I'VE heard Phil Senior asked to be left out of the side. Is this true? Phil Senior's No1 fan.
Jacko says: PHIL SENIOR was disappointed with a couple of goals he had conceded and came into the office to see me.
It was clear his confidence was a little bit low going into a crucial stage of the season, and that contributed to the decision to bring in a goalkeeper on loan, who turned out to be Paul Rachubka from Charlton Athletic.
Phil needed a rest, but he has done a good job for me in the absence through injury of Ian Gray and remains very much part of my plans, which is why we agreed a new contract with him through to 2006 earlier on this season.
LAST week you told us that one of Paul Rachubka's strengths was his kicking. How can you justify that claim after Tuesday's game against Rochdale? Ben Burgin.
Jacko says: IT'S a fair cop!
I have to accept Phil's kicking was well below par on Tuesday, although he was sold a bit short by some of the backpasses he received from his central defenders.
The main incidents to which I think you are referring also took place during a phase of the game when we reorganising after the loss through injury of Nathan Clarke.
I don't want to excuse Paul, however. His kicking was poor against Rochdale, but I still maintain that normally, it is one of his strengths.
WILL we try and extend Paul Rachubka's loan or even sign him permanently, or is that it after bringing in Pawel Abbott permanently? Alan Hind.
Jacko says: PAUL'S final game of his initial loan isn't until the away trip to Leyton Orient on Saturday, April 3, and goalkeeper is the one position not affected by the transfer deadline, which is next Thursday.
That provides us with a little time to see how things work out, and we will take that time before making a decision on Paul.
THE inclusion of John McAliskey in the squad for the Macclesfield match came out of the blue, although it worked out brilliantly. What were your reasons for deciding to bring him in? Tracy Sanderson.
FAIR play to John McAliskey for a great debut. Can he be the next Jon Stead? Helen from Wigan
Jacko says: JOHN has been doing consistently well in the Academy, and of late, the Reserves, and it was a great chance to give him a taste of the first team.
Even if he hadn't played, at 19, just being involved would have been a beneficial experience.
If the match had been tight, he probably wouldn't have figured at all, but because we were in control, I thought it was the perfect chance to give Andy Booth a rest and give John a run and see how he responded to the challenge.
We all know what happened next, and it was tremendous to see.
Every young player will dream of scoring his first goal, and to do it as a debutant is even more special.
Last Saturday will be a day John McAliskey never forgets.
I'm delighted for him, and I know how much it meant because he is a local lad who has come all the way up through the ranks with Huddersfield Town.
I still remember my first goal for Bradford City against Wigan Athletic way back in 1979.
A corner from David McNiven, a flick-on by Steve Baines and I headed it in at the near post.
The image is so clear it could have been yesterday, and I'm sure it will be the same for John.
While it's unfair to put him under pressure, I suppose people are bound to compare him to Jon Stead, and it would be great if he could do as well.
Jon Stead was always last off the training field, and I've told John McAliskey that hard work will be the key, because while he is not quite as quick as Jon Stead, he is better in the air and he has all the attributes needed to go on and make a good living from the game.
It's all about working hard!
I THINK you and Terry Yorath are doing a fantastic job, but I feel we are lacking a leader/commanding midfielder in the mould of Neil Redfearn, who became available recently. What are your thoughts on this matter? Ian Ashness.
Jacko says: AS a manager you are always looking to strengthen your side in every area.
But the tight financial constraints which exist at most clubs these days mean prioritising is a big part of the job.
We already have Jon Worthington, who I rate as one of the best midfielders in the Third Division, and we all know how well Tony Carss and Lee Fowler can play on their day.
Lee, of course, has been hit by an injury which will keep him out for the rest of the season, and we have been in talks with Boston over transferring Chris Holland, so that could pave the way to bring in a midfielder on loan.
The departure of Jon Stead, our top scorer, to Blackburn in a deal we simply couldn't refuse made it crucial to bolster the frontline, and that is why we pulled out all the stops to bring in Pawel Abbott on a permanent basis.
Neil Redfearn didn't come into my thinking, although that's no criticism of him.
I like Neil, who I know lives in this area, he did well for Boston against us, and I actually tried to sign him from Charlton in my first spell as Town manager, but this time, there were other factors.
Neil has actually just signed for Rochdale, and I'd like to wish him well there.
WHAT went wrong with John Thorrington? I've seen him play brilliantly, as in the 3-0 defeat of Notts County last term. He was of the few players with speed, man-beating skills and goalscoring ability. Bob Knowles, London.
Jacko says: NOTHING went wrong as such, and I never had any problems with John, who conducted himself very well, both as a player and as our PFA representative during the difficult days of going into and through administration.
I simply took the decision that because he wasn't consistent enough, and because he had problems with his fitness, he wasn't part of my long-term plans.
I kept him fully informed and I wanted him to have the chance to sort himself out with a club before the close-season, when the market is flooded with players.
WITH the Stadium due to get a new name, do you have a preferred sponsor? What about the Going Places Stadium? Barry Taylor.
Jacko says: THAT certainly has a nice ring to it, but I'm more concerned with the financial boost a deal could give the club!
There are traditionalists who don't like this trend towards selling the name of a venue.
But we've come to know the Stadium as `The McAlpine', and that shows what a worthwhile deal it can be for a sponsor.
I'm a realist and I know how important it is to bring in money to a football club, and this is a big deal for any company.
Take into account the rugby and the coverage the Stadium gets worldwide and you see just how big a deal it will be.