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Oldham Pre Season 2010-2011

Hello friends, welcome back! After a fantastic first season in charge of the Latics we had won promotion, mainly through the goals of Febian Brandy. Now we had to strengthen the team in preparation for one of the toughest leagues in Europe, the Championship.

I expected a lot of transfer activity, I was given a transfer budget of $2.5m to consolidate in the league. I could have chosen the expectation of a mid table finish, but there wasn’t much point as it didn’t make the budgets much better.

So, armed with the transfer kitty I immediately started to look for transfers. First of all though, here are the transfers out:

A lot of players left the club, including Ivan Campo and Sean Gregan, they are just too old, and Gareth Williams isn’t good enough. Andy Holdsworth deal was already done before the end of last season, and Dean Brill, Lewis Alessandra, Martin Hansen, Joe Colbeck, Joe Jacobson and Jonathan Worthington just aren’t good enough for the Championship, some of them aren’t even good enough for League One.

All those departures raised $425k, but the board don’t give much of it back into the budget, so I was still looking for relatively cheap players.

Of course with lots of players leaving the club we needed some fresh blood, and here are the transfers in:

Not much has been spent so far, we still have just over $1m to spend, I am still looking for a right back, that’s my pressing concern now.

Lots of free transfers were brought in, I am quite pleased with some of them.

The best one is probably Charles Itandje, he is a very good goalkeeper at this level, hopefully he will keep many clean sheets this season.

Another signing that I’m pleased with is the free purchase of midfielder Michael Woods, who had been released by Chelsea. He has good attributes and is also still young, only 20, so has the potential to improve into a good player.

Also signed on a free was striker Tomas Pekhart. His technical stats aren’t great but he is physically very strong, he could make a good impact this season.

Another free signing, and another striker, was signed, this is Martyn Waghorn. He is also young, and is a good all round striker, I may use him as a poacher in a squad rotation.

One more striker was signed, this time on loan. I said before that I wanted to get Febian Brandy back on loan, I am delighted that I have. He seems to have improved over the summer, hopefully he can be as good as last season, if he is anywhere near as good then he’ll have done well.

After selling Joe Jacobson I needed a new left back, and it’s another free transfer, youngster Matthew Briggs. He has potential to be a good player, and can provide good cover for Alan Sheehan.

There has been only two paid signings so far. The most important and expensive one is centre back Neill Collins from Wolves. He is very good in the air and should be a solid and reliable player at the back for us this season. He is also worth a lot more than the fee we paid for him, he was transfer listed for $625k but was worth $1.7m.

The other paid signing was Julian Gray from Barnsley. He can provide reliable backup on the left wing, as well as being experienced at Championship level.

Gray can be backup on the left but we still needed another right winger, and I mananged to get Luca Tremolada on loan from parent club Man City. He is a good player, with plenty of flair and skill, I will rotate him on the right, but it’s useful that he can also play on the left.

That concludes the transfers then. I am still looking for new players, especially a right back, and I am also hoping to sell Keigan Parker and raise a bit more money.

Pre Season Friendlies

We only played three friendlies, I was pleased with the result against a near full strength Man City, but I was disappointed with the loss to Scunthorpe, we played really badly.

We have been predicted to finish 19th this year, which is slightly worrying, I am hoping to prove the media wrong and get a mid table finish.

We have a difficult start in the Championship, we have to play recently relegated Premier League sides Wigan and Portsmouth.

That’s how pre season was then folks, we have a difficult season ahead, I still feel we need some more players, and thanks for reading.

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sam warren
11 years ago

Some good signings there Laxeyman. If it was up to me I would have played more friendlies as I think that if you don’t play enought then you players can get easily tired at the start of the season. Hope you can progress in the Championship.

Laxeyman
11 years ago

@sam warren, I tried to play more friendlies, but not many people wanted to play us, the only teams that did were top premier league teams and I didn’t want us getting hammered and the players morale damaged before the season even starts.

Majk
11 years ago

I’m a bit surprised that you didn’t loan any more players. Was that intentional that you chose to believe in your own squad and maybe take a second season playing in the Championship before movin up?

Other than that they were some good signings and Brandy will surely do a good job under your tutelage.Tremolada is an interesting young italian.

Craig cathcart was a good loan player for me and my Millwall and you can also loan in Albin Ekdal from Juve who is great at this point. As I never played with right backs with my Millwall I’m short on tips.

But you’ll figure something out.

Doing great at this point!

Laxeyman
11 years ago

, thanks, the reason is probably because I don’t feel we really need that many loanees, but also because if and when we do go up I want to make sure I’ve got a solid team, not just made of loans that I can’t get again.
About the right backs, I tried Cathcart but he opted to go elsewhere for 6m dollars in a permanent deal. I have just got Elliot Omuzusi on loan from Fulham, he seems to be a good player.

Majk
11 years ago

Absolutely understand. I looked back at my Millwall game and saw that I had like 8-9 loaned in players in the Championship. I wouldn’t do it over again, the team would suffer in one way or another at the end, especially as it’s so hard to keep hold of loaned players.

Omuzusi should be a sufficient fullback for you.

Kevin Mayo
11 years ago

Hi Laxeyman
You’ve picked up some decent players there.Good luck in the Championship.

Lye
Lye
11 years ago

Hi Laxeman, you have heavily strengthen your squad up front so probably you won’t be lacking of firepower in attack. If you can keep your defence tight, i believe you will do well in the championship. Good luck.

Johnny Karp
11 years ago

Well done Laxeyman, I like your strategy. I believe that you have a solid squad overall and very good strikers that could fire you out of trouble. Good luck, I feel that you’ll be in for an exciting season!

Laxeyman
11 years ago

@Lye, thanks, hopefully we will score a lot of goals this season.
@Johnny, thanks, I hope it will be both exciting and successful!

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