LAST week Spalding United boss Pat Rayment invited YOU to ask him any questions about his vision for the club. A few of you took up his offer – and here’s what he had to say...
HAVING seen the recent reports in the Spalding Guardian and Free Press regarding the pre-season foundations being laid at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, I feel very positive about the 2012/13 season.
Could the management team give the supporters any assurances that the revolving door will close after the desired squad has been assembled?
• Rayment: “Five of the players have been given two-year contracts and two more – Callum Earls and Tom James – know that deals are up for grabs if they show the right attitude over pre-season.
“Obviously, this is non-league and the ‘revolving door’ is something most teams have to deal with.
“If players come along that can improve what we have, we’ll obviously still look at them. The same applies if the players aren’t pulling their weight.
“But I believe we’ve got the nucleus of a very good side and I’m almost happy with the squad.”
AFTER six years of thinking that Spalding United were finished, I am sure that all supporters must be very pleased with the signings this manager, Pat Rayment, has made so far. The team is starting to look like the winning Spalding team of years ago. They must start off winning and the gates will keep growing.
At every home match, what about a band to entertain supporters before the kick off? They used to do this years ago and it added to the atmosphere.
One question I am asking myself is, where is the money coming from?
Don’t get me wrong, I am only too pleased with the signings and it looks good for the next season.
• Rayment: “We’ve got four new directors and a fresh main club sponsor in Front Door.
“I can’t disclose the names of the new backers, but with new people come new contacts – and we had a lot of interest.
“What I will say is that fans will see who is backing us come the start of the season. We’ve got some brilliant new sponsorship boards that will surround the pitch.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say they are Premier League quality.”
HOW is Spalding United structured now? I know that the chairman had a huge dislike for offering player contracts and would have had a heart attack at giving two-year deals – especially to players over 30.
Contracts are a great way to attract players at UCL level, but is it the right way forward for a club like this to bring in experienced players at the expense of younger players like Josh Ford and Simon Ashton?
Is the amount of money reputedly being pumped in to the club sustainable over the length of time needed to build this club up? Why have Spalding still not got a reserve side which, for me, is the essence of rebuilding any squad?
Teaming up with Moulton Harrox is a great idea, but how far will that go? Harrox are a great Peterborough League side, but player movement between UCL and PDFL is limited if players were to step down. How do you get past that obstacle?
On a side note, good luck in the job. I was not a fan when you were appointed – especially the way it was done – but I have to agree that you have taken the bull by the horns and dragged the club forward in your short time at the helm.
email, West Pinchbeck
• Rayment: “We’re working very hard to improve the infrastructure at the club. For want of a better term, it had been non-existent.
“The amalgamation with Spalding Athletic was a big step and a reserve team is certainly something we want in the future.
“With regard to the younger players, I’ve already mentioned Callum Earls and Tom James being potential key men for us. We’re keen to bring young lads through, but it’d be counter-productive to some of them if they weren’t playing. Simon and Josh fell just short of my plans, but the door certainly isn’t closed on them.
“The plans we have are very much sustainable money-wise. Initially we have a two-year plan, which is to be promoted next season and then be contenders in the league above the following year. Everyone one at the club is behind this plan.”