Poyet ready to strike deal for Sparrow

Matt Sparrow could join former club Scunthorpe in January

Matt Sparrow could join former club Scunthorpe in January

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Albion are ready to strike a deal for Matt Sparrow to rejoin Scunthorpe United in January.

Sparrow’s cash-strapped former club tried to re-sign him during the loan transfer window in a low-cost arrangement but could not agree terms with the Seagulls.

Manager Gus Poyet said Albion were not Father Christmas but his mood has softened after the loan window came and went without a move for Sparrow.

Poyet said: “I think we are coming to a point where everyone is losing and we need to be more flexible, Matt, us and them.

“We are losing because we have a player we are paying week in and week out and not using. He is losing because even if he is getting paid he is not playing football and any other team, including Scunthorpe, are losing because they don’t have the player.

“I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.”

Scunthorpe chief Brian Laws said: “Matt I know so if he did come back to this football club, he would be coming for the right reasons. He’s got a bit in him which means he cares about this club. I know I would get what we need from him. However, it’s always down to finances.”

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5:06pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Wooah Wooah says...

Good move all round. Whatever contribution Scunthorpe make to his salary, I can't see how anyone loses out from this move.

Thanks for your efforts, Matt, and good luck with getting this deal done.
Good move all round. Whatever contribution Scunthorpe make to his salary, I can't see how anyone loses out from this move. Thanks for your efforts, Matt, and good luck with getting this deal done. Wooah Wooah
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5:45pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Gee Jay says...

Yes, good luck to Matt. Sorry that Scunny isn't exactly the riviera, but at least you know N.E.Linconlshire has some very pleasant areas within a few miles.
Gus needs to reduce the wage bill to help towards any January activity.
Yes, good luck to Matt. Sorry that Scunny isn't exactly the riviera, but at least you know N.E.Linconlshire has some very pleasant areas within a few miles. Gus needs to reduce the wage bill to help towards any January activity. Gee Jay
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6:31pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Alfie T says...

Let him go and play some football, it must be tough just training every day with no chance of being involved. Get the deal done ready for January, I always liked him as a player, would rather have him on the bench than Harley. At least he would get stuck in and give it his best shot.
Let him go and play some football, it must be tough just training every day with no chance of being involved. Get the deal done ready for January, I always liked him as a player, would rather have him on the bench than Harley. At least he would get stuck in and give it his best shot. Alfie T
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6:42pm Tue 4 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

I note today that it was annouced that their assistant manager has been let go to cut costs, man they must be short on cash. I hope a deal is done for Sparrow, he deserves to be playing and at that level he must surely have something to offer.
I note today that it was annouced that their assistant manager has been let go to cut costs, man they must be short on cash. I hope a deal is done for Sparrow, he deserves to be playing and at that level he must surely have something to offer. VegasSeagull
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7:26pm Tue 4 Dec 12

seagulltess says...

As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.
As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club. seagulltess
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8:20pm Tue 4 Dec 12

CanfieldRob says...

seagulltess wrote:
As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.
Agree entirely with this post.
[quote][p][bold]seagulltess[/bold] wrote: As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely with this post. CanfieldRob
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8:42pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Old Scrote of the Amex says...

CanfieldRob wrote:
seagulltess wrote:
As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.
Agree entirely with this post.
It all depends on how you define "much better player" I guess.
[quote][p][bold]CanfieldRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seagulltess[/bold] wrote: As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely with this post.[/p][/quote]It all depends on how you define "much better player" I guess. Old Scrote of the Amex
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10:59pm Tue 4 Dec 12

albionbloke says...

To quote part of Poyet's comments":

“I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.”

OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with.

(Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)
To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.) albionbloke
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11:09pm Tue 4 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

albionbloke wrote:
To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)
Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)[/p][/quote]Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is. VegasSeagull
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11:40pm Tue 4 Dec 12

albionbloke says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
albionbloke wrote:
To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)
Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is.
Right....count me as one of the skeptics then 'Vegas'!

As to 'long term injury', in most cases I think there is a definition: (Achilles, ligament, broken rib, ACL etc.) but in this case....all we have is 'long term injury'.

Coupled with the contract saga last summer, plus his non-appearance this season, any wonder I'm on the side of the skeptics?

Loved the guy when he played but now I'm at a point that I'd like to see the club get it sorted and move on. I genuinely wonder if his contract/wages have hindered recruitment. I have no insight into the wage structure of the club but it wouldn't surprise me if that was an issue, reckon he's on good money.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)[/p][/quote]Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is.[/p][/quote]Right....count me as one of the skeptics then 'Vegas'! As to 'long term injury', in most cases I think there is a definition: (Achilles, ligament, broken rib, ACL etc.) but in this case....all we have is 'long term injury'. Coupled with the contract saga last summer, plus his non-appearance this season, any wonder I'm on the side of the skeptics? Loved the guy when he played but now I'm at a point that I'd like to see the club get it sorted and move on. I genuinely wonder if his contract/wages have hindered recruitment. I have no insight into the wage structure of the club but it wouldn't surprise me if that was an issue, reckon he's on good money. albionbloke
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12:17am Wed 5 Dec 12

Baldseagull says...

albionbloke wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
albionbloke wrote:
To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)
Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is.
Right....count me as one of the skeptics then 'Vegas'!

As to 'long term injury', in most cases I think there is a definition: (Achilles, ligament, broken rib, ACL etc.) but in this case....all we have is 'long term injury'.

Coupled with the contract saga last summer, plus his non-appearance this season, any wonder I'm on the side of the skeptics?

Loved the guy when he played but now I'm at a point that I'd like to see the club get it sorted and move on. I genuinely wonder if his contract/wages have hindered recruitment. I have no insight into the wage structure of the club but it wouldn't surprise me if that was an issue, reckon he's on good money.
He is on peanuts for a player of his calibre.
Or a fortune for a player with his injury record.
It was a gamble to take him, but any player can get a long term injury at any time.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: To quote part of Poyet's comments": “I think we all need to be a bit more flexible in terms of an agreement and find a solution. Let’s hope we can do it in January.” OK, so now take that same attititude and go find a solution to the 'freeloader' problem we have. Tear up his contract and let him have what he wanted last Summer...a trip back to Spain. You do that and you'll have more wage money to play with. (Oh by the way....if he's not 'freeloading' and has a genuine 'long term' injury, then come out and tell us about it. I'll be happy to retract my 'freeloader' comment if you do.)[/p][/quote]Well Gus has told us that he has a long term injury, problem is no one believes it, well almost no one that is.[/p][/quote]Right....count me as one of the skeptics then 'Vegas'! As to 'long term injury', in most cases I think there is a definition: (Achilles, ligament, broken rib, ACL etc.) but in this case....all we have is 'long term injury'. Coupled with the contract saga last summer, plus his non-appearance this season, any wonder I'm on the side of the skeptics? Loved the guy when he played but now I'm at a point that I'd like to see the club get it sorted and move on. I genuinely wonder if his contract/wages have hindered recruitment. I have no insight into the wage structure of the club but it wouldn't surprise me if that was an issue, reckon he's on good money.[/p][/quote]He is on peanuts for a player of his calibre. Or a fortune for a player with his injury record. It was a gamble to take him, but any player can get a long term injury at any time. Baldseagull
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5:34am Wed 5 Dec 12

Jonathan Mouette says...

CanfieldRob wrote:
seagulltess wrote:
As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.
Agree entirely with this post.
The only question remaining on that one is why was Harley brought in at all - maybe you can answer that one Gus.
[quote][p][bold]CanfieldRob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]seagulltess[/bold] wrote: As stated above would do a job for us on the bench. Much better player than Harley; who should be shown the door in January as he has nothing to offer this club.[/p][/quote]Agree entirely with this post.[/p][/quote]The only question remaining on that one is why was Harley brought in at all - maybe you can answer that one Gus. Jonathan Mouette
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10:16am Wed 5 Dec 12

batray says...

This discussion on Harley is getting boring. He was Exeter's star player and Swansea got in ahead of us to sign him (admittedly on a lease back scheme if I remember rightly). We then got him and thought we had done very well. Hes hardley played since signed. One brilliant goal and some very nice touches is all we have seen and an appearance of being very "laid back" on the pitch BUT has he really been given a chance to shine. Will he be a star again when he goes elsewhere. Often players leave Gus's BHA and really take off. Hopefully this is not the case. He might appear to be a luxury but with Orlandi out our freekicks and corners are LIKELY to be awful and remember goals win games - just a thought.
This discussion on Harley is getting boring. He was Exeter's star player and Swansea got in ahead of us to sign him (admittedly on a lease back scheme if I remember rightly). We then got him and thought we had done very well. Hes hardley played since signed. One brilliant goal and some very nice touches is all we have seen and an appearance of being very "laid back" on the pitch BUT has he really been given a chance to shine. Will he be a star again when he goes elsewhere. Often players leave Gus's BHA and really take off. Hopefully this is not the case. He might appear to be a luxury but with Orlandi out our freekicks and corners are LIKELY to be awful and remember goals win games - just a thought. batray
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10:24am Wed 5 Dec 12

mikeygit says...

I agree with Vegas and co. If the Club is genuine in its aims to get into the Premiership then, as in all business, at times you have to be hard and a bit ruthless. IMO Harley should go and so should Vicente. We all knew the gamble in bringing Vicente here, given his track record on injuries. Christmas, was the statement made some time ago for his return. That now looks most unlikely. If and when he returns it will not be long before another injury crops up and the Club cannot afford to employ 25% fit players. All players will get an injury at sometime but the older you get the longer it takes to recover and Vicente is at that stage. The Club appears not willing to 'come clean' on what is going on so fans will naturally 'have their say' and get more and more negative about the situation. V is a Spanish Michael Owen!! However, easier said than done to get rid of players!!
I agree with Vegas and co. If the Club is genuine in its aims to get into the Premiership then, as in all business, at times you have to be hard and a bit ruthless. IMO Harley should go and so should Vicente. We all knew the gamble in bringing Vicente here, given his track record on injuries. Christmas, was the statement made some time ago for his return. That now looks most unlikely. If and when he returns it will not be long before another injury crops up and the Club cannot afford to employ 25% fit players. All players will get an injury at sometime but the older you get the longer it takes to recover and Vicente is at that stage. The Club appears not willing to 'come clean' on what is going on so fans will naturally 'have their say' and get more and more negative about the situation. V is a Spanish Michael Owen!! However, easier said than done to get rid of players!! mikeygit
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12:06pm Wed 5 Dec 12

kentseagull says...

You can see what Swansea were looking for with Harley, he is a very poor version of Michu....!
You can see what Swansea were looking for with Harley, he is a very poor version of Michu....! kentseagull
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12:09pm Wed 5 Dec 12

the taffster says...

gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure.
gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure. the taffster
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3:57pm Wed 5 Dec 12

tinker111 says...

the taffster wrote:
gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure.
WELL SAID
[quote][p][bold]the taffster[/bold] wrote: gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure.[/p][/quote]WELL SAID tinker111
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4:11pm Wed 5 Dec 12

pjwilk says...

I think Sparrow is a better midfield player than Hammond or Crofts.
I think Sparrow is a better midfield player than Hammond or Crofts. pjwilk
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4:40pm Wed 5 Dec 12

dave from bexill says...

kentseagull wrote:
You can see what Swansea were looking for with Harley, he is a very poor version of Michu....!
And there's me thinking Michu is a striker.
[quote][p][bold]kentseagull[/bold] wrote: You can see what Swansea were looking for with Harley, he is a very poor version of Michu....![/p][/quote]And there's me thinking Michu is a striker. dave from bexill
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4:43pm Wed 5 Dec 12

dave from bexill says...

the taffster wrote:
gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure.
You must be the clubs accountant with so much financial info about the teams wages.
[quote][p][bold]the taffster[/bold] wrote: gus,why are you worried about the wages your paying sparrow when hes available to use?,but you just dont want to utilise him.i would be more concernred about vicente.hes not even warming the bench and hes being paid a.hell of a lot more.get rid of him,hes a non runner. cms is a good player alone upfront, on good wages apparantly. yet you let murray go to cp for less than his weekly wage and paid a stonking great fee for him.im not convinced you know what your doing man.infact im sure.[/p][/quote]You must be the clubs accountant with so much financial info about the teams wages. dave from bexill
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