Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Darrell Clarke 'Won't Be Rushed' as Pre-Season Preparation Continues

Walsall manager Darrell Clarke has spoken to the local press and insisted he won’t be rushed into making new signings, despite the Saddlers returning to pre-season training in less than two weeks' time.
Clarke has been in charge of the Banks's Stadium club for just over a month after replacing Dean Keates in the wake of the team's relegation to League Two and is keen to sign the right players and not just add to his squad for the sake of it.

Following the acquisition of former Bristol Rovers colleagues Stuart Sinclair and James Clarke the former Pirates boss has just thirteen players in his first-team squad but insists that the most important thing is having the right squad in place in time for the season kick-off in early August.

And, with the Saddlers due to report to their Essington training base on Monday, 24th June, the Mansfield-born boss could well give youngsters Callum Cockerill-Mollett, Alfie Bates and Mitch Candlin a run in the side as the trio look to force their way into the matchday squad over the course of the campaign.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Darrell said; "As a manager, you’re always looking at players and doing due diligence on players.

"What I will say is that I won’t be rushed into making hasty decisions just because somebody wants to see a new signing and people want new signings in the building as quickly as possible.

"Every manager up and down the country wants new signings through the door and to have their full squad ready for the start of pre-season.

"The realistic point of view is sometimes that isn’t the case, and we will keep working hard to get a team and a squad of players ready for August 3 and not June 24 when we are back."

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