against us last season he was the best player on the pitch.
3  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: another signing to be announced tonight on: Yesterday at 07:08:33 PM
Great signing. I always liked him.
Times are a change.
4  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 18, 2018, 04:13:47 PM
Such a sharp contrast in comparison to the rebuilding job of 2017/18. A deputy keeper, a central defender, a central midfielder and a target man are needed I reckon.

Goalkeepers

Tony Thompson

Defenders

Shaun Densmore
Connor Hampson
Andy White
Tom Hannigan
Ben Harrison
James Jones

Midfielders

Jake Moult
Simon Richman
Max Harrop
James Poole
John Johnston
Josh Hancock

Forwards

Jordan Hulme
Tom Peers
Anthony Dwyer


Agreed.
5  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 14, 2018, 06:21:17 PM
I am intrigued to the thoughts of the supporters moving forward with this squad.I am sure PP and Neil will be looking to commit players for next season sooner rather than later.

Just my opinion but I would retain:-

Defenders

Dens
Hampson
James Jones
Hannigan
Harrison
White ( he has very much improved, I would still have Hampson as first choice LB )

Midfield

Moult
Richman
Harrop
JJ
Peers

Forwards

Hancock (No.10)
Poole
Hulme

I can't fault Thompson's attitude and passion but he gives the ball back to the opposition far too often and next season we would be punished more. He can also have a rush of blood when coming off his line. Maybe keep him as a squad player and try to develop him but for me we defo need a new keeper.

I would give Miller and Taylor pre season. I would enquire about Merrie,the lad has potential.

I would release :

Heathcote ( did OK against Marine at centre back )
Amis
Omotola
Bailey-Jones ( busy player but not the best close control )

I haven't seen enough of the youth / reserve players but I don't think any,as of yet,would make the first 11.

I feel we are 5 or 6 players short of pushing for playoffs/promotion. Again just my opinion but I feel we are short in certain areas:-

Goalkeeper

Cover at RB

Tall athletic centre mid (not not necessarily to replace anyone)  

A wide player who is similar to JJ. Someone with pace who can go on the outside or inside of defenders. Both Peers and Hancock have done decent jobs in that role but maybe someone more natural in the wing position. Again not to currently replace anyone.

A striker to push Jordan who has been immense.




PP and Neil know a decent player. Matched.
6  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 06:13:56 PM
That retention list is perfect. Well done PP and Neil again.
7  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 04:42:49 PM
I am hoping the last 5 are Hannigan, Hampson, Harrop, Poole and Moult.

Give Miller and Taylor pre season.

See above....delete Harrop from your wish list. Add Bailey-Jones ?

Bailey-Jones is a keen player but not so good close control. We need better for this league.
8  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 04:40:49 PM
I am hoping the last 5 are Hannigan, Hampson, Harrop, Poole and Moult.

Give Miller and Taylor pre season.

Hope you're right with those five. Add 3 quality signings and another keeper and we're good to go.

Spot on
9  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Retained Players on: May 14, 2018, 03:48:43 PM
I am hoping the last 5 are Hannigan, Hampson, Harrop, Poole and Moult.

Give Miller and Taylor pre season.
10  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 09, 2018, 11:26:04 AM
Hulme has signed up for next season. See main site

Perfect start.
11  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 02, 2018, 09:27:47 AM
Pretty much agree, keep all the players who played a decent number of games this year, release Sam (sorry) and Bailly-Jones and those who went out on loan.

Essential Targets:
Striker - a squad with one recognised striker is well short, would be happy to keep Jordan as first choice
Keeper - ditto keeper, but would rather genuine competition for TT or even new first choice - distribution and rush of blood moments are too frequent for me

Secondary targets:
CM replace Merrie in the squad - competing with Moult and Richman first choice is what we need, not necessarily a step up from these two, Harrop to come on from bench
Winger replace Miller in the squad - if he's first choice great but a front four of JH, JJ, JP, JH is pretty good so another impact sub alongside Peers would be enough
Striker - a squad really needs three strikers although how much game time the 3rd choice will get will be an issue playing one up top if Jordan stays fit again - could get away with knowing about some viable loan targets in case of injury

I'd rather spend the budget on the first two and then see what's left for the others.  Defence is probably OK - 3 good full backs and 3 good CB in the squad with additional cover from Si and Jake if we get injury hit again, feels OK.

In terms of personnel mentioned, Leather - yes (but not a priority area), Luca -No, Grantham keeper definitely, team of the season keeper and played well against us at theirs but suspect distance will be an issue

Good post.

I would love to see Miller take personal responsibility and get himself super fit and trim before pre season and see how he does. On his game he is the extra winger we are missing.

Again Taylor is a good player but I feel we just need that little bit more from a centre mid.

Keeper is a must, along with a proven hungry goal scorer at this level.
12  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: May 01, 2018, 05:15:09 PM
I think they've earned the right to not be speculated over, as well.

I understand where you are coming from but there are at least 5 that we could release without impacting on the squad. We will need to strengthen to compete, as we haven't quite got the strength in-depth.
I think you run a risk if you don't bring in targets for pre season because that is when observations and bonding can be made.
You leave it 5 or 6 games in and we realise we need more quality or back up in certain areas we could find ourselves with an instant uphill battle.
Some are not good enough so just replace with quality if the budget allows.
We 100% need a keeper ( even if it's just back-up),striker because if Hulme gets injured we are already struggling, a dominant athletic centre mid ( box to box )and an extra winger. I feel these positions must be at least covered before or during pre season.
We must be prepared, quality in-depth and fit before the first league game in my opinion.
13  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: April 30, 2018, 10:00:57 PM
Ive been thinking about this long and hard and have come to the conclusion PP has a really difficult task.

I really don't think there is a huge leap in standard just in consistency of quality.....that will be mitigated by the fact I believe the Conf N will suit our football much better....

I think Peers would get 10 goals just off the bench and standing in...Hancock and Poole close to 20...Jordan will get 20...JJ will get close to 20

Will Jake Simon and Max between them sort our midfield?...I think so...while simon can cover RB

I love Thommo and it is obvious he loves Alty and is brilliant for team spirit but can see how a really good commanding keeper would give us unbeatability.

I'd go for a top winger who can play both sides as well...another JJ ....

If Sam is happy to stay keep him and loan him out...he's been in and out and has yet to consolidate his own true position let alone get a run....he could yet come good he's still learning....and if he does well on loan maybe that club will buy him?

Scott Leather back?...NO!.....Luca bacvk?....NO!

In conclusion a keeper a winger and maybe a Paul Ellender box to box controlling scoring midfielder....

I actually think we could win this league....play offs minimum.....PP is a winner!

How long do you want to give him? Not good enough,simples.

I agree. Feel awful because I respect how much Sam loves Alty but football can be harsh and he is a number that we don't need and can be replaced with much better quality. He hasn't improved, away at Rushall was a shocking 45 mins and rightly subbed at half time.
14  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: April 30, 2018, 08:01:01 PM
I agree with most of what has been said i don think 3 or 3 new faces is enough more five or six.As the subject of ex players often crops up and we could do with cover at rb and maybe cb,  Scott Leather ?,highly rated central midfilelders who might be available include steve Irwin from fc and Winter at County

I thought about Scott Leather and Sean Williams would be decent. I rated him when we first had him. I remember watching one first half in the conference and he ran the show.
15  General Category / Altrincham FC First Team / Re: Next season's squad on: April 30, 2018, 04:05:21 PM
Don't forget we've got a network of scouts now. We've been having teams watched all season, so it wouldn't surprise me if Phil and Neil have pinpoints on exact players that they want. Anyone who comes in has to compliment the dressing room harmony. They're a very close bunch. On Saturday night you got the impression of a brotherhood amongst them, and that can't change. 2/3 additions, 4 at a push, and we go again.

Yeah I think they will have an idea. PP has created an unreal team spirit,it is clear to see. Already so excited about next season.
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