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The Warrington Way

From non-league to glory
Started on 21 November 2019 by JohnWarrington / First Post
Latest Reply on 20 February 2020 by Waugh123 / Last Post
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The Warrington Way

September 2024


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A much better result than our previous ones. I changed the system slightly, moving one of the CM's to a more defensive position and it worked. Four goals and a clean sheet is something I definitely won't complain about.


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I think this will be the case a lot this season. A good result every now and again with the rest of the results being terrible. It's just one of those things really. We don't have the squad to compete but what we will do is try our best and that's all I can ask of the lads.


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We went into this game a place below Millwall so we were targeting as one we could potentially get a result in if we did the right things. For 80 minutes, we did the right things but the less said about the last 10 the better. Disappointed that we've let a two-goal lead slip but that shows what the quality is like in this league, you can't switch off.

Saturday 28th September

Adam Earley out for three weeks with pulled knee ligaments

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Safely in mid-table for now. If we can finish there at the end of the season I'll be more than pleased. I'd even argue that it was as good as winning League One or Two in terms of achievement.

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I certainly agree with your view that the squad you've put together isn't Championship standard. That's not to blame you, but more so to highlight that the growth of the club has been so significant that attracting such a calibre of player to the club has been an almost insurmountable task. Irrespective of that and of inconsistent results thus far, if the team can survive this season then they have performed brilliantly. I'd say this is a successful start, definitely.
2020-01-16 20:55#265434 ScottT : I certainly agree with your view that the squad you've put together isn't Championship standard. That's not to blame you, but more so to highlight that the growth of the club has been so significant that attracting such a calibre of player to the club has been an almost insurmountable task. Irrespective of that and of inconsistent results thus far, if the team can survive this season then they have performed brilliantly. I'd say this is a successful start, definitely.

Thanks, it's certainly going to be an interesting season in terms of the team and the story


The Warrington Way

October 2024


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A great start to the month with us beating Lincoln by four goals to one. We were on top for the majority of the game and Lincoln couldn't have complained if we had scored more. The only negative was conceding a penalty towards the end.


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What an incredible result. We went to Birmingham and shocked them in their own back yard with Veron Parkes netting a hat-trick. Sure, they had chances but I felt like we deserved the win.


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I'll start by saying that I already know where we need to strengthen in January, our defence. This game was a testament to our defensive frailties. Fortunately, Luke Wood was on hand to score with the last kick of the game and rescue us a point.


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Three points on the road as we go away from Blackburn with the win. Make no mistake, this win was down to Luke Hume who made a string of quality saves to deny the home side.


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A difficult result to take this one. We were in the game and matching my former side but a needless sending off changed the game and West Brom got the win.

Monday 28th October



A bit of exciting news as the board announce plans to build a new stadium. This will help us get more people through the gates and earn us more money in gate receipts, which we really need. It's frustrating filling the stadium every home game when the demand is there for tickets.

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After a good month, we sit in 9th in the Championship table. I'm more than happy with that and it means we're looking up at the playoffs rather than down at the relegation zone. Some results may not go our way but we're playing well at the moment.

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The Warrington Way

November 2024


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An absolutely disgraceful performance. The fact that I had to make a sub before half-time tells you all you need to know. The two goals towards the end made the scoreline respectful and maybe on another day we'd have nicked a point, but those first 80 minutes were just appalling.


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Another loss, that's 3 on the bounce now which is worrying. I felt like we deserved something from this one but we couldn't fashion that one golden opportunity as Boro defended very well. Credit to them.


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After losing three on the bounce, I completely tore up the tactics page in my notebook. Out went the 4-4-2 and in came a 3-5-2 which then developed into a 3-4-3 during the game. The changes worked a treat and we ran out 5-2 winners away at Cardiff.


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Brighton are top of the table for a reason, they were just too good for us today in every area of the pitch.


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Another tactical change for this one as I look to find what system of our three works the best. This time it was a 4-5-1 and it seemed to work. We were the better team and won by two goals to one. I'm probably going to give this system a few games and see how we do with it.

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We currently sit in 11th place in the league, only four points from the playoff places.

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Hi, I`ve followed / read all 13 pages - credit to you. I was going to say you must have a great tactic!, but maybe you adjust on the fly?. Interesting to see what happens in The Championship, as my Team is QPR ; but my first FM20 save is Bolton ( for a challenge - don`t be harsh ). btw - have you changed any Staff?.
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Firstly, fantastic news regarding the new stadium. The club is now beginning to grow on and off the pitch. Results have been largely impressive and the run in October will go a considerably long way to aiding you in your cause to survive this season. The first-half of the season has gone far better than expected. Your team's ability to score goals just doesn't seem to let up, regardless of what division you are in! Luke Wood has certainly installed himself as a cult hero at Warrington.
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The Warrington Way

December 2024

2nd December

Warrington draw AFC Wimbledon away in the FA Cup 3rd Round


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As much as I hate to admit it, I think the draw was a fair result here.


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A dominant performance and a great win away from home, You can't ask for much more than that really.


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There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that we should have won this game. We were the better side but ur forwards had an off day, allowing them to steal a point.


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I'm really disappointed that we lost this one. I thought we played well but we didn't take our chances and Bristol City caught us right at the end to grab all three points.

23rd December



This is interesting. A chance to manage in the Premier League is something I've wanted for a long time. I think I'd be stupid to not give it a go.


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This was a massive game for us. Blackburn are the team occupying the last playoff place so a win was vital. Thankfully, Venon Parkes scored twice to give us a 2-1 win! It did come with a cost though....

26th December

Absolute disaster! Venon Parkes has been ruled out for up to four months with torn knee ligaments. That's a massive blow for us given his recent form.

28th December



This is huge! An amazing opportunity but can I leave Warrington? I've asked for a week to decide and I'm going to evaluate the pros and cons over the new year.


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I really really hate Huddersfield. They always seem to dominate us when we play them.

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We finish the year in 10th, safely in midtable in the Championship.

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2020-01-17 19:57#265453 ScottT : Firstly, fantastic news regarding the new stadium. The club is now beginning to grow on and off the pitch. Results have been largely impressive and the run in October will go a considerably long way to aiding you in your cause to survive this season. The first-half of the season has gone far better than expected. Your team's ability to score goals just doesn't seem to let up, regardless of what division you are in! Luke Wood has certainly installed himself as a cult hero at Warrington.

It really has, however things may be about to change!

2020-01-17 12:15#265447 nextqprmanager : Hi, I`ve followed / read all 13 pages - credit to you. I was going to say you must have a great tactic!, but maybe you adjust on the fly?. Interesting to see what happens in The Championship, as my Team is QPR ; but my first FM20 save is Bolton ( for a challenge - don`t be harsh ). btw - have you changed any Staff?.
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Thanks! I do adjust quite a fair bit but I seemingly keep gravitating back to the 4-4-2 as it's OP this year. The staff team has changed a fair bit over the years with more staff coming in as we went up the leagues. I still have my assistant from the start though.....for now


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Should I stay or should I go?

The time has come, I now have to decide between following my Premier League dream or continuing this epic journey with Warrington Town. I'm going to go through the pros and cons before making my decision.

Staying at Warrington

So, here are the reasons why I could stay at Warrington.



1. I'm a club legend here at Warrington.



2. The continuation of a quite incredible journey through the football league.



3. The board are more than happy with the job I'm doing and I'm in no danger of getting sacked any time soon.



4. Our finances continue to improve year on year.

Leaving Warrington

Here are the reasons for moving on.



1. Our facilities are awful, meaning we can't grow players and our youth prospects are tragic year on year.



2. As a manager, I like to bring players through the youth system but that's not possible here






3. This is quite a major problem. Our squad just is not good enough for this league.



4. To add to that, our stature isn't good enough to allow us to attract better players to club. This was a massive problem in the summer where I had players turning me down left right and centre.



5. Middlesbrough just poached my long-serving assistant manager.



6. Liverpool are currently the dominant side in England. Trying to overthrow them at the biggest rivals is more than tempting after the way they ditched me as a player.
Plenty of things to weigh up. While it would be fantastic to see you go all the way with Warrington, I think it's evident you're somewhat tempted by Everton and naturally I think it could be time for you to make the leap.
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A new beginning



I've made my decision and with a heavy heart, I've decided to leave Warrington and take on the Everton manager's job. I feel like I've taken Warrington as far as I can and it's time for a fresh challenge.



The first thing that strikes me here are the facilities which are superb. The youth setup will allow me to bring young players through and into the first-team squad.



In terms of my staff team, I've got a lot of work to do to get it up to scratch as many of them left when the previous manager went. I'm very happy to see that club legend Duncan Ferguson is still on the coaching team though.



We currently sit safely in midtable in the Premier League, which will allow me time to rebuild the squad and get it up the level it needs to be at.



That said, I still need to make an instant impact as our form is dreadful at the moment!


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The Squad

So this is the squad I have to work with. There's definitely some talent there that I can utilise. My plan is to bring in young players and build towards the future with the odd marquee signing, though that will depend on how we get on.



Goalkeepers

Lucas Chaves
Will Huffer
Manuel Gasparini

Defenders

Rob Holding
Jordan Torunarigha
Jean-Luc Vila
Gustavo Cipriano
Ben White
Nohan Kennah
A. Zambo Anguissa
Krystian Bielik
Jonathan
Mattia De Sciglio

Midfielders

Leandro Paredes
Albert Sambi Lokonga
Andre Gomes
Romano Schmid
Richarlison
Alex Iwobi
Harry Wilson
Andre Green

Attackers

Jarlan Barrera
Fraser Hornby
Jan Hurtado


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Building my backroom team



I said when I first took the job that I had a lot of work to do in terms of getting some staff members into the club. The previous management's exit left us with next to no one working behind the scenes.



After a few days of hard work, I'm delighted to have confirmed my backroom team moving forward.

Assistant Manager



For my assistant manager, I wanted someone who knew the club that the fans would welcome into the club. I toyed with the idea of promoting Duncan Ferguson before deciding to bring in former player David Weir from Morecambe.

Coaches

The following came into the club as part of the coaching setup: Matt Craddock (Coach), Paul Jenkins (Coach), Martyn Pert (Coach), Jon Goodman (Coach), and José Manuel Otxotorena (Goalkeeping Coach),

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We signed the following to our scouting team: Leon Hunter, Dave Wright and Toni Lima
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