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Exeter's academy does it again (Randall transfer)

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Exeters success at Academy level is to be applauded, but the fact they're rarely out of the bottom division suggests that they rely on it just to survive long enough to tread water.

Should another Academy start being the preferred choice of potential starlets, they could well be in a difficult position.
 

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That IS there policy though isn't it.

They surely realise that they would never survive on their laughable gates, so they made the decision quite a few years ago and up until now it's been a success.

The danger was though, and it appears to be the case now, is that IF PAFC got their act together, Exeter would surely struggle with continuance of grabbing all the 'wee gems'.

We'll have to wait and see, but I would imagine Argyle are causing concern on this front.

I also see they appointed three directors onto their board yesterday, so something seems to be changing.
 
For a club of Exeter’s size, yo-yoing from leagues 2 to 1 whilst being financed through an excellent academy scheme and fan ownership is surely the best model. Comparable to Crewe. Never understood the rivalry when they are literally not in our league, but then I’m a newcomer.
 
Aug 5, 2016
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Exeter have been unlucky lately. They are always in and around the playoff chase, if not automatics.

The thing is what do they ever do with their money?

They have decent-ish gates for League Two, but sell players for £1m - £2m a piece and don't ever seem to go anywhere.

Where does the money go?
 

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What is it that the Exeter Academy does/has (or did/had) that the Argyle one doesn't (or didn't) that has made them more successful?
 

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I believe that, if our strategy was the same as Exeter’s, Mike Cooper would no longer be at PAFC. I expect there will also be some interest in Adam Randell before too long but I do hope that we can hang on to our Academy products so that, if they eventually move on, it will be for very substantial fees and add ons.
Hopefully, there are now more in the pipeline with similar potential.
Good luck to Exeter City with their strategy.
 
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I believe that, if our strategy was the same as Exeter’s, Mike Cooper would no longer be at PAFC. I expect there will also be some interest in Adam Randell before too long but I do hope that we can hang on to our Academy products so that, if they eventually move on, it will be for very substantial fees and add ons.
Hopefully, there are now more in the pipeline with similar potential.
Good luck to Exeter City with their strategy.
I wonder how much interest there was in Jephcott last January, and how much Argyle turned down to keep him?
 
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Personally I think academy success is cyclical. We’ve produced players in the past and it looks like we’ll do so in the future. For now it’s their turn and they don’t seem to have made much of their “success”
 

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They were (not sure if still are) at a higher level in the academy ranking. Same sort of thing as coach ranking.
Yes, but specifically what is different? Facilities, number/quality of coaches, games played etc. Or is it simply that because they are categorised at a higher level better players/parents pick them?