Live webchat with Swindon and GB boss Alun Rossiter
Updated 12:48am Saturday 25th January 2014 in Sport
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- Rosco answers your questions from 7pm
- Tweet using #askrosco
- Leave your questions in the comment box below
Sadly that's the end of this evening's web chat, but before we go Alun Rossiter has a message for the club's fans.
"We need you to back us and get behind the team and support their local club. We have continuity this year with the fixtures because there were too many gaps, and with the possibility of the new stadium coming it would be great to see out the old one in style.
"I would have loved to have stayed longer but I have to go and pick my daughter up from dancing.
"Here's to a great 2014."
10:04am Fri 24 Jan 14
Alun, thanks for all your hard work and for the success you've brought the Robins. After 30+ years following the Robins, 2012 was a success long overdue and in large part down to you. Hopefully you will continue to be the heart and soul of the club for many years. Congrats on the GB job also. Enough compliments for now :-), what is the strategy behind doubling up and where do you see it heading in the future? It appears to be a sticking plaster for the shortage of riders and seems to be creating more problems than its worth e.g. Nick, Jason D, Ashley etc. Thanks, Andrew
AR: It's the lack of riders over here, that's the issue. I can see it getting less and less but at the moment it's here until we get more riders coming on.
7:41pm Fri 24 Jan 14
I can see klindt being a good signing is he up for the challenge ahead ive heard hes got alot of machinery this season.but with the signing of klindt there is alot of presure on our 3rd heat leader do you agree?
AR: Not at all, I'm very happy with my team. We have riders who can ride all kinds of tracks so we will be fine.
8:14pm Fri 24 Jan 14
i think they should bring back the golden helmet match race for an extra bit of entertainment what do you think?
AR: We can't get the riders to do it.
@AndyWarren_ #askrosco why wasn't the Hans Andersen testimonial ran last year?— @johngarratt68 24 January 2014
Will this askrosco event be repeated mid season? seems to be a good way forward - information flow without attending fans forums #askrosco— @rampant_rooster 24 January 2014
AR: Yes, as long as the Adver will have me!
AW: We will.
8:14pm Fri 24 Jan 14
Is it possible the club could organise track days at the abbey for supporters to have a go and possibly raise a few quid plus allow the kids to get interested?
AR: There is a company who have been on to me about coming up and doing that so we'll have to wait and see.
Why are uk speedway bodies constantly changing the rules? What evidence is there it brings benefit2 speedway as oppose to ridicule?#askrosco— @rampant_rooster 24 January 2014
#askrosco with the ELRC changing venue, any possibility of getting the world team cup at the abbey?— @waynerm1 24 January 2014
@swindonadver @AJROSCO most difficult rider to manage? #askrosco— @Frigbo 24 January 2014
@AndyWarren_ Thanks for the info on the best pairs, will the Brits be allowed to enter the speedway euro qualifying this yr? 1/2 #askrosco— @MarcHiett 24 January 2014
@AndyWarren_ Rosco good luck, dunno how you fit it all in. Wildcats did you proud last Sunday too! #askrosco— @BobRadford1 24 January 2014
#askrosco I see from the picture shown you are sticking to your diet. How close are you to replacing Josh.— @lenatrobins 24 January 2014
@nickytruman: Who is replacing Nick Morris and Josh Bates?
AR: Nick Morris is going nowhere and we're working on replacing Josh Bates.
NICK MORRIS IS GOING NOWHERE
@AndyWarren_ @AJROSCO #askrosco With a manager who cares about our brits, how far can british speedway go and how quickly?— @teaboy279 24 January 2014
3:46pm Fri 24 Jan 14
What's your honest opinion of Matt Ford's methods?
AR: Matt is in it to win, that's the bottom line.
3:42pm Fri 24 Jan 14
Has the new heat format been agreed and if so when will it be made available?
What new rules changes are being made to facilitate the juniors at reserve?
AR: That is still being sorted out and will be confirmed shortly.
@AndyWarren_ @andy do you miss being out on the track and does being a team manager replace the buzz in any way? #askrosco— @Veejy_ 24 January 2014
@scc01964: Can Rosco please explain why the club said absolutely nothing when Patch left and remain tight lipped.
AR: Gary's put a lot of time and effort into the club and has taken a backwards step. It's well documented how things went last year so he's taken a backward step this year.
@domwardle94 will you be promoting youth at the World Cup?
AR: I will just pick the best riders and I'm confident the young ones who are coming through will be pushing for place.
RT @jonnash82: @AndyWarren_ @AJROSCO worst moment as manager? #askrosco— @AndyWarren_ 23 January 2014
In horseracing non triers r punished even if it's hard 2prove. why can't we do something about blatant moves to trigger tacticals? Askrosco#— @rampant_rooster 24 January 2014
#askrosco this year will be a huge stepping stone for Troy, is he ready to be captain along with thoughts of being the gp reserve?— @waynerm1 24 January 2014
AND NOW FOR SOME LIGHT RELIEF. WATCH THIS VID OF ROSCO IN HIS RIDING DAYS. AMAZING.
7:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14
congratulations on your G B appointment Alan- thoroughly deserved.
It all looks pretty good for the new season for all the robins fans-BUT as you know , all fans like to watch their speedway on the "telly" is their any news on who will be showing ELITE LEAGUE speedway this coming season?
AR: Not at the moment unfortunately.
RT @swindonadver: Here's @AJROSCO enjoying the hospitality at Adver Towers during his web chat. Join in here: http://t.co/n3vi0dL4eb http:/…— @nedpayne1 24 January 2014
@swindonadver what teams do you think will make this years playoffs #askrosco— @mikeh_61 24 January 2014
ANDY WARREN: A quick one from me, will the Robins be wearing the purple suits again this year.
AR: It's just the red and white this year, similar to last years, I really liked them.
THE PURPLE ROBINS ARE NO MORE
7:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14
Will the abbey have a different track man so we can sort out some kind of home advantage there use to be 2 tracks in 1 a few years back ripped up on the outside which was quite deep and smooth on the inside
AR: Unfortunately being the track man is a thankless job and you have seven riders who all want it seven different ways, so I don't envy anybody who does it.
@russelldutton: have you ever ridden or managed a team at Stoke. What did you think of it?
AR: I've ridden at Stoke loads in my National League days and had some hummdingers of a race there. I miss it because I'm led to believe the surface has deteriorated, shame.
@archeroo can you ask Sir Alun what on average an EL rider earns per point?
AR: It's all based on points money, so I can't really say to be honest, sorry.
7:21pm Fri 24 Jan 14
Are the club planning on having a Fans Forum before the start of the season?
AR: Yes, A fans forum and maybe a disco will happen before the start of the season. We're planning it now.
@AndyWarren_ do you think the Elite League is weaker than the Euro leagues with only 6 GP riders? And two of them being british? #askrosco— @STFC1969 24 January 2014
@AndyWarren_ @AJROSCO #askrosco would the management be happy to meet a group of supporters and discuss a display in the town centre— @nelson0376 24 January 2014
#askrosco Who is your favourite Bournemouth Daily Echo journalist Alun?— @neilmeldrumecho 24 January 2014
#askrosco Congrats on appointment to GB manager. Any thoughts on a couple of meetings for the GB riders as a team before the WC.— @lenatrobins 24 January 2014
6:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14
whey didn't you sign Jason Doyle
AR: Because he's doubling up. If he wasn't then he would have been the first on my team list.
RT @slapshot6032: @AndyWarren_ #askrosco best speedway signing off the off season? (Excluding Swindon)— @AndyWarren_ 23 January 2014
@AndyWarren_ #askrosco do you think a new stadium will encourage more fans to attend?— @mattfaringdon 24 January 2014
@AndyWarren_ @AJROSCO #askrosco could we have photos with riders back like in the 80's out on the centre green #GetCloseToYourHeros— @nelson0376 24 January 2014
7:03pm Fri 24 Jan 14
AR: Good one. It's between stilton and hot & spicy Mexicana.
Cheese and wine is my Friday night treat so I will do that later.
#askrosco it's good to see Peter back at the abbey, how's he's settled in and what changes have been made to safe guard the clubs finaces?— @waynerm1 24 January 2014
7:05pm Fri 24 Jan 14
Is the situation with nick morris ok now?we all want nick to ride for us but it wouldnt work if hes at the club when he doesnt really want to be.
AR: We understand Nick's situation and fully understand his frustration but it wasn't Swindon's fault, it was Somerset's fault, and now all the Premier League places are filled so we hope Nick will be riding with us. As soon as a place come up earlier in the season he will get a Prem place.
@marchiett: What do you think about the BSPA banning British riders from the pairs meeting?
AR: It's not FIM recognised and it happens on dates where we have meetings in Britain. Thew BSPA were disappointed they were not consulted on the dates. I would love to have done it myself and I'm sure we could have worked it out but
ANDY WARREN: I'm going to kick us off this evening then your questions can flow.
Q: Rosco, how are preparations going for the new season? Getting excited yet?
AR: Yeah, preparations are going good, we're just getting bits sorted now like the suits and things like that.
Good evening everyone and welcome to a special webchat with one of Swindon's best known faces, Alun Rossiter.
The proud Swindonian has recently become the new boss of Great Britain and this is your opportunity to ask him all those burning questions you've been storing up.
THIS WEBCHAT BEGINS AT 7PM
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