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MANAGER: A lot of communication about players

More on the January window from the manager

10 December 2021

Most of the January transfer window talk has centred around adding to the group, and manager Keith Millen confirmed on Thursday afternoon that he’s had no contact about players heading out the other way, despite rumours surfacing once again that Wrexham have shown interest in the club’s skipper.

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“I’m not aware, I’ve not had any phone calls or any interest,” he told us. “And I’m sure, from my conversations with the board, we’re looking to enhance and make the squad stronger.

“I’m under no pressure to sell anybody for money. It would have to be a really good deal. I would never stand in a player’s way of progressing their careers, but it would have to be a very good financial deal for the club.

“The position we’re in, we’re not looking to weaken ourselves, we’re looking to strengthen. I don’t see us losing any of our, if you like, top or better players, unless the deal is right. But I don’t envisage that.”

And on the potential for players coming into the dressing room, he added: “I’ve had a lot of communication about players for January. When you talk about spinning plates, there’s a lot of that going on across football clubs at the moment.

“In an ideal world I would love to get some business done in that first week. Our game against Hartlepool will be cancelled now because they’re in the third round of the FA Cup, so that gives us a free weekend to maybe try and do some business.

“It would be great to get some players in during that period, but I won’t rush into anything that I don’t think will

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improve us. We’ve got our targets and we’ve been working really hard.

“The board have been good in terms of backing me, they understand what we need to do. We’ll obviously try and get deals done as early as possible, if they’re the right ones.”

“In the mean time, we’ll keep working hard to improve things,” he continued. “If you’ve seen our training pitch it’s difficult, because it’s not in very good condition at the moment due to all the rain we’ve had. That doesn’t help.

“Everybody knows we haven’t scored enough goals and I’ve spoken to the players about that. It’s what we can do to try and help, and that comes down to the details.

“Following Tuesday we’ve tried to look at those details that we can work on that will improve our chances of scoring. And that isn’t just about scoring, it’s about the creativity that comes in the build-up play, the quality of the crosses, the number of players who are in the box – are we filling the area enough – and are we picking up enough of the second balls.

“It’s these sorts of things that we’ve talked about and looked at because we’re trying to improve on the attention to detail so that we do increase the chances of us scoring the goals we all want to see.

“Obviously it’s difficult with the fixture schedule, because it becomes more about recovery than training, but it’s such small margins that we’re talking about. We have to turn those small margins into goals, so that’s what we’ve worked on.”


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