@DomRoman – Dom Roman
“10 points adrift from safety, no Happy New Year at Plainmoor. I was itching to get to get to a game on New Years Day, so the postponement was disappointing – for me anyway! 60% in our TT poll were happy that the match was called off – that really does show the gloom surrounding the Yellow Army at the moment. We’re not dead and buried yet – but even I can see the fat lady warming up over the Riviera!”.
TT1 – Wrexham
Saturday’s game at the Racecourse Ground is a tough one for us (aren’t they all), but Wrexham are actually struggling for form and have drawn the last three. Hey I’m not saying we’ll get anything, it’s just not impossible!
Owers has to get back to basics with the squad and find out who has the bottle to fight. Too many of the loan signings clearly haven’t cared enough and it’s been painful to endure.
I’d actually like to see Higgins get a game, he has been out of favour for a while and I don’t think Jazzi was any better. Ryan has obvious shortcomings, but gets stuck in and wants to be involved – a rough diamond that needs polishing.
Upfront I’d pair Ruairi with new boy Fletcher – leaving Reidy on the bench (sorry Luke!). O’Sullivan to join Damon and Luke in a midfield three , whilst at the back Michee returns alongside McGinty and Andresson.
Whatever the line-up the lads have put in real effort and face up to the opposition. Only that sort of performance will get the Yellow Army back onside after the pitiful Boreham loss.
Our man Luke Hunter will be at the game. Much like any supporter he’s angry and upset at the situation and he came down for the New Years Day game from Manchester. So his TUFC mood desperately needs improving, he did miss out meeting yours truly for a drink after all!
TT2 – Owers Recruitmeint
Managers often succeed or fail due to their signings, and Ower’s incomings so far have been mostly disastrous. Gary’s contacts and ability to get new guys in was plugged as an asset – but it’s been a total liability.
On paper the likes of Murphy, McQuoid and Myrie-Williams looked decent signings, with experience at clubs higher up the football pyramid than us (and yes I know that counts for most of them these days). But where’s the steely determination and proper motivation in these players – I can’t see it.
Ironically our best signings since Nicho left have been Vincent Dorel and Michee Efete, who both arrived before Owers and Kuhl! Both have been regulars at the top of the Player of the Month leaderboard, and I’m glad Michee hasn’t jumped ship as well (yes I’m looking at you Davey).
So onto the latest recruitment drive and in comes O’Sullivan and Fletcher. O’Sullivan has played youth football for Wales and is described as a box-to-box midfielder. Meanwhile Fletcher has been trumpeted by Argyle fans this week, so he must have something. Pinning our hopes on an 18 year-old is our grim reality, maybe the young man will nip in and take a chance on Saturday.
TT3 – A Year of GI
It’s been over a year since GI took control of the club, and the football wise it’s been a nightmare for much of it. Here’s my summary of the good and bad moves made by Clarke since then
BAD – There has been no Fans Forum or local member on the board, as mentioned at the onset of the takeover.
BAD – Clarke is obviously obsessed by the new ground, and made no secret of this in the interviews with Patrick last year. This new ground looks further away than ever, and we must wonder how long his interest will hold.
BAD – Geoff Harrop’s hiring as top man was a surprise to fans and he’s done nothing to boost confidence in him so far, including the painfully slow appointment of Owers/Kuhl.
BAD – Nicho kept on as manager and then given a meagre summer transfer kitty, which hinted at his future being somewhere else. Also a kitty that suddenly enlarged for Gary Owers on arrival.
BAD – Appointing Dave Hedges as ‘Head of Recruitment’ looked shrewd enough. Our transfer business since then suggests otherwise.
GOOD – New kit deal. Mixing with Pro-Direct has given our kit some sparkle this season. The owners clearly do better deals when it’s non-football!
GOOD – The new youth system is gathering some pace, and we could see some local lads back in the Yellow at last – unfortunately this could be in the National League South.
GOOD – The communications from the club have improved somewhat. The social media side has gathered pace, whilst the new website is better and the updates are generally ‘up-to-date’!