Very honest post! Is buchannon staying? He is a class act, if I was you I'd be tempting swails back as well as as long as you have 2 quick full backs those two would boss NPL! I know they lack pace but so did whitby's 2 centre halves back end of last season when they turned it around! Infact alex White is so slow he might as well run backwards but did very well when I saw him!
What happened to knight? I've never seen birdshall but matey hunter isn't good enough needs to play somewhere else and try again in 5 years time when exoerianced!
I agree with most of what you have said however those 4 signings need to be real experianced lads! TC seems to upset players and reputation spread! Just saying there was a big outburst by a popular Whitby player after TC left
Good luck some good days out in NPL it's not all doom and gloom
Yeah Buchanan is staying. I like him but think his game has suffered since Swailes left. We'd have him back if possible but he left because of his new job which required mainly Saturday working so unable to travel. Presumably he was able to negotiate occasional time off for Dunston's FA Vase adventures last season. The best thing to say about Swailes is when we played in a behind closed doors friendly at Hamilton a Hamilton player tried to foul him. A few minutes later that Hamilton player was being taken off dazed and confused. No nonsense.
We have a young left back from Bedlington Terriers called James Novak who is supposed to be quick. But I'm concerned that we've had to replace the very experienced Joe Kendrick who we got from Conference Premier side Mansfield, with an inexperienced player from the Northern League. Groves was quick at right back but lost him sadly so have to see who we can bring in there.
The one thing I'll always remember Alex White for is a few minutes into his debut v Blackburn Rovers he sent Danny Simpson flying.
No idea on Knight, had heard he was staying but would have to assume with two keepers signed up already that's not worked out. Another worrying loss of experience I think. Hunter did very well the game time he was given last season but made one monumental error at Nuneaton when we were leading 2-1 and had to settle for a point. Not one to chuck straight into the deep end but I think as far as back up keepers go he's okay.
It's our Chairman who Tait fell out with btw. But yeah, I think Tommy has a style which some players don't agree with. He fell out with Hooks whilst at Blue Star together so his departure was reported well before he left for Spennymoor. But I like Cassidy, he restored a fair amount of pride when he took over. And has brought in some really decent, experienced players. If he's going to upset some players in his endeavours to build a good side then so be it. Even Harry Dunn upset some players when he was working his magic.
Our only likely down fall will be money.