Posts Tagged ‘football kit’

Pendle Football Kit Survey

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

Dear Valued Customers,

We are conducting a short survey in an attempt to provide you with a more efficient and better quality service. Do you think there is anything we can do improve our football kits or training wear?  If you have ordered from us within the last 3 months, please click on the following link to view and fill out “The Survey”

We have attempted to make the survey as short and concise as possible to avoid inconveniencing you. Any feedback that you provide will be greatly appreciated and all feedback can be completed anonymously.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to make us a better service provider!

Your sincerely

Pendle Sportswear

The Football Management Merry-Go-Round!

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

The new Premier League season is only in its second week but before it had even started, we had the first managerial casualty of the season. Tony Pulis left Crystal Palace by mutual consent 48 hours before the new season started. Since taking over in November with the club bottom of the table, Pulis turned the clubs fortunes around and managed an impressive 11th place finish. However, after disagreements over the summer with chairman Steve Parish over potential new players, and wanting more control over who the club signed, the two parties agreed to terminate his contract leaving the club with no manager going into the new campaign.

With the talk at the start of every season about who will be the first manager to go, it got us thinking here at Pendle, about the amount of managers that clubs go through these days and what does it take to succeed as a Premier League manager in the current era?

During the course of last season no fewer than ten managers lost their job during the season with another two leaving at the end of the season. They say that being a manager these days is all about getting results, and it’s true it is a results business, but is sacking a manager every season because it hasn’t quite gone your way the right thing to do?

For some clubs it works, like discussed before Crystal Palace made the right move in sacking Ian Holloway and Employing Tony Pulis, but it doesn’t always work like that, both Fulham and Cardiff suffered from sacking their managers last season. Fulham went through three managers last season sacking Martin Jol with the club in 18th place in December, he was replaced by Rene Meulensteen, which proved to be a bad move as the club were rooted to the bottom of the table when he was replaced in February, Felix Magath came in for the end of the season and with only 3 wins from 16 games it’s no surprise that the club went down, but would they have stayed up if they had have kept Jol in charge to the end of the season?

Norwich suffered a similar fate last season, sacking their manager during the season and getting relegated, but unlike Fulham and Cardiff, Norwich sacked their manager in April with only a month of the season to go, was that the right move to make? Should they have stuck with the manager at least until the end of the season, or should they have sacked him earlier on to give a new manager more of a chance to keep the club in the top flight?

At the other end of the table, manager stability is vital to mounting a challenge for the top four or the championship. Most of the clubs in last season’s top 7 seem to change their manager almost as much as they change kits, since the Premiership started in 1992 there has been 15 different managers at Man City, 8 at Liverpool, 9 at Everton, and 17 at Tottenham and Chelsea. But only a few of those managers have had success, 3 titles for Chelsea with two different manager and 2 titles for Man City again with 2 different managers shows that sacking a manager after one poor season doesn’t work.

But how do you judge success? In a division of twenty teams there are still only four places for the Champions League, so is fifth place and below a failure? Surely there must be teams for whom mid-table is success enough, or narrowly avoiding relegation is their prime objective, but then Stoke sacked Pulis after finishing 13th in 2012-13, and big Sam is under a lot of pressure at West Ham after what many would consider was a good season.

Does the problem lie with the clubs’ boards expecting too much from their team in a division that was so competitive last season that there was only 14 point separating 9 places, or is it the fans who have unreasonable expectations, or both? What do you think?

Let us know what you think? Is stability better than change? Let us know if you have any stories of managers being in charge at your club for long periods of time.

Luton Town Kit Vote – What Would You Have Done?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

Luton Town Football Club recently gave their fans the chance to choose what colour football kit they’d like to see their team play in next season.

With the club sitting pretty, thirteen points clear at the top of the Skrill Premier, a return to league football finally seems to be on the cards for The Hatters.

To celebrate their return to the football league the club allowed fans to vote on whether they wanted the team to continue playing in the current mainly orange football kits or return to the white kits worn for much of their history including the clubs glory years in the 1980’s.

With memories of the likes of Steve Foster, Ricky Hill, the Stein brothers & Mick Harford donning the famous white kits you may have expected that the fans would vote in favour of a return to these.

However, maybe surprisingly, the fans voted in favour of keeping the current orange football kit. Maybe the pain of 3 successive relegations wearing the white kits still haunts many hatters fans?

With only six games remaining in the season, the thirteen point gap looks almost insurmountable, so expect to see Luton Town donning their Orange football kits in League 2 next season.

This raises the question. If your favourite team gave you the chance to choose what colour football kit they played in would you change it and if so why?

Let us know your thoughts and comments.

Non League Football Review – Skrill North & South, Who are the Potential Winners & Losers?

Posted on: March 18th, 2014 | by Steve | No Comments

As the football season draws to a close there is still everything to play for down the divisions, non-quite as much as the Football Conference Divisions.

With North Ferriby United and AFC Telford United, relegated from the Conference Premier last season, battling for the top two places in the Conference North, with only a point in it with eleven games to go, neither side will want to give up in the hunt for the automatic promotion place.

With these two sides running away at the top of the league the fight for a Playoff place is between at least seven sides, Hednesford Town, Altrincham and Harrogate Town, despite having a three point deduction, are currently occupying the other three Playoff places, but down as far as Guiseley who, looking resplendent in their Pendle football kits, lie ninth but still have a great chance of stealing a place away. Although they may look too far behind, being eight points adrift from the fifth place side, they do have four games in hand and with a decent run being put together you can’t rule out a fourth successive season in the Playoffs. Could this finally be their year?

In the Conference South the top four teams are only separated by six points it could be an interesting run in for the rest of the season. Top side Eastleigh have got two games in hand over most, if they can win those, surely they will be in a great position to win the league and gain promotion to the Conference National for the first time in the clubs history.

With an eight point gap to fifth place, Ebbsfleet United, Sutton United and Bromley look likely to be battling for the Playoff places, and with what looks like only one place left available there are a host of clubs vying for the position. As far down as Concord Rangers in thirteenth place are still in with a shout, only nine points behind with three games in hand they could make a final push for a playoff place.

When you look slightly higher up the league it looks more likely though that Havant and Waterlooville or Bishop’s Stortford have a better claim to the place. With four games in hand they lie six and seven points behind the playoffs respectively, Dover Athletic will have a real battle on their hands to keep hold of the final promotion place.