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News NEW BOSS CONFIRMED
(Friday 30th June 2006)
The Club have now officially confirmed the appointment of Paul Lambert as the new Wanderers boss. The Club colluded with the Bucks Free Press to keep the news from the public until Friday morning when the local newspaper was published and a story appeared on the official Club website. There will be no press conference as Lambert is currently away on holiday. Club MD Steve Hayes commented, "Every single manager is a risk, but the board are highly delighted. Some fans might be disappointed it's taken so long, but we think patience and planning is important and we believe we've got the right man for the job."
Danny Senda EASTON AND SENDA LEAVE
(Friday 30th June 2006)
Clint Easton and Danny Senda looked to have both played their final games in a Wanderers shirt. Both players contracts expire on 30th June 2006 but Easton was reported by the Gillingham official website on 29th June to have already joined the Kent side on a one year deal. Meanwhile, COTN understands that Senda has agreed a deal with Luton Town that will be confirmed next week following the official end of his contract with Wycombe.
News PAUL LAMBERT IS NEW BOSS
(Friday 30th June 2006)
The Club will confirm at the 8am embargo that former Scotland Captain Paul Lambert is the new Wanderers boss. The 37 year old enjoyed a playing career that included time with Celtic and Borussia Dortmund but his only managerial experience is from a spell with Livingston who he joined in the summer of 2005 but resigned in February 2006. Lambert will officially take up his role at Wycombe on Friday 7th July after returning from holiday.
Who's next? NEW BOSS APPOINTED
(Thursday 29th June 2006)
The PLC Board are understood to have made a decision on the new First Team Manager at Adams Park but look to be delaying an official announcement until Friday morning. A story appeared briefly on the Bucks Free Press website at around 10am on Thursday stating, "The club has placed an embargo on naming him until 8.00am tomorrow, when it will be announced jointly on the Bucks Free Press website and the club's official website." The story was removed within the hour and by Thursday afternoon the Club had not commented on their official website.
Rugby WASPS TO SPEND 5M AT AP
(Wednesday 28th June 2006)
London Wasps are looking to spend up to 5m on developing Adams Park according to a recent job description for a new Commercial Director with the Rugby Club. Wasps advertised nationally for the 70K+ per annum job this week and stated an objective for the person was to, "Raise sufficient funds from commercial and other financial projects to fully fund the development of the Wycombe stadium (circa 4-5m)". Wasps have still to make public plans to extend the ground despite needing a 12,000 capacity for the start of the 2007/8 season.
Who's next? BLACK IN THE RUNNING
(Wednesday 28th June 2006)
Birmingham City First Team Coach Eric Black is another name that COTN understands to be in the running for the vacant Manager's job at Wycombe. Black enjoyed a lengthy playing career with Aberdeen under the Management of Alex Ferguson and scored in the 1983 European Cup Winners Cup Final. After retiring from playing he has had spells as Manager at Coventry City and Motherwell before assisting Steve Bruce at City. The 44 year old Scot is thought to want to return to Management having missed out in recent times at Northampton Town and Millwall.
Who's next? NEW BOSS LATEST
(Tuesday 27th June 2006)
Former Bolton Wanderers defender Phil Brown is the latest name to be connected through the national media with the vacant Manager's position at Wycombe. The 47 year old's only previous experience as Manager came during a seven month spell at Derby County which ended when he was sacked in Janaury 2006 following a poor run of results that included defeat at Colchester United in the FA Cup. Brown had previously spent five years as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers.
Who's next? MANAGER SHORTLIST
(Monday 26th June 2006)
COTN understands that the shortlist for the new Manager at Wycombe is down to the final two or three names. Former Stoke City and West Ham midfielder Kevin Keen is thought to head the list, while ex-Reading, Swindon Town, Northwich Victoria and Shrewsbury Town boss Jimmy Quinn is also understood to be in the running for the hot seat at Adams Park. The final interviews are due to take place in the next day or so with an announcement expected towards the end of this week. 39 year old Keen is currently Reserve team boss at West Ham and played three times for the Wanderers in the 1980's when aged under 16 years old. Since retiring from the playing side he gained Managerial experience with Macclesfield Town before returning to West Ham in a coaching role having made close to 250 apps while at Upton Park as a player. Meanwhile, 46 year old Quinn is a former Northern Ireland international who has most recently been managing Norwegian 3rd division club Egersunds IK.
Adams Park GROUND QUESTIONNAIRE
(Monday 26th June 2006)
The Supporters Trust and Founders Trust, in conjunction with the Club, have now released the consultation package relating to the naming rights of Adams Park. This has been mailed to members of both Trusts, season ticket holders, known regular purchasers of home match tickets and PLC shareholders. The information has also been made available online via the Supporters' Trust website where it is also possible to register your views should you not fall into any of the mentioned catergories.
Direct link to page at wwst.org
Who's next? MANAGER LATEST
(Friday 16th June 2006)
The Club began interviews for the vacant Manager's position on Thursday 15th June and will continue into the week commencing 19th June. The Bucks Free Press reports that six interviews have been scheduled with more names to follow if necessary. Steve Brown and Keith Ryan have also admitted that they've been told that they will have to wait until a new boss is appointed before being offered any future at the Club. Brown revealed to the press that he has had informal talks with John Gorman over a possible move to Northampton Town. Meanwhile, Ryan whose contract is up at the end of June, commented to the Bucks Free Press, "I have spoken to Steve Hayes and he told me he'd like there to be a position for me but he can't guarantee anything." The Players return for pre-season training on 26th June and the Club say they hope to announce the new Manager at a similar time.
Adams Park GROUND QUESTIONNAIRE
(Wednesday 14th June 2006)
COTN understands that the questionnaire regarding the naming rights of Adams Park is due to be sent out to supporters before the end of this week. The scope of circulation of the questionnaire is understood to be derived from names on the Club's CRM system, while its content has been compiled with input from both Trusts. The PLC Board are thought to want a minumum response of between 1,000 and 1,500 replies before considering any feedback representative. COTN news archive - March 2006
Who's next? NAMES IN THE FRAME
(Wednesday 14th June 2006)
Media speculation has Graham Rix down as one of the favourites to take the vacant Manager's position at the Wanderers. The Scotsman reported the former Hearts Head Coach was on a shortlist of two. Meanwhile, the Bucks Free Press have kept their options open by listing, in addition to Rix, Kevin Keen, Andy Hessenthaler and Colin Lee as potential successors to John Gorman. Danny Wilson, an early contender for the job has joined Hartlepool this week, while Ian Holloway has been connected with a move to Plymouth Argyle. Meanwhile, Club MD Steve Hayes has said the Club wouldn't make a knee jerk reaction that could prove to be wrong. He was quoted on wwfc.com as saying "We want someone here for a number of years and rushing into it may not have given us the right man."
News PRE-SEASON GAMES
Wanderers confirmed in early June a number of pre-season friendly games to be played away from home in preparation for the 2006/7 season. The Club are restricting the use of the pitch at Adams Park during pre-season as the surface is being renovated and reseeded at an estimated cost of around 10,000. The only home friendly will take place on Wednesday 26th July against Watford with a 7.45pm kick-off. The match with Watford came about after a pre-season re-match with Chelsea was ruled out due to other commitments from the Premiership Champions. The confirmed away friendly fixtures are listed below with those marked with a (*) designated as 'First Team' games.
Sat 15 July Woking* (3pm), Tue 18 July Basingstoke Town (7.45pm), Fri 21st July Aldershot Town* (7.45pm), Sat 29th July Staines Town (3pm), Tue 1st Aug Nuneaton Borough* (7.45pm), Wed 9th Aug Lewes (7.45pm)
News DATES FOR 2006/7
The Football League fixtures were released at 10am on Thursday 22nd June 2006 and can be found via the Club official website or BBC Online. The Football League season will start on Saturday 5th August, two weeks before the Premiership. Wanderers will host Wrexham on the opening day. The First Round of the 'League Cup' will be Tuesday 22nd August, with Wanderers travelling to Swansea City. The First Round of the 'Football League Trophy' is 17th October. Also worth noting that Saturday games that could be effected by international games fall on 2nd September, 7th October and 24th March. The final weekend of the Football League season is 5/6 May 2007 with the play-offs set to return to the usual reverse order of 'League 2' on 26th May, 'League 1' on 27th May and 'The Championship' on 28th May and a venue of the new Wembley (maybe).
Rob Lee ROB LEE DEPARTS
(Friday 9th June 2006)
Rob Lee has said he has played his last game for the Wanderers. The 40 year old former England player was quoted in the Bucks Free Press as saying, ""The only reason I came to Wycombe was John Gorman and he is not the manager any more. I would only want to play for John at Wycombe." He went to say, ""After what John has been through I think they have been too hasty but no-one knows all the reasons. If the board think he's not fit, that's their decision." He added, "I saw him a couple of days before he was relieved of his duties and there didn't seem to be anything wrong to me. I was expecting him to come back."
One-One fanzine ONE-ONE FANZINE
(Thursday 8th June 2006)
Issue 26 of the One-One fanzine is now being sent out to those who requested an issue. The 44 page issue includes input from the regular contributors plus an exclusive interview with former Wanderers Manager Jim Kelman who talks openly about his time at Wycombe. Copies are available at 1 (including postage and packing). See the link for details.
One-One - Issue Guide and contact details
John Gorman GORMAN JOINS COBBLERS
(Monday 5th June 2006)
John Gorman has been confirmed as the new Manager of Northampton Town. The former Wycombe boss has signed a two year deal with the 'League One' side. Cobblers Chairman David Cardoza told the Northampton Chronicle & Echo "He did a terrific job at Wycombe and obviously had a couple of well-documented problems there. They should have gone up last year." He went on to add "John feels he's got a point to prove."
Northampton Town - Quick Guide
Roger Johnson JOHNSON BID REJECTED
(Monday 5th June 2006)
The Wanderers Board have rejected what they say was a bid of 100,000 from Swansea City for Roger Johnson. A statement on the official website (wwfc.com), published at around noon, branded the offer "derisory" and included a quote from Steve Hayes that read, "Roger is our captain. He's an extremely committed player and we want to keep him at the club."
Roger Johnson SWANS BID FOR JOHNSON
(Monday 5th June 2006)
Swansea City have officially tabled a bid for Roger Johnson believed to be in the order of 100,000 to 200,000. The 'League One' side revealed the news via their official website on Friday 2nd June although details of the amount were not mentioned. A later report in the South Wales Evening Post had Swans Chairman Huw Jenkins quoted as saying, "We've put an offer in and we're awaiting a response from Wycombe. Kenny (Jackett) has been aware of Roger Johnson for some time. He has spoken to a lot of people about him and he feels he would be a good signing for us." Roger Johnson - Player profile
??? NEW BOSS BY END OF JUNE
(Friday 2nd June 2006)
The Club are hoping to appoint a new Manager by the end of June according to reports in the Bucks Free Press. An interview list of around ten names is being prepared with the new face being tasked with overseeing all footballing matters at the Club from Youth Team to First Team. In the meantime all contract talks are still on hold with Joe Burnell, Jonny Dixon, Clint Easton and Steve Williams all being told that a decision on their future at the Club will not be made until a new Manager is appointed. The Club have since reported that a new Manager will be in place by Monday 3rd July with interviews set to start on Friday 16th June.
Danny Senda FAREWELL TO DANNY?
(Friday 2nd June 2006)
It looks ever likely that Danny Senda has played his last game in a Wycombe shirt. The player has turned down the offer of a new contract with Wycombe and will have talks with Luton Town over the next few days regarding a free transfer to the 'Championship' side. He said to the BFP "I hope the fans understand my decision to move on. The supporters have been really good to me and I only wish the Club were getting a transfer fee for me." Danny Senda - Player profile
John Gorman JG SACKING DEBATE
(Friday 2nd June 2006)
The debate over the 'sacking' of John Gorman has continued into the Friday 2nd June edition of the Bucks Free Press. Steve Hayes is quoted as saying "I know the supporters will never forgive us but in time more information will come out." He then goes on to say, "We are not going to mention things that have happened behing the scenes and go into the reasons for our decision." The Club have not asked Gorman to sign a confidentiality agreement on the affair, with Hayes adding, "I would much rather us be the bad guys and the scapegoat and that he can continue to work somewhere else." Gorman has already been interviewed for the vacant managerial position at Northampton Town according to reports on local BBC radio
Adams Park ADAMS PARK CONFIRMED
(Thursday 1st June 2006)
As expected the Club released a statement on Tuesday morning confirming the return of 'Adams Park'. Issued via the official website (wwfc.com), it included the following comment, "Wanderers fans, who pride themselves in the history of the club, can now be safe in the knowledge that the Blues will be playing at Adams Park next season should a sponsor not be sought by the Board." Signage at the ground is being converted back to show Adams Park but publically funded road signs on the approach to the ground will remain unless acted upon by the local council. The majority of these signs are in the Cressex area and relate to the 'Park and Ride' scheme operating on football and rugby matchdays. A questionnaire relating to the naming rights of the ground is expected to be sent out to supporters in the near future.

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