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« Reply #15 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:05:24 »

Spite is a glorious thing.

So pleased with his answer to that!
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« Reply #16 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:05:34 »

Summary of what I heard:
- Current squad will struggle
- With 5 good signings we may be able to go for playoffs
- Talked about Shrewsbury spending lots.
- Then reeled off a number of other big clubs with bigger budgets
- Next 2-3 weeks, if we get people in, we will be able to get momentum back
- We lost momentum with several players leaving
- Will cause teams problems
- Goalkeeper arrive tomorrow on loan
- Need backup keeper
- Need 5-6 players
- Isgrove and Woolery: Its getting to the point when we need to get it sorted
- Agreed to sign a player from another club. Just waiting for other club to have a player come in
- Need to pluck out a couple of diamonds like last year
- See Sunderland, Ipswich, Charlton, Hull and Wigan. Plus Peterborough and Portsmouth as clubs who will do well
- Wycombe got promoted as they built over a number of years. Implied on our budget we will need the same
- Looking forward to playing against the big clubs
- Centrebacks and strikers much better in the 1st division. L1 have athletic players who are savvy. L2 have players with no legs or young and quick with no brains.
- No idea on season ticket sales.
- Talked about season ticket holders being able to watch on iFollow. Home teams get to keep money from iFollow.
- Salary cap: How will we be impacted? We wont be near £2.5 million. Flitcroft had more than £2.5 million in L2.
- Cooper, Norwood, Maynard (No - cos he turned Wellens down last year so Wellens wont go back), Pitman. Wellens said the other 3 are good players!
- Donahue will sign for the club. Just an issue that he cant sign a contract until Sept 20th. That's why he hasnt played.
- Trialists: How does it work? The ones we have had have been bodies to fill gaps. Back of our mind is that they aren't good enough. Those who are good enough wont come on trial. Would have signed a trialist goalkeeper, but the financial package was wrong
- 5-6 to bring in: Dont want them all to come at the end of the transfer window. Happy for one if he is a known good player, but want the rest in pretty soon.
- Signings within the next week? Wont name names. Will be a GK tomorrow. Close with an attacking player. Speaking to 2-3 players, but not close. Likely to be loans as they are cheaper.
- Cant afford to buy good players. The ones that are cheap arent good enough
- Loan players: If from Champ, L1 or L2 then we pay approx 50% of wage. If from Prem, its about development. At the end of the season you pay a loan fee to the Prem fee. But that fee reduces for every game they play.
- Wellens sees himself staying as long as the chairman shares the same vision. Feels a debt of gratitude to the club. As long as the club wants him and fuels his ambition he will stay.
- Melksham: A few first team players. Hope, Matt Smith will play tomorrow because they have had less minutes than others. There will be 4-5 first team players.
- Wellens watching Blackpool vs Blackburn tomorrow so wont be at Melksham. Also watching Rochdale too.  
- Hope to Port Vale? Wellens said 'Its a rumour'. Said Hope had done well in pre-season. Wellens not letting any attacking players go until we get someone in. Noone will be leaving yet.

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« Reply #17 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:06:40 »

On the loan bit, Wellens reckons Benda is worth £5 million now!
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« Reply #18 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:07:08 »

Benda being worth £5 million made me chuckle.
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« Reply #19 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:11:33 »

I also noted the confirmation that we wonít be offering Ireland anything unless itís an extremely cheap deal.

cc. Bamboo

*runs for cover*  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:12:03 »


ĎKeeper imminent and another signing ready to go subject to an incoming at his current club. Benda can go out on loan if wages paid in full (watch him turn up at another L1 side
Would be a shame if he does end up at another league 1 club due to finances.
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« Reply #21 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:20:52 »

Summary of what I heard:
- Current squad will struggle
- With 5 good signings we may be able to go for playoffs
- Talked about Shrewsbury spending lots.
- Then reeled off a number of other big clubs with bigger budgets
- Next 2-3 weeks, if we get people in, we will be able to get momentum back
- We lost momentum with several players leaving
- Will cause teams problems
- Goalkeeper arrive tomorrow on loan
- Need backup keeper
- Need 5-6 players
- Isgrove and Woolery: Its getting to the point when we need to get it sorted
- Agreed to sign a player from another club. Just waiting for other club to have a player come in
- Need to pluck out a couple of diamonds like last year
- See Sunderland, Ipswich, Charlton, Hull and Wigan. Plus Peterborough and Portsmouth as clubs who will do well
- Wycombe got promoted as they built over a number of years. Implied on our budget we will need the same
- Looking forward to playing against the big clubs
- Centrebacks and strikers much better in the 1st division. L1 have athletic players who are savvy. L2 have players with no legs or young and quick with no brains.
- No idea on season ticket sales.
- Talked about season ticket holders being able to watch on iFollow. Home teams get to keep money from iFollow.
- Salary cap: How will we be impacted? We wont be near £2.5 million. Flitcroft had more than £2.5 million in L2.
- Cooper, Norwood, Maynard (No - cos he turned Wellens down last year so Wellens wont go back), Pitman. Wellens said the other 3 are good players!
- Donahue will sign for the club. Just an issue that he cant sign a contract until Sept 20th. That's why he hasnt played.
- Trialists: How does it work? The ones we have had have been bodies to fill gaps. Back of our mind is that they aren't good enough. Those who are good enough wont come on trial. Would have signed a trialist goalkeeper, but the financial package was wrong
- 5-6 to bring in: Dont want them all to come at the end of the transfer window. Happy for one if he is a known good player, but want the rest in pretty soon.
- Signings within the next week? Wont name names. Will be a GK tomorrow. Close with an attacking player. Speaking to 2-3 players, but not close. Likely to be loans as they are cheaper.
- Cant afford to buy good players. The ones that are cheap arent good enough
- Loan players: If from Champ, L1 or L2 then we pay approx 50% of wage. If from Prem, its about development. At the end of the season you pay a loan fee to the Prem fee. But that fee reduces for every game they play.
- Wellens sees himself staying as long as the chairman shares the same vision. Feels a debt of gratitude to the club. As long as the club wants him and fuels his ambition he will stay.
- Melksham: A few first team players. Hope, Matt Smith will play tomorrow because they have had less minutes than others. There will be 4-5 first team players.
- Wellens watching Blackpool vs Blackburn tomorrow so wont be at Melksham. Also watching Rochdale too.  
- Hope to Port Vale? Wellens said 'Its a rumour'. Said Hope had done well in pre-season. Wellens not letting any attacking players go until we get someone in. Noone will be leaving yet.


Very accurate summary imo. Wellens managing expectations in his normal honest way. Cant help to be impressed with how he comes across.  Essentially 4 extra quality forward options and we push for play offs. Less than 3 and we are looking at being part of the pack in the middle. I think as fans we all completely appreciate his honesty and the reality is that this is dependant on the ongoing/increased support of the owner/benefactor(s) and that is the 6 million dollar inponderable.
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« Reply #22 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:29:01 »

Its basically down to Power to back Wellens with a decent budget otherwise we will lose him and there's only so much he can do with cheap/free options. Nice to see he dosen't tip Oxford as one of the front runners!
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« Reply #23 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:30:24 »

I also noted the confirmation that we wonít be offering Ireland anything unless itís an extremely cheap deal.

cc. Bamboo

*runs for cover*  Wink

Ahh, Chang. I've been expecting you  Soapy Tit Wank All relative though isn't it? Cheap might be in terms of what he was earning and to what we may offer. So half of his former wages would be "cheap" comparatively but still enough for him to sign.

Ireland has been quoted as saying he would be happy to play for less, just wants the opportunity to be back playing again.

Regarding your comment though, I actually didn't hear RW say what you said though?!

Would be a shame RE: Benda if he were to roll up at another L1 club.

Vicv Morgan, still can't understand why the hell BBC Local binned him. He's an absolute;y brilliant broadcaster. In terms of locality, BBCWilts lost a quality reporter there. It also could quite easily have been a Zoom call between RW and his Dad, until Hannah popped up but she was equally impressive too.

Wellens needed a tripod/monopod though but yeah, Vic Morgan he just loves live broadcast and as others have said, just so much more direct. Kudos to Wellens seemingly happy to natter for as long as they required with out any feeling of time constraints. Good work all round.
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« Reply #24 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:43:29 »

Unless Iím mistaken, RW didnít say that SB couldnít or wouldnít be coming here. And we know heís like a magician pulling rabbits out the hat. Be ace if he does. Fingers crossed.
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« Reply #25 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:45:44 »

Unless Iím mistaken, RW didnít say that SB couldnít or wouldnít be coming here. And we know heís like a magician pulling rabbits out the hat. Be ace if he does. Fingers crossed.

Nah. RW previously said that any other loan goalkeeper signing will have to be No.1 due to stipulations of the loan agreement and it's a 'waste of a loan' to have one sat on the bench.
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« Reply #26 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:55:01 »

Apologies if itís been mentioned but Wellens also said theyíve spent money on the training pitches over Calne so wonít need to chop and change where they train every week. So will be there for the foreseeable future.
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« Reply #27 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 20:56:39 »

Apologies if itís been mentioned but Wellens also said theyíve spent money on the training pitches over Calne so wonít need to chop and change where they train every week. So will be there for the foreseeable future.

He also said it's a good training ground with decent facilities.
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« Reply #28 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 21:00:29 »

excellent summary, thanks for taking the time to write it up all (mostly NMH).

good to hear Donohue is still on. Is he tagged or doing community service Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: Monday, August 24, 2020, 21:01:57 »

He also said it's a good training ground with decent facilities.

Yep - which it is, I used to love playing there in my Sunday league days.
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