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Yesterdays Q and A

Postby wallace » Wed May 15, 2019 9:08 am

I was unfortunately unable to get to the Q and A yesterday and was hoping that someone could just let me know the key things that came out from the evening. Thanks
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Re: Yesterdays Q and A

Postby baz » Wed May 15, 2019 11:45 am

Try my best.

Firstly Benny Reid a young full back from Horndean was introduced as an exciting young prospect and Brocky asked Dos what players he hoped to retain from this years squad, Dos said he had spoken to 7 or 8 players including Rory, Robbo, Jordan Rose, Struggs, Wes, Alfie and Bradley, but due to the change in training to 3 mornings a week it was not possible for the first 4 to commit. After a few days negotiating with Wes it was revealed he had signed a new contract which drew a round of applause. Alfie was keen to sign up and Bradley will be under supervision of the Physios to get him fit for the new season. Other players have been signed up but due to their contractual obligations to other clubs cannot be announced until July 1st

When asked about his playing style, Dos said it would be hardworking and attacking, he wants to see the ball more in the opponents half than our own but don't expect any Barcelona type tippy tappy footie.

Dos said it was a wrench leaving Sutton and he will always be a Sutton fan and had a fantastic time there, but the break he took because of family illness dawned on him that he didn't miss all the travelling up to Sutton 4 times a week which he found physically tiring. It was soon after this that Derek who he had known for 30 years contacted him to arrange a meeting and they found that they were on the same page regarding the future of the club.

Dos is a massive fan of 3G pitches, (but it hadn't been discussed with the Chairman yet,) because it can bring the community together as one and can be used 7 days a week to bring income into the club, the boys and youth teams will be able to use it as opposed to using outside pitches and of course for the Walking Football stalwarts. He will be visiting schools with Galey to encourage youngsters to come and support the club.

Asked if there was any misgivings about Bairdy coming back after he left under a cloud 12 years ago, Dos said that Bairdy is an excellent coach and the players all respected him and a lot of water had passed under the bridge since then and they had worked together closely at Sutton and wanted to continue that relationship.

Derek was asked about the departure of Lee Bradbury and he said it started to become difficult once Lee had applied for the Hartlepools job, the club was left in limbo for a week not knowing if Lee had been successful, but once that was known he was not, he thought the relationship had changed and possibly in hindsight a decision to part the ways could have been made sooner.

Early Bird Season tickets bargain at £99.99. Dos was hopeful we could sell 1000 at that price and he would very much like to see 1500 or more turn up for every home game, Pompey season tickets holders will still get there £6 entrance fee, and Trevor said that most of the Hawks and Pompey home games will not clash unless of course there are cup games.

The management team and players will be in the bar after games to speak and answer questions from fans and there will be fund raising initiatives announced shortly including a draw with big money prizes to be drawn in the club after games.

I've probably missed a lot out that someone can add or if I have incorrectly stated a fact then please feel free to correct.

COYH
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Re: Yesterdays Q and A

Postby Andy S » Wed May 15, 2019 2:03 pm

Excellent minutes Barry. Thank you for that. Very informative.
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Re: Yesterdays Q and A

Postby lammy » Wed May 15, 2019 3:52 pm

It was a very enjoyable and uplifting evening.
Having had uncertainties about the sudden and dramatic change in the squad I was swept along with the enthusiasm generated last night and am very excited for our future.

A couple of extra points from last night -
The new commercial manager was present and introduced himself. He works on a commission basis and has already bought in significant revenue into the club.
Henry confirmed the ramping up to our social network activities both in terms of new Websites and additional activity but also extra support to deliver those services.
Finally, we aim to go with around 12 experienced players for next season, another 4 or so good young players with a further handful of promising players from the local area who will have the opportunity to progress with the club and will get chances. The impression that I get is that agreements have been reached with the vast majority of our targets and although we can't announce them yet they are going to be exciting signings.

Hold on tight - this is going to be fun
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Re: Yesterdays Q and A

Postby wallace » Wed May 15, 2019 4:33 pm

Thank you all sounds good and already looking forward to next season.
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Re: Yesterdays Q and A

Postby jubileepark » Wed May 15, 2019 4:51 pm

baz wrote:Derek was asked about the departure of Lee Bradbury and he said it started to become difficult once Lee had applied for the Hartlepools job, the club was left in limbo for a week not knowing if Lee had been successful, but once that was known he was not, he thought the relationship had changed and possibly in hindsight a decision to part the ways could have been made sooner.


Also worth pointing out that Derek confirmed Lee Bradbury was supposed to be leaving us in early March to take up a role at WBA, until Darren Moore was sacked.
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