Monday, 13 July 2015

In need of reinforcements

A routine 2-0 pre-season at Welling wasn't enough to change the despondent mood of many. Igor Vetokele and Simon Makienok were both rested to protect injuries and it was clear that we can only field one first eleven and even then we had to have players playing out-of-position.

Frederic Bulot's move to Rheims seems to have caught the club flat-footed and they clearly didn't plan early enough as you have to believe a deal should have been done before Standard Liege was sold. We need two experienced wide players and certainty around a couple of central defenders, especially if Andre Bikey isn't going to feature for us again and we are not going to rely on the inexperienced Harry Lennon or Ayo Obileye. Damian Matthew has suggested there are five or six players lined-up and you have to believe that he knows what's going on. Matthew appeared to step-up on Saturday by taking additional responsibilities at Welling and the surprise news today was that that David Martine has been appointed Assistant Coach. The OS is reporting that Damian Matthew becomes Assistant Head Coach but you have to wonder if we have too many cooks and if three will become a crowd. David, of course, joins us from Standard Liege and is obviously another Roland has plans for. Fishing in small ponds is ultimately unhealthy.

Hard not to wonder what is going on behind the scenes. There's still over three weeks to go before we get the testing visit of QPR but it's looking like we will not be well prepared for their visit irrespective of who rocks up in the meantime let alone the tricky run of opening matches. Certainly not a time to cash-in on any of our other assets, so hopefully the likes of Cousins and Gudmundsson will be with us to face the R's.

Probably not the best time to ponder over the decision-making process that has resulted in us agreeing a hastily rearranged friendly at Bolton Wanderers?

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