Both Sam Allardyce and Chairman Chris Mort have discussed the need to strengthen the club at every level.
Chairman Chris Mort and Manager Sam Allardyce in deep conversation
We want to particularly increase our youth set-up and of course the priority is always the first team squad. But it was a shock on Monday when our Youth Side were beaten at their very first hurdle, in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup.
The Academy side were on the receiving end of a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town, in front of the watching Sam Allardyce. We have of course just signed the very promising Ben Tozer from Swindon Town, and Sam talked about the boy today, and how they are going to handle him in the next year or two.
â€œHeâ€™s just a kid, thatâ€™s all. Heâ€™s been bought because he is very much one for the future.”
“Weâ€™ve always said we were trying to strengthen this club over the long-term and Tozer is an exciting young prospect, but he isnâ€™t going to be involved with the first team immediately.â€â€œThe signing shows we are looking at ways to improve the strength of the playing staff at every level.â€
â€œFirst we want him to stay here for two or three weeks, so that we can look at him and he can look at us. Then there is the possibility Ben will be allowed to go out on loan.â€
We certainly think the club is on the right track, and we want to keep bringing you as much information on the behind the scenes activities that are going on at the club. We know there’s a lot going on, and it’s all good stuff. But we also know, of course, the priority is always the first team and how we are doing. Having won our last two games and are at home to Derby County on Sunday, we have an opportunity to get 3 wins in a row – and that’s not too bad either. 😀