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Seeking Help for L1 Wide Season Review / Summer Transfers Preview


Tranmere Rovers Fan
9 Jun 2019
Hi all,

Tranmere fan here in peace.

As newly minted league one members, I'm looking to put together a fan-sourced and fan-made division wide round up and was hoping I could find one or two of you willing to write something in the following format for Oxford:

Club Name
Manager (or likely candidates)
Tenure (of current manager if applicable)
Ownership Situation: (appreciate this may run long for some in the division)
Main Fan Forum:

Star Player:
Underappreciated Gem:
Top Prospect:
Potential 19/20 Breakout Year:
Fan Scapegoat:
Waste of Space:
Dream Transfer Target:

Season Review: (< 200 words)
Tactical Overview: (< 200 words)
Plans & Priorities for Preseason: (< 200 words)

If people are interested I'll post the full round-up here once I've got all the teams responses.

Our Example Version below:

Tranmere Rovers

Manager: Micky Mellon
Tenure: 2 1/2 seasons
Ownership Situation: Very positive, no wealthy benefactor though.
Fan Forum: thecowsheds.co.uk

Star Player: James Norwood (CF, 28yo)
Underappreciated Gem: Connor Jennings (n10, 27yo)
Top Prospect: Harvey Gilmour (CM, 20yo)
Potential 19/20 Breakout Year: Sid Nelson (CB, 24yo) or Paul Mullin (CF, 24yo)
Fan Scapegoat: Liam Ridehalgh (LB, 28yo)
Waste of Space: Chris Dagnall (CF, 32yo)
Dream Transfer Target: Rhian Brewster on loan would be lovely

Season Review:
After a great initial start to life back in the football league Tranmere's form sagged heading into the Xmas period. January additions at center mid and on both wings in Perkins, Morris and Pringle helped bolster the team's fortunes and a 7 game winning run pushed us from Mid-table back up in to the Playoffs of League Two where we remained until the end of the season. After beating Forest Green in the semi final we had to go to the final minute of extra time for Connor Jennings to head home the goal that put us back in the third tier. James Norwood finished the season on 32 goals, in the FL Team of the Year and of course with the Golden Boot, while our reliable shot stopper Scott Davies bagged the L2 Golden Gloves for 19 (21 including play-offs) league clean sheets.
Tactical Overview:
Micky has never been afraid to change our shape in his time in charge, nor our style of play. After losing Andy Cook to Walsall (the large of our classic 442 little n large) we switched to playing more to the strength of our other 20 goal a season man, James Norwood, whose pace allows him to play off the shoulder of the final defender. For much of the season we opted for a 433 where both wingers looked to cut inside onto their stronger foot to play Nors in or shoot. This setup allowed Ollie Banks to act as a deep lying playmaker in the middle, while paired with two of our three more industrious midfield options in Luke McCollough, Jay Harris and later Dave Perkins. Manny Monthe was our rock at the back, paired with a rogues gallery of partners due to terrible luck with injuries and the decline of the once mighty Steve McNulty. When we were overwhelmed or outmatched Mellon tended to switch to 3ATB, allowing our full backs Caprice and Ridehalgh to get further up the pitch and whip balls in from wider areas.
Plans for Preseason:
The elephant in the room is that Norwood's contract is expired, and his exit for a pay rise well outside Tranmere's budgetary constraints appears inevitable. So the main thing to be keeping your ear out for is news of potential striker signings. Rumours have attached us to bringing back the now relegated and supposedly unsettled Cook from Walsall, paying out to Flyde for Danny Rowe or taking Callum Lang on loan. The club will want to wrap up new deals for CB pairing Monthe and Nelson, both 24, who showed enough to make fans confident they would handle the step up to L1. While much of the squad seems likely to stay we will also need to find some new wide-men, as Ben Pringle, Keiron Morris & Johnny Smith were only here on loan deals last season. The squad looks a little thin for the moment but if we can stave off supposed approaches for manager Mellon and key assists maker Connor Jennings, and of course find a way to replace some of Lord Norwood's goals members of the SWA will be confident we can do enough on our resources to target mid-table safety.
Hi all,

Tranmere fan here in peace.

As newly minted league one members, I'm looking to put together a fan-sourced and fan-made division wide round up and was hoping I could find one or two of you willing to write something in the following format for Oxford:
Bit of task but I'll have a go:

Oxford United
Manager: Karl Robinson (38)
Tenure: 1.5 seasons
Ownership Situation: Promising board of wealthy investors, most investment has been into training and youth facilities. Don't own our stadium which is our major issue.
Main Fan Forum: This one

Star Player: Cameron Brannagan (CM, 23)
Underappreciated Gem: Rob Dickie (CB, 23)
Top Prospect: Shandon Baptiste (CM, 21)
Potential 19/20 Breakout Year: Mark Sykes (AM, 21)
Fan Scapegoat: Jamie Hanson (CM, 23)
Waste of Space: Can't think of anyone I'd like to sell
Dream Transfer Target: A striker (Norwood would be nice!), Ellis Harrison perhaps.

Season Review: Well. Had a horrendous start, think mostly down to signings being made late and injuries, especially to Eastwood (GK). Also didn't have a fit striker to begin with. Wouldn't have been a surprise to have seen KR lose his job before January, but survived and had an excellent window to bring in some brilliant loan signings. Definitely a season of two halfs; our form in 2019 would have got us into the play offs if it had been the same all season, but spent most of 2018 in the relegation zone. Looking forward to this season.

Tactical overview: When KR joined, had a reputation from Charlton fans of only playing 4-2-3-1. Probably the formation he's used most often with us, perhaps now more likely to play a 4-1-4-1 with only one defensive midfielder. Very rare to see us with two up front, most of our goals come from the attackers behind the striker. Full backs are usually defensive minded (which I prefer) but Josh Ruffels (LB) has a knack for scoring last minute worldies.

Yet to see any first team signings, have been one or two for the U23s. Arguably our best player Curtis Nelson (CB, 26) is almost certainly leaving on the free, hopefully to a Championship club which is where he belongs. Main priorities for signings are a CB and 2 STs. Secondary targets probably a DM and RB. Has been some rumours of interest toward Gavin Whyte, hopefully we can keep hold of him and others. Also need to get a few to sign contract extensions.

Wouldn't say any of the above is clear cut, e.g Star Player, just my opinion.

EDIT: Would appreciate it if you could post a link to wherever you put the collection of clubs' write ups together. All the best for next season
I'll give it a go Malc, but GingerOx has pretty much hit the nail on the head. Have mixed up some of the names to give extra options.

Oxford United
: Karl Robinson
Tenure: 1.5 years
Ownership Situation: Sumrit 'Tiger' Thanakarnjanasuth is our chairman. East Asian investors pack the board, including the former owner of Inter Milan.
Main Fan Forum: yellowsforum.co.uk

Star Player: Gavin Whyte (RW, 23 yo)
Underappreciated Gem: Cameron Brannagan, 23 yo)
Top Prospect: Nico Jones (CB, 17yo)
Potential 19/20 Breakout Year: Shandon Baptiste (CM, 21 yo)
Fan Scapegoat: Jamie Hanson (DM/RB, 23yo)
Waste of Space: We've cleared our dead wood already.
Dream Transfer Target: Retaining some of the loans we had last season would hopefully be easy business. Jerome Sinclair from Watford showed enough promise to be welcomed back.

Season Review: We finished in 12th place, but this was in no way a result of us being an average team. We only managed to get 5 points from a possible 33 in our first 11 league games. This was due to the disruption caused by an unfinished new training complex, and compounded by several injuries to key squad members. In contrast, we managed to get 27 points from our last 13 games, which helped us secure safety early in last seasons extremely tight relegation scrap/

Tactical Overview: Karl Robinson is a manager who does not like to 'win ugly'. We want to play tidy and expansive football when we can. We will deploy pacy wingers, a flat back four with at least one holding midfielder, and a lone striker up front.

Plans & Priorities for Preseason: We are under no pressure to sell key players. Rumours are swirling that bids of £2million have come in for Gavin Whyte, but that price will need to be doubled before we consider selling the full NI international. However, we are resigned to losing key centre back Curtis Nelson on a free this summer. Key positions that need filling will be the replacement CB, a left winger, and a striker with a proven scoring record.
Brilliant stuff lads. Really appreciate the time and effort! I've ended up using GingerOx's report in the first part of the roundup here:

This sort of stuff is why lower league fans are the best. Love it.
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