League One team of the season so far

Who makes it from Walsall?

Dean Keates is the manager!

Didn’t realise McGillivray was at Portsmouth.

I was a bit surprised he went to Sloppies last year but considering he’s now been part of two promotion chasing teams and is number 1 now, he’s probably one of the few players in recent times to take a sideways move from Walsall and for it to actually be justified.

Yes, I was also surprised to see him there - and to see him as first name on the list.

No surprise that the majority of the team is picked from ex Premier League sides. Lazy journalism from Sky again. Take Jay Spearing for example. He looked decent against us, but you wouldn’t say he outshone everyone else on the pitch.

It doesn’t really matter anyway, better to keep the spotlight off our lads

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Our management of goalkeepers during the Whitney era is lamentable.

Firstly, mid table and going nowhere we should have allowed Etheridge to go to Cardiff in the January window. Rumour has it that Warnock was only prepared to pay tens of thousands and we were holding out for six figures. But out of contract, his head turned and four months later he’s gone for nowt. And it’s not the forty or fifty grand that rankles, it is the “extras” opportunity we lost. Appearance bonuses, promotion bonuses and sell-ons. Could ultimately cost us millions. This was nothing like the season before when we were pushing for promotion so holding onto our talent was a gamble worth taking. Holding onto Bradshaw and Sawyers could also ultimately have cost us millions but that was worth it because we were in with more than a sniff and the Fox/Dann/Ricketts debacle when in a similar position still haunts many of us. The Etheridge situation completely different.

Then that summer. Macgillivray had proved more than an adequate deputy and Liam Roberts was showing great promise. A ready made number one and number two already developed by the club. All Whitney had to do was assure Macgillivray that he would be his first choice. But no, Jon had other ideas. Cue a large chunk of budget being done on Gillespie. Macgillivray rightly got the hump and having helped Shrewsbury nearly get up he looms set to one better with a far bigger club.

Not necassarily all down to Whitney but for a club as stretched as ourselves these were two ridiculous pieces of business.