9th July 2013
I showed up bright and early on Tuesday as we had a morning training session this would also give me the chance to evaluate my squad. I also met the Assistant Manager Joseph Woodhouse he seems like a good lad at the age of 33 he’s 5 years older than me so possesses a bit more experience than me. He handed me a report on the entire squad and other staff members at the club like coaches and scouts. I already had a decent impression on most of the players seeing as I played with most of them last season. What I did know is that the squad we have has a huge amount of young players who might not all be here if I decide to bring in my own targets.
Matt Archer, English, 16
Matt is a great young keeper and has a lot of potential to succeed at a decent level of football. He’s a tall lad at 6,2 and possesses good Teamwork, Work Rate and Jumping Reach skills. Whether he will still be here after I do a complete overhaul of the squad remains to be seen as I need to add a lot more quality to the squad.
Roy Peacock, English, 17
Roy’s a great young keeper and will probably start over Matt unless I bring in a new keeper to add quality to the squad. He has great skills at Rusing Out and Work Rate but he’s Natural Fitness is fantastic which stands him in good stead to be my first choice keeper at the moment.
Defenders (Full Backs)
Jamie Oliver, English, 22
Jamie is a decent enough player nothing exceptional but will play a decent backup/rotation role in my squad. He is a very brave defender with good fitness.
Wes Buchanan, English, 28
Wes is a good right full back with great physical skills. Technically on the ball he is shambolic but making bursting run’s down the line overlapping the winger’s is his speciality. He is a very brave and pacey full back.
Billy Lamb, English, 16
Billy is a good young prospect who can hold his own on the pitch and will play a predominantly backup role to Wes and will spend the majority of the season in the Reserves or Under 18’s.
Festus Agu, English, 16
Festus is another good young prospect who again will spend most of the season in the Reserves or Under 18’s to develop his skills and fitness levels. He could make a few appearances here and there if need be.
Defenders (Centre Backs)
Ritchie Mileson, English, 25
Ritchie is a decent player who possesses no talent on the ball but is a determined player who work’s hard the fact that he is 6,3 mean’s he can try and dominate and win ball’s in the air although he could be a player I try and move on after watching him repeatedly lose the ball In training.
Marcus Ingham, English, 19
Now this lad is a talent and will be making many appearances this season if he can keep progressing and developing his skills as a defender. He is a very commanding player who work’s hard to win the ball back off the opposition’s attackers. He’s a massive lad at 6,5 as well.
Harold Withey, English, 22
This is another player who could be shown the door quickly as he doesn’t show any sort of quality on or off the ball in training and seems like a player who could disrupt the positive energy in a changing room. Will hopefully be moved on quickly.
Thomas Gibson, English, 17
Thomas is another talented lad that has risen up through the ranks of the team to find himself in the first team. He is a very determined player who work’s really hard on and off the pitch to become the best player he can be.
Lewis Purrington, English, 16
This lad will probably spend most of the season in the Reserves or the Under 18’s to develop and learn new skills at a decent level of football. I might try and get either Marcus Ingham or Thomas Gibson to teach him a few different skills as he does have good potential according to my coaches.
Geoff Rideout, English, 15
Geoff is another talented young player with a fantastic attitude. He will most definitely spend much of this season in the Under 18’s.
Jon Cheal, English, 21
Jon is a decent defensive midfielder who will work hard to win the ball and fight for possession just in front of the defence. He is very determined and can take a fantastic penalty as shown to me many times in training when we were going through a couple of shooting drills.
Arthur Wannell, English, 16
The jury is still out on this lad he will spend much of this season in the under 18’s and will need to work hard to force himself into my plan’s as I don’t think he’s strong enough. He is a player who plays predominantly on the left side of midfield.
Karl Johnstone, English, 22
Karl is a good player who can play on the right side of midfield or further up in a right wing position. He has a great first touch and has a good amount of pace when he gets going down the wing.
Adam Toal, English, 28
Adam is a strong leader of the squad at the age of 28 and holds a more experienced role in the squad as a centre midfielder. He has fantastic technique on the ball and can really strike a long pass, he also work’s really hard for himself and the team.
Ben Clay, English, 15
Ben is a talented young midfielder who plays in the middle of the park. He is very young and has a lot of time on his side so will play mostly Reserve or Under 18 football this season.
Rahul Golding, English, 25
Rahul is a good member of the squad on the right wing and possesses great leadership skills and is a real candidate for the captain’s armband as he is very vocal and can arrange a team with ease. He also has great fitness and is very determined.
Brett Laraman, English, 21
Brett is another player who I’m not sure about he showed no certain qualities of a right winger in training and just looked disinterested. He could be a player I try and move on quickly.
Dominic Forshaw, English, 22
Dominic is a good attacking midfielder who has great flair and has decent pace and is very attack minded at runs at the opposition to try and create chances for other.
Shayne Hamblin, English, 17
Shayne is another player who could probably do with spending a season on loan or maybe in the reserves to develop his skills as he could do with playing first team football but won’t get that here yet.
John Kemp, English, 17
John is a very poor player and will be shipped out immediately as he doesn’t offer anything to the team and the coaches agree with that statement as he doesn’t possess the qualities an attacking midfielder should.
Nick Shilton, English, 15
As you can already tell we have a very young set of strikers so this is an area of the squad I need to upgrade instantly. Nick is a decent striker with good potential. He is a decent Target Man at 6,2 and has a decent finish on him but needs to develop his composure.
Lewis Phillips, English, 16
Lewis is a decent young player who has a good finish with great flair he also has good amount of pace in him. He needs to develop quickly though as he could play the role of a backup player this season due to no other decent strikers in the team.
Rys Cousins, English, 17
Although the oldest of the three strikers he is easily the worst and will be the first player out the door due to his lack of finishing and no composure in front of goal as shown by the many balls that went flying over the bar and wide of goal in the shooting drill we did.
So that’s the team a lot of improvements needed all over the squad and I will be working hard up until the season kicks off to get this team in a good state with a solid foundation to continue progressing up the leagues. I may also get rid of the backroom staff that are here and bring in some old friends and contacts I have from around the non-league scene to help in my bid for promotion.