I would be interested in your views on this question.
On the whole, I think we are in a stronger position in just about every important area: Finance, players and discipline.
Some idle curiosity the other day had me reaching for an old program to compare the current Fleet squad with that of a year ago.
Two things in particular struck me from the Margate program of 21st January: Firstly, we’ve taken exactly the same number of points from the same number of games and secondly, and more tellingly, of the 29 players listed on the back page, only 8 are still involved with the club! (Other points of interest from this exercise - all of the 3 bottom clubs this season have less points at this stage than Kettering had at the same point last year and Southport were 9th !!)
My own view on this is that Andy has done a truly magnificent job in constructing virtually a completely new team out of the summer exodus and the financial constraints placed on him. In particular, Chris Moore and Andy Drury look like very sound investments. Also, IMO, the team now is technically superior to that of last year. On the whole, I also think the loan signings have been good: Lee Protheroe has real quality and, I think, would be a good permanent signing, if we can get him. Ben Walshe, although not quite so good recently, has played very well for us on the whole and, again, has quality. Paul Gibbs has generally looked like another good player (forget the Cup tie – straight red was a bit harsh and all the vitriol afterwards was ridiculous) I haven’t formed an opinion on Oli as I, personally, haven’t seen enough of him.
Financially, with the Gladwish money and the Cup run, we are clearly on a steadier footing.
On the question of discipline, I haven’t got any info on where we stood at this stage last year, but this season we don’t appear to stand out from the rest as a team with a major problem. In fact, in recent games our discipline has been very good (long may that improvement continue!)
So, what about going forward from here?
Should Andy go all out now to get the one or two players that could make all the difference to the club, even if that does mean using more of the money than waiting until the end of the season and trying to get better value for money at that point?
Do we, as fans, have to expect the club to improve in leaps and bounds, or are we prepared to accept that a gradual improvement over a long period is likely to be more achievable and sustainable?
I would also be interested to know from someone at the club, what average attendance is believed to be required in order for us to go full time?
Apologies if some of these issues have been covered in other threads.