We have no money. If we survive Covid-19, that will represent success. Some clubs will do a Bury. I look at Chesterfield struggling and Notts County not getting everything their own way; I look at us struggling to compete with Barrow and Harrogate.
Goals win games and goalscorers cost money. For me, when Jordan Archer chooses Solihull Moors as a loan option, it shows how far we have fallen. Even under Whitney, the likes of Tyler Roberts and Ngoy (both strikers from local clubs higher up the pyramid) would improve any league two side.
Holden is the key for me, based on what we have. Tear up the tactics book, Clarke: build the whole team around Holden - that’s what Whitney did with Oz.
Out of curiosity, I know about Llera’s pedigree and coaching badges. Does Guthrie have the potential to use his mind and contacts to help the team in a coaching capacity?
When I look at the Keates players (Norman, Scarr) they both made their name in non league; Clarke signings from Bristol Rovers (Sinclair, Clarke and indirectly, Gaffney) they’re all past it.
Even Clarke’s housemate has no reputation in the game other than playing for Salisbury.
Even the teams at the bottom seem to have a decent goalscorer.
I don’t mind Walsall losing if I can see a plan, young players giving their all, a bit of bite and some excitement.
Right now, I can see effort but no plan: they just look dazed and confused…
If Clarke doesn’t change, the fans will turn on him on their return. I wonder whether Pomlett will note the iFollow subscriptions.
Given that we have no money, there is one cheap option who would have loads of young local players on the radar with a point to prove. He is also held in high regard by Blues and Peterborough (loan options aplenty). Martin O’Connor could change the mood, I think, based on realistic, affordable options.
And to put the cat amongst the pigeons, if anyone could convince Deeney (a Blues fan) to have one last hurrah at the Saddlers, it would be an ex-Blues legend! Imagine he and Adan George… it would certainly help to increase my optimism…