Sacramento Republic FC Head Coach/Technical Director Paul Buckle took control of the club's Twitter account earlier today to answer questions from fans. Here are some of the best moments from it.
My wife and I are looking at houses this week, we love the area we really want to commit to the club. https://t.co/GGEX53Sf0x— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) January 27, 2016
This response was a little unprompted in a question about fans, but it looks like Buckle and his wife, NBC sports presenter Rebecca Lowe, are looking at houses here in Sacramento. As far as I know, this was the first public mention of the house hunt.
I really want to involve some of 18s as quickly as player, def. will be players involved in the training ... https://t.co/esyTz3d88S— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) January 27, 2016
...as early as preseason. If they’re performing will give the opportunity. Nothing will give me more pleasure to see https://t.co/esyTz3d88S— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) January 27, 2016
Buckle has been heavily involved with the Republic academy program since he was first hired last season, so it is not too surprising to see that he wants to include some academy talent as quickly as possible. We'll see how many academy kids actually get an opportunity.
The benefit is letting someone move on and feeling confident we can replace him as we evolve. I feel we've done that https://t.co/UUnTtCdZl8— Republic FC (@SacRepublicFC) January 27, 2016
Here is a bit more from Buckle on his reasoning for selling Nemanja Vukovic, a move that was not very popular with the fanbase. New signing Chris Christian seems to the replacement Buckle refers to.
A bit of insight into Buckle's preferred formations. Last year he experimented with a 4-3-3, but it seems more likely we'll be seeing something closer to a 4-4-2 this season. There's also perhaps some insight into why the search for players has taken so long, with Buckle and Director of Football Graham Smith looking for players that thrive in specific formations and systems.
Also, apparently this is toad in the hole, which is a thing I just learned exists. You learn something new everyday, I guess.
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