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El-Abd: The moment I knew I had to leave Albion

The Argus: Adam El-Abd Adam El-Abd

Adam El-Abd has revealed the tipping point for his departure from Albion after 20 years’ service.

The defender knew it was time to leave when his run of six starts ended with the return of fit-again skipper Gordon Greer against Birmingham last Saturday.

El-Abd, who makes his debut for Bristol City at home to MK Dons today, told The Argus: “I am the type of player that turns green sitting on the bench.

"It’s nothing personal against the boys with the shirt, because I respect Gordon and Matty (Upson) as very good players, and I appreciate the manager had a tough decision to make.

“I had a taste of football again, I loved that taste and I wanted more of it.

"It was obvious I wasn’t going to get that so I had to make a decision with a heavy heart because I really did love Brighton.

"I am never going to experience what I had done there again. It was unique."

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9:15am Sat 18 Jan 14

brightonbythesea33 says...

i am happy 4 El-Abd
i am happy 4 El-Abd brightonbythesea33
  • Score: 19

9:17am Sat 18 Jan 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

If that's what you believe Adam, then you won't. Never say 'never' and keep open to all great things and know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason! Wish you all that you wish yourself.
If that's what you believe Adam, then you won't. Never say 'never' and keep open to all great things and know that EVERYTHING happens for a reason! Wish you all that you wish yourself. WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 7

9:27am Sat 18 Jan 14

russellsnr2 says...

Adam El-Abd has gone, one of the best club players we have ever had and I like most here wish him well in the new venture but Argus like Mr Poyet, Mr Murray and others before please leave it at that and not use Adam El-Abd's name just to fill in these pages because there are no stories emerging from elsewhere ie the transfer IN front!!!
Adam El-Abd has gone, one of the best club players we have ever had and I like most here wish him well in the new venture but Argus like Mr Poyet, Mr Murray and others before please leave it at that and not use Adam El-Abd's name just to fill in these pages because there are no stories emerging from elsewhere ie the transfer IN front!!! russellsnr2
  • Score: 2

9:27am Sat 18 Jan 14

farside says...

Sensible call for his and his family's well-being. On a purely footballing basis the manager made the right call IMO so thanks Adam and all the very best to you and your family but the Albion move on.......
Sensible call for his and his family's well-being. On a purely footballing basis the manager made the right call IMO so thanks Adam and all the very best to you and your family but the Albion move on....... farside
  • Score: 11

9:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

farside says...

On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it!
On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it! farside
  • Score: 10

9:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

farside wrote:
On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it!
At least we all now know we have a million pounds to spend :-)
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it![/p][/quote]At least we all now know we have a million pounds to spend :-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

10:13am Sat 18 Jan 14

Hector66 says...

Terrific pro for us. A model for any young aspiring footballer. I can't imagine there is a single Brighton fan of sound mind who doesn't wish him all the best as Bristol City. Thanks for all the commitment and service, Adam, you are a credit to yourself and your profession.
Terrific pro for us. A model for any young aspiring footballer. I can't imagine there is a single Brighton fan of sound mind who doesn't wish him all the best as Bristol City. Thanks for all the commitment and service, Adam, you are a credit to yourself and your profession. Hector66
  • Score: 15

10:47am Sat 18 Jan 14

pjwilk says...

Sorry to see El Abd go a true 100% player.Shame he was not treated fairer at Brighton,he was basically driven out by being ignored.
Sorry to see El Abd go a true 100% player.Shame he was not treated fairer at Brighton,he was basically driven out by being ignored. pjwilk
  • Score: -3

10:59am Sat 18 Jan 14

farside says...

pjwilk wrote:
Sorry to see El Abd go a true 100% player.Shame he was not treated fairer at Brighton,he was basically driven out by being ignored.
Do you go to games or is this sniping from a distance.
Adam was a fantastic option to have on the bench and always reliable to stand in for first choice centre backs when they weren't available but he was in that position because we are in the fortunate position to have two better centre backs available as first choice. He will be missed as one of the best stand-by defenders you could wish for.
No player with 300 appearances for a club can be said to have been ignored.
Asinine in the extreme........
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: Sorry to see El Abd go a true 100% player.Shame he was not treated fairer at Brighton,he was basically driven out by being ignored.[/p][/quote]Do you go to games or is this sniping from a distance. Adam was a fantastic option to have on the bench and always reliable to stand in for first choice centre backs when they weren't available but he was in that position because we are in the fortunate position to have two better centre backs available as first choice. He will be missed as one of the best stand-by defenders you could wish for. No player with 300 appearances for a club can be said to have been ignored. Asinine in the extreme........ farside
  • Score: 2

11:00am Sat 18 Jan 14

pablobrowno says...

farside wrote:
On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it!
And apparently Forest, QPR, Leicester and Reading were all in for him so what chance did we stand against the teams seemingly immune to financial fair play?!!! Weird thing is what chance has he got of getting a lot of game time at Leicester? They are just doing what Saints did and buying up all the championship talent. So nobody else can have them!! Frustrating to say the least but at least we are not being blackmailed by agents into paying well over the odds. Mason would be a good shout but will he feel 2nd choice?
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it![/p][/quote]And apparently Forest, QPR, Leicester and Reading were all in for him so what chance did we stand against the teams seemingly immune to financial fair play?!!! Weird thing is what chance has he got of getting a lot of game time at Leicester? They are just doing what Saints did and buying up all the championship talent. So nobody else can have them!! Frustrating to say the least but at least we are not being blackmailed by agents into paying well over the odds. Mason would be a good shout but will he feel 2nd choice? pablobrowno
  • Score: 2

12:42pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Baldseagull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
farside wrote:
On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it!
At least we all now know we have a million pounds to spend :-)
Yes but so do all the selling clubs.

Cannot fault Adam for going to play football, can't fault Oscar for preferring Greer and Upson.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: On another front Leicester now emerging as favourite to sign Lewis Grabban so again we move on until Oscar gets the resources he needs. Based on this episode though it looks like it is going to be a tough call to get the skills we require within a sensible budget. No wonder Tony hates the January transfer window and escapes to Oz to be away from it![/p][/quote]At least we all now know we have a million pounds to spend :-)[/p][/quote]Yes but so do all the selling clubs. Cannot fault Adam for going to play football, can't fault Oscar for preferring Greer and Upson. Baldseagull
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Sat 18 Jan 14

OldGull says...

Fair play to Adam
He is at an age where he needs to play regularly.
Too old to sit and wait for his chance, but too young to settle for playing 10 games a season.
He will be missed by all true Albion supporters, It is now time for Dunk to seize his opportunity to claim a starting place.
Fair play to Adam He is at an age where he needs to play regularly. Too old to sit and wait for his chance, but too young to settle for playing 10 games a season. He will be missed by all true Albion supporters, It is now time for Dunk to seize his opportunity to claim a starting place. OldGull
  • Score: 2

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