Phil Parkinson must play budget waiting game before offering new Bradford City deals

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Garry Thompson celebrates scoring City’s winner as a substitute in their final home game of the season against Crawley Garry Thompson celebrates scoring City’s winner as a substitute in their final home game of the season against Crawley

The future of several out-of-contract City stars will hinge on the budget talks currently taking place between Phil Parkinson and the board.

Garry Thompson and Matthew Bates were yesterday told they would not be getting new deals.

Others will sit down with the club in the next few days – once Parkinson has found out exactly what money he has to play with.

Parkinson plans more talks with joint-chairman Julian Rhodes over the finances he will be given for next season. With so many players coming out of contract, that will influence his thinking and what City are prepared to offer.

The Bantams chief said: “Discussions with the board are ongoing regarding the budget for next year. We’ll be speaking to other players at the end of this week and early next.

“I was with Julian yesterday going through everything and that will continue. The discussions with the other players will be based on the result of those talks.”

Thompson’s departure does not come as a surprise after he found himself pushed into a regular bench role during the closing stages of last season.

The 33-year-old winger did score the winner as a substitute in City’s final home game against Crawley. But he is assured a place in club folklore for that volley against Arsenal during the history-making run to the Capital One Cup final.

Thompson scored 11 goals in 102 appearances in total and Parkinson believes there will be plenty of interest for his signature.

He said: “Thommo has made a good contribution for the last couple of years and has been a great lad to have around. I don’t think there will be a shortage of clubs wanting to take him.”

Defender Bates has also been released after playing 23 times last season. He filled in while Andrew Davies was injured – a sticky period that saw City manage only one win and a single clean sheet.

Youngster Louie Swain, who has been loaned to the likes of Guiseley and Park Avenue, has also gone.

City will not be offering pro contracts to youth-team skipper Jack Stockdill and fellow second-year trainees Jack Bentley and Nathan Curtis.

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9:45am Thu 8 May 14

Joshuatoothill says...

How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?! Joshuatoothill
  • Score: 8

10:14am Thu 8 May 14

Peter300 says...

Joshuatoothill wrote:
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
Probably on a similar basis that players have not been offered professional deals at clubs since football began. There was Adam Baker last season, for example, but nobody seemed bothered about that because the team had just beat Northampton in the Play-Off Final.
[quote][p][bold]Joshuatoothill[/bold] wrote: How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?![/p][/quote]Probably on a similar basis that players have not been offered professional deals at clubs since football began. There was Adam Baker last season, for example, but nobody seemed bothered about that because the team had just beat Northampton in the Play-Off Final. Peter300
  • Score: 6

10:32am Thu 8 May 14

Peter300 says...

Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.
Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say. Peter300
  • Score: 8

12:12pm Thu 8 May 14

tyker7745 says...

Peter300 wrote:
Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.
Is it not always the case in the football world that players feel they deserve another contract or at a young age, not considered good enough.

I remember a young promising (in his eyes only)full back whose footballing career at City was ended prematurely by Wayne Jacobs

I winder where he is now: probably sitting at a borrowed computer in Skipton library. But that's life. Many youngsters who think they are top notch who go down the leagues etc etc in no time at all.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.[/p][/quote]Is it not always the case in the football world that players feel they deserve another contract or at a young age, not considered good enough. I remember a young promising (in his eyes only)full back whose footballing career at City was ended prematurely by Wayne Jacobs I winder where he is now: probably sitting at a borrowed computer in Skipton library. But that's life. Many youngsters who think they are top notch who go down the leagues etc etc in no time at all. tyker7745
  • Score: -6

12:13pm Thu 8 May 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Peter300 wrote:
Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.
I dissagree, the team wasnt good enough and would have been in a relagation dog fight if not for all the players brought in on loan due to poor recruitment and retaining players not good enough for this division during last summer.I do agree though that Tommo will be hard to replace, he may have been short on goals but his work ethic couldnt be faulted, i think age was against him.
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.[/p][/quote]I dissagree, the team wasnt good enough and would have been in a relagation dog fight if not for all the players brought in on loan due to poor recruitment and retaining players not good enough for this division during last summer.I do agree though that Tommo will be hard to replace, he may have been short on goals but his work ethic couldnt be faulted, i think age was against him. Halifax Bantam
  • Score: 4

12:17pm Thu 8 May 14

BigFigure says...

Joshuatoothill wrote:
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
errr....he's not good enough?
[quote][p][bold]Joshuatoothill[/bold] wrote: How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?![/p][/quote]errr....he's not good enough? BigFigure
  • Score: 6

12:59pm Thu 8 May 14

moanmoanwhingewhinge says...

Joshuatoothill wrote:
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
Because the manager didn't view him as good enough for the first team of a league one team or better than players he's already got and intending to bring in?
[quote][p][bold]Joshuatoothill[/bold] wrote: How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?![/p][/quote]Because the manager didn't view him as good enough for the first team of a league one team or better than players he's already got and intending to bring in? moanmoanwhingewhinge
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Thu 8 May 14

lawsonio123 says...

Stockdill is a bit of a shock but that is football. Thomson can and will play on abut in Division 2 dare i suggest at Morecambe where i am sure he will do well and wish him Good Luck for the rest of his football life. Bates was expected. It will be interesting to see who else goes but i am sure Parky will do a good job for City
Stockdill is a bit of a shock but that is football. Thomson can and will play on abut in Division 2 dare i suggest at Morecambe where i am sure he will do well and wish him Good Luck for the rest of his football life. Bates was expected. It will be interesting to see who else goes but i am sure Parky will do a good job for City lawsonio123
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Thu 8 May 14

BD16 says...

Halifax Bantam wrote:
Peter300 wrote:
Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.
I dissagree, the team wasnt good enough and would have been in a relagation dog fight if not for all the players brought in on loan due to poor recruitment and retaining players not good enough for this division during last summer.I do agree though that Tommo will be hard to replace, he may have been short on goals but his work ethic couldnt be faulted, i think age was against him.
Sorry, but I disagree with you. We had serious long term injuries last year. Davies, who just about any team in the division would miss, Meredith and Reid were all absent for long periods. We also lost our top scorer in January when his toys came out of the pram and he wouldn't play ball any more.

Some of last summers recruits were poor but you look at the pedigree of Yeate's and others and you cannot really question them as signings, at least nobody did last summer. Most of the players, like Gary Thomson, who will leave the club were contracted for this season already so they weren't really retained as you say.

It's a big summer for City. With so many players out of contract it's a chance for a complete overhaul and hopefully a chance to kick on again.
[quote][p][bold]Halifax Bantam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: Best of luck to Tommo for the future. Played a big part in 2012-13. He has always been a player that Parky likes. It was right that Tommo was given every opportunity to play last season and made a decent contribution to the side. The team proved to the critics they could perform in L1 and were good enough. The final league position proved this was a fact, though over a whole season it can be a fine line between relative success and failure. Just nine points difference from City's final total over 46 games means either close to a play-off place or just escaping relagation. Fine margins indeed. Tommo works hard, still has a good turn of pace (despite what some people say) and is recognised as one of the best crossers at the club (if not the best from open play). However, Tommo only scored two goals last season and that will have bothered the player and manager as well as those who supported him (the Thompson critics have already had their say and have never shut-up). Now Parky has to find someone who will improve on Tommo's contribution, which may not be that simple despite what people will say.[/p][/quote]I dissagree, the team wasnt good enough and would have been in a relagation dog fight if not for all the players brought in on loan due to poor recruitment and retaining players not good enough for this division during last summer.I do agree though that Tommo will be hard to replace, he may have been short on goals but his work ethic couldnt be faulted, i think age was against him.[/p][/quote]Sorry, but I disagree with you. We had serious long term injuries last year. Davies, who just about any team in the division would miss, Meredith and Reid were all absent for long periods. We also lost our top scorer in January when his toys came out of the pram and he wouldn't play ball any more. Some of last summers recruits were poor but you look at the pedigree of Yeate's and others and you cannot really question them as signings, at least nobody did last summer. Most of the players, like Gary Thomson, who will leave the club were contracted for this season already so they weren't really retained as you say. It's a big summer for City. With so many players out of contract it's a chance for a complete overhaul and hopefully a chance to kick on again. BD16
  • Score: 7

2:50pm Thu 8 May 14

bahamianbantam says...

So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper.
We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season.
Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this!
So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper. We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season. Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this! bahamianbantam
  • Score: 0

3:53pm Thu 8 May 14

whisky1 says...

bahamianbantam wrote:
So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper.
We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season.
Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this!
Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up.
[quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper. We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season. Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this![/p][/quote]Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up. whisky1
  • Score: 5

5:07pm Thu 8 May 14

Joshuatoothill says...

BigFigure wrote:
Joshuatoothill wrote:
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
errr....he's not good enough?
Well you clearly haven't been to youth team games apart from mcburnie he has been the stand out player idiot
[quote][p][bold]BigFigure[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joshuatoothill[/bold] wrote: How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?![/p][/quote]errr....he's not good enough?[/p][/quote]Well you clearly haven't been to youth team games apart from mcburnie he has been the stand out player idiot Joshuatoothill
  • Score: 5

6:14pm Thu 8 May 14

Danger Mouse Bantam says...

I've got to say I'm surprised by the release of youth team captain Jack Stockdill!!
He's been involved with the first team on a few occasions this season. Ok he was only on the bench. But this is the best youth team we've had in years.
From what I've seen of him he could in time become a very good player with the right nurturing.
I really feel that not running a reserve side is hampering progress of both youth team players and players on the fringe.
I've got to say I'm surprised by the release of youth team captain Jack Stockdill!! He's been involved with the first team on a few occasions this season. Ok he was only on the bench. But this is the best youth team we've had in years. From what I've seen of him he could in time become a very good player with the right nurturing. I really feel that not running a reserve side is hampering progress of both youth team players and players on the fringe. Danger Mouse Bantam
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Thu 8 May 14

football1 says...

Joshuatoothill wrote:
How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?!
Got an awful feeling that Stockdill is going to be one of
the many good kids wev'e had and lived to regret losing.
Really rated him the few times iv'e seen im play.
[quote][p][bold]Joshuatoothill[/bold] wrote: How has stockdill not been offered a professional deal?![/p][/quote]Got an awful feeling that Stockdill is going to be one of the many good kids wev'e had and lived to regret losing. Really rated him the few times iv'e seen im play. football1
  • Score: 3

11:50pm Thu 8 May 14

KnightMcCall says...

Farsley Bantam wrote:
Have a read of the latest interesting proposal by the FA. By interesting proposal I mean fu*king stupid idea.

http://www.theguardi

an.com/football/2014

/may/08/premier-leag

ue-division-b-teams-

fan-commission-greg-

dyke-league-three-no

n-eu-players
Its not stupid for the big clubs. Gives them an opportunity to infect football all the way to the conference. The FA have no clue. Pretty soon all of our players will be on loan from the premier league and relegation will be scrapped. It wont increase the number of top english players though.
[quote][p][bold]Farsley Bantam[/bold] wrote: Have a read of the latest interesting proposal by the FA. By interesting proposal I mean fu*king stupid idea. http://www.theguardi an.com/football/2014 /may/08/premier-leag ue-division-b-teams- fan-commission-greg- dyke-league-three-no n-eu-players[/p][/quote]Its not stupid for the big clubs. Gives them an opportunity to infect football all the way to the conference. The FA have no clue. Pretty soon all of our players will be on loan from the premier league and relegation will be scrapped. It wont increase the number of top english players though. KnightMcCall
  • Score: -2

12:31pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

whisky1 wrote:
bahamianbantam wrote:
So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper.
We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season.
Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this!
Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up.
Agreed. Just to add though, it is only 2 years since near relegation.

Anyone criticising 2013/4 recruitment needs to consider the circumstances between 18-5-2013 (final game) and 3-8-2014 (new season).

Parky had 11 weeks to shape a team that was capable of competing at a higher level. A task made more difficult by a tidal wave of euphoria and expectation, a later start in the transfer market, contract triggers/clauses restricting recruitment options.

In these circumstances, an eleventh place finish is remarkable.

The only disappointment are those idiots who call for his head. I almost wish they are hoaxers as their comments are entirely stupid.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper. We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season. Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this![/p][/quote]Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Just to add though, it is only 2 years since near relegation. Anyone criticising 2013/4 recruitment needs to consider the circumstances between 18-5-2013 (final game) and 3-8-2014 (new season). Parky had 11 weeks to shape a team that was capable of competing at a higher level. A task made more difficult by a tidal wave of euphoria and expectation, a later start in the transfer market, contract triggers/clauses restricting recruitment options. In these circumstances, an eleventh place finish is remarkable. The only disappointment are those idiots who call for his head. I almost wish they are hoaxers as their comments are entirely stupid. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -2

12:32pm Fri 9 May 14

Michael Clayton says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
bahamianbantam wrote:
So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper.
We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season.
Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this!
Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up.
Agreed. Just to add though, it is only 2 years since near relegation.

Anyone criticising 2013/4 recruitment needs to consider the circumstances between 18-5-2013 (final game) and 3-8-2014 (new season).

Parky had 11 weeks to shape a team that was capable of competing at a higher level. A task made more difficult by a tidal wave of euphoria and expectation, a later start in the transfer market, contract triggers/clauses restricting recruitment options.

In these circumstances, an eleventh place finish is remarkable.

The only disappointment are those idiots who call for his head. I almost wish they are hoaxers as their comments are entirely stupid.
Apologies. I meant 3-8-2013.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bahamianbantam[/bold] wrote: So once again we start one foot back. For goodness sake our League 1 status was assured a couple of weeks ago and the style/way we play for all to see - hardly think it sets the heart racing - so season tickets sales would hardly be bumper. We should be having a clear-out and this dilly-dallying suggests much of existing squad to be retained. I have no qualms with defence and young McHugh but midfield needs more than just Dolan. We need two to three so we should be releasing Da Vita, I hate to say Captain Fantastic, and maybe Doyley. Yeates has hardly been convincing, and Kennedy couldnt even make Rochdale's first team. A fit Kyle Reid is a threat to any team in this Division but if we are lumbered with Yeates, Kennedy and just have say Doyley, Dolan and Bennett then we are in for a hard season. Regretabbly the poor recruitment of last close season will bite us this![/p][/quote]Look where we are now and where we were 3 years ago and try to look at the positives. ENJOY supporting your club and be realistic ie they wont get everything right (do you?). ....the season has just finished and already your in a gurly panic about recruitment. Chill out and cheer up.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Just to add though, it is only 2 years since near relegation. Anyone criticising 2013/4 recruitment needs to consider the circumstances between 18-5-2013 (final game) and 3-8-2014 (new season). Parky had 11 weeks to shape a team that was capable of competing at a higher level. A task made more difficult by a tidal wave of euphoria and expectation, a later start in the transfer market, contract triggers/clauses restricting recruitment options. In these circumstances, an eleventh place finish is remarkable. The only disappointment are those idiots who call for his head. I almost wish they are hoaxers as their comments are entirely stupid.[/p][/quote]Apologies. I meant 3-8-2013. Michael Clayton
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