Albion: We turned down offers for our stars

Liam Bridcutt was among three first team squad members to leave Albion last month - but more could have followed

Liam Bridcutt was among three first team squad members to leave Albion last month - but more could have followed

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David Burke has confirmed Albion turned down offers for star players in January.

The Seagulls’ head of football operations believes they have underlined their commitment to push for the Premier League, despite eight-figure financial losses.

Albion showed a deficit of £14.7million last season and need to reduce that to £8million this term.

Click here to read more on what the losses mean for the running of the club. 

They say that can be done without trimming head coach Oscar Garcia’s playing budget.

Albion sold Liam Bridcutt, Ashley Barnes and Adam El-Abd last month but Burke said all three wanted to leave and more could have gone.

He told The Argus today: “The good thing about our squad is we have got players who are attractive to other clubs, especially Premier League clubs.

“They look at us all the time, they look at the way we play. They want to strengthen their squads and if we were a selling club we could have sold seven players, easily, and probably been in profit at the end of the year.

“But we are not. It was all about Oscar deciding where we could let a player go and we wouldn’t be weaker and Paul (Barber, chief executive) and the chairman and myself getting the right price for those players we let go."

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5:17pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Vince says...

I would have accepted £3m for Jennifer!
I would have accepted £3m for Jennifer! Vince
  • Score: -2

5:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Vince says...

But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler? Vince
  • Score: -11

5:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

To baldly go says...

Vince wrote:
I would have accepted £3m for Jennifer!
Take a zero off that and it would still be to much the way he's been playing lately but I get your drift!
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: I would have accepted £3m for Jennifer![/p][/quote]Take a zero off that and it would still be to much the way he's been playing lately but I get your drift! To baldly go
  • Score: -3

5:35pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect.
It's fair to say, I don't agree...
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect. It's fair to say, I don't agree... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 14

5:40pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column.
Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills.
But they haven't. Fair play.
There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column. Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills. But they haven't. Fair play. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 12

5:48pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Vince says...

Talking of our laboured efforts to sign a quality striker.

In last season's January transfer window, Gus wanted to sign Simeon Jackson from Norwich. The deal was all set to go ahead fo £1m when the plug was pulled on the deal leaving Gus extremely annoyed.

His record for Norwich in the Premiership, where he was mainly used as an impact sub because of Grant Holt and others was 35 appearances and a 38 appearances as a late sub - for a very creditable 17 goals at the top level of English soccer. Not bad when you consider Norwich had bought him from lowly Gillingham for £600k in 2010.

His English career record to date is 194 (80) appearances scoring 95 goals.

I see that that shrewd boss, Ian Holloway has snapped him up for Millwall the other day!
Talking of our laboured efforts to sign a quality striker. In last season's January transfer window, Gus wanted to sign Simeon Jackson from Norwich. The deal was all set to go ahead fo £1m when the plug was pulled on the deal leaving Gus extremely annoyed. His record for Norwich in the Premiership, where he was mainly used as an impact sub because of Grant Holt and others was 35 appearances and a 38 appearances as a late sub - for a very creditable 17 goals at the top level of English soccer. Not bad when you consider Norwich had bought him from lowly Gillingham for £600k in 2010. His English career record to date is 194 (80) appearances scoring 95 goals. I see that that shrewd boss, Ian Holloway has snapped him up for Millwall the other day! Vince
  • Score: -6

5:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Vince says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect.
It's fair to say, I don't agree...
Most of what people say on message board is pure conjecture! It's nice to think of what could have been! Even Brian Clough in his autobiography repeatedly claimed that he would have been a highly successful manager of the national side. Is that not pure conjecture? LOL
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect. It's fair to say, I don't agree...[/p][/quote]Most of what people say on message board is pure conjecture! It's nice to think of what could have been! Even Brian Clough in his autobiography repeatedly claimed that he would have been a highly successful manager of the national side. Is that not pure conjecture? LOL Vince
  • Score: 3

6:31pm Wed 5 Feb 14

brighton bluenose says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect.
It's fair to say, I don't agree...
Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!!
And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again!
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect. It's fair to say, I don't agree...[/p][/quote]Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!! And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -9

6:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

rolivan says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column.
Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills.
But they haven't. Fair play.
There has been an interview that David Burke did on the Seagulls site about how the decision making is made maybe the Argus could have shared this with those that do no subscribe.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column. Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills. But they haven't. Fair play.[/p][/quote]There has been an interview that David Burke did on the Seagulls site about how the decision making is made maybe the Argus could have shared this with those that do no subscribe. rolivan
  • Score: 5

7:07pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect.
It's fair to say, I don't agree...
Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!!
And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again!
In my opinion, erm no, he's not right. But let's be clear. You would've compounded the losses for that period with yet more spending, without any guarantees?
Dreamland. I'm glad you're not my accountant..
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect. It's fair to say, I don't agree...[/p][/quote]Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!! And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again![/p][/quote]In my opinion, erm no, he's not right. But let's be clear. You would've compounded the losses for that period with yet more spending, without any guarantees? Dreamland. I'm glad you're not my accountant.. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

rolivan wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column.
Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills.
But they haven't. Fair play.
There has been an interview that David Burke did on the Seagulls site about how the decision making is made maybe the Argus could have shared this with those that do no subscribe.
Possibly so, but that's the hook for the club to make us subscribe I guess. Shame, as much of the angst, well mine at least, would've been shelved.
Thank's for the info.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There's a fair few of us been wanting some words from up top and this is decent enough fodder for now. There's confirmation of OG's role in decision making, which was probably never seriously doubted, but equally never reflected adequately by the club and also news that we rejected offers, despite a continuing issue in the profit and loss column. Given the information supplied today, I'm sure some on here would have expected the club to have taken the money before running for the hills. But they haven't. Fair play.[/p][/quote]There has been an interview that David Burke did on the Seagulls site about how the decision making is made maybe the Argus could have shared this with those that do no subscribe.[/p][/quote]Possibly so, but that's the hook for the club to make us subscribe I guess. Shame, as much of the angst, well mine at least, would've been shelved. Thank's for the info. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 5

7:09pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Withdean-er says...

Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
Too much guesswork - you sound like Gus "just one or two more players (no matter that the huge losses I've largely caused which are already draining your personal pockets by £10m's) will get us to the PL".

There would have been no guarantees on beating CP and Watford, and the losses announced today would be even greater. Look at Watford, stuffed their squad with loanees from Serie A and Primera Liga, of a far higher standard than a club of their crowds and standing could really afford to see, and they still flopped, and now a mediocre team in the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]Too much guesswork - you sound like Gus "just one or two more players (no matter that the huge losses I've largely caused which are already draining your personal pockets by £10m's) will get us to the PL". There would have been no guarantees on beating CP and Watford, and the losses announced today would be even greater. Look at Watford, stuffed their squad with loanees from Serie A and Primera Liga, of a far higher standard than a club of their crowds and standing could really afford to see, and they still flopped, and now a mediocre team in the Championship. Withdean-er
  • Score: 9

7:13pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Withdean-er says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
brighton bluenose wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
Vince wrote:
But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview.

In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!!
I thought Tony was an astute gambler?
What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect.
It's fair to say, I don't agree...
Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!!
And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again!
In my opinion, erm no, he's not right. But let's be clear. You would've compounded the losses for that period with yet more spending, without any guarantees?
Dreamland. I'm glad you're not my accountant..
You talk sense. Others in charge, with a never satisfied Poyet, would have bankrupted the club.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vince[/bold] wrote: But would Gus have been happy at losing these 3 players if he was still our boss? I think not. It would have been another big collision course with Barber, and Gus would have probably stormed out leaving us in the lurch in February. Still we would then have had Michael Laudrup, Malky Mackay and Brian McDermot to invite for interview. In hindsight, for the want of a few more million Gus would most likely have had us in the Premiership this season worth a mere £100m or so!!!! I thought Tony was an astute gambler?[/p][/quote]What on earth has all that got to do with now? Pure conjecture on your part, oh and the gratuitous inclusion of a dreamed up figure for effect. It's fair to say, I don't agree...[/p][/quote]Of course it's ******* conjecture - but actually he's right isn't he!! And now, despite the denials, how can a near £15 million loss not affect the playing budget?! I have recently been told (I know, I know!) that Bloom wants to get rid of the 'high' wage earners and start bringing through the youngsters via the development squad etc - and this now just bears that out! I really hate to say this but we had our Premier League chance last season and through a series of events - the main one being the appointment of Barber and the resultant squeeze on finances and alienation of Poyet - we blew it!! That chance will now be a long time coming again![/p][/quote]In my opinion, erm no, he's not right. But let's be clear. You would've compounded the losses for that period with yet more spending, without any guarantees? Dreamland. I'm glad you're not my accountant..[/p][/quote]You talk sense. Others in charge, with a never satisfied Poyet, would have bankrupted the club. Withdean-er
  • Score: 10

8:05pm Wed 5 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast!

Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!!

Football really is. Bonkers!!
Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast! Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!! Football really is. Bonkers!! thetungsten
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

pablobrowno says...

thetungsten wrote:
Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast!

Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!!

Football really is. Bonkers!!
Wind up
[quote][p][bold]thetungsten[/bold] wrote: Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast! Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!! Football really is. Bonkers!![/p][/quote]Wind up pablobrowno
  • Score: 4

9:23pm Wed 5 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

pablobrowno wrote:
thetungsten wrote:
Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast!

Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!!

Football really is. Bonkers!!
Wind up
I promise you not! This is a story that will be publicly reported sooner rather than later- whether Burke goes to Sunderland is a different matter but Sunderland have gone in for him! You wait and see- I'll happily take a public hanging if I'm wrong!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pablobrowno[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thetungsten[/bold] wrote: Ok get ready for this- and as unbelievable as this may sound- I have it on excellent authority that David Burke- our head of operations is in talks to join Sunderland! This my friends is on the cards and it is developing fast! Your probably thinking- ****- poyet and Burke never got on- well once this is formally announced it will quash any speculation concerning their relationship!!! Football really is. Bonkers!![/p][/quote]Wind up[/p][/quote]I promise you not! This is a story that will be publicly reported sooner rather than later- whether Burke goes to Sunderland is a different matter but Sunderland have gone in for him! You wait and see- I'll happily take a public hanging if I'm wrong!!!! thetungsten
  • Score: 0

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