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    Neil Baker reacted to TRS in Saturday 20th February Match Thread   
    Gutted for Camberley losing right at the end! What a great experience though for the team & supporters.
     
    Was surprised it went to extra time, don't both teams have to agree on that beforehand? Would have thought Cambo preferred to take it to a replay at 90, gives the home team an advantage getting the extra half hour at their place.
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Krooner in Saturday 10th January Match Thread   
    With our game away at Histon falling foul to the weather, myself and Unders decided to take in a local game, and ended up watching Badshot Lea win 7-0 at Farnham.
    Is only my third CCL game this season, but have to say we both came away very impressed with Baggy Lea... worked hard all over the pitch, defended well and were very clinical in front of goal... from my point of view if they were to play like that week in week out they will beat a lot of teams, and could be contenders for the title next year if they keep the lads together and grow as a unit.
    Really enjoyable game, however probably not from a Farnham's point of view.
    Hats off to Tommo and Barney, they have put a good side together
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    Neil Baker reacted to johnnojudo in Chertsey Town   
    It's no secret what other teams budgets are give or take a few quid.
     
    You may remember Duncs but I spent 11 years in the CCL and it's a tough division to get out of so know what the level is like. With Guildford and Chertsey in it next season - even tougher!
    Thanks for the lesson though .
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from johnnojudo in A PLEA TO THE F.A.   
    You say extend the season, well I am afraid I don't agree, it is the same for everyone... we managed to get games on over Christmas as our pitch drains well, when in reality we would have wanted them off, as we had lots of injuries.... and that affected us and our results (games in quick succession also)... same way it will affect teams who have to cram them in.
     
    Also people book stag do's/holidays to co incide with the season finishing... by extending the season throws those plans into disarray... I always tend to have stag do's etc to go on, and normally persuade the lads involved to book them no earlier than the 2nd weekend in May to co incide of any play off games.
     
    People talk about a winter break, again why?? we can not predict the weather, you could have a winter break and the weather be fine, for games to be called off after the break due to weather.
     
    What needs to happen is the league schedule games for Tuesday's after FA Cup games, and if there are draws in FA cup then they need to be rearranged...
     
    By doing that they can probably add another 3/4 league games in the first 2 months of the season, would be a huge help.
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Smudge in Guilty until proved innocent   
    Yes Ryan Lake was sent off for us for a "professional foul" which nobody appealed as Lakey had clearly won the ball, and even the ref played on for 10 seconds before pulling the game back as linesman was flagging.
     
    Luckily our games are filmed, and the video evidence was so concrete that the red card decision was an embarrassment for the 2 officials involved, and overturned, however as stated we were fined and got the penalty points still (go figure).
     
    Problem we had was for the first time in my management career I and Jon went into the officials room 50 minutes after the game with ref 2 assistants (one who had been very good on the night) assessor and our chairman (as on the night there must have been 5 extremely contentious decisions which changed the course of the game, all of which were confirmed by video).
     
    We sat there and had to listen for 15 minutes how the ref and assistants got everything spot on in the game from the assessor, when everyone in the ground had been puzzled beyond belief at the performances, and these are the guys that help refs push on up the ladder.
     
    I had said after the game that I would like to give them my e mail address, and that we would send them the full DVD and if they had got the big decisions wrong like we thought at the time they had, for them just to acknowledge it, and vice versa I would contact them and apologise if I was wrong.
     
    I never heard a thing... and for that reason alone is why I struggle with the whole respect campaign (and that is from someone who had an excellent disciplinary record as a player, and never even been cautioned as a manager).
     
    This was the decision that got overturned (I would say that one of our lads should have been sent off for foul and abusive language after the red, but I think watching that you can see the frustration in our team, especially as this was the 3rd poor decision in the space of about 10 minutes, and was a game that if we had won we would have gone top)
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwgiPqFp47c
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from newby marvel in Midweek CCL Action 29th Apr - 3rd May   
    Sorry to hijack the CCL forum, but anyone not going to a CCL game tomorrow, and wanting a football fix, then we are at home to Biggleswade in the Southern Central Play off semi final, this will be a very tight game, and any support we could get would be great.
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Andy01 in Weds/Thur/Fri Matches   
    Errrmmmm do you know our budget then Johnno, because I am afraid if you did you would know we are nowhere near the likes of who you said.... Yep ours is better than the likes of yours and Fleets etc, but I can tell you now for FACT that not one player in our side earns 3 figures.....
    We have built a side on team spirit, and hard workers....
    And just shows you how little the money actually means to our players, Blounty who we signed from you less than 6 weeks ago, tore his anterior cruciate, and medial cruciate at Thatcham on Monday and the lads not only clubbed together to pay for an MRI scan within 5 days, but have now agreed to give up their last weeks wages to help pay for a private operation... And are willing to help in a fundraiser....
    Would rather not be linked with other teams who are paying money, just because we are challenging at the top...
     
    I know this is not CCL related but frustrates me when people assume you are paying out BIg money just because you are doing well...
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from newby marvel in Weds/Thur/Fri Matches   
    Errrmmmm do you know our budget then Johnno, because I am afraid if you did you would know we are nowhere near the likes of who you said.... Yep ours is better than the likes of yours and Fleets etc, but I can tell you now for FACT that not one player in our side earns 3 figures.....
    We have built a side on team spirit, and hard workers....
    And just shows you how little the money actually means to our players, Blounty who we signed from you less than 6 weeks ago, tore his anterior cruciate, and medial cruciate at Thatcham on Monday and the lads not only clubbed together to pay for an MRI scan within 5 days, but have now agreed to give up their last weeks wages to help pay for a private operation... And are willing to help in a fundraiser....
    Would rather not be linked with other teams who are paying money, just because we are challenging at the top...
     
    I know this is not CCL related but frustrates me when people assume you are paying out BIg money just because you are doing well...
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Footy Mad in Weds/Thur/Fri Matches   
    Errrmmmm do you know our budget then Johnno, because I am afraid if you did you would know we are nowhere near the likes of who you said.... Yep ours is better than the likes of yours and Fleets etc, but I can tell you now for FACT that not one player in our side earns 3 figures.....
    We have built a side on team spirit, and hard workers....
    And just shows you how little the money actually means to our players, Blounty who we signed from you less than 6 weeks ago, tore his anterior cruciate, and medial cruciate at Thatcham on Monday and the lads not only clubbed together to pay for an MRI scan within 5 days, but have now agreed to give up their last weeks wages to help pay for a private operation... And are willing to help in a fundraiser....
    Would rather not be linked with other teams who are paying money, just because we are challenging at the top...
     
    I know this is not CCL related but frustrates me when people assume you are paying out BIg money just because you are doing well...
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from GarySTFC in Weds/Thur/Fri Matches   
    Errrmmmm do you know our budget then Johnno, because I am afraid if you did you would know we are nowhere near the likes of who you said.... Yep ours is better than the likes of yours and Fleets etc, but I can tell you now for FACT that not one player in our side earns 3 figures.....
    We have built a side on team spirit, and hard workers....
    And just shows you how little the money actually means to our players, Blounty who we signed from you less than 6 weeks ago, tore his anterior cruciate, and medial cruciate at Thatcham on Monday and the lads not only clubbed together to pay for an MRI scan within 5 days, but have now agreed to give up their last weeks wages to help pay for a private operation... And are willing to help in a fundraiser....
    Would rather not be linked with other teams who are paying money, just because we are challenging at the top...
     
    I know this is not CCL related but frustrates me when people assume you are paying out BIg money just because you are doing well...
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from ellers in Knaphill/Ellers/Redders/loads of other waffle   
    Ha ha, good response!!! Yep agreed not too many work, i think for any joint management to work, you have to have very similar views on football and players, plus being close friends and able to trust each other 100% is a must!!! Luckily that is the case for us having been centre half partners at Farnborough all those years back in the Conference and best mates since then.
    Shame that most of this thread has been ruined, i had heard pre season that Knaphill were a decent side from a few people, so have been suprised at their start, but not really knowing many of the players there i couldnt really comment.
    All teh best to all parties concerned!!
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from newby marvel in What is the Solution? (Guernsey fixtures)   
    As said before we at Godalming would be delighted to go to Guernsey in the league, and would virtually guarantee those that are employed would take a days holiday to do so if it meant going over midweek, travelling wise no worse than playing Bodmin away in the FA Cup ( which was on a Saturday) however we drew which meant Bodmin had to travel 4 and a half hours to us the following Tuesday, funnily enough they are step 6 and every player made the journey, reason being it was a big game (3rd qualifying round) so people make the effort, same way they will to play in front of over 1000 people.
     
     
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Non League Nigel in What is the Solution? (Guernsey fixtures)   
    As said before we at Godalming would be delighted to go to Guernsey in the league, and would virtually guarantee those that are employed would take a days holiday to do so if it meant going over midweek, travelling wise no worse than playing Bodmin away in the FA Cup ( which was on a Saturday) however we drew which meant Bodmin had to travel 4 and a half hours to us the following Tuesday, funnily enough they are step 6 and every player made the journey, reason being it was a big game (3rd qualifying round) so people make the effort, same way they will to play in front of over 1000 people.
     
     
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from HKP in What is the Solution? (Guernsey fixtures)   
    As said before we at Godalming would be delighted to go to Guernsey in the league, and would virtually guarantee those that are employed would take a days holiday to do so if it meant going over midweek, travelling wise no worse than playing Bodmin away in the FA Cup ( which was on a Saturday) however we drew which meant Bodmin had to travel 4 and a half hours to us the following Tuesday, funnily enough they are step 6 and every player made the journey, reason being it was a big game (3rd qualifying round) so people make the effort, same way they will to play in front of over 1000 people.
     
     
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Footy Mad in What is the Solution? (Guernsey fixtures)   
    I think a lot of people put up obstacles for Guernsey, but if you asked most players, they would do whatever they need to do to play against them at their place, the reason as Bad Guy has already stated they will possibly not get the chance to play in a game like that again, so if it means taking one days holiday, I would be very surprised if people would not do it....
    I know I would have done as a player.
    From what I can see they have come in offered a fantastic experience for anyone that has been over there, and are a good side who look to be progressing through the leagues, so enjoy it whilst ou can, as something like this will probably never ever come along again.
    How far they progress up the leagues only time will tell, but there will be a ceiling on where they get too unless they do start signing players from the UK.
    Either way the weather has been a problem for everyone this year, and nobody could have foreseen ow bad it would be ( and may still get)
    I wish them all the best, and if we don't get promoted to step 3 I would welcome them in our league, and would be happy to play them on any day!!
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from HKP in What is the Solution? (Guernsey fixtures)   
    I think a lot of people put up obstacles for Guernsey, but if you asked most players, they would do whatever they need to do to play against them at their place, the reason as Bad Guy has already stated they will possibly not get the chance to play in a game like that again, so if it means taking one days holiday, I would be very surprised if people would not do it....
    I know I would have done as a player.
    From what I can see they have come in offered a fantastic experience for anyone that has been over there, and are a good side who look to be progressing through the leagues, so enjoy it whilst ou can, as something like this will probably never ever come along again.
    How far they progress up the leagues only time will tell, but there will be a ceiling on where they get too unless they do start signing players from the UK.
    Either way the weather has been a problem for everyone this year, and nobody could have foreseen ow bad it would be ( and may still get)
    I wish them all the best, and if we don't get promoted to step 3 I would welcome them in our league, and would be happy to play them on any day!!
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Andy01 in Hartley witney   
    Duncs, you telling me every player in div one deserves to be there, well I disagree, what about someone like Paul Johnson at Spelthorne, started the season in Ryman Prem, and ended up leaving Hampton, could easily walk into ,ost if not all step 4 sides, if not a lot at step 3.
    Why is he playing there then, he has become disillusioned with aspects of football, and wants to take time out etc, and yes play somewhere local with some mates ( does not make him any less of a payer, just suits him at this moment in time) !
    I remember my Dad who was one of the best left backs around in non league (and that is not his son saying that but most people that saw him play)and was playing every week for Farnborough ithe conference, spent about 6 months playing for Hartley, reason being, work was a nightmare for him at the time, so needed a club where he did not need to commit as much.
    Things changed and he ended up back at Farnborough, but at the time it suited him, as he had a young family, and the long journeys on top of his job meant he just needed a change.
    Some people just decide it is a right fit for them at that particular time in their lives, it is the same at every level!!
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Andy01 in Today's Results (30/06)   
    Just my opinion, but our whole pre season last year involved the balls, (and will be the same this year), and we did no long distance running at all, in fact the longest straight run we did was 40 yards, which is about the max distance long run you will make in a game.
    The sessions were very hard, but involved lots of 1 v1 's 2 v 2 's 3 v 3 's etc, various keep balls, core work with balls, i could go on and on, thing is as others have mentioned because their is a ball involved the lad work hard but enjoy it also.., we started last night and part of our warm up is just keeping the ball whilst moving round a grid, we then move into 5 lots of 4 v 1 scenario's where the 1 is chasing the ball, in reality 4 v 1 he should never get the ball, but for 30 seconds he is working his nuts off "and running" with the hope he will intercept etc....
    The results we were one if not the fittest sides in our league last season, and this was backed up at the Ryman league awards talking to other managers who could not believe how fit our lads were...
    Football has moved on a lot, from the days when i was doing cross country runs as an apprentice at Wycombe or a load of hill runs... i am not saying that is wrong, but it is not what we are set up to do, and it has done us no harm.
    Majority of my training methods come from coaches i watch etc, including 2 of the 1st team coaches at Fulham, and the days of bleep tests etc in their mind are gone...
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from NICE GUY in This season budgets   
    Duncs. i felt like responding to the last comment, that no manager should be paid, well even though i don't take a penny at Godalming, that is not to say managers don't deserve a penny, i feel that we deserve to get paid for the work Jon and i do, but at the same time we would prefer a better side, so forfeit any money we could take, as a better side will hopefully enhance the chances of our team, and therefore improving our reputations.
    I think that most managers out there work their socks off, whether it is step 4, 5 or step 6, and to say they don't deserve a penny i think is unfair, if any manager out there is getting paid they probably do deserve it, i am sure when you bring in to the equation time spent talking to players, petrol costs, phone bills, (cost of burgers in my case ) etc then it is probably only going to cover costs if anything.
    Infact i think that managing at step 6 is harder than step 4, and was a conversation i was having with Unders when we were driving down to the Ryman awards last night (and i am speaking from experience having started at step 6 with Fleet Spurs), at step 4 a lot of the lads are geared up for training Tuesdays and Thursdays, and expect to travel for games, and just get on with it, and we do not find ourselves having to ring players to make sure they are going to be at grounds on time, whereas when i was at Fleet i would be constantly on the phone making sure that players had left (when we were travelling down to the coast for example) also you would find that the players did not have the same commitment (not saying that is the case for everyone) when it came to things like training etc, often i would get a text message 5 minutes before sessions were starting to say they were caught at work etc etc....
    Knowing how much time i put into management personally, and that i am not alone in the hours i put in, then any manager that takes money good luck to you!!!
    In terms of budgets very few teams will be open and honest about what they are paying, and you can understand people keeping that close to their chests, but that is usually for the reasons they do not want players trying it on etc, you only have to look at the Havant chairman coming out in the press and saying what types of players he is looking to sign and the fact that they would be happy to pay £1000 a week for a top striker, he has just made his managers job very hard when it comes to agreeing terms with players, as they all know they are paying out fortunes... which can sometimes attract the wrong type of player also.
     
    Anyway that is just my 2 pennies worth... hope everyone is having a good off season, and is looking forward to it all starting again ( i know i am)
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Andy01 in This season budgets   
    Duncs. i felt like responding to the last comment, that no manager should be paid, well even though i don't take a penny at Godalming, that is not to say managers don't deserve a penny, i feel that we deserve to get paid for the work Jon and i do, but at the same time we would prefer a better side, so forfeit any money we could take, as a better side will hopefully enhance the chances of our team, and therefore improving our reputations.
    I think that most managers out there work their socks off, whether it is step 4, 5 or step 6, and to say they don't deserve a penny i think is unfair, if any manager out there is getting paid they probably do deserve it, i am sure when you bring in to the equation time spent talking to players, petrol costs, phone bills, (cost of burgers in my case ) etc then it is probably only going to cover costs if anything.
    Infact i think that managing at step 6 is harder than step 4, and was a conversation i was having with Unders when we were driving down to the Ryman awards last night (and i am speaking from experience having started at step 6 with Fleet Spurs), at step 4 a lot of the lads are geared up for training Tuesdays and Thursdays, and expect to travel for games, and just get on with it, and we do not find ourselves having to ring players to make sure they are going to be at grounds on time, whereas when i was at Fleet i would be constantly on the phone making sure that players had left (when we were travelling down to the coast for example) also you would find that the players did not have the same commitment (not saying that is the case for everyone) when it came to things like training etc, often i would get a text message 5 minutes before sessions were starting to say they were caught at work etc etc....
    Knowing how much time i put into management personally, and that i am not alone in the hours i put in, then any manager that takes money good luck to you!!!
    In terms of budgets very few teams will be open and honest about what they are paying, and you can understand people keeping that close to their chests, but that is usually for the reasons they do not want players trying it on etc, you only have to look at the Havant chairman coming out in the press and saying what types of players he is looking to sign and the fact that they would be happy to pay £1000 a week for a top striker, he has just made his managers job very hard when it comes to agreeing terms with players, as they all know they are paying out fortunes... which can sometimes attract the wrong type of player also.
     
    Anyway that is just my 2 pennies worth... hope everyone is having a good off season, and is looking forward to it all starting again ( i know i am)
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Ex EL_Gaffer in This season budgets   
    Duncs. i felt like responding to the last comment, that no manager should be paid, well even though i don't take a penny at Godalming, that is not to say managers don't deserve a penny, i feel that we deserve to get paid for the work Jon and i do, but at the same time we would prefer a better side, so forfeit any money we could take, as a better side will hopefully enhance the chances of our team, and therefore improving our reputations.
    I think that most managers out there work their socks off, whether it is step 4, 5 or step 6, and to say they don't deserve a penny i think is unfair, if any manager out there is getting paid they probably do deserve it, i am sure when you bring in to the equation time spent talking to players, petrol costs, phone bills, (cost of burgers in my case ) etc then it is probably only going to cover costs if anything.
    Infact i think that managing at step 6 is harder than step 4, and was a conversation i was having with Unders when we were driving down to the Ryman awards last night (and i am speaking from experience having started at step 6 with Fleet Spurs), at step 4 a lot of the lads are geared up for training Tuesdays and Thursdays, and expect to travel for games, and just get on with it, and we do not find ourselves having to ring players to make sure they are going to be at grounds on time, whereas when i was at Fleet i would be constantly on the phone making sure that players had left (when we were travelling down to the coast for example) also you would find that the players did not have the same commitment (not saying that is the case for everyone) when it came to things like training etc, often i would get a text message 5 minutes before sessions were starting to say they were caught at work etc etc....
    Knowing how much time i put into management personally, and that i am not alone in the hours i put in, then any manager that takes money good luck to you!!!
    In terms of budgets very few teams will be open and honest about what they are paying, and you can understand people keeping that close to their chests, but that is usually for the reasons they do not want players trying it on etc, you only have to look at the Havant chairman coming out in the press and saying what types of players he is looking to sign and the fact that they would be happy to pay £1000 a week for a top striker, he has just made his managers job very hard when it comes to agreeing terms with players, as they all know they are paying out fortunes... which can sometimes attract the wrong type of player also.
     
    Anyway that is just my 2 pennies worth... hope everyone is having a good off season, and is looking forward to it all starting again ( i know i am)
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Smudge in This season budgets   
    Duncs. i felt like responding to the last comment, that no manager should be paid, well even though i don't take a penny at Godalming, that is not to say managers don't deserve a penny, i feel that we deserve to get paid for the work Jon and i do, but at the same time we would prefer a better side, so forfeit any money we could take, as a better side will hopefully enhance the chances of our team, and therefore improving our reputations.
    I think that most managers out there work their socks off, whether it is step 4, 5 or step 6, and to say they don't deserve a penny i think is unfair, if any manager out there is getting paid they probably do deserve it, i am sure when you bring in to the equation time spent talking to players, petrol costs, phone bills, (cost of burgers in my case ) etc then it is probably only going to cover costs if anything.
    Infact i think that managing at step 6 is harder than step 4, and was a conversation i was having with Unders when we were driving down to the Ryman awards last night (and i am speaking from experience having started at step 6 with Fleet Spurs), at step 4 a lot of the lads are geared up for training Tuesdays and Thursdays, and expect to travel for games, and just get on with it, and we do not find ourselves having to ring players to make sure they are going to be at grounds on time, whereas when i was at Fleet i would be constantly on the phone making sure that players had left (when we were travelling down to the coast for example) also you would find that the players did not have the same commitment (not saying that is the case for everyone) when it came to things like training etc, often i would get a text message 5 minutes before sessions were starting to say they were caught at work etc etc....
    Knowing how much time i put into management personally, and that i am not alone in the hours i put in, then any manager that takes money good luck to you!!!
    In terms of budgets very few teams will be open and honest about what they are paying, and you can understand people keeping that close to their chests, but that is usually for the reasons they do not want players trying it on etc, you only have to look at the Havant chairman coming out in the press and saying what types of players he is looking to sign and the fact that they would be happy to pay £1000 a week for a top striker, he has just made his managers job very hard when it comes to agreeing terms with players, as they all know they are paying out fortunes... which can sometimes attract the wrong type of player also.
     
    Anyway that is just my 2 pennies worth... hope everyone is having a good off season, and is looking forward to it all starting again ( i know i am)
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    Neil Baker got a reaction from Green_Fingers in management   
    Well having known a lot of what has been going on at Sandhurst i feel that i am in a good position to post.
    There has been a lot of upheaval at the club since Dean Thomas left at the start of the season, and when they brought Salv and Dan Turkington in i believe it was to do with the fact that they had a lot of conatcts etc.
    Now what happened was a fall out between Dan and Salv to the extent that they could not agree on team or formation.
    Now being a joint manager at Godalming i can tell you that if you are not on the same page as the other manager it will not work, and luckily having been best mates with Unders (Fizzer) for years we have a great working relationship.
    The main crux of it is Salv and Dan couldn't and the club needed to decide between the 2, they went with Salv due to having more experience.
    now i know for a fact that it got quite nasty between the 2 of them, and i think this is where a lot of this thread has come from, because i am sorry i know a number of lads at Sandhurst and whilst they are not happy with the goals conceeded recently against decent sides, they are not unhappy and for 5/6 new posters to come on in 1 morning??? you make your mind up... you might have one or two who may have preferred Dans style to Salvs but at the end of the day if you don't like it as someone else has said go somewhere else... this just smacks of lack of profesionalism if this has come from any player (which maybe 1 or 2 max) or a severe case of sour grapes.
    Either way i read this board all the time and keep up with what is happening, and i think that Sandhurst will get it right, and once they rid the club of anyone who is not onboard they will be fine, i went to watch them beat Badshot Lea just after Christmas in an entertaining game which could have gone either way, and they have some decent players for a team without a budget.
    I know how hard it is to rebuild a side after what happened last year with chuck Martini leaving Godalming and taking most of the players to Walton and Hersham, it takes time (granted something we feel we have now managed to do) but to do it with no budget is a hell of a lot harder, and people should maybe think before they speak.
    Anyway is a great forum and i enjoy reading it...
     
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