Town boss Cooper optimistic about next season

Town boss Mark Cooper

Town boss Mark Cooper

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TOWN boss Mark Cooper feels his side have dished out a healthy portion of optimism ahead of next season with their recent run of good form.

Six wins in seven matches might not ultimately be enough to lift the club into the League One play-off places but Cooper’s men look well set for a seventh-placed finish, just one spot below where they ended the previous term despite their wage bill being cut in half over the past 12 months.

The playing budget is likely to fall again over the summer, to around £1.5million, but Cooper remains confident in the squad he has assembled and he thinks they have proved they have what it takes to have another successful campaign next term.

He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and if we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine.

“The players have been outstanding. They’ve adapted to the system and they’ve got some really good results against some big teams. It stands us in good stead going forward. Wherever we finish we’ve given people a bit of optimism ahead of next year.”

Meanwhile, the Swindon boss was pleased with the performance of striker Michael Smith against Bradford City. Cooper has been delighted by the way the former Charlton man has reacted to his recent public criticism, saying: “I thought Michael Smith was very good again (on Monday). He got hold of the ball well. We decided to play slightly differently because Nathan Byrne was ill. I just felt it might be better go two up and I thought we were very good.”

Finally, reports yesterday suggested Nottingham Forest are interested in on-loan Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard.

Forest boss Stuart Pearce was at Sixfields to watch Pritchard open the scoring in Town’s 2-1 win over Coventry City on Good Friday, and the Press Association have suggested the 20-year-old could be on the Championship club’s wishlist this summer.

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7:11am Wed 23 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson.
Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story
That's what he told me anyway.
Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson. Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story That's what he told me anyway. smirg kcab
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8:47am Wed 23 Apr 14

Cleuso says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson.
Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story
That's what he told me anyway.
Well he couldn't have been impressed given Wilson's peformance that day, unless he is "building" for a relegation battle
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson. Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story That's what he told me anyway.[/p][/quote]Well he couldn't have been impressed given Wilson's peformance that day, unless he is "building" for a relegation battle Cleuso
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9:05am Wed 23 Apr 14

London Red says...

Cleuso wrote:
smirg kcab wrote: Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson. Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story That's what he told me anyway.
Well he couldn't have been impressed given Wilson's peformance that day, unless he is "building" for a relegation battle
Unlike Swindon fans - I don't think Pearce will pass judgement on one game!
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Wilson is an excellent player and his 21 goals this year should show that
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I would love to see him play alongside Ranger next year - never going to happen as he is clearly too good fot this league
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He will be in the Championship next year if not at Forest at Wolves!
[quote][p][bold]Cleuso[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson. Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story That's what he told me anyway.[/p][/quote]Well he couldn't have been impressed given Wilson's peformance that day, unless he is "building" for a relegation battle[/p][/quote]Unlike Swindon fans - I don't think Pearce will pass judgement on one game! . Wilson is an excellent player and his 21 goals this year should show that . I would love to see him play alongside Ranger next year - never going to happen as he is clearly too good fot this league . He will be in the Championship next year if not at Forest at Wolves! London Red
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9:10am Wed 23 Apr 14

uruguay whitey the red says...

Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving. uruguay whitey the red
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10:02am Wed 23 Apr 14

Brainy_G93 says...

uruguay whitey the red wrote:
Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....
[quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay.... Brainy_G93
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1:14pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Davidsyrett says...

uruguay whitey the red wrote:
Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
As long as we get a good price for Wes, I can accept him going, Belford is a decent enough replacement, especially if we can keep our defence, Pitchard will be a loss, but it shouldn't be forgotten that our during recent good run he was missing for 4 of those games, likewise Ranger, not played for a couple of months.

If we can keep the majority of the first team except the 3 you mention, and use the money made from Wes to buy a good CF, and a MF player who can take players on, I don't see too many issues.
[quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]As long as we get a good price for Wes, I can accept him going, Belford is a decent enough replacement, especially if we can keep our defence, Pitchard will be a loss, but it shouldn't be forgotten that our during recent good run he was missing for 4 of those games, likewise Ranger, not played for a couple of months. If we can keep the majority of the first team except the 3 you mention, and use the money made from Wes to buy a good CF, and a MF player who can take players on, I don't see too many issues. Davidsyrett
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3:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

super reds says...

Brainy_G93 wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....
Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice
[quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....[/p][/quote]Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice super reds
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4:22pm Wed 23 Apr 14

smirg kcab says...

smirg kcab wrote:
Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson.
Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story
That's what he told me anyway.
Thanks Sam for giving me -1
Coming from the horses mouth, is better than listening to the media.
[quote][p][bold]smirg kcab[/bold] wrote: Stuart Pearce was at sixfields watching callum Wilson. Sorry to put a dampner on the made up story That's what he told me anyway.[/p][/quote]Thanks Sam for giving me -1 Coming from the horses mouth, is better than listening to the media. smirg kcab
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4:30pm Wed 23 Apr 14

avo says...

I'm confident too, we'll romp whatever non league we find ourselves in after being dumped into administration, and dumped out of the football league.
I'm confident too, we'll romp whatever non league we find ourselves in after being dumped into administration, and dumped out of the football league. avo
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8:31pm Wed 23 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

super reds wrote:
Brainy_G93 wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....
Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice
He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine...

IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season..

NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger..
Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..?????????
[quote][p][bold]super reds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....[/p][/quote]Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice[/p][/quote]He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine... IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season.. NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger.. Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..????????? dazzastfc
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9:21pm Wed 23 Apr 14

London Red says...

dazzastfc wrote:
super reds wrote:
Brainy_G93 wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....
Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice
He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine...

IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season..

NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger..
Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..?????????
You moan at the word IF - then proceed to say IF.......
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We don't know what will happen so why speculate only negatively?
.
We can easily spin it the other way - and next season looks good!
.
Wes, N.Thompson, Byrne, Luongo and L.Thompson are all signed up
.
We have an option on Ranger which Power has said will be activated
.
We have good back up options in Belford, Kasim, M.Smith and Storey - and could add Barthram and A.Smith in that list as we have options on them too
.
We are in negotiations with TAH - and who knows Jay too
.
We may get Stephens back plus others from Saints excellent youth team
.
We may have other connections to other big Premiership clubs as Power has been in negotiations for months - so may get another Pritchard
[quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super reds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....[/p][/quote]Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice[/p][/quote]He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine... IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season.. NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger.. Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..?????????[/p][/quote]You moan at the word IF - then proceed to say IF....... . We don't know what will happen so why speculate only negatively? . We can easily spin it the other way - and next season looks good! . Wes, N.Thompson, Byrne, Luongo and L.Thompson are all signed up . We have an option on Ranger which Power has said will be activated . We have good back up options in Belford, Kasim, M.Smith and Storey - and could add Barthram and A.Smith in that list as we have options on them too . We are in negotiations with TAH - and who knows Jay too . We may get Stephens back plus others from Saints excellent youth team . We may have other connections to other big Premiership clubs as Power has been in negotiations for months - so may get another Pritchard London Red
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10:32pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Oi Den! says...

Too early to be either optimistic or pessimistic about next season. There are players Cooper would like to keep, players he'd like to move on and gaps he'll need to fill. All in the melting pot at the mo.
Too early to be either optimistic or pessimistic about next season. There are players Cooper would like to keep, players he'd like to move on and gaps he'll need to fill. All in the melting pot at the mo. Oi Den!
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10:42am Thu 24 Apr 14

dazzastfc says...

London Red wrote:
dazzastfc wrote:
super reds wrote:
Brainy_G93 wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....
Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice
He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine...

IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season..

NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger..
Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..?????????
You moan at the word IF - then proceed to say IF.......
.
We don't know what will happen so why speculate only negatively?
.
We can easily spin it the other way - and next season looks good!
.
Wes, N.Thompson, Byrne, Luongo and L.Thompson are all signed up
.
We have an option on Ranger which Power has said will be activated
.
We have good back up options in Belford, Kasim, M.Smith and Storey - and could add Barthram and A.Smith in that list as we have options on them too
.
We are in negotiations with TAH - and who knows Jay too
.
We may get Stephens back plus others from Saints excellent youth team
.
We may have other connections to other big Premiership clubs as Power has been in negotiations for months - so may get another Pritchard
So what your saying is im not far of the mark as IF and MIGHT means we dont know...

London you have always been a IF and BUTS man..But thats your choice.

Me I know what IF means...NO HOPE just talk
[quote][p][bold]London Red[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dazzastfc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]super reds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brainy_G93[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]Not to mention Troy, Stephens, Jay....[/p][/quote]Stephens has said if he goes out on loan next season we will be his 1st choice[/p][/quote]He said: “I think we’ve got a nucleus of a very good, young, athletic, footballing squad for next year and IF we keep them together, work with them in pre-season and add three or four to it, I’m sure we’ll be fine... IF Is a very poor word and TO ME it sound like you have no idea with what we will have here next season.. NO Pritchard...Who else will move on.. Stephens TAH Wes jay Thompson brothers Ranger.. Take that lot out of are team going to be the the laughing stock of are division..?????????[/p][/quote]You moan at the word IF - then proceed to say IF....... . We don't know what will happen so why speculate only negatively? . We can easily spin it the other way - and next season looks good! . Wes, N.Thompson, Byrne, Luongo and L.Thompson are all signed up . We have an option on Ranger which Power has said will be activated . We have good back up options in Belford, Kasim, M.Smith and Storey - and could add Barthram and A.Smith in that list as we have options on them too . We are in negotiations with TAH - and who knows Jay too . We may get Stephens back plus others from Saints excellent youth team . We may have other connections to other big Premiership clubs as Power has been in negotiations for months - so may get another Pritchard[/p][/quote]So what your saying is im not far of the mark as IF and MIGHT means we dont know... London you have always been a IF and BUTS man..But thats your choice. Me I know what IF means...NO HOPE just talk dazzastfc
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9:17pm Thu 24 Apr 14

alchafreds says...

Davidsyrett wrote:
uruguay whitey the red wrote:
Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.
As long as we get a good price for Wes, I can accept him going, Belford is a decent enough replacement, especially if we can keep our defence, Pitchard will be a loss, but it shouldn't be forgotten that our during recent good run he was missing for 4 of those games, likewise Ranger, not played for a couple of months.

If we can keep the majority of the first team except the 3 you mention, and use the money made from Wes to buy a good CF, and a MF player who can take players on, I don't see too many issues.
sorry but belford aint in the same league & if he is gonna be our number 1 its gonna be a long season
[quote][p][bold]Davidsyrett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]uruguay whitey the red[/bold] wrote: Cooper knows that he loses Pritchard and maybe Wes.God only knows what happens with Ranger so these 3 or 4 additions he speaks of had better be as good as those leaving.[/p][/quote]As long as we get a good price for Wes, I can accept him going, Belford is a decent enough replacement, especially if we can keep our defence, Pitchard will be a loss, but it shouldn't be forgotten that our during recent good run he was missing for 4 of those games, likewise Ranger, not played for a couple of months. If we can keep the majority of the first team except the 3 you mention, and use the money made from Wes to buy a good CF, and a MF player who can take players on, I don't see too many issues.[/p][/quote]sorry but belford aint in the same league & if he is gonna be our number 1 its gonna be a long season alchafreds
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