New blood needed to avoid City drop

Worcester News: PLAYER HUNT: For Carl Heeley. PLAYER HUNT: For Carl Heeley.

MANAGER Carl Heeley says Worcester City will be relegated from Skrill North unless different players are brought in.

But he admits attracting new faces to the second-from-bottom Blue and Whites will be a major challenge.

Heeley labelled the majority of his team as not good enough after Saturday’s 6-1 drubbing at Bradford Park Avenue and also questioned their character.

City are back in action tomorrow night when they welcome Telford United to Aggborough (7.45pm) “We’re going to make some changes but enticing players to a struggling side is difficult and this is what I said would happen in the summer,” the Worcester boss said.

“Once you get in there (the relegation zone) it’s hard to get out and it’s difficult to get players to come and join you because people want to be challenging for play-offs and at the top end of the league.

“There aren’t many who want to come and join a relegation scrap and that’s, without doubt, what we’ve got.

“We’ve got to keep trying to change it round because we won’t get out of trouble with this group of players, that’s a fact.

“We have to make some changes and to be honest if we signed myself, Snapper (John Snape) and Matt Gardiner for tomorrow, it would be an improvement and two of us are in our mid 40s but at least we care.”

Striker Dominic Dell and winger Niall Thompson, whose loans ended last month, are also unlikely to return to the club.

Heeley explained: “They are more young lads and we’ve got enough younger players who are inexperienced and get no consistency in their performances.

“With respect to those boys, they are not the answer.

“We need some experience but so do a lot of other clubs and they are in far better situations than ourselves.”

Captain Graham Hutchison sat out the weekend trip to Yorkshire with an ankle injury and is not expected to be fit to face Telford.

Shabir Khan was back in the team against Bradford but his ongoing hernia complaint could rule him out against the Bucks.

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9:26pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Amateur Watch says...

Quiet amazing comments from the manager responsible for signing ALL these players! Worcester have by far the worst scoring record in the division and yet one of the better defensive records until last Saturday; it is clear where the problem has been all season. The best signing the club could now make is a new manager; the current one may have been a long standing player with Worcester but is clearly tactically inept and clueless as a manager.
Quiet amazing comments from the manager responsible for signing ALL these players! Worcester have by far the worst scoring record in the division and yet one of the better defensive records until last Saturday; it is clear where the problem has been all season. The best signing the club could now make is a new manager; the current one may have been a long standing player with Worcester but is clearly tactically inept and clueless as a manager. Amateur Watch
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10:40pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Carthaginian says...

I wouldn't agree with your analysis, AW, so I equally wouldnt agree with your response. You say it has been clear where the problem has been all season, implying upfront.

Up until the end of September, we'd scored 12 in 9 league games - against the likes of Alty, Hednesford, Brackley etc (drawing a blank just twice), but had conceded 2 or more in six of the first eight games. At that time, we were also quite doing well in the cups. So, for more than half of the season, I contend that it wasn't goal scoring that was the problem, but continuously plugging gaps at the back and in midfield. Brown and Grimes look sensible signings, both having trained with the same Club, one right and one left-footed.

Yes, upfront has been a problem recently, initially stemming from a lack of creativity in midfield, though Ethan Moore has found some form as more chances have been created. Boosting Danny Glover's confidence will be critical. Working on decent delivery from set-pieces will also help, and is a big area where we do miss Thorley.

I agree with the assessment that experience is needed, as the same side that draws with Lincoln, beats Harrogate and draws at Solihull then loses to relegation rivals Oxford, Gloucester and BPA. Its not only about ability, as several of the young lads already have the ability. In the remaining games (where we have several double-headers remaining) we have to aim to bring Histon, Vauxhall Motors and Stalybridge into this relegation battle, while taking points off Barrow and Workington . That is something we haven't done, as we have drawn with many of the top sides who play football, but get bullied off the pitch by our less-able relegation competitors.

Carl, Matt and Snapper have the contacts to bring in what experience they can, within the budget constraints. Additional firepower would be good.

Overall, I assess that changing the management team would lead to relegation - I don't think we could replace the likely departures that would ensue. But we will never know the alternative to what actually happens, and the current management team continue to have my backing, publically and privately. Andy
I wouldn't agree with your analysis, AW, so I equally wouldnt agree with your response. You say it has been clear where the problem has been all season, implying upfront. Up until the end of September, we'd scored 12 in 9 league games - against the likes of Alty, Hednesford, Brackley etc (drawing a blank just twice), but had conceded 2 or more in six of the first eight games. At that time, we were also quite doing well in the cups. So, for more than half of the season, I contend that it wasn't goal scoring that was the problem, but continuously plugging gaps at the back and in midfield. Brown and Grimes look sensible signings, both having trained with the same Club, one right and one left-footed. Yes, upfront has been a problem recently, initially stemming from a lack of creativity in midfield, though Ethan Moore has found some form as more chances have been created. Boosting Danny Glover's confidence will be critical. Working on decent delivery from set-pieces will also help, and is a big area where we do miss Thorley. I agree with the assessment that experience is needed, as the same side that draws with Lincoln, beats Harrogate and draws at Solihull then loses to relegation rivals Oxford, Gloucester and BPA. Its not only about ability, as several of the young lads already have the ability. In the remaining games (where we have several double-headers remaining) we have to aim to bring Histon, Vauxhall Motors and Stalybridge into this relegation battle, while taking points off Barrow and Workington . That is something we haven't done, as we have drawn with many of the top sides who play football, but get bullied off the pitch by our less-able relegation competitors. Carl, Matt and Snapper have the contacts to bring in what experience they can, within the budget constraints. Additional firepower would be good. Overall, I assess that changing the management team would lead to relegation - I don't think we could replace the likely departures that would ensue. But we will never know the alternative to what actually happens, and the current management team continue to have my backing, publically and privately. Andy Carthaginian
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4:53am Tue 7 Jan 14

Amateur Watch says...

We have scored only 17 all season which is the lowest in the division by far; we have conceded (after Saturday) 34 which is equal 10th so the lack of scoring is the main issue with Glover scoring only 2 and Nti 3 in the league. I'm not particularly a fan of Danny Glover's histrionics but he does work hard and not always used as an out and out striker. Of course not enough goals are being contributed from midfielders of defenders.

Several times this season we have battered teams early on in a match but not capitalize on this only to fall behind and then go on to lose the match. We have only been outplayed twice i.e. Stockport (away) and last Saturday in Bradford.

We started the season with exciting overlaps from full backs but this appears to have been stopped in favour of other tactics. We have full backs (Deeley in particular) being asked to play in midfield then criticized by implication when things go wrong like last Saturday.

As you say the two recent signing hopefully will make a difference, starting tonight against Telford, especially if one of them can play upfront!
We have scored only 17 all season which is the lowest in the division by far; we have conceded (after Saturday) 34 which is equal 10th so the lack of scoring is the main issue with Glover scoring only 2 and Nti 3 in the league. I'm not particularly a fan of Danny Glover's histrionics but he does work hard and not always used as an out and out striker. Of course not enough goals are being contributed from midfielders of defenders. Several times this season we have battered teams early on in a match but not capitalize on this only to fall behind and then go on to lose the match. We have only been outplayed twice i.e. Stockport (away) and last Saturday in Bradford. We started the season with exciting overlaps from full backs but this appears to have been stopped in favour of other tactics. We have full backs (Deeley in particular) being asked to play in midfield then criticized by implication when things go wrong like last Saturday. As you say the two recent signing hopefully will make a difference, starting tonight against Telford, especially if one of them can play upfront! Amateur Watch
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4:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Amateur Watch says...

Perhaps the Kidderminster Manager who resigned today can takeover from the current Worcester management!!!!!!!
Perhaps the Kidderminster Manager who resigned today can takeover from the current Worcester management!!!!!!! Amateur Watch
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5:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Doogie 46 says...

City`s position should not surprise anyone, given that Carl Heeley`s playing budget is probably the smallest in this league and maybe smaller than half of the next league down. Also the number of players signed, borrowed, released and returned isn`t really conducive to consistency.
Scoring goals has certainly been a problem (Danny Glover`s collapse in scoring form has been a big blow). If I remember correctly, didn`t Harriers send Ryan Rowe, a proven goalscorer on loan to Stourbridge? - perhaps Worcester missd out there.
Steve Burr`s departure is a big shock - he`s been one of the best non-league managrers of recent years - but I suspect he has a very good job lined up somewhere. I`ve often thought he would have been great for City if he had been available when the manager`s job was vacant.
Carl Heeley`s recent outburst was probably unwise - the immediate retort that springs to mind is "well you signed `em all...." but it makes you wonder if he has nearly had enough of struggling with massive odds stacked against him.
City`s position should not surprise anyone, given that Carl Heeley`s playing budget is probably the smallest in this league and maybe smaller than half of the next league down. Also the number of players signed, borrowed, released and returned isn`t really conducive to consistency. Scoring goals has certainly been a problem (Danny Glover`s collapse in scoring form has been a big blow). If I remember correctly, didn`t Harriers send Ryan Rowe, a proven goalscorer on loan to Stourbridge? - perhaps Worcester missd out there. Steve Burr`s departure is a big shock - he`s been one of the best non-league managrers of recent years - but I suspect he has a very good job lined up somewhere. I`ve often thought he would have been great for City if he had been available when the manager`s job was vacant. Carl Heeley`s recent outburst was probably unwise - the immediate retort that springs to mind is "well you signed `em all...." but it makes you wonder if he has nearly had enough of struggling with massive odds stacked against him. Doogie 46
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10:12pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Carthaginian says...

Among the loan signings, Jose Veiga has been a big success.

I can understand a frustration with full-time football league players coming to Worcester from Port Vale, Torquay and Birmingham City and contributing little. Hales, Dell and Thompson - all strikers - got a lot of game time and scored one goal among them.

It has to be a two-way deal - game-time for some level of dedication and contribution.
Among the loan signings, Jose Veiga has been a big success. I can understand a frustration with full-time football league players coming to Worcester from Port Vale, Torquay and Birmingham City and contributing little. Hales, Dell and Thompson - all strikers - got a lot of game time and scored one goal among them. It has to be a two-way deal - game-time for some level of dedication and contribution. Carthaginian
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