Luton have raided Northampton Town and Hull City,as well as double swoops at Southport and Histon. Still shows his knowledge of the non-league by also bringing in a keeper from East Thurrock. Grimsby, Kidderminster, Wrexham and FGR may be strong contenders but with the right manager finally in the job the top-Hatters will go up as champions this season. Still remember has done it 6 times before.
Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
|Formation||4-4-2 double 6|
|Position 2012/13||7th in BSP|
Still and Foyle are the cutest of the conference managers and we don’t mean pretty. Still has the funds and pedigree to go with a non-league knowledge that is second to none with 5 championships outside the Football League with different clubs. His contacts in the south-East are second to none using shoestring budgets to get Maidstone & Dagenham into the League with a second promotion for the latter to League 1, thus crowning a meteoric rise for a club born of a merger to keep the two just about on the map. He has won the Isthmian League twice and the southern League once.
Now he has some money behind him to boot the 40.43& win rate will only get better (Managerial stats stand at 6 promotions 1,160 games, 469 wins, 286 draws and 405 defeats at clubs with no cash)
Still is a details kind of guy, a great mentor, but he does not suffer fools gladly and puts sentimentality out with the trash when needed. Big names have been released or transfer-listed, part due to financial reality at the non-League equivalent of Man Utd, but more to do with a distaste for financial waste. The Hatters further illustrate their financial superiority by spending £40,00 to upgrade the training facility as well as a huge investment to ensure the playing surface will stay in shape throughout the season.
Luke Gutteridge (from Northampton) is a class addition in midfield, Jim Stevenson (just 21 but Histon’s top scorer last term) a cute one, with winger Shaun Whalley also adding another dimension to a hugely talented existing bunch who will form the quartet. They will need to be as Still’s favoured 4-4-2 ‘Double 6’ ensures the middle two will do some miles and earn their wages. Two new defenders, in Adam Parry (the second buy from Southport) and Danny Fitsimons (just 21 big & strong and the second buy from Histon) are very good additions too.
Mark Cullen is an interesting signing up front. After signing a new three and a half year deal at Hull City in 2012 and, doing well on loan, he was released to the Hatters this summer. Playing on loan at relegated Stockport may not have helped his cause but a clinical brace against Barrow shows the 21 year old fox-in-the-box will not be coming here to make up the numbers. He will lean plenty from Andre Gray and John Shaw who Still has managed to keep despite the substantial interest.
|5th July||Luke Guttridge||Northampton||Mid||Free|
|1st July||Danny Fitzsimons||Histon||Def||Undis|
|1st July||Andrew Parry||Southport||Def||Undis|
|1st July||Jim Stevenson||Histon||Mid||Undis|
|1st July||Shaun Whalley||Southport||Winger||Undis|
|17th May||Mark Cullen||Hull City||For||Free|
|13th May||Elliott Justham||East Thurrock||Keeper||Free|
|1st July||Dan Walker||Hereford||For||Free|
|1st July||Simon Ainge||FC Halifax||Def||Free|
|4th July||Danny Spiller||No club||Mid||Free|
|4th July||Greg Taylor||Cambridge||Def||Free|
Hatters Squad 2013/14
1 Mark Tyler, 16 Elliot Justham,
3 Danny Fitzsimons, 5 Steve McNulty, 6 Anthony Charles, 12 Scott Griffiths, 14 Andy Parry (Def/Mid), 25 Ronnie Henry (CAP), 32 Brett Longden, 33 Jerome Jibodu, 30 Alex Lacey
4 Jonathan Smith, 7 Alex Lawless, 8 Solomon Taiwo, 11 Jake Howells, 17 JJ O’Donnell, 18 Dave Martin, 21 Luke Guttridge, 22 Shaun Whalley, 23 Matt Robinson, 28 Jim Stevenson
9 Jon Shaw, 10 Alex Wall, 13 Mark Cullen, 27 Andre Gray, 31 Jake Woolley