'Proud' York City chairman Jason McGill switches focus to summer transfer targets after Sky Bet League Two play-off exit

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YORK City chairman Jason McGill has revealed that talks with transfer targets for the 2014/15 season are “already well advanced”.

The Minstermen’s Sky Bet League Two play-off bid ended on Friday night when, despite holding Fleetwood to a 0-0 draw on the Lancashire coast, Nigel Worthington’s men lost the semi-final tie 1-0 on aggregate.

But, even prior to that season-ending evening, McGill and Worthington had been working busily to persuade new signings to ply their trade at Bootham Crescent for the next campaign.

On that process, McGill said: “We have identified new recruits for next season and negotiations are already well advanced with a number of players. Since last summer, the season has been all-consuming and I could do with a break but we will regroup and look forward to pre-season and then the start of a new campaign.”

The Malton-based businessman declared his pride at the efforts of everybody at the club during a season in which the team secured a top-seven place despite lying third-bottom in the table on New Year’s Day.

He also went on to reason that the achievements during the second half of the campaign can provide a great launching pad for the next 12 months.

He added: “I was obviously disappointed on Friday night but I was very, very proud of the players, Nigel, the management staff and the supporters. An FA representative said to me after the game that our supporters are a credit to us, which is great to hear.

“The performance was brilliant and epitomised what York City are all about. We never give up and keep going and going.

“We just missed that little bit of a difference up front to put the ball into the net but, with that performance and this team, everything bodes well for next season. We will be bringing people in to make us stronger but we have a fantastic basis to launch a great season next season.

“We have over-achieved beyond our expectations at the start of the season and anything was going to be a bonus from the play-offs but, I repeat, I am a very proud chairman.”

Worthington, meanwhile, has been hailed for working within a budget much smaller than that of semi-final victors Fleetwood and still having change to spare at the end of the season.

The likes of Keith Lowe, Russell Penn and John McCombe were all recruited during the campaign after falling out of favour at rival clubs, while on-loan keeper Nick Pope proved an inspired acquisition from Charlton.

“Some of the budget was left and he did a fantastic job,” McGill revealed. “He is very astute and some of the loan signings he made certainly added value to the squad.

“I think the work that was done in December to identify players and then bring them in during January was critical to what happened thereafter.

"We weren’t a bad team at the start of the season but we had quite a lot of draws and it was about converting them into wins and becoming a bit more solid at the back, which the recruits helped make happen.

“Nigel is brilliant for me to work with and very calming, win, lose or draw. He puts everyone at ease and stresses that we’ll be okay.

“He chips away bit by bit – that’s a favourite phrase of his. He’s also added something different to York City – a professionalism and stability, so that’s all positive for next season.”

Following the eight-year scrap to escape non-League football, McGill also admitted he is now able to enjoy ownership of the Minstermen a little more but vowed to protect the club’s future with sensible management.

“Our time in the Conference was almost gut-wrenching from my perspective because there was an expectation to get out of it due to the history, tradition and supporter base,” he confessed. “Being in the Football League again has brought a different feeling of excitement but we want to do well.

“We are all ambitious. I am and the rest of the board are too, but we are going to do things the proper way.

“We won’t put the club in financial jeopardy. We are all about team spirit and players who will help each other out.

“We are all in this together. It’s not about individuals and that is something else Nigel has brought to the club.”

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11:14am Mon 19 May 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I hope that the club is successful in signing the players that it wants. Last season we seemed to have names galore banded around in the Press, but none of them arrived at Bootham Crescent.. Best to keep it under their hat, until the deal is done.
I hope that the club is successful in signing the players that it wants. Last season we seemed to have names galore banded around in the Press, but none of them arrived at Bootham Crescent.. Best to keep it under their hat, until the deal is done. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 11

11:19am Mon 19 May 14

SethArmstrong says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I hope that the club is successful in signing the players that it wants. Last season we seemed to have names galore banded around in the Press, but none of them arrived at Bootham Crescent.. Best to keep it under their hat, until the deal is done.
What makes you think those players were genuine City targets?! Trust me, Worthington runs a very tight ship, if there are genuine targets getting out then the leak is certainly not from our end.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I hope that the club is successful in signing the players that it wants. Last season we seemed to have names galore banded around in the Press, but none of them arrived at Bootham Crescent.. Best to keep it under their hat, until the deal is done.[/p][/quote]What makes you think those players were genuine City targets?! Trust me, Worthington runs a very tight ship, if there are genuine targets getting out then the leak is certainly not from our end. SethArmstrong
  • Score: -3

11:25am Mon 19 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.
I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 10

11:44am Mon 19 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.
Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.[/p][/quote]Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1 T.R.M1974
  • Score: -6

11:47am Mon 19 May 14

North Lincs Minsterman says...

For one of the very few times in recent years, City must be an attractive club for many players. The chance to work with a proven and well-known manager, the stability of a well-run, level-headed club, a club that must figure in the top six favourites for promotion next year (sadly there are clubs with far bigger budgets than us!) and the excitement of moving to a new stadium in 2016. Plus of course, the tremendous supporters and chance to live in a beautiful part of the world.

I'd move back tomorrow!
For one of the very few times in recent years, City must be an attractive club for many players. The chance to work with a proven and well-known manager, the stability of a well-run, level-headed club, a club that must figure in the top six favourites for promotion next year (sadly there are clubs with far bigger budgets than us!) and the excitement of moving to a new stadium in 2016. Plus of course, the tremendous supporters and chance to live in a beautiful part of the world. I'd move back tomorrow! North Lincs Minsterman
  • Score: 13

11:53am Mon 19 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

T.R.M1974 wrote:
YorkCityLuke wrote:
I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.
Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1
Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions.
[quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.[/p][/quote]Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1[/p][/quote]Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 5

12:01pm Mon 19 May 14

Justin7 says...

Love the McGills!
Love the McGills! Justin7
  • Score: 18

12:18pm Mon 19 May 14

paddymacwakey says...

just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.
just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more. paddymacwakey
  • Score: -5

12:35pm Mon 19 May 14

You're Fired says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
YorkCityLuke wrote:
I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.
Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1
Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions.
Pope and Davies already said their goodbyes via Twitter. Fletcher could be a long term absentee. Hayhurst and Brobbel returning to their clubs also and I can't see that either has done enough to secure a deal here.

With this in mind I'd agree with Luke. We need a keeper, left back, two wingers and at LEAST one striker. Centre half not needed as I believe Tom Allan provides cover alongside a fit again Danny Parslow. Would be tempted to agree that a more creative central midfielder is needed also.

RELEASE: Jarvis, Bowman, Puri, Mcdonald (who?) and Platt to free up wage budget. Not seen enough of the young players and also the depature of Dave McGurk is extra funds for wages
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.[/p][/quote]Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1[/p][/quote]Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions.[/p][/quote]Pope and Davies already said their goodbyes via Twitter. Fletcher could be a long term absentee. Hayhurst and Brobbel returning to their clubs also and I can't see that either has done enough to secure a deal here. With this in mind I'd agree with Luke. We need a keeper, left back, two wingers and at LEAST one striker. Centre half not needed as I believe Tom Allan provides cover alongside a fit again Danny Parslow. Would be tempted to agree that a more creative central midfielder is needed also. RELEASE: Jarvis, Bowman, Puri, Mcdonald (who?) and Platt to free up wage budget. Not seen enough of the young players and also the depature of Dave McGurk is extra funds for wages You're Fired
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Mon 19 May 14

The Legend Of Keith says...

Assuming all the loan players go back and parent clubs plan to play them next season and we retain Banjo, Reed and Andrew, I think we need the following:

Goalkeeper to be first choice, left back to be first choice, 2x wingers to rotate with Carson and another proven or fox in the box style striker. Beyond this, let's use the loan market again to plug any gaps.

Those to release/sell/loan out would be Puri, Bowman and possibly Parslow. Parslow would be controversial as he is a very flexible player, but I still don't think he is quite of league 2 standard.

Not much to change, just find the quality that will add to the squad.
Assuming all the loan players go back and parent clubs plan to play them next season and we retain Banjo, Reed and Andrew, I think we need the following: Goalkeeper to be first choice, left back to be first choice, 2x wingers to rotate with Carson and another proven or fox in the box style striker. Beyond this, let's use the loan market again to plug any gaps. Those to release/sell/loan out would be Puri, Bowman and possibly Parslow. Parslow would be controversial as he is a very flexible player, but I still don't think he is quite of league 2 standard. Not much to change, just find the quality that will add to the squad. The Legend Of Keith
  • Score: 3

12:47pm Mon 19 May 14

joejamestom says...

A surprising end to a season that a lot of the fans were hoping for a mid table side given our budget, only surprise was how long it took the coaching staff to realise how uncompetitive we were & how little changed in the first 12 games or so. Credit to the board for allowing the freedom to bring in some good quality loan players & release some players who were clearly along the road further than their talents could take them.
For me one or two forwards & two midfield a LB plus some competition for Ingy who I really rate but accept that Pope showed where he lacked. Plus I dare say some loan signings from time to time as cover or to fill a hole when a permanent signing has not worked out. To make room well I can see Jarv moving on as he is probably on a better wage than is reflected by his pay possibly Montrose, no contract for Reid as midfield winger maybe?
Fortunately NW & the Chairman will sort it out & we will be more competitive from the start, it would be good to see our home grown players getting more pitch time or at least out on loan to improve their games. Roll on the start of the season a little later if possible.
A surprising end to a season that a lot of the fans were hoping for a mid table side given our budget, only surprise was how long it took the coaching staff to realise how uncompetitive we were & how little changed in the first 12 games or so. Credit to the board for allowing the freedom to bring in some good quality loan players & release some players who were clearly along the road further than their talents could take them. For me one or two forwards & two midfield a LB plus some competition for Ingy who I really rate but accept that Pope showed where he lacked. Plus I dare say some loan signings from time to time as cover or to fill a hole when a permanent signing has not worked out. To make room well I can see Jarv moving on as he is probably on a better wage than is reflected by his pay possibly Montrose, no contract for Reid as midfield winger maybe? Fortunately NW & the Chairman will sort it out & we will be more competitive from the start, it would be good to see our home grown players getting more pitch time or at least out on loan to improve their games. Roll on the start of the season a little later if possible. joejamestom
  • Score: -2

1:11pm Mon 19 May 14

dadster says...

The Legend Of Keith wrote:
Assuming all the loan players go back and parent clubs plan to play them next season and we retain Banjo, Reed and Andrew, I think we need the following:

Goalkeeper to be first choice, left back to be first choice, 2x wingers to rotate with Carson and another proven or fox in the box style striker. Beyond this, let's use the loan market again to plug any gaps.

Those to release/sell/loan out would be Puri, Bowman and possibly Parslow. Parslow would be controversial as he is a very flexible player, but I still don't think he is quite of league 2 standard.

Not much to change, just find the quality that will add to the squad.
Agree with you about Parslow. Great club man and a great servant in the Conference years but sadly he's simply not good enough to take.us forward as a first team regular. Ditto Ingham. No room for sentiment in football. Squad players at best for next season.

The spine of the team is always crucial so for me we obviously need a new GK, creative centre mid & another striker who knows where the goal is and preferably has the movement and pace to give us a more dynamic option alongside Fletcher rather than as cover. Regardless of how long Fletcher is out clearly Andrew is not the answer and with Bowman and Jarvis still under contract then I don't think we can afford to keep Andrew also. He put a great shift in for us as a stop-gap but that's all he was IMO.

Throw in possibly 2 new full-backs, another wide-man (or 2) and we will be somewhere near. The loan market will obviously be used in the event of injuries at centre half etc as I doubt we can afford to carry a big squad and there's no real need.

Sadly I think Allan will probably be released which if so would be a shame but it seems NW simply doesn't see him progressing. I hope I'm wrong as it's always great to see local lads come through.

Interesting summer ahead and hopefully we can sign the targeted players ASAP.
[quote][p][bold]The Legend Of Keith[/bold] wrote: Assuming all the loan players go back and parent clubs plan to play them next season and we retain Banjo, Reed and Andrew, I think we need the following: Goalkeeper to be first choice, left back to be first choice, 2x wingers to rotate with Carson and another proven or fox in the box style striker. Beyond this, let's use the loan market again to plug any gaps. Those to release/sell/loan out would be Puri, Bowman and possibly Parslow. Parslow would be controversial as he is a very flexible player, but I still don't think he is quite of league 2 standard. Not much to change, just find the quality that will add to the squad.[/p][/quote]Agree with you about Parslow. Great club man and a great servant in the Conference years but sadly he's simply not good enough to take.us forward as a first team regular. Ditto Ingham. No room for sentiment in football. Squad players at best for next season. The spine of the team is always crucial so for me we obviously need a new GK, creative centre mid & another striker who knows where the goal is and preferably has the movement and pace to give us a more dynamic option alongside Fletcher rather than as cover. Regardless of how long Fletcher is out clearly Andrew is not the answer and with Bowman and Jarvis still under contract then I don't think we can afford to keep Andrew also. He put a great shift in for us as a stop-gap but that's all he was IMO. Throw in possibly 2 new full-backs, another wide-man (or 2) and we will be somewhere near. The loan market will obviously be used in the event of injuries at centre half etc as I doubt we can afford to carry a big squad and there's no real need. Sadly I think Allan will probably be released which if so would be a shame but it seems NW simply doesn't see him progressing. I hope I'm wrong as it's always great to see local lads come through. Interesting summer ahead and hopefully we can sign the targeted players ASAP. dadster
  • Score: 2

1:14pm Mon 19 May 14

YorkCityLuke says...

Interesting re/ Parslow - I personally like him a lot, both as a clubman and as a footballer, and I think he'll be good enough for L2 if only because he'll put the extra effort in to be good enough. But I can see that it is something of a risk. Hopefully he will prove himself (or has already proved himself) to NW in training/ recovery from his injury.
Interesting re/ Parslow - I personally like him a lot, both as a clubman and as a footballer, and I think he'll be good enough for L2 if only because he'll put the extra effort in to be good enough. But I can see that it is something of a risk. Hopefully he will prove himself (or has already proved himself) to NW in training/ recovery from his injury. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: 9

1:47pm Mon 19 May 14

yorkandproud says...

Lots of players being released by lots of clubs. Must be a difficult job sorting through those. Sounds like chairman and NW have already got players in mind though. Surely next season will be very much like last, with a couple of signing, followed by a few quality young loan players.
Regarding Dan Parslow, if he has got over his serious injury, he will be a good squad player IMO. Whether he would be up for that is another matter. Must have been a difficult season for TY, so might be similar for Dan. COYR
Lots of players being released by lots of clubs. Must be a difficult job sorting through those. Sounds like chairman and NW have already got players in mind though. Surely next season will be very much like last, with a couple of signing, followed by a few quality young loan players. Regarding Dan Parslow, if he has got over his serious injury, he will be a good squad player IMO. Whether he would be up for that is another matter. Must have been a difficult season for TY, so might be similar for Dan. COYR yorkandproud
  • Score: 7

1:48pm Mon 19 May 14

Dr Brian says...

However much we speculate it will be the shrewd manager Migel Worthington who will bring the right players at the right price to City next season.

Perhaps for the first time in a long while we can look forward to a season where we have a real chance of league success.

What do they sing "Nigel Worthington is gonna take us up" I believe they may be correct
However much we speculate it will be the shrewd manager Migel Worthington who will bring the right players at the right price to City next season. Perhaps for the first time in a long while we can look forward to a season where we have a real chance of league success. What do they sing "Nigel Worthington is gonna take us up" I believe they may be correct Dr Brian
  • Score: 4

1:56pm Mon 19 May 14

YCFC115 says...

What a fantastic season and very proud of all involved with the club. Yes, we over achieved, mainly thanks to the signings NW made during January. IMO i think we would of really struggled if we had gone up so i'm pleased that we can build even more on the foundation of this season. NW has been the best ever piece of business that the McGills have pulled off for the club and he must be a massive relief for them. I don't however total agree with his “We won’t put the club in financial jeopardy" statement because thats exactly what he did during our promotion from the conference, he said if we hadn't gained promotion we would of had to seriously look at going part time!!

IMO we were somewhat left with the scraps pre-season, NW didn't really know the lower league players that well, didn't have any real targets and didn't have the funds to compete with the bigs guns for the proven league players, add that to our league position meant that we couldn't attract players. This pre-season will be totally different, we are in a far better position and with the spine of the team already in place we can now go out and find the players NW has targeted. Banjo and Coulson are a must and maybe just maybe we could convince Davies but doubt it. A replacement for Pope is also a must, the confidence that young man gave us at the back was immense. Unfortunately Ingham is now second best. The following should be shown the door IMO, Parslow (great clubman but at last people can see that he is not a league player), Montrose (better available), Jarvis (injury prone), Puri (not a English League 2 player), McDonald (out of contract), Andrew (out of contract), Allan (out of contract). Jury out on Bowman (doesn't convert enough changes). Take a punt on Dickinson. A shopping list of a GK, LB, 2 x Midfield, Winger and Striker.

Looking forward to all the rumours, hopefully NW can do some business before going on a well earn't summer holiday.
What a fantastic season and very proud of all involved with the club. Yes, we over achieved, mainly thanks to the signings NW made during January. IMO i think we would of really struggled if we had gone up so i'm pleased that we can build even more on the foundation of this season. NW has been the best ever piece of business that the McGills have pulled off for the club and he must be a massive relief for them. I don't however total agree with his “We won’t put the club in financial jeopardy" statement because thats exactly what he did during our promotion from the conference, he said if we hadn't gained promotion we would of had to seriously look at going part time!! IMO we were somewhat left with the scraps pre-season, NW didn't really know the lower league players that well, didn't have any real targets and didn't have the funds to compete with the bigs guns for the proven league players, add that to our league position meant that we couldn't attract players. This pre-season will be totally different, we are in a far better position and with the spine of the team already in place we can now go out and find the players NW has targeted. Banjo and Coulson are a must and maybe just maybe we could convince Davies but doubt it. A replacement for Pope is also a must, the confidence that young man gave us at the back was immense. Unfortunately Ingham is now second best. The following should be shown the door IMO, Parslow (great clubman but at last people can see that he is not a league player), Montrose (better available), Jarvis (injury prone), Puri (not a English League 2 player), McDonald (out of contract), Andrew (out of contract), Allan (out of contract). Jury out on Bowman (doesn't convert enough changes). Take a punt on Dickinson. A shopping list of a GK, LB, 2 x Midfield, Winger and Striker. Looking forward to all the rumours, hopefully NW can do some business before going on a well earn't summer holiday. YCFC115
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Mon 19 May 14

Fat Harry says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.
There's plenty more to be said.

1) Gateshead's chairman must be loaded if he can afford to build a stadium that much bigger than his club's current requirement. More than ten times the size, in fact, which puts me in mind of the Reynolds Arena in Darlington, and we all know how that turned out. There's a difference between ambition and blind optimism.

2) City want the new stadium to be far bigger than 6000 every bit as much as we supporters do, but short of a City fan winning first prize in the Euromillions and making a £10million donation, we're reliant on other bodies, such as the council or the FSIF, being convinced of the need for 8,000+. Hopefully the surge to the play-offs and the great support we saw will help make that case.
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.[/p][/quote]There's plenty more to be said. 1) Gateshead's chairman must be loaded if he can afford to build a stadium that much bigger than his club's current requirement. More than ten times the size, in fact, which puts me in mind of the Reynolds Arena in Darlington, and we all know how that turned out. There's a difference between ambition and blind optimism. 2) City want the new stadium to be far bigger than 6000 every bit as much as we supporters do, but short of a City fan winning first prize in the Euromillions and making a £10million donation, we're reliant on other bodies, such as the council or the FSIF, being convinced of the need for 8,000+. Hopefully the surge to the play-offs and the great support we saw will help make that case. Fat Harry
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Mon 19 May 14

RooBeck says...

NW will need to make selective replacements/strengt
hening throughout his squad and these have been I/dentified above, the most obvious is to address our lack of consistent goal-scoring albeit Wes Fletcher and Josh Carson will return, though we don't know how much they will need to re-build,regain confidence and then start scoring goals again. But, on the subject of a goalkeeper, personally I wouldn't be too quick to be writing-off and discarding Michael Ingham. He has a wealth of experience and he looked fit and confident during the warm-up with Nick Pope on Friday night. The fact he has been a spectator since mid-January and had time to watch in training and from the subs bench and identify the strengths of our outstanding, former loanee from Charlton, it might just be that Inghy could come back stronger and better as our No. 1 keeper. In addition, his attitude towards being replaced (on the back of a string of outstanding performances by him), proves he has character and is a team-player and NW has rewarded this with another 12 month contract. I would look to another young loanee to push him and keep him on his toes but would back him to show he can still develop and improve at 34 and give him the chance to demonstrate this and to re-establish himself. COYR.
NW will need to make selective replacements/strengt hening throughout his squad and these have been I/dentified above, the most obvious is to address our lack of consistent goal-scoring albeit Wes Fletcher and Josh Carson will return, though we don't know how much they will need to re-build,regain confidence and then start scoring goals again. But, on the subject of a goalkeeper, personally I wouldn't be too quick to be writing-off and discarding Michael Ingham. He has a wealth of experience and he looked fit and confident during the warm-up with Nick Pope on Friday night. The fact he has been a spectator since mid-January and had time to watch in training and from the subs bench and identify the strengths of our outstanding, former loanee from Charlton, it might just be that Inghy could come back stronger and better as our No. 1 keeper. In addition, his attitude towards being replaced (on the back of a string of outstanding performances by him), proves he has character and is a team-player and NW has rewarded this with another 12 month contract. I would look to another young loanee to push him and keep him on his toes but would back him to show he can still develop and improve at 34 and give him the chance to demonstrate this and to re-establish himself. COYR. RooBeck
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Mon 19 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

Rose tinted glasses off and no sentimentality before the January transfer window we were heading back to non league with Ingham parslow Platt and the trainees on the bench I would like to see these player's do well but I'm afraid we have to bring in more quality if we want to move forward. The spine of the team is sorted NW neads to build on it if we have aspersions of a promotion push
Rose tinted glasses off and no sentimentality before the January transfer window we were heading back to non league with Ingham parslow Platt and the trainees on the bench I would like to see these player's do well but I'm afraid we have to bring in more quality if we want to move forward. The spine of the team is sorted NW neads to build on it if we have aspersions of a promotion push T.R.M1974
  • Score: 9

3:27pm Mon 19 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

YorkCityLuke wrote:
T.R.M1974 wrote:
YorkCityLuke wrote:
I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.
Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1
Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions.
No pope Davies ty Hayhurst brobble Carson out injured players possibly leaving out of contract think we need to strengthen
[quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]T.R.M1974[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkCityLuke[/bold] wrote: I think we could get away with only making three quality signings, assuming we keep key members of the current squad. We certainly need a striker/ poacher to fill in as cover or competition for Fletcher. We could also use a creative midfielder in the (dare I say it) Boucaud mould who will keep possession - one criticism I have of the otherwise excellent performances since Christmas is that the midfield is often surrendered to the opposition, so that our clearences just come straight back at us. Maybe a Boucaud style player who plays the ball forwards more than sideways/ backwards would be good... Also, I suspect we will need a new 'keeper, maybe just as cover for Ingham.[/p][/quote]Think we need a striker, two wingers, center midfielder, left back, center half, and the Bristol Rivers keeper as our new no.1[/p][/quote]Left back if BD doesn't stay... maybe a winger since Brobbell is on loan. I suspect he'll be looking at using loanees quite extensively again, which has positives and negatives. Hopefully the return of Carson, Fletcher and Parslow will suffice for the other positions.[/p][/quote]No pope Davies ty Hayhurst brobble Carson out injured players possibly leaving out of contract think we need to strengthen T.R.M1974
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Mon 19 May 14

Lambi-63 says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.
I make our league average 3,830 this season, which includes the play off game. Splitting hairs I know, but the home play-0ff match showed that we can pretty much fill the home 'end' and still not hit 6,000 if the opponents bring no fans. That would be made worse with a 6,000 new ground as the home end would likely to be only 4,500 or so.

When the idea was kicked off for a new stadium we were in the conference and struggling, not pushing for a place in the third tier of English football. The City of York is crying out for a successful sports team. I have no doubt, that with the right capacity and opponents, Sheffield Utd, Bradford, Barnsley etc, we could pretty much fill a 10,000 capacity ground if the side keeps on improving!
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.[/p][/quote]I make our league average 3,830 this season, which includes the play off game. Splitting hairs I know, but the home play-0ff match showed that we can pretty much fill the home 'end' and still not hit 6,000 if the opponents bring no fans. That would be made worse with a 6,000 new ground as the home end would likely to be only 4,500 or so. When the idea was kicked off for a new stadium we were in the conference and struggling, not pushing for a place in the third tier of English football. The City of York is crying out for a successful sports team. I have no doubt, that with the right capacity and opponents, Sheffield Utd, Bradford, Barnsley etc, we could pretty much fill a 10,000 capacity ground if the side keeps on improving! Lambi-63
  • Score: 9

4:41pm Mon 19 May 14

pip007 says...

On a slightly different note, it would be very nice if Barry Parker could spend the close season practicing saying "Calvin Andrew". His first name is a last name and his last name is a first name so I can see why Parker gets confused. Tip: just call him "Andrew". It does my head in listening to him messing it up every time the lad gets the ball. I hope we keep Andrew, by the way, I think he can play a role (a sort of Emile Heskey role). We just need someone to play an Owen role alongside him. I think I'd be looking at shipping out Jarvis and Bowman though. Hard workers they are, but strikers they are not.
On a slightly different note, it would be very nice if Barry Parker could spend the close season practicing saying "Calvin Andrew". His first name is a last name and his last name is a first name so I can see why Parker gets confused. Tip: just call him "Andrew". It does my head in listening to him messing it up every time the lad gets the ball. I hope we keep Andrew, by the way, I think he can play a role (a sort of Emile Heskey role). We just need someone to play an Owen role alongside him. I think I'd be looking at shipping out Jarvis and Bowman though. Hard workers they are, but strikers they are not. pip007
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Mon 19 May 14

T.R.M1974 says...

pip007 wrote:
On a slightly different note, it would be very nice if Barry Parker could spend the close season practicing saying "Calvin Andrew". His first name is a last name and his last name is a first name so I can see why Parker gets confused. Tip: just call him "Andrew". It does my head in listening to him messing it up every time the lad gets the ball. I hope we keep Andrew, by the way, I think he can play a role (a sort of Emile Heskey role). We just need someone to play an Owen role alongside him. I think I'd be looking at shipping out Jarvis and Bowman though. Hard workers they are, but strikers they are not.
Jarvis is a technically good player scores the tap ins just a shame his season was ruined by constant niggling injuries
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: On a slightly different note, it would be very nice if Barry Parker could spend the close season practicing saying "Calvin Andrew". His first name is a last name and his last name is a first name so I can see why Parker gets confused. Tip: just call him "Andrew". It does my head in listening to him messing it up every time the lad gets the ball. I hope we keep Andrew, by the way, I think he can play a role (a sort of Emile Heskey role). We just need someone to play an Owen role alongside him. I think I'd be looking at shipping out Jarvis and Bowman though. Hard workers they are, but strikers they are not.[/p][/quote]Jarvis is a technically good player scores the tap ins just a shame his season was ruined by constant niggling injuries T.R.M1974
  • Score: 4

6:10pm Mon 19 May 14

Tug job says...

Lambi-63 wrote:
paddymacwakey wrote:
just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.
I make our league average 3,830 this season, which includes the play off game. Splitting hairs I know, but the home play-0ff match showed that we can pretty much fill the home 'end' and still not hit 6,000 if the opponents bring no fans. That would be made worse with a 6,000 new ground as the home end would likely to be only 4,500 or so.

When the idea was kicked off for a new stadium we were in the conference and struggling, not pushing for a place in the third tier of English football. The City of York is crying out for a successful sports team. I have no doubt, that with the right capacity and opponents, Sheffield Utd, Bradford, Barnsley etc, we could pretty much fill a 10,000 capacity ground if the side keeps on improving!
There's no doubt we'd fill 8,000 (possibly 10,000) on occasions, I think the question is whether we'd do it sufficiently often to justify the initial investment. It is very difficult to imagine the Knights getting anywhere near this level of support, in the next decade.
[quote][p][bold]Lambi-63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.[/p][/quote]I make our league average 3,830 this season, which includes the play off game. Splitting hairs I know, but the home play-0ff match showed that we can pretty much fill the home 'end' and still not hit 6,000 if the opponents bring no fans. That would be made worse with a 6,000 new ground as the home end would likely to be only 4,500 or so. When the idea was kicked off for a new stadium we were in the conference and struggling, not pushing for a place in the third tier of English football. The City of York is crying out for a successful sports team. I have no doubt, that with the right capacity and opponents, Sheffield Utd, Bradford, Barnsley etc, we could pretty much fill a 10,000 capacity ground if the side keeps on improving![/p][/quote]There's no doubt we'd fill 8,000 (possibly 10,000) on occasions, I think the question is whether we'd do it sufficiently often to justify the initial investment. It is very difficult to imagine the Knights getting anywhere near this level of support, in the next decade. Tug job
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Mon 19 May 14

SelseyBill says...

Just looking forward to the battle again next season. Find someone who can score then lookout here come the City
Just looking forward to the battle again next season. Find someone who can score then lookout here come the City SelseyBill
  • Score: 0

6:58pm Mon 19 May 14

bartsimmo says...

Goals from midfield required, get Jonjo o toole in from Bristol rovers. Boucaud back would be nice too then we would have goals creativity and of course The hardest number ten Russell penn. Fit these out with coulson and one other until Carson is fit on the wings and get another striker to poke em away when fletcher and Jarvis not available. Andrew??? Did well for us but career total goals is a big worry. There are better like showunmi available.
Jarvis still rated if he can stay fit, why we didn't try him a bit sooner in the run in is beyond me as you stick the ball in the box at this level he will get you a goal as he proved earlier on in the season before the bowman fletcher partnership. Parslow still a good cheaper utility to have on the bench when he is fit. Allan proved he is a very capable left back cover as well as central and will learn a lot from mccombe and Lowe. This lad is going to be class and was unlucky to be dropped earlier in the season!
Goals from midfield required, get Jonjo o toole in from Bristol rovers. Boucaud back would be nice too then we would have goals creativity and of course The hardest number ten Russell penn. Fit these out with coulson and one other until Carson is fit on the wings and get another striker to poke em away when fletcher and Jarvis not available. Andrew??? Did well for us but career total goals is a big worry. There are better like showunmi available. Jarvis still rated if he can stay fit, why we didn't try him a bit sooner in the run in is beyond me as you stick the ball in the box at this level he will get you a goal as he proved earlier on in the season before the bowman fletcher partnership. Parslow still a good cheaper utility to have on the bench when he is fit. Allan proved he is a very capable left back cover as well as central and will learn a lot from mccombe and Lowe. This lad is going to be class and was unlucky to be dropped earlier in the season! bartsimmo
  • Score: -3

7:27pm Mon 19 May 14

MouseHouse says...

Jack Redshaw.
Jack Redshaw. MouseHouse
  • Score: 0

7:40pm Mon 19 May 14

andy fowler says...

Just hope NW doesn't get tempted elsewhere, the job he's done he'll get offers.
Just hope NW doesn't get tempted elsewhere, the job he's done he'll get offers. andy fowler
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Mon 19 May 14

new_fr says...

Craig Westcarr anyone?
Craig Westcarr anyone? new_fr
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Mon 19 May 14

PositiveFootball says...

It would take a lot to tempt NW away. He seems happy after his time in the wilderness. I am sure that he will want to repay the trust that the club has put in him. Reckon he's got this league sussed in terms of what type of player/team he needs for next season and with JM also becoming wise to the needs of the club I am sure we can look forward to a great season.
It would take a lot to tempt NW away. He seems happy after his time in the wilderness. I am sure that he will want to repay the trust that the club has put in him. Reckon he's got this league sussed in terms of what type of player/team he needs for next season and with JM also becoming wise to the needs of the club I am sure we can look forward to a great season. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 1

10:09pm Mon 19 May 14

anth!! says...

paddymacwakey wrote:
just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.
And ?
[quote][p][bold]paddymacwakey[/bold] wrote: just been reading about Gateshead getting a new stadium,capacity 8000,home attendance now,600.york home,3500,new stadium capacity 6000,say no more.[/p][/quote]And ? anth!!
  • Score: -1

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