The new hierarchy, assisted no doubt by some old faces, had to listen to the ‘mood’ of the supporters after some recent poor performances. The new managerial incumbent had delighted fans with the first (Woking) and last (Solihull) results but little cheer inbetween.
See what our Friend, Jon Keighren teased out of the Director of football this Week at Carrington:
We are delighted to announce that through Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport Volleyball Club has become a recipient of its ‘Ward Flexibility Award’. The decision was taken and approved by both: Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South and Central Stockport Area Committees. The Club would like to put on record its gratitude to Cllr. Helen Foster-Grime for signposting us to this funding regime. As a result of this recognition, the S’PORT will be able to purchase new equipment and deliver coaching for young people in the Borough for a twelve months’ period.
Simply posting a repeat of my social media Tweet last week after hearing the surprising news of our Manager’s departure. I said: “Don’t know all facts @StockportCounty but as we are a results based business this could prove to be a huge error. Currently, sitting nicely in table and @james16gannon‘s teams always get stronger in second half of season. Guessing there’s more to this story to come out.”
All I can relate to is the words of Pep Guardiola this Morning on Talk Sport: “There’s no such thing as a ‘Project’ in football. It’s about Winning, Losing or Drawing Games”. I rest my case. It is a big risk to change a winning formula, especially at this stage of the campaign – all in the name of ‘culture’. But to replace a performing fans’ favourite, in Jim Gannon, with any incumbent having limited experience in management in this challenging Non-League hierarchy, an even bigger risk. As a County fan, let’s just hope it works!
Stockport Volleyball Club (‘the S’PORT’) has received much acclaim and publicity since our branded buses courtesy of Belle Vue Coaches had a face lift and now appear emblazoned by the adverts showing our sport in the North West. The routes that you might spot the vehicle on are Stockport and/or Manchester-centric. Moss Side Volleyball Club stated: “wow. volleyball marketing on a bus in the UK“. IBB Polonia liked the initiative. Volleyball England Foundation stated: “Great to see innovative ways to promote Volleyball. Stockport Volleyball Club in partnership with Kappa are now on the side of a bus being driven around the city.”
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