King’s Lynn look to bow out on a high
King's Lynn joint boss Gary Setchell wants a command performance from the club's current crop in today's farewell UCL Premier Division finale against Cogenhoe at The Walks.
Setchell, joint boss Kevin Boon and chairman Buster Chapman are set for talks this weekend to draw up a battleplan to improve on a second-placed league finish and FA Vase semi-final in the club's inaugural campaign.
Town's joint boss admits departures are inevitable over the summer as the club look to move onwards and upwards.
'We know where we are going and we are going to have to make decisions on players,' said Setchell. 'That is no different from any manager in the country. Obviously we have to look at players we want to bring in and maybe move things around with the money side and we have to be strong enough to do that. Although we've had a great football season, football management is about progress and we are looking to progress and to do that you have to be ruthless.
'Once we get the figures off Buster that is what we'll have to be. We've got a meeting about various things this weekend and hopefully we can iron a few things out and after the Senior Cup final sit down with every player and tell them whether there future is going to lie here or elsewhere.'
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Lynn still have the small matter of a Carrow Road date against Dereham on either May 10 or May 23 – dependent on the outcome of Norwich City's Championship promotion bid.
'I'm praying and wishing Norwich City all the luck in the world for the last two games and it would be great for the county if they do achieve it,' said Setchell. 'In the play-offs anything can happen so as a club we wish Paul Lambert and his players all the best. Then we can have our final on May 10 - otherwise it is going to be difficult for us. We're already losing (Jamie) Alsop for the first date. Pat Bexfield is suspended and Ross Watson cup-tied so that is pretty much a back four for starters and then if we go to May 23 I don't know what will happen. I'll probably be playing.
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'We'll just look to tick over between now and then and perhaps do something once a week. No doubt Matt Henman will have the Dereham boys in three times a week but we're not going to do anything different now. It'll be a good game.'
Setchell may have to draft in some of Lynn's young breed with a quartet on duty today for Norfolk U18s in the County FA Youth Cup final against Staffs at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.
'Don't forget Tom Barnes as well who would be involved if he wasn't injured,' said Setchell. 'It's a tremendous achievement and we are proud of them as a football club. To have five in an all-England cup final is brilliant. Ryan will sign a contract now and hopefully a few more can progress because they are local boys and that would be great for the town and the club.
'We threw in Adam Reeve and Jack Johnson as well on Thursday, so we'll keep flowing them in, giving them the experience and hopefully one or two can push on and be involved in the first team next year.'
Setchell and Boon could again look to experiment this afternoon after re-deploying some of their frontline troops in Thursday's 3-0 win over Rothwell.
'Ross Watson is convinced he is a right-back and I thought he did well,' said Setchell. 'He got up and down, he is a good athlete, he can head it and he just gives us that extra bit of steel at the back that is sometimes missing this year.
Pat can play centre back, right and left back and centre midfield. He is just a good football player with pace to burn. We also had a look at Jamie (Thurlbourne) in behind Jack (Defty) in the (Wes) Hoolahan role during the last 20 minutes. It shows where we needs to strengthen. Jamie in all fairness has been terrific for us but he hasn't had anyone to contest his place all season. If he can slot in there, we can bring someone else in wide on the left and it's all about options.'