Edinburgh: We weren't ready for League One

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PROMOTION to League One this season might have been too much too soon for Newport County AFC according to manager Justin Edinburgh, writes Michael Pearlman.

The Exiles entertain already promoted Rochdale in their final League Two fixture on Saturday chasing a top-half finish, but that’s a different story to Christmas when the Exiles were just three points off the summit of League Two and pushing hard, at least, for the play-offs.

However, the manager is confident lessons learned will stand him and his players in good stead.

“I think we’ve learned, certainly I have, more this year than in any other and I think it’s been a fantastic season for this football club,” he said.

“The players deserve tremendous credit, more than they’ve received and we’d have never turned down promotion, if we were in the play-offs we’d be trying to win them, but long-term it might not have been the best thing.

“I don’t think we are in that position yet to take the next level, on or off the field and we don’t want to be out of our depth and failing.

“It’s been a work in progress since I came here, it’s a re-formed club, new in the league and we were never, ever ready for League One really.

“I am looking long-term, I accept that because of the relationship I have with Howard and Les I get more of a say in how the club operates than a lot of managers and you have to try and evolve.

“Our challenge is to leave a legacy and getting everything right. The next step is getting back to training in Newport, that’s a must; it is nonsense for Newport County to train in Cardiff.

“We have to establish things, the youth is going to be a big thing for me, and we are catching up and trying to get things right across the board.”

The Exiles welcome back Darcy Blake (rib) for Saturday's clash with Rochdale and Andy Sandell (shoulder) will have a late fitness test.

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8:52pm Thu 1 May 14

sooty001 says...

Yes always thought it could have been a bridge to far to go up this season, I think that we need at least six good players to be signed in the summer to strengthen the squad and we could have a real good chance next season. We also need to build our fan base for next year and if we are doing well then they will come and join the 2,500 faithful and return week after week.
Yes always thought it could have been a bridge to far to go up this season, I think that we need at least six good players to be signed in the summer to strengthen the squad and we could have a real good chance next season. We also need to build our fan base for next year and if we are doing well then they will come and join the 2,500 faithful and return week after week. sooty001
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10:44pm Thu 1 May 14

JimMachen says...

New club, not reformed.

And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow.
New club, not reformed. And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow. JimMachen
  • Score: -12

6:19am Fri 2 May 14

Keith P says...

JimMachen wrote:
New club, not reformed.

And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow.
Really .. Is it too much of a stretch to considered that this piece was written for the paper version to be delivered Friday but posted on line when ready at 7.30pm Thursday
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: New club, not reformed. And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Really .. Is it too much of a stretch to considered that this piece was written for the paper version to be delivered Friday but posted on line when ready at 7.30pm Thursday Keith P
  • Score: 10

11:52am Fri 2 May 14

jetspotter says...

I think I made this same point so many times during the season that even I was fed up with hearing it !! This was always going to be a transitional season all about evolving as a team and club. The shame is that because we got off to a fantastic start and then fell away we have probably learned less than we would have if the situation had been reversed. We are more or less having to start again with only a nucleus of players good enough for this league. However the great thing is that we are still in there and fighting and J.E. will surely have learned at least some of the lessons from this season if he is the competent manager I suspect him to be.
I think I made this same point so many times during the season that even I was fed up with hearing it !! This was always going to be a transitional season all about evolving as a team and club. The shame is that because we got off to a fantastic start and then fell away we have probably learned less than we would have if the situation had been reversed. We are more or less having to start again with only a nucleus of players good enough for this league. However the great thing is that we are still in there and fighting and J.E. will surely have learned at least some of the lessons from this season if he is the competent manager I suspect him to be. jetspotter
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6:02pm Fri 2 May 14

JimMachen says...

Keith P wrote:
JimMachen wrote:
New club, not reformed.

And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow.
Really .. Is it too much of a stretch to considered that this piece was written for the paper version to be delivered Friday but posted on line when ready at 7.30pm Thursday
Perhaps not.

But then perhaps it would have been too much of a stretch to expect a two word edit before it was published on-line.

And having had three other Friday night games this season, why would this one not be?

Still, i notice that the Argus have now seen fit to edit the article accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]Keith P[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: New club, not reformed. And I was under the impression we were playing Rochdale on Saturday, not tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Really .. Is it too much of a stretch to considered that this piece was written for the paper version to be delivered Friday but posted on line when ready at 7.30pm Thursday[/p][/quote]Perhaps not. But then perhaps it would have been too much of a stretch to expect a two word edit before it was published on-line. And having had three other Friday night games this season, why would this one not be? Still, i notice that the Argus have now seen fit to edit the article accordingly. JimMachen
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11:53pm Fri 2 May 14

larneman says...

Well said Sooty 001. Is it true that you will be playing next season? I had to replace the rubber on my walking stick. It was all worn down on one side. The bloke in the shop said I was cornering too fast.
Well said Sooty 001. Is it true that you will be playing next season? I had to replace the rubber on my walking stick. It was all worn down on one side. The bloke in the shop said I was cornering too fast. larneman
  • Score: 0

8:20am Sat 3 May 14

sooty001 says...

larneman wrote:
Well said Sooty 001. Is it true that you will be playing next season? I had to replace the rubber on my walking stick. It was all worn down on one side. The bloke in the shop said I was cornering too fast.
May play next season Larneman, could not play for most of the second half of this season because the sand kept getting in the way of my walking frame lol.
[quote][p][bold]larneman[/bold] wrote: Well said Sooty 001. Is it true that you will be playing next season? I had to replace the rubber on my walking stick. It was all worn down on one side. The bloke in the shop said I was cornering too fast.[/p][/quote]May play next season Larneman, could not play for most of the second half of this season because the sand kept getting in the way of my walking frame lol. sooty001
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