September 25, 2009
If Rovers are still in strong contention for promotion in January they may well strengthen the squad, Paul Trollope told fans at the Supporters’ Club annual general meeting.
The manager told a fan’s forum that:
“if we keep making steady progress we will have to look at things. We have already added more of a competitive edge this season. We scored 79 goals last season and missed an opportunity to challenge for promotion. When we came up before we kept 14 clean sheets. Now we need the main players in the squad to keep fit and I would like to keep loan players Chris Dickson and Mikkel Andersen longer.“
“I have also been pleased with Charlie Reece and Ben Swallow who continue to make progress. Ben still has a lot to learn, there are still some aspects that are not ready on a regular basis. There is an edge about the team that was not there before. We can pass it better and there is still more to come. Teams are going to come to the Memorial Stadium and give us a lot of respect.”
Football club chairman Nick Higgs answered criticism about delays in redeveloping the stadium.
“I am committed to getting this stadium off the ground, not if but when. But I am not going to put this club at any financial risk.
We thought at one time we were 24 hours away from getting things signed. But there have been some legal agreement problems. I have seen some movement in the last week and hope it will soon be resolved.”
Mr Higgs told the audience that Rovers had signed a five-year lease for the training ground in Knowle, and had only started paying for it once they moved in after the drainage problems had been sorted out.
Director of Football Lennnie Lawrence said the disbanding of the reserve team was justified:
“because of the nature of the opposition, sometimes too strong and sometimes too weak. Some the venues were also a problem. We now choose when to play friendlies, sometimes on bigger clubs’ training grounds where the surface is excellent.”