Coomar have recently promoted two promising young strikers from their youth team to the senior squad. There are high hopes for both Kieran Shearwood and John Cockayne.
Youth coach Darryl Crow was full of praise for the youngsters' performances "They are very talented players who can both be good enough for the first team. Even the England scouts were enquiring about them when they were with me".
First team manager Danny Dickinson was also full of praise. "I have had fantastic reports from Darryl and have been impressed whenever I've seen them play. It remains to be seen if they can make the grade at senior level, but I am very optimistic".
Coomar have returned to IV after just one season back in V. The twice former champions of IV.14 made short work of clinching auto promotion from V.20, winning 13 straight games before suffering defeat in the last meaningless game.
Manager Danny Dickinson was delighted with the way the team performed last season. "It would have been easy for heads to drop after relegation, but the lads were determined to bounce straight back". Asked about plans for the upcoming season, he was upbeat about Coomar's chances. "We've been here before, so IV holds no fears for us. Ludvik Honka has been brought in to add some craft to midfield and I'm excited about the prospects for young Kev Maguire. This boy has a big future ahead of him."
Fan's spokesperson Steve Watson said the fans were excited about the upcoming season and predicted the team will do well.
Coomar's fate was finally sealed on Sunday as their relegation was confirmed by a 5-1 home hammering by wismar. Manager Danny Dickinson was in philosophical mood as he faced the press this morning.
"I knew it would be difficult when I took on the job and so it has proved. The lads gave it their best shot but it wasn't to be. The game on Sunday was typical of the way things have been going for us. After a bright start we fell asleep at the back and conceded from two set pieces and a dodgy penalty.
I will be looking to put this season behind us and start to rebuild next season. I know we can bounce straight back. I will be taking a long hard look at the squad in the off season and decide where we need to make changes. The whole set-up wasn't right this year. We bought and sold a lot of players, changed the line-up and training regime. Next season I can promise we will get back to basics both on and off the field."
As Coomar's dismal run of results continues, Chairman Henry Winkleburger announced the sacking today of manager Stan Hepplethwaite.
" I could not allow the current situation to continue and I have asked Stan to step down as manager. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Stan for all he has done for the team over the last 19 seasons in charge. But I feel that the time is right for a change."
New manager Danny Dickinson was introduced at a press conference this afternoon. When asked if he could save Coomar from relegation he was not optomistic "With games running out, we are entrenched at the bottom and it will be difficult. We need to concentrate on one game at a time and see what happens." On the question of whether money was available to strengthen the squad, he replied "No, I will need to sell if I want to buy."
Speculation was immediately rife that more wholesale changes to the squad are on the way.
Coomar manager Stan Hepplethwaite has reacted swiftly to the chairman's recent critisism and has made some major changes to the squad.
"It was time for a major overhaul of the playing staff, that was obvious from our recent results. Some difficult decisions have had to be made and the fans may not thank me in the short term. But I believe the changes will see the club move forward again after the recent stagnation."
Several players have been sold recently, including fan's favourites Marino Valenza and Kevin Zandstra. Joining them through the Coomar revolving doors were midfielder Maarten Dur together with youth players Ben Cooper and Clifford Palfrey and reserve keeper Albino Silva.
Stan has twice broken the club record for signings over the last few days with first Greek midfielder Nikos Vlammenos and then German striker Rudolf-Heinz Podolsky.
A fan's spokesman said "These are exciting times. I can't wait to see the new look team in action."
Manager under fire
Coomar chairman Henry Winkleburger has expressed his disappointment at the club's disastrous start to the season which has seen them slump to three straight defeats in their first three games.
"It's the worst start to a season that I can remember. I will be seriously looking at the management structure if things don't improve over the next four games."
A fanclub spokesman commented that the club had not come to terms with the retirement of Mark Mavir last season and that the manager's decision to go with three up front to compensate for the loss had been a disaster, leaving the team short in other areas.
"We need to get back to basics and play 352 or 442. All these wierd formations we are playing just don't work. Look at last week's 253, we had more possession but couldn't stop them scoring four. Hardly surprising if you only field two defenders. What was he thinking?"
Manager Stan Hepplethwaite was unavailable for comment.
It is with great regret that the club announces the retirement of Mark Mavir. Mark has spent his entire career at the club, coming up through the youth ranks and on to a distinguished first team career. He spent most of his career as an attacking midfielder, but later used his technical ability and pinpoint passing to great effect as a deep lying forward.
Mark made 205 competitive appearances for the club, scoring 93 goals - both club records. He was awarded the golden boot three times during his career, in seasons 36, 38 and 40.
We wish him well on his retirement and in achieving his goal of becoming a Michelin starred restauranteur.
Mark has been inducted into the Coomar Hall of Fame.
With Mauro Colaci picking up a 5 week injury in tonight's cup match, Coomar are rapidly running out of fit strikers. He joins Kevin Zandstra on the treatment table leaving Mark Mavir as the only first choice forward available. Manager Stan Hepplethwaite has drafted in youth academy prospect Scott Hunter as cover, but the striking options available to him remain limited.
Asked if he would be buying in a striker as additional cover, Stan was playing his cards close to his chest. "Of course we are looking who is available, but we won't be panic buying. If the right player is available, then we might consider it."
Credit crunch biting?
Coomar chairman Henry Winkleburger has denied that the club is in financial difficulties following rumours in the press,
" I am confident that the club remains in a secure financial position. The press speculation of a projected £3.5M budget deficit next year are based on having to replace ageing players under the current training regime. Plans are already in place to change the training regime to offset the replacement cost and bring in potential youth academy players instead. Under the new regime the estimated budget shortfall is only £1M which I am confident will be covered by increased revenue and future youth sales."
Supporter spokesman Eric Jarvis was less than convinced "It is time for the chairman to step down. This great club needs a coherent long term financial strategy and hoping for youth sales to balance the books shows the naivety of the top management"
Latest youth sensation
Coomar manager Stan Hepplethwaite has unveiled his latest youth protege. Arnie Ainslie has made the step up from the youth academy and Stan clearly has high hopes for him.
"Arnie's a very talented lad who can play in midfield or up front and more importantly I see him as a long term successor to Mark Mavir playing in the hole behind a striker. If he continues to develop, he has the potential to become an important first team player for us."
Mark Mavir was a product of the old Coomar youth squad and has spent his entire career at the club. He has already taken the youngster under his wing and begun teaching him the tricks of the trade.