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Tuesday 17 July 2007
Transcript of Q&A with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash

Transcript of Q&A with Terry Brown and Stuart Cash - Friday 13th July 2007

Introduction: Ivor - The moment you have all been waiting for, put your hands together and give a rousing Wimbledon reception please to Mr Stuart Cash and our new manager Mr Terry Brown.


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Question 1: Tim - You are the first full-time manager of AFC Wimbledon, and without wanting to be rude, what do you do all day? [Laughter].


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Question 2: Mike Richardson - Are we ever going to get a centre forward who is bigger than I am? [Laughter].


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Ivor: We have got a few question that have actually been written in, so I am going to read the first one on the top here and it's from Duncan Johnson. These haven't been edited at all, so you must excuse me if it goes on a bit, but it is one of Duncan's questions.


Question 3: Duncan Johnson - Almost certainly foul and abusive language will be heard at matches again this season despite some efforts to prevent it. George Borg who has been managing non-league teams for 25 years said, "football and swearing have always gone hand in hand "a comment that didn't win him any friends. Sports psychologist David Chinderly says, "Bellowing bosses are bad news". Former manager of AFC Wimbledon said he wouldn't bring his young children to matches because of the intimidating and foul language heard around Kingsmeadow. The result however was a steady flow of expletives emanating from the manager and his staff. Abuse of the referee doesn't just affect the match, it has an affect on the recruitment of referees and no matter what you think of them, and without a referee there is no match. So, my question is, will you see managing a team like Wimbledon with its thousands of young fans as a role model and setting an example for the many young players associated with the club.


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Question 4: Andy Bailey - My question is about the fact that other teams when they come to play at Kingsmeadow see it as being a really big day out for them. They are really excited, you can see it in their fans, and they see it as a magnificent day out. I don't think it should be like that. I think they should come here in trepidation and fear. So what I would like to see is both on the pitch I would like to see a bit more of a physical team, sort of ... I would like to see a bit more on pitch violence actually Laughter. I grew up watching the dons in the 80s so ... Also, off the pitch I would like us to make the occasion a lot less pleasant for opposition teams. You know, salt in their tea, no hot water in the changing rooms and that sort of thing. I just wondered what your thoughts are about that?


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Introducing Jake Leberl: Ivor - That's a good lead in isn't it?


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Question 5: Ivor - Jake what has it meant to you signing for Wimbledon?


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Question 6: Aideen - It's brilliant to have somebody on board who really understands Wimbledon, gets Wimbledon and knows what we are about. I wonder if any of the new players have been given any kind of education and background stories on what we are about, and how we are run. And, if they haven't, could you sit them down and give them a talking to.


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Question 7: Ivor - What kind of player are you Jake? How would you describe yourself as a player?


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Question 8: Chris Wright -. Could you outline, at this early stage, roughly what sort of style of play you like to see and will encourage. There are two questions really,


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Question 9: Ernie Sharpe - Jake, Are you intending to get that famous photograph like Vinnie did repeated? Laughter


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Question 10: Mark Lewis - You must have a view, having played that much very successful conference winning team what the view is from the outside, Terry and Stuart can answer this as well, of us as a club. We know what we are, we know what we have gone through to get to this stage, and potentially some people last season called us big time Charlie's with the whole points deduction thing, someone like Dagenham and Redbridge did a great thing to achieve what they achieved. Interested to see what players and people looking at us from the outside, now coming into the club, how they view us and how they work with you guys now you are here?


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Question 11: Ivor - You had a question down there about playing style, can you remember the question or shall we ask it again?


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Question 12: Sam Elliott - Talking about ugly, Ramsgate 1st game of the season?


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Question 13: Sam Elliott - What do you think of the start overall, the first month?


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Question 14: Jertzee Dabrowski - I've just got to say first of all welcome to the club and I do wish you all the success as I do know there are a few people that probably think I am a bit of a critic of managers.


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Question 15: Stuart, my concern is the physical side of the game you are talking about. The two clubs that were promoted we had players sent off at both of them. This is my concern. Are we going to temper that physical side? Was it mainly because somebody was trying to hard do you think or should the whole team lift the physical side?


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Question 16: Ivor - I've got another of the written questions. This has come in from Matt Derry, this is a nice one. What I want to know, when Dave Anderson first took the Wimbledon job, he set himself a challenge, which he publicly announced to secure conference south football within 3 years. Dave came very close to meeting his target of two promotions in 3 years but unfortunately wasn't able to get us to the Conference. Will Terry Brown set himself a similar timescale for achieving promotion to the Conference National?


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Question 17: Mike Matthews - I know we are still in the close season and we have a bit of time left but the present first team squad seems to total around 18. Is this sufficient for 9 months of intense competition of two games per week etc? Can you give an optimum figure for your ideal squad size?


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Question 18: The other question that Mike asked was about a striker called Kandoul who played against us for Thurrock. But just for the record he is at Leeds United now.


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Question 19: Alan Percival: I've got a question from our supporter's team currently on the A1. The question is what do you think of the order of the fixtures and do you think it matters what certain teams you have to play at certain times?


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Question 20: Terry, welcome to the club and thanks for coming. Last year we had some good cup runs in terms of we went to Exeter, Gravesend and we beat you.


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Question 21: Ivor - The winning goal against Aldershot - it was a blinder - it was Gell wasn't it? What did you think of that goal Terry?


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Question 22: A view from the bar - now short corners Laughter I spent a long season last year watching a lot of short corners and our dead ball situations were very poor. But there is a man there with SC on his shirt (Stuart) - can you tell me how you feel about Short Corners? [Laughter]


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Question 23: Dave Dowse - You mentioned Marcus Gayle earlier. He has been a defender and a striker. Where will you play him? Will he be a regular or a super sub?


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Question 24: Mr Baskaran - Hello welcome. Going back to the point about dead ball situations - have you brought anyone in especially for dead ball play, corners and free kicks, because last season we were pretty much clueless.


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Question 25: David Horton - You have spoken very positively about us winning the league this year. Do you have the budget to win the league.


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Question 26: Kiera Copeland - Just on a coaching perspective - do you have a visualisation for your training?


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Question 27: Trevor Todd - A warm Wimbledon welcome to you and Stuart. Could you please elaborate on the situation regarding Steve Goddard. He is obviously one of the brightest examples of a young talent this club has ever produced and at least until his injury displayed predacious skills in front of goal. His scoring record speaks for itself and many of his goals are self engineered and not just poachers tap ins. It will be simply scandalous if, as I read in the Surrey Comet, there is a possibility that he might be allowed to leave AFC Wimbledon.


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Question 28: Jertzee Dabrowski - Just a question regarding going on from what you were saying before about building a base and looking long term. Are you tasked by the Board at all to get us promoted within a certain set of time, as in if you don't get us up in two years are you going to walk or will you get booted out, or ... I prefer to think long term. I think one of the greatest managers that this country has ever had is Dario Gradi and the fact that he has been at Crewe for so long and is still there now in a different role from what he was before but that's what I look for and that's what I want Wimbledon to be. I want Wimbledon to be somewhere that the youngsters know that they can come in go on ... Is there conflict in that and getting us promoted and getting us into the Conference? What are you tasked with?


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Question 29: Graham Anderson - not related. [Laughter]. Very bitter as I can't make the first game, or the last game of the season. What I would like to know could we learn anything from Aldershot?


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Ivor: Next man on the mic, for those of you that don't know, this is someone that deserves a round of applause all on his own. Not only has he got married recently, but he is a ... Tin Tin ... who is Haydon. [Applause]


Question 30: Basically all I was going to ask, you said that in pre season training your main reason is for people not to get injured. Obviously Steve Watson got injured last season and we never got to see him. He was the big player we thought would rule the mid field and we never heard if he is still with the club, has he left?


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Question 31: Ian Hidden - Hello guys, good to see you up the front there. Terry I have heard a rumour that your biggest concern next season, or going into this coming season is that we beat Brentford 5-0 ... but putting that aside as a given, what is your biggest concern about next season. Pause ... In your own time ... We kick off on the 18th August. [Laughter].


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Question 32: Ernie Sharpe - Now Terry, I know we are in pre season training in the first stages, comparing our club to Aldershot, where do you think we are compared to them when they back in the Ryman, are we a little bit ahead or about the same?


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Question 33: Brazilian Don - Good evening, thank you very much for being here tonight, of course it was a pleasure meeting you in your office. Last season I think our biggest problem was, the season before as well, that every smaller club that we played they seemed to consider us as their cup final and we had a terrible terrible run of 15 or so draws that really killed our season. We would have been promoted had it not been a few of those draws and Dave Anderson refused to take my advice to play 2- 3-5 [Laughter] ... and play like Brazilian football which I would like to see here. And everyone agrees with me on that one. You have played in Aldershot when Aldershot was a big club in the Ryman League and you know that a lot of the teams want to come and grind out a result. Are you prepared to just not accept those draws and really go for the win no matter what.


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Ivor: Right before we move on to the next one from the audience this is the last one of the questions that have been asked. It is from Spanish Don because I am really no good at pronouncing his name. So this has come all the way from Madrid.


Question 34: Spanish Don - Terry, I imagine that at AFCW previously managing the squad of players within the time limitations of a part time management role would have been very difficult. Getting the players mentally right before games is surely a must and this is in brackets ... particularly as they have other jobs to distract them, close the brackets. ... This activity may have been rushed previously ie only on match days or once during the week at training and mostly at group level instead of individually. My question therefore is how are you going to prepare the players mentally before games? Are you going to meet or speak to them during the week after their full time jobs?


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Question 35: Geoff Seel - Last season the reserves seemed at times almost to be a separate club with very little chance of getting in the first team. Someone would be parachuted in on loan. Do you have plans to integrate the reserve team so if they get the chance they can take it? And as a throwaway do you know who is going to take penalties yet?


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Question 36: Alan Parker - I'm a bit of a betting man and from what you said today I think I should go and have a reasonable bet on Wimbledon to get promotion.


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Question 37: Caroline Kingston-Lynch - With regard to the team available, of all the players one person who we haven't heard really about is Andy Little.


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Question 38: Paul Raymond - When you were appointed manager you presumably drew up a list of players that you were hoping to get. Without naming names or anything how successful do you think you have been on your initial list?


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Question 39: Eileen Samuelson - Hi. My question is actually to Stuart. You are obviously a great team in a management role are there areas that you have specific control over and that Terry does what you say? [Heckling]


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Question 40: Simon - Who will be captain next season?


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Question 41: Jane Lonsdale - I just wanted to know if we don't get this target man before the start of the season, or someway into the season [Heckles "Ivor"]


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Question 42: Luke McKenzie - Two questions, Stuart, last night you got given 6 team sheets who is going to win the bottle of champagne? And Terry, your neighbour is here and he needs a lift home so ... [Laughter]


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Question 43: Eileen Samuelson - Just on this elusive striker, this target man Erik keeps talking about him being big and ugly, on behalf of all the female fans, please can he not be ugly Laughter


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Question 44: The most talented player we have ever had, on the FA cup player of the round, Rob Ursell. He says he wants to come back - any plans.


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Question 45: Mags - If Matt Everard was still around and playing would you have kept him?


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Question 46: Following on from that he, in my opinion was our last leader on the field, again being a captain but also an absolute leader, when the team was down he got them up, do you see Jason Goodliffe being that man for us? Do you regard him that?


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Question 47: Aideen - Just wondering with the mention of Rob Ursell is there a similar player now that can enthral us and get us all on our feet?


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Question 48: A light one shall we? You must have come across most of the mangers in this league is there any that you would particularly like to get one over on? [Laughter] And are there any that are likely to bite more than most from the abuse the John Smiths will give them. Will you let us know which ones they are so that ...


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Question 49: My last question - there is a popular and sometimes notorious guestbook that Wimbledon fans have that was started by Marc Jones ... is there a club policy not to look at it at all, not to get the players to look at it or do you actually want to come on to it to see how much we know and to get tips? [Laughter]


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Question 50: Well much like yourselves I had a job appraisal today and it went reasonably. But, what's your view of us lot? [Laughter] How do you reckon we look as a group of supporters?


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Question 51: Ian Hidden - Terry, you just mentioned that you don't look on the web at the guestbook and stuff like that but historically we have had a great deal of success in recruiting players for previous managers, Matt Everard being a case in point so would you be happy for us to try and recruit a big striker for you in this way?


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Question 52: Is there such a thing as a pre-season friendly?


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Question 53: Sandra Lowne, the sister of Laurence who is walking round with the mic, just one quick question, both to you and Stuart what are you pre and post match beveridges, non alcoholic?


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