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Notice Salford have appointed the United U23 manager
at 09:31 21 May 2022

Not that we will be shopping in the same market as them but would expect a few United youngsters to rock up there.
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Marlon Pack left Cardiff
at 18:57 11 May 2022

Free transfer. 31. Worked with Ashton at Bristol City.

I'd prefer him to Bakinson as an option to really push Evans for his place alongside Morsy.
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Troy Parrott
at 11:03 9 May 2022

Got to be a top contender for striking targets?
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Be interesting to see how it plays out with Ndaba/Baggott
at 16:47 1 May 2022

You'd imagine only one of them will be part of the squad next season with the other out on loan. Ndaba obviously 3 years older and has 40 odd league games under his belt over a couple of loan spells. However, Baggott has the benefit of being in the building and training with the first team squad under McKenna for the past couple of months as well not doing too much wrong in his two league games so far.
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Burns numbers are phenomenal
at 14:03 1 May 2022

When you consider he doesn't take set pieces.

13 goals, 6 assists. Twine has 20 goals and 13 assists but 6 of the goals have been from direct free kicks. Sure several of those assists will be from corners/free kicks too.

His game is so simple but so hard to to mitigate against for the opposition. We will struggle to get someone equally threatening on the left side but if we can land someone who is even half the threat, it'll make us a nightmare to play against next season.

We were saying in the pub yesterday, that we go into the summer 99% sure he will be here next season, after finishing 11th in L1, shows you where we are as a club at the moment. I can't believe he was playing for Fleetwood for so long!
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Really hope we see Humphreys and Chirewa get on the pitch Saturday
at 09:20 28 Apr 2022

Humphreys with 3 assists and Chirewa another two goals last night.

They deserve half an hour in front of a big crowd surely?
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So 12 months for Ashton and Joe Sheehan to save their jobs
at 12:52 25 Apr 2022

The ladies team collapse has been completely unacceptable and surely promotion is the only acceptable outcome next season?
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Norwood and Pigott are comically bad (n/t)
at 15:47 23 Apr 2022

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Surely Norwood won't get another start tonight? (n/t)
at 11:19 19 Apr 2022

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Norwood
at 17:09 16 Apr 2022

Sh1t once again. Nowhere near good enough and the fact McKenna persists with him over Pigott and Bonne tells you all you need to know about how much he rates them. Big overhaul in that area coming in the summer.
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Cambridge played really well yesterday
at 08:02 3 Apr 2022

You have to say that first and foremost.

We weren't at it and too many players slightly below par. We are going to need to get used to teams coming here and making it extremely tough for us. Starting games quickly and getting a breakthrough before half time is going to be key to our home form next season. We can't be giving teams something to hold onto in the latter stages of games.

Our strikers have done nowhere near enough lately. None of Pigott, Bonne or Norwood have played themselves into being here next season for me. Big re-jig required in that area of the team. Time to see what Simpson can do. And Carroll isn't going to be here next season so lets give Humphreys a chance too - he could not have played any worse yesterday!
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Joining some dots together...
at 08:45 30 Mar 2022

Sam Williams with a background in academy scouting
Gary Probert with a background in academy management and youth development
McKenna with a background in coaching elite youth teams and player development

It's pretty clear the direction we are going in. McKenna said himself last night he wants to build around a young, hungry, technical base of players. I think we are going to see a few Dominic Thompson types come in over the summer. Would make sense why Dyer feels a bit threatened for his group of U23s. That being said, we have a team in place now that I think will give game time to players that prove themselves to be 'elite' - the bar is going to be raised and challenge laid down.
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Some thoughts
at 10:29 27 Mar 2022

I think what impresses me most is how we so fluidly interchange between systems during games. McKenna has them so well coached and drilled, it's seamless. He can spot the small tweaks that need to be made and just by slightly adjusting a couple of player's positions, influence the game in our favour.

How good has Burgess looked since coming back in? Another player that McKenna seems to have improved markedly, particularly with the ball at his feet.

Getting Celina permanently would be massive. He's now really established himself as part of the spine of this team and become undroppable.

Morsy is an absolute cut above at this level. Seems really settled now and loved seeing him visibly drive standards on the pitch yesterday. A few occasions when he really got into Thompson, Donacien and Bakinson.
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We've conceded 6 goals in 16 games under McKenna
at 07:47 20 Mar 2022

SIX!

It's looking too late now and we are relying on winning 6 or 7 from 7 games and other results going for us, however, we have a fantastic base to build on next season. A full pre-season with these players for McKenna, a few small tweaks, a couple of new bodies in that suit his system and style of play.

I know we say it every year but next season will be a good season.
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Gauntlet laid down to Ashton and Co re Celina
at 07:22 18 Mar 2022

Need to make that happen!
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We are going to have to get used to that sort of away performance I'm afraid...
at 08:33 13 Mar 2022

If we are still in this division next year, which is looking increasingly likely. We are the best team in the league now and able to control/dominate games but we need to add that ability to find a way to get over the line.

Portsmouth getting a lot of stick for yesterday - it might have been negative but they are managing their season and have the benefit of two games in hand. They could not afford to lose against us yesterday, which they would of had they tried to take us on and not sh!thouse the second half away.

We are paying for the terrible first 6 games of the season, where we only picked up 3 points.
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They didn't get anywhere near us all game...
at 23:37 8 Mar 2022

Another fantastic performance with numerous stand outs, but a special shout to Bakinson who is getting better and better. This is the best I have felt about the team and club in a long, long time. 3 big games coming up now.

10 clean sheets in 14 games really is phenomenal.
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The best bit of business we could do this summer is get Celina back
at 08:59 6 Mar 2022

I hope that is something we are already working on.
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A couple of thoughts…
at 18:35 26 Feb 2022

Is Thompson told to play more conservatively or is he just not capable of bombing on? The difference between him and Burns is night and day. He looks so one paced. If we had a similar threat down the left we’d be lethal. That’s going to be a key area for improvement in the summer.

I really can’t understand why Celina doesn’t start every game. Whatever your game plan may be, you surely need him on the pitch? He’s a cut above. It’s mad Norwood is getting minutes ahead of him at times.

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It's all very tight now isn't it
at 08:36 13 Feb 2022

Sheffield Wednesday play twice before we kick a ball next Saturday and could find themselves in 3rd by then with two wins.
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