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Yorkshire Blue

Super Moderator
Staff member
Oct 27, 2003
With the current incumbent's contract effectively expiring exactly 6 months' time, it's time to look forward to see in what direction we should go.

The new manager will need to reshape the entire squad. Of Saturday's starting XI, the youngest player under contract for next season will be 32.

The new manager will need to be able to work to a budget - this is particularly relevant given the lack of recent cup runs and transfer fees (unless Leonard is sold in January) that the previous incumbents generated that subsidised PB's spending.

The new manager will need to bring through youth - we have done an appalling job of transitioning the under23s to the first team. We'll need someone who can develop the likes of Ted Smith, Elvis Bwomono, Dru Yearwood and Jack Bridge into first team regulars rather than last resorts.

Do we go for:

A coaching novice but someone who already knows the players?

A first time manager who has already cut his teeth in coaching and is looking for a promotion to the top job. The only time Ron went this way, he made his most successful appointment with Tilly.

An experienced manager who is available as has already failed elsewhere? This is Ron's favoured route but the appointments (Alan Little, Steve Wignall, Paul Sturrock and Phil Brown and the (fortunately failed appointment of Ian Atkins)) have had at best mixed success.

An experienced manager at the lower levels looking for a promotion to the big time?

What direction would you be looking to go in?