Millers - Eds Questions (2)
What is your name and which club do you support and how long have you supported them?
Auckland Owl on Vital, I'm a Sheffield Wednesday fan. The romantic answer about how long I supported them is 'ever since my dad came back from the Owls losing 1966 FA Cup Final', but in truth it's probably from when I first started to get interested in footy, during Jack Charlton's reign at Hillsborough in the mid-80s. So let`s say 20 years.
2 Did your team do as well as you expected this season?
I wished for an improvement on last season, some progression, and got that, by quite some way.
3 What was the most disappointing thing for you this season?
That Paul Sturrock had to go. He'd worked his magic for us and given us some momentum. Disappointing that he couldn't maintain it, but letting him go did of course turn out to be the right decision. He will continue to do well at Swindon, I'm sure. Good luck to the bloke.
4 What was the best part of the season for you?
When Brian Laws hit the ground running. Excellent work by caretaker Sean MacAuley set it up, but there's nothing worse than a new manager having difficulty from the word go. However, Laws came in and we kept on getting the points.
5 Which player for your team this season could you not have done without?
My player of the year was Frankie Simek - our defence was a bit rocky at times this year and we conceded too many goals, but he was the one truly consistent performer at the back. Hopefully we can keep the guy!
The one player we HAVE managed without, for most of the season, is a permanent goalkeeper. That state of affairs cannot be allowed to continue.
6 Which player would you gladly get rid of?
I really didn't have much faith in Peter Gilbert before this season (my Leicester mates didn't rate him at all) but he's proved me wrong, so we'll have to keep him. Hard to say. Burton O'Brien probably, because we're well blessed with wingers. Of the new blokes, Leon Clarke has a way to go to convince me he's worth a place.
7 What was the best game you saw this season?
As I'm on the other side of the world, chances are few and far between! The ones I enjoyed a lot were the FA Cup ties against Manchester City. That little taste of the big time.. and we were in no way overshadowed.
8 Where do you expect to see your club finish next season? Do you expect them to win anything?
I expect to finish a little higher than this season. Whether that's good enough to get into the playoffs.. who can tell? I don't expect us to win anything but we're due a good money-spinning solid cup run
9 If you could have any one player to join your team who would it be?
Scott Carson. We need a keeper, we had him on loan last season and he was the bee's knees. Come back, Scott!
10 What`s your favourite tipple?
When I was in England, it was best bitter from Harvey`s of Lewes. These days it's a nice crisp Marlborough sauvignon blanc or a bottle of Monteith's Pilsner: both highly recommended.
Wisniowka is good too (cherry vodka from Poland!).