Date:Wednesday April 30 2014
Regular readers to the front pages here on VP, as well as in the forum, will know that the 'resurrection of the reserve team' is something that I have constantly banged on about.
All the while we had the development side, to a degree it gave us something.
News of that being cut left me, and others, a little concerned as to where that left the youngsters that were not quite ready for the 1st team in particular, as well as the members of the 1st team squad that were not playing as regular as they might have wanted...
Yep, you can never beat 1st team football but something was needed.
I am delighted to hear that talks are underway about having a new ressie competition for southern teams set-up, which would allow us to get involved again with the board signing up for this and being onboard.
You need a bridging gap between the academy and 1st team, a ressie team offers this and also allows the more senior players, as I say not regularly playing, to get some minutes on the pitch.
Unlike the development games, which allowed over age players to feature, these games will be regular and not few and far between as they were.
Cracking news for me, and whilst we WILL NOT have a monster 30-man plus squad next season we will have a big enough squad, with the youngsters included, to put our a decent enough ressie team I reckon that can see all benefit.
Awford agreement and appointment
Andy Awford definitely agreed with this news in the News today.
Also news in the News was that talks, unsurprisingly, to install Awford as the next manager are well under way with an announcement hopefully made at the weekend - it would seem, as I had said I hoped we could, an announcement ahead of the game with Plymouth could be made?
Ideally 100% officially this can be revealed at Fratton Park in front of the full house.
Squad decision time...
Decisions on the futures of up to 16 players need to be made this summer.
A good number will be - rightly - released with some loanees exiting but I do not think it will be a complete 'squad rip up' this summer though with Awford likely, as long as they want to stay, to keep key personnel.
Finally, speaking of personnel, a return to the coaching set-up of Guy Whittingham had been mooted but is unlikely.
It has not been completely ruled out but following his exit from Crawley he has told the News he does not expect to return, but is taking the 'never say never' approach - it would be quite bizarre to see him back, good coach or not, so soon mind.
Down the line, I reckon we could see him again, but under Awford at this stage I would not think so...
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Date:Wednesday April 30 2014
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