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The final touches: What Gannon should be getting right in Stockport County’s training this week

With a big season ahead, Stockport County has a lot of work to do in order to survive in their new division.

Last season, Stockport County won the National League North and secured promotion to the National League.

Jim Gannon has breathed life into County since his third appointment at the club in 2016. Going into the National League, his side must prepare for an intense season.

Although it is unlikely for Stockport to follow suit of their neighbours Salford City with a double-promotion, Gannon’s men could still go far in their new division.

Where does Stockport go from here?

In order to survive their new competition, Stockport must fully establish a method of play. The team need to gel fully, understand each other and have the same vision for the club. Therefore, training sessions should focus on tactics and strategies, whilst keeping the fitness of the team very high.

By establishing a method that has been solidified in the squad, they can continue to build towards projections, which should be to find themselves in the EFL League Two.

If Jim Gannon can continue to get the players on his wavelength, his side can survive the National League next season. Upon that, they can acquire the correct signings who will find it easy to integrate with a squad who all know exactly how the gaffer wants them to play.

Stockport County has lost their main goal scorer Matt Warburton, meaning that Gannon needs to find alternative methods for scoring goals. Their ability to hit the back of the net, whilst remaining fairly solid at the back, is what clinched the side promotion.

Gannon should remain at the club for the foreseeable future. He is the right man to lay the foundations to build on, being closely tied to the club. By following a set structure of projections, Stockport County could easily be contenders for promotion over the next few seasons.

Three players that have to start tonight for Salford City against Middlesbrough

Salford City will face Championship side Middlesbrough in their toughest game of pre-season.

It is likely that a strong side will be playing against Middlesbrough tonight, as Salford have rotated heavily in previous pre-season games.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

Their last match was at home, against Woking. Salford City suffered a 3-1 defeat despite looking the better outfit throughout the game.

Three players, in particular, stood out for Salford City and should feature against Middlebrough as manager Graham Alexander looks to settle on his best eleven…

Richie Towell

In the game against Woking, new signing Richie Towell ran the centre of midfield and was the stand-out player all game. He even bagged Salford’s only goal with a brilliant strike. His high work rate and quality will be important the Salford City this season and is likely to play against Middlesbrough.

Emmanuel Dieseruvwe

In Salford’s 3-1 defeat to Woking, their forwards faced two towering defenders. The height difference made it very difficult for the Ammies to challenge in the box. Dieseruvwe himself stands at 6ft 4 and was much more of a threat against Woking’s big defence.

Danny Lloyd

Lloyd’s low centre of gravity and fantastic close control makes him a fantastic attacking-midfielder for Salford City. The number 10 is constantly finding pockets of space and relaying the ball to his teammates. He is crucial to the way Salford attack. In a game against Middlesbrough, Lloyd can truly test himself against a Championship side.

Salford’s biggest season as a football club is around the corner. It is important for Alexander to nail down his tactics within the squad and iron out any issues. Against Woking, Salford struggled tremendously defending set-pieces but looked brutal on the counter-attack and around the box. It is clear that Salford is great on the attack, but need work done in the defence in order to cope in League Two.

2 free agents that Salford City should be looking at

Salford City manager Graham Alexander is preparing his squad for their first-ever season in the EFL.

The Ammies have already made six additions to their squad this summer. Here at The Football Manc Cave, we look at two possible free agents that Salford could sign.

Although they have a talented squad, and the pull of ‘Class of 92’. It’s important they sign experienced players, who have been successful in the division previously.

So, let’s have a look at a couple of players they could sign on a free transfer…

Ben Turner

Turner is an experienced centre half, who has operated in the EFL for the majority of his career. He was part of the Cardiff City side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2012/13. Turner then played 31 games the following season, however, Cardiff was relegated.

Although, he isn’t the player he used to be. Turner has that vital experience of winning ‘season-defining’ matches, promotions and just being a leading figure around the dressing room. You need these type of players on and off the field, and I think he’d be a great addition to an ambitious, young Salford side.

Tom Adeyemi

This midfielder would be one of the best in League Two if Salford could tempt him to Moor Lane.

I’m surprised Ipswich let him go at the end of last season, I’d say as much that he would be a force in League One. A real midfield powerhouse. Adeyemi has done well at both Cardiff and Leeds, particularly at Leeds Utd when he used to physically boss other midfielders.

Very experienced in the EFL, a ball-winning midfielder, physical and strong. Perhaps a drop down to League Two is unrealistic. However, Salford is a club on the rise, and have more pulling power than most League One sides.

Two EFL savvy free agents Stockport County should be looking at

Stockport County could follow Salford City with back-to-back promotions if they play their cards right this summer.

Greater Manchester clubs flood the English Football League, and Stockport County may well be en route to joining them. Stockport won the National League North last season and will be looking to hit the ground running as they enter their new competition.

Next season, County will realistically be aiming to avoid relegation or seek a comfortable mid-table season. However, with their recent run of form, and the motivation to match their neighbours Salford, we could see Stockport push for a high finish.

However, Jim Gannon will need to add quality and depth to his squad in order to make a mark on the National League.

By introducing the following players, for free, we may well be seeing EFL action at Edgeley Park in the 20/21 season…

Fabian Brandy

At 30 years of age, winger Fabian Brandy could increase the quality and experience of the Stockport County squad. Salford City recruited players who have seen the green of the EFL on many occasions, resulting in them dragging the side to where they belong. County could follow suit with Brandy, who has played 130 games in League One, in which he was involved in a goal once every three games. He was also once a part of Manchester United’s academy.

Brandy also has a keen interest in promoting youth talent, he even created an app which allows young footballers to connect with clubs. This kind of character would serve well in the dressing room of a team looking to a bright future.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake

Ebanks-Blake, coincidentally another ex-Man Utd man, is now a free agent after running down his contract with Barwell. The 33-year-old striker has over 230 appearances at EFL level and over 70 in the Premier League.

Stockport’s defensive ability last season was second to none. They finished the league with the lowest amount of goals conceded.

By recruiting the likes of Ebanks-Blake and Brandy, Stockport’s attacking power will be much stronger and capable of coping in their new division.

Their wealth of experience can also be passed on to teammates, putting them in good stead for the future.

Salford City bring in experienced Plymouth Argyle man – a good move?

Salford City has confirmed the signing of former Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Kyle Letheren, on a one-year deal after he left the Pilgrims following the expiration of his contract.

The 31-year-old ‘keeper started his career at Swansea City, following a number of loans and a couple of spells in Scotland, Letheren signed for Plymouth in 2017.

He made just 23 appearances for the club and is looking forward to a new challenge.

Letheren said: I’m delighted to be here and I can’t wait for the season to get started. The club is on an upward spiral-like everybody knows, and I think Salford’s on everyone’s lips at the moment.”

It seems the ambition of the club and manager, swayed his decision in linking up at The Peninsula Stadium. The Welshman added:

“I think this year, obviously you’ve gained three of four promotions back-to-back and that can be a deadly thing at times because you have got momentum.

I’ve spoken to the gaffer and that’s what he wants this season as well, he doesn’t want to change that, so I think we’ve got to aim for play-offs minimum and hopefully we can get this club into League One because if it does I think it’ll just take off again to be honest.”

The Ammies are certainly on the rise. Players are clearly impressed by the clubs ambition and are interested in joining the thriving side. Letheren has significant experience, which will benefit Salford both on and off the pitch. Graham Alexander will be looking to add further quality and experience to his side before their season starts on August 3rd on Sky Sports vs Stevenage.

Salford City fans should be looking at these 3 key dates next season

Salford City is planning for their first ever season in the EFL, guided by the experienced Graham Alexander.

The Ammies won promotion from the National League after defeating AFC Fylde in the play-off final, at Wembley in May.

Fans from afar will be keeping an eye on Salford City’s results next season, because of that connection with the Class of 92. Sky TV is also keen to host their matches, with the opening game vs Stevenage Boro already being picked.

So, I look at three dates that could make or break their season…

Stevenage (H) August 3rd

With Salford being the bookies’ favourites to win League Two, they will be aiming for a positive start. An opening home game on Sky provides them will a real opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the division. They are the side that everyone will want to beat next season, Salford will have to prepare for that. However, if The Ammies can start well and beat some solid sides, the rest of the league may show them extra respect.

Plymouth (A) August 20th

How good is Salford, is it media hype or are they the real deal? This is the game that could answer all the questions. Plymouth will be a promotion rival, managed by Ryan Lowe who is building a very good side for League Two. It’s important for sides fighting at the top, to beat their rivals and gain points on them. The Ammies will be targeting this game. It’s an opportunity to show they’re here to win the league, not just a gimmick that some people are suggesting.

Bradford (A) December 21st

As an early prediction, I think Bradford will win League Two next season. They’ve signed two good strikers in Clayton Donaldson and James Vaughan while being lead by Gary Bowyer and a brilliant fanbase, they look ready-made to challenge for the title. This game is played on the eve of a gruelling Christmas period, will Salford have the squad depth and be prepared for that? Probably. However, Valley Parade will be bouncing that night. Two title rivals facing each other on 21st December, it will be a thriller.

Round table prediction: Our writers predict where Stockport County will finish

Stockport County and Chorley will test the waters of the National League after achieving promotion last season.

The writers here at The Football Manc Cave have submitted predictions about the future of several clubs going into their new 19/20 seasons.

With Stockport County topping the National League North with 82 points and conceding the least amount of goals at only 36. They look strong enough to survive to a tougher competition they will see themselves in over the next year.

Stockport’s Twitter page has recently consisted of the team showcasing their intensive training, as well as preparations on Edgeley Park. Jim Gannon’s men look roaring and ready for their new challenge.

After our writer’s submitted their projections of Stockport County’s chances in the National League 19/20 season, the average stated that Stockport County will finish 12th out of the 24 clubs involved.

Arguably not a bad finish for a newly promoted side, as they can look to improve on that finish and edge towards the EFL League Two over the foreseeable future.

Will Stockport County prove us wrong?

Either by finishing near the relegation places or fighting for a playoff place or will Stockport County steadily impress us by achieving a 12th place finish.

Stockport County fans would you be happy with a mid table finish, let us know below…

Stockport County will be looking for the double bounce promotion, these 2 factors will help that

The Champions of the National League North, Stockport County, are taking a step up to the National League, but what can they do to stay there next season?

As many long-serving Stockport County fans will despise to remember, this huge club was a Championship side until 2002. Due to the club falling into administration, it’s been a downhill slope for the club which has been playing in the sixth tier of English football for the past six years, until now.

This Greater Manchester based club will take the place of its neighbour, Salford City, in the National League next season. If Stockport can follow suit of Salford, they will find themselves alongside them in the EFL League Two, presuming that Salford is capable of remaining in the division.

Stockport County clinched their first league title in 52 years by finishing 1 point ahead of Chorley, but how can they ensure a finish the fans deserve in their new league in the 2019/20 season…

Investment

A sore subject for Stockport County would be finances. However, Jim Gannon himself said “Only the best clubs that are investing well or have strong management and teams have done well. So hopefully we can replicate the likes of Salford and Fylde, Harrogate and Halifax, who have consolidated at that level.”

This suggests that Stockport County’s investment over recent years hasn’t been enough to allow the club to grow, hence how they have stagnated in the National League North. But now that they have established themselves as real contenders, it may be time to invest in the future of the club and allow them to progress even further.

Goals

Stockport County were very impressive last season, scoring 77 goals. However, in the 2018/19 National League North, teams scored an average of 55.8 goals, whereas, in the 2018/19 National League season, teams scored an average of 57.3 goals. This demonstrates the higher quality and ability of teams in the league, and Stockport needs to be able to keep up with that next season.

Fortunately, Gannon has taken this into account. Stockport recently disclosed that they have signed the striker Alex Curran from Colne, a 20-year-old who bagged 22 goals in 44 appearances last season, and 22 goals in 46 the season before. This young talent will no doubt increase the rate of fire for his new club.

And the manager has some strong words to say about him, “With Alex, we think we have got a player with an outstanding C.V. Over the last two years he’s been one of the main players, he’s a regular goalscorer, provides regular assists and I think we’ve provided a great platform for him.”

‘The closest Leeds Utd are getting to Man Utd this season’ Big Carabao cup draw for Salford City as Twitter reacts

Salford City vs Leeds – you couldn’t write it, could you?

I wonder which Carabao Cup first round matches will be on Sky…I wouldn’t even hazard a guess.

I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banter in the build-up between ‘The Class of 92’ and Leeds fans. It’s good revenue for The Ammies, Leeds will bring 10,000 and half of United’s season ticket holders will turn up too. A quick upgrade of the ground may be needed.

Anyway, lets look at how Twitter reacted to the tie being drawn, 1-0 Gary Neville…

A Couple Of Key Points Joey Jones Will Bring To Salford City

Salford signed midfielder Joey Jones from last years National League rivals Eastleigh. The 25-year-old had two stand-out performances against the Ammies last season, scoring a goal and assisting two. He caught the eye of manager Graham Alexander, who has quickly snapped up Jones on a two-year deal.

So, what will he bring to Salford next season?

Vital EFL experience

This is Salford’s first ever season in the EFL, therefore buying experienced players will be a necessity this summer. Jones brings bags of big-game experience, having played for Arsenal, Leicester and Yeovil in the past. During his time with The Glovers he won promotion to the Championship, and now a few years later he’s hoping to rise in the football ladder again.

“I’m young and I’m ambitious and want to try and progress my career, and if I can do that with Salford then that’s brilliant. 

Although Alexander is building a talented squad and has the ability to attract talented youngsters, finding the right balance between quality and experience, will determine how well The Ammies do next season. When the season is reaching its conclusion, it’s pivotal that you have players who have experienced winning season-defining matches and Jones has done that.

A young, ambitious, talented player that has tasted victory in League One with Yeovil, signing for Salford on a free transfer, will surely please their supporters.

Mr Versatile

League Two is a very demanding league, for any club. 46 physical battles certainly take its tolls on the players, staff and fans. So, the best way to equip yourself for it is to buy a solid squad that is reliable and willing to work hard over the course of the season.

Towards the end of the campaign, a majority of clubs will suffer from a number of injuries and suspensions. Having versatile players that can fill in a number of areas on the pitch is massively important. Jones is predominantly a central midfielder, however, he has played all across the defence in the past. I’m sure Alexander considered this when looking to sign Jones, and concluded he is a player that ticks all the boxes.

Photo Credit: Salford City

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