Pilley: No set goals for Graham

Thomas Sorensen has admitted he does not want to sit on the

bench for the remainder of his Stoke City contract and is keeping

his future options open.

The former Denmark goalkeeper wants to play regularly but

accepts that he will have to be patient as the Potters are

performing well and Asmir Begovic has been a key figure between the


He believes Stoke know where he stands and he is prepared to

consider his future if he cannot break into the team.

“Right now, it is of course a frustrating situation for me.”

Sorensen told TV2 Sporten.

“The side is playing well and we are not conceding many goals.

Of course, that makes it very hard for me.

“I don’t want to sit on the bench the remaining time of my

contract, but I believe they know that.”

Sorensen, 36, has previously declared that he would like to play

on for another four years before retiring and has been linked with

a move back to Denmark.

“I don’t want to exclude anything, it depends what the eventual

offer looks like,” he added.

“In that situation, I also have to think about my family.”

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Pilley sprung a surprise move in sacking Micky Mellon following

the Cod Army’s 3-2 defeat to Aldershot in the FA Cup last weekend,

despite them lying in the League Two play-off places ahead of

Saturday’s match with fellow promotion-hopefuls Southend.

“No, not at all,” said Pilley when asked whether Alexander had

been set any goals upon penning a rolling contract at the Highbury

Stadium. “I want the football club to progress but I am realistic,

I live in the real world.

“He picks up a squad which is not his own. He’s got to establish

the abilities of the players, he’s got to stamp his own identity

onto the squad.

“Eventually, over time I have no doubt the squad will become the

Graham Alexander squad and, given time, I’m sure the club will

continue to progress and continue to be a success under


Pilley admitted he was happy to draw a line under a rare

unseemly chapter in Fleetwood’s meteoric rise from non-league


“It’s been hectic, it’s been stressful because I care greatly

about the football club,” he said.

“It’s been a time whereby we’ve had to do everything we can to

ensure we make the right decision.

“We’ve been incredibly busy – I’ve hardly seen my family, the

truth be known. I’ve not travelled anywhere, that’s just a

reflection of the hours we’ve put in.

“But we’re convinced we’ve made the right decision and we’re

looking forward to a really exciting future with Graham.