Monthly Archives: April 2011

Squad for next season…so far

When talking about Callum Ball and Jeff Hendrick earlier this week, Clough spoke of assembling a squad of “22 or 23″ for next season, of which they would be part. After scribbling a few names down, this is where I reckon we are:

The first thing to do was look at those who would be going from the current squad. Based on contracts and current pecking order I would say the following will be leaving: Savage, Ayala, Bueno, Croft, Leacock, Martin, Bywater, Porter, Varney.  There may be the odd survivor due to being under contract but its unlikley.

Which leaves us with the following:

Goalkeepers: Fielding, Deeney, Atkins,

Defenders: Brayford, Roberts, Barker, Anderson, Buxton,

Midfielders: Pearson, Green, Bailey, Ben Davies, Addison, Pringle, Hendrick

Forwards: Steven Davies, Ball, Cywka, Doyle, Robinson, Ward

Total players: 21

What does this tell us? The first thing is that we have far fewer defenders than I realised! The obvious thing to me though is that we need a spine for the team: very good central defender, central midfielder, centre forward. No surprises there, Clough and Glick have already said as much. What else? Well, after this season I think two young full-backs wouldn’t go amiss either as our cover this season has been exposed a few times. Other than that, lots of potential but definitely in need of some big players. We await the new signings with baited breath…

Pearo – the second coming?

On the quiet, the Rams have put together some decent results recently. There’s been some good performances individually and collectively (as Arthur Cox might say) and we can see who might be part of the squad for next season. One player who has definitely looked an asset is crowd un-favourite  Stephen Pearson.  Read the rest of this entry

Moonlighting

It’s been a little quiet on Ramspace over the past couple of weeks for a few reasons – one of these is that I’ve been publishing a Notts County book (just the publishing not the writing). Based around the “Sven” season, its a great piece of work and backed by the club itself. We’re not releasing it properly until after footie season has finished but its going to be available from the Notts County club shop from Saturday 16th April. Its also available on-line from www.peopleshistoryoffootball.com and www.ihadawheelbarrow.co.uk, so if you know any Notts Co. fans, give them a nudge.

Click here for an article on the book from the official Notts County website

Post Match Thoughts – Coventry

Due to some pretty severe work commitments and a, relative, dearth of activity at Pride Park, updates have been a bit slow of late. However herewith a few comments on Saturdays draw with Cov. Read the rest of this entry

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