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1:54pm

You can watch the web chat again using the YouTube video below and the blog will remain on the site too. 

1:49pm

And that is a wrap. Thank you everyone for getting involved. Sorry if we did not ask your question but time is always limited. 

1:46pm

Og involved in every signing. Got very good squad and he will pick 11 for every game. 

1:46pm

1:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jody-Brighton says

Hi, OG seems very reluctant to use Obika an was the same with Lita, was OG involved in their signing?

1:45pm

Everything here geared up to premier league club

1:45pm

If it still has 92 clubs. FfP done good job. 

1:44pm

Hope we would not be seeing clubs in administration. Whatever way they turn out. Hope don't see that again. Better balance on money spent and money afforded. And healthy competition in every league. 

1:43pm

1:43pm

Beating palace at Amex was fantastic. And Blackpool and Barnsley. Away at Wigan. Even draw away at qpr. Side full of premier league quality. 

1:42pm

1:42pm

Museum will open very soon. Very close. Had to adjust lighting to protect exhibits. Dicks bar incredibly popular. Recently opened sports bar. Priority is families. Got one other area looking at for another adult bar. Likely in summer. 

1:41pm

1:40pm

Wrong to comment on individuals. Og has some fantastic contacts in game eg guardiola and mourinho. Does not mean list of players available. Difficult process but oscar well networked. Preparing own list. Not just focused on one country. Eg USA, asia

1:39pm

1:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

WestStander17 says

Gus and Vicente clearly didn't see eye to eye but was there any thoughts of bringing him back once Gus left? Or maybe even now? Obviously, Oscar is very aware of him and was even a team-mate for a short time, I believe.

Also, will Oscar be able to use his links in Spain to bring players in from there in the summer?

1:39pm

Would like both. Promotion would be realisation of chairmans dream. But also good for future and for city and fans. To get to premier league after all the pain incredible. But fa cup dear to my own heart. It's special. 

1:37pm

1:37pm

Not yet. Couple of ideas. Coach decides where we are best to prepare. Climate, facilities come into play. Might be warmer than here. 

1:36pm

1:36pm

No other market in world is like it

1:35pm

All fees are fully disclosed to fa and football league incl agent fees. 

1:35pm

Sometimes both clubs would prefer it that way. Tends to be mutual agreements. Double edged sword. Can keep business private but leaves void so people can speculate. Can work both ways. Prefer to have private. 

1:34pm

1:33pm

Got some really good young players despite current facilities. Eg nice and dunk. Really good impact. Work has been magnificent. All our players in one place in lancing. Can learn from senior players and attract young players. Have not had quality up until now. And will be able to retain young players. 

1:31pm

1:30pm

Very good communications team. Anything they think I should see they make me aware. 

1:30pm

No. I don't. Focus is on running football club. 

1:30pm

1:29pm

I played football for many years at decent level and enjoyed. 

1:29pm

1:29pm

Really difficult challenge. Thousands want to buy food and drink. Tried prepour but not as fizzy as they like. Age old problem. Exactly same on other side of world. Still not allowed to take beer back to seat. Would like to see that changed. 

1:27pm

I often go to the Albion but find it difficult to get a drink at half time as the bars are often packed and you have to queue to buy a drink. Obviously if I wait for 10 minutes I then have only 5 minutes to drink my pint! I'm sure if there was a better system more people would buy drinks and the profits would go up! Isn't it possible for the bar staff to pre-pour a number of pints to make the service quicker? I know quite a few people who don't buy drinks because of this problem.

1:27pm

WAs not shocked. Look at it every day and week. Know exactly where we are. Know what we can afford either paper clip or player. 

For bridcutt record transfer so we were delighted. Ashley out of contract. Was not keen to sign new one. 

1:25pm

1:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jonwaller8508 says

Do Liam Bridcutt and Ashley Barnes have clauses where Brighton would benefit from any future sales? Were you shocked that the club had made the loss of 14.6million in the last financial year?

1:25pm

Every contract has different set of circumstances. In background agents are having discussions. Sometimes things going on privately. 

1:24pm

1:24pm

That's football. Have to have thick skin. Majority understand pressure club is under. 

1:23pm

Ow do you deal with sniping?

1:22pm

Og was top of list for type of coach. Had ultimate background. 

1:22pm

We encourage players to play football through club from academy to first team. Not a negative team. Very important in search for coach. 

1:21pm

1:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says

Following the footballing master classes provided by Bayern Munich and Barcelona this week is the tiki taca style of football something we want to continue to encourage at the Amex?

1:21pm

Can't talk about terms do departure. If we do prevail on Monday then we will be delighted to have safc.

1:20pm

1:16pm Fri 21 Feb 14

searich1983 says

Dear Mr Barber, Is it true that Gus and Tano gave you the chance to part company on amicable terms without any cost to the club before their suspension? Thanks for your answer.

1:20pm

Regulation have to stop for 90mins

1:20pm

1:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

falmer seagull says

Please could the clocks on the large screens keep running past 90 minutes so fans can keep a check on extra time, or, countdown the extra time?

1:19pm

21 of 24 clubs voted in favour. Solidarity absolute. Rules and regs like any other eg number of subs. Have to comply. What football club must do. Expect league to play its part. Sanctions in place. Fines Will go to charity. Also transfer embargo. Can't sign any new players but also prevent renewal of contracts of players that have come to end. Could be advantage to those who comply. Hoping will be put in place like I have described. Will be furious if not. 

1:17pm

1:15pm

Worked with both systems. Both have positives and negatives. Huge amount of work going into managing first team. Look at this week with cup and league ties. If there was no one else to scout players etc and contracts impossible task for og. 

1:14pm

12:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thetungsten says

Dear Mr Barber- I do not believe directors of football, generally speaking, work in this country, I don't think it's a great idea. If you look at the best sides and the best managers they are strong, independent individuals who maintain most of the power at football clubs.

The obvious example is Sir Alex Ferguson, who did not have a director of football. Yes, David Gill would complete the transfers but Fergie would be the one to decide precisely who he wanted.

People say directors of football can work because they'll discuss with managers who they want and what their options are. But with a strong and powerful manager there shouldn't be any discussions, it should be a case of the manager makes the decisions and the manager demands and acts upon them because he is the one who lives and dies by it.

Arsene Wenger is the same story. Look at Arsenal's comparable success and director of football? No chance.

Apparently when Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool he talked the club out of having a sporting director in Louis van Gaal because he wanted complete control and look at what they're doing at the moment.

There are far more examples of it failing than it working; Dennis Wise was parachuted in above Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, there was Gianluca Nani at West Ham when Alan Curbishley was in charge.

I think the club needs to appoint Oscar Garcia as the manager and have faith that he will make the right decisions. I know they've got big workloads and it's hard with the amount of duties they've got in terms of training and matches, but that's what they're earning big money for. Let Oscar bring in his own players not Mr Burkes- otherwise we will lose him to a club that will let him be manager.

Perhaps you could share your thoughts

thanks

1:13pm

Dynamic process. Always part of year when contracts will run to the end. Some will be early and some later. Focused on football. 

1:13pm

I would like to ask Mr Barber if new contracts are being offered to the players (7 I believe) who will be out of contract in the summer.  After all, the club are expecting us to renew our season tickets and we have no idea what sort of players we will have.  I am a bit concerned that we are going back to the bad old days, when we let players go in the summer to save wages, and then get new players in at the start of the new season.  I don't think the fans would be very happy if this is the case.

1:12pm

Difficult for club. Only club subsidising seven figure sum. Aware some fans want it scrapped. Difficult balancing act. Have to manage cost and help fans. 

1:11pm

Mr barber,
Will fans travelling from Eastbourne next season be able to get free travel to the amex? The cut off zone does not benefit fans travelling from the east at all but fans travelling from further away get free travel from the west. I emailed you last year and I was told you would have some positive news on it in the coming months.

1:10pm

Combination of safety and logistics. Always happy to receive feedback from fans. Going to announce changes on car park tomorrow. 

1:09pm

1:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

calderon_is_epic says

Why do the club still insist on loading one park and ride bus at a time when often after matches there are four or five ready to be loaded? Surely it would be better to get them all loaded and out and back as quickly as possible?

1:09pm

Yes and expect that to continue. Pressure for fees and wages to go down. Ffp was designed to do that. Biggest outgoing is player salaries. Expect to see deflation

1:08pm

With the FFP rules due to bite very soon, do you see both the asking price and wage demands, for and from, players going down? If yes, but what percentage, if no, why not?

1:08pm

Ingle most important thing for future of club

1:08pm

Biggest attendance in championship. Should be thrilled by crowds were getting. Don't have enough esp younger fans. Going to take time. Work with schools and different communities. Doesn't happen overnight.

1:07pm

Paul, not a single home game at the Amex has sold out this season. What are the club trying to do to get more fans coming to watch games and do you think it is working?

1:06pm

Sit in upper west. Not great combo of yellow on stripe shirt. Something aware of. Kit designs go through fads. Fad is no patches with number on stripes. Won't be doing next season. 

1:05pm

Nature of running football club and fans are massive part. In their hearts and minds seven days a week and so it has to be in mine. 

1:04pm

12:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says

Mr. Barber, are there days when you just don't want to go into work, you just gotta have a break. It seems to me that the job is 365 days per year.

1:04pm

Majority of injured players coming back from fitness. Got a very strong squad and some loan players in. Had good news with buckley and kuala. If of needs we have funds available to strengthen. 

1:03pm

12:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Plymouth Seagull says

Many fans are Very concerned that we have heard nothing about any loans, which we need with the current news on injuries. Can you tell us something positive?

1:03pm

About breaking even. Try to get down to 8mil next year. Big challenge is income does not match outgoing. All champ clubs will make loss. For foreseeable future can expect clubs to lose money. Fortunate to have tony bloom. Can sustain losses

1:02pm

"Tony Bloom's investment into the club has been incredible, and the club's ambition to comply with FFP next year and run the club on a sustainable basis should be applauded. But meeting FFP rules still means incurring a substantial annual loss. Does the club have a plan to get to break-even (and when)? Is this only possible by reaching the Premier League? And how long will Tony be willing (or able!) to subsidise the club to this degree in the future?"

1:01pm

Changing brands. They're almost certainly increase but has been same for several seasons.  Will be price rise

1:01pm

First email: I understand that who be will be supplying it has not been unveiled yet, but do the club envisage the price of the replicate kit sold to the fans increasing much, if at all?

12:59pm

The Argus:

12:58pm

We are almost ready to go. 

12:43pm

You can watch the webchat live using the video below from 1pm. 

12:30pm

12:21pm

I've just arrived at the American Express Community Stadium. We are setting up the live webchat and making sure all the technology works. We will also be live streaming it via the Albion YouTube account. Those wishing to watch will have to scroll down to the video once we are up and running. 

11:57am

Welcome to our live webchat with Albion chief executive Paul Barber. he willbe answering your questions from about 1pm. But you can get involved now by leaving a question for Mr Barber below or tweeting @bypeterbrighton.

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12:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

Mr. Barber, are there days when you just don't want to go into work, you just gotta have a break. It seems to me that the job is 365 days per year.
Mr. Barber, are there days when you just don't want to go into work, you just gotta have a break. It seems to me that the job is 365 days per year. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

12:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Neville says...

Mr Barber,
Our attacking options and lack of goals is a concern and now with todays news re possible injuries and the delay in CMS coming back are the club actively looking at any loan players. Most of our competitors have already made moves into this market to strengthen their PL bid.
In my opinion our only play off hope is that 6th position and I think the final place will be between Reading,us and Wigan who have the funds to strengthen.
The next few weeks are crucial to our season and if we were to tail off and with season ticket renewals imminent are the club concerend at all with the prospect of season ticket sales declining. Thankyou.
Mr Barber, Our attacking options and lack of goals is a concern and now with todays news re possible injuries and the delay in CMS coming back are the club actively looking at any loan players. Most of our competitors have already made moves into this market to strengthen their PL bid. In my opinion our only play off hope is that 6th position and I think the final place will be between Reading,us and Wigan who have the funds to strengthen. The next few weeks are crucial to our season and if we were to tail off and with season ticket renewals imminent are the club concerend at all with the prospect of season ticket sales declining. Thankyou. Neville
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ClorsonSeagull says...

Hi, Thanks for talking to us. I'm sure that like me, many fans understand the prudence of Albion's approach to player recruitment, but it seems that many fans are concerned that the FFP sanctions will be too weak, and that other more profligate Championship clubs may "get away with" spending more on players than they should, perhaps thanks to wealthy benefactors for example, and especially if it secures them promotion and the untold riches of the Premier league. Are you confident that the sanctions will be severe enough to make the idea of FFP work in the way that it is designed to?
Hi, Thanks for talking to us. I'm sure that like me, many fans understand the prudence of Albion's approach to player recruitment, but it seems that many fans are concerned that the FFP sanctions will be too weak, and that other more profligate Championship clubs may "get away with" spending more on players than they should, perhaps thanks to wealthy benefactors for example, and especially if it secures them promotion and the untold riches of the Premier league. Are you confident that the sanctions will be severe enough to make the idea of FFP work in the way that it is designed to? ClorsonSeagull
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

Dear Mr Barber- I do not believe directors of football, generally speaking, work in this country, I don't think it's a great idea. If you look at the best sides and the best managers they are strong, independent individuals who maintain most of the power at football clubs.

The obvious example is Sir Alex Ferguson, who did not have a director of football. Yes, David Gill would complete the transfers but Fergie would be the one to decide precisely who he wanted.

People say directors of football can work because they'll discuss with managers who they want and what their options are. But with a strong and powerful manager there shouldn't be any discussions, it should be a case of the manager makes the decisions and the manager demands and acts upon them because he is the one who lives and dies by it.

Arsene Wenger is the same story. Look at Arsenal's comparable success and director of football? No chance.

Apparently when Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool he talked the club out of having a sporting director in Louis van Gaal because he wanted complete control and look at what they're doing at the moment.

There are far more examples of it failing than it working; Dennis Wise was parachuted in above Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, there was Gianluca Nani at West Ham when Alan Curbishley was in charge.

I think the club needs to appoint Oscar Garcia as the manager and have faith that he will make the right decisions. I know they've got big workloads and it's hard with the amount of duties they've got in terms of training and matches, but that's what they're earning big money for. Let Oscar bring in his own players not Mr Burkes- otherwise we will lose him to a club that will let him be manager.

Perhaps you could share your thoughts

thanks
Dear Mr Barber- I do not believe directors of football, generally speaking, work in this country, I don't think it's a great idea. If you look at the best sides and the best managers they are strong, independent individuals who maintain most of the power at football clubs. The obvious example is Sir Alex Ferguson, who did not have a director of football. Yes, David Gill would complete the transfers but Fergie would be the one to decide precisely who he wanted. People say directors of football can work because they'll discuss with managers who they want and what their options are. But with a strong and powerful manager there shouldn't be any discussions, it should be a case of the manager makes the decisions and the manager demands and acts upon them because he is the one who lives and dies by it. Arsene Wenger is the same story. Look at Arsenal's comparable success and director of football? No chance. Apparently when Brendan Rodgers joined Liverpool he talked the club out of having a sporting director in Louis van Gaal because he wanted complete control and look at what they're doing at the moment. There are far more examples of it failing than it working; Dennis Wise was parachuted in above Kevin Keegan at Newcastle, there was Gianluca Nani at West Ham when Alan Curbishley was in charge. I think the club needs to appoint Oscar Garcia as the manager and have faith that he will make the right decisions. I know they've got big workloads and it's hard with the amount of duties they've got in terms of training and matches, but that's what they're earning big money for. Let Oscar bring in his own players not Mr Burkes- otherwise we will lose him to a club that will let him be manager. Perhaps you could share your thoughts thanks thetungsten
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12:56pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Plymouth Seagull says...

Many fans are Very concerned that we have heard nothing about any loans, which we need with the current news on injuries. Can you tell us something positive?
Many fans are Very concerned that we have heard nothing about any loans, which we need with the current news on injuries. Can you tell us something positive? Plymouth Seagull
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Far gull says...

Hi, Thank you in advance for your answers today.
1, Why are attendances claimed as what are sold and not who actually turn up?
2, you referred in pre match interview on bt sport on Monday to You being very happy to have Oscar as manager ,has his offical title now changed at long last?
3, why when upgrading my kids season tickets to adult on evening games do I have to pay booking fee , as it it is discouraging me from trying to fill them and earn the club more money. To this end could the club just run a some easier scheme for season ticket holders to fill their seats when not used thus allowing better viewing for non season ticket holders.
Hi, Thank you in advance for your answers today. 1, Why are attendances claimed as what are sold and not who actually turn up? 2, you referred in pre match interview on bt sport on Monday to You being very happy to have Oscar as manager ,has his offical title now changed at long last? 3, why when upgrading my kids season tickets to adult on evening games do I have to pay booking fee , as it it is discouraging me from trying to fill them and earn the club more money. To this end could the club just run a some easier scheme for season ticket holders to fill their seats when not used thus allowing better viewing for non season ticket holders. Far gull
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

calderon_is_epic says...

Why do the club still insist on loading one park and ride bus at a time when often after matches there are four or five ready to be loaded? Surely it would be better to get them all loaded and out and back as quickly as possible?
Why do the club still insist on loading one park and ride bus at a time when often after matches there are four or five ready to be loaded? Surely it would be better to get them all loaded and out and back as quickly as possible? calderon_is_epic
  • Score: 2

1:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

Paul- when will southern rail put more carriages on trains to falmer on match days. I alight at London Road- and despite getting to the station in good time 3 or 4 trains come through the station and it is impossible to get on the train.

I have therefore missed many games or arrived late.

It is very frustrating 3 carriage trains is ridcicolous.

Can you please do something to sort this.
Paul- when will southern rail put more carriages on trains to falmer on match days. I alight at London Road- and despite getting to the station in good time 3 or 4 trains come through the station and it is impossible to get on the train. I have therefore missed many games or arrived late. It is very frustrating 3 carriage trains is ridcicolous. Can you please do something to sort this. thetungsten
  • Score: 2

1:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jyan says...

Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs.
Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs. jyan
  • Score: 1

1:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jyan says...

jyan wrote:
Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs.
CORRECTION
Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs when people are trying to leave.
[quote][p][bold]jyan[/bold] wrote: Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs.[/p][/quote]CORRECTION Can access to the coach park be improved as it dangerous - the staircase is not wide enough for the amount of people trying to use it and then there those who insist of moving down the stairs when people are trying to leave. jyan
  • Score: 1

1:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

falmer seagull says...

Please could the clocks on the large screens keep running past 90 minutes so fans can keep a check on extra time, or, countdown the extra time?
Please could the clocks on the large screens keep running past 90 minutes so fans can keep a check on extra time, or, countdown the extra time? falmer seagull
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Fri 21 Feb 14

searich1983 says...

Dear Mr Barber, Is it true that Gus and Tano gave you the chance to part company on amicable terms without any cost to the club before their suspension? Thanks for your answer.
Dear Mr Barber, Is it true that Gus and Tano gave you the chance to part company on amicable terms without any cost to the club before their suspension? Thanks for your answer. searich1983
  • Score: 0

1:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

VegasSeagull says...

If the reported 300 grand a week being offered to Rooney justified and how do wage demands of that size filter down to the lower divisions?
If the reported 300 grand a week being offered to Rooney justified and how do wage demands of that size filter down to the lower divisions? VegasSeagull
  • Score: -2

1:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

falmer seagull says...

Is the club seeking sponsorship for the new training ground and academy?
Is the club seeking sponsorship for the new training ground and academy? falmer seagull
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Following the footballing master classes provided by Bayern Munich and Barcelona this week is the tiki taca style of football something we want to continue to encourage at the Amex?
Following the footballing master classes provided by Bayern Munich and Barcelona this week is the tiki taca style of football something we want to continue to encourage at the Amex? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Plymouth Seagull says...

still feel we need a couple of loan signings hearing the news today on MS and others with hamstrings, will be gutted if Leo can not play full games we need some back up, it is on the pitch that will keep the income and keeps the fans happy and renewing season tickets!
still feel we need a couple of loan signings hearing the news today on MS and others with hamstrings, will be gutted if Leo can not play full games we need some back up, it is on the pitch that will keep the income and keeps the fans happy and renewing season tickets! Plymouth Seagull
  • Score: 1

1:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jonwaller8508 says...

Do Liam Bridcutt and Ashley Barnes have clauses where Brighton would benefit from any future sales? Were you shocked that the club had made the loss of 14.6million in the last financial year?
Do Liam Bridcutt and Ashley Barnes have clauses where Brighton would benefit from any future sales? Were you shocked that the club had made the loss of 14.6million in the last financial year? jonwaller8508
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

paulfair says...

Hi Mr Barber,
is it possible to erect a protective roof for people queing for the trains after a match similar to bus shelter.?
likewise why were the players dugout not protected from the rain with persplex cover?
finally we need better stewards controlling the car parks controlling the exits after games.
Hi Mr Barber, is it possible to erect a protective roof for people queing for the trains after a match similar to bus shelter.? likewise why were the players dugout not protected from the rain with persplex cover? finally we need better stewards controlling the car parks controlling the exits after games. paulfair
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Thatcher says...

Aren't you a bit old to be wearing jeans?
Aren't you a bit old to be wearing jeans? Thatcher
  • Score: -1

1:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Rather than loading our squad with more loans and reserve players every time someone gets injured, should we actually trim the fringes of the squad a bit and save on the wage bill? We could then potentially save up for a bit more Quality over Quantity and see another Vicente at the Amex?
Rather than loading our squad with more loans and reserve players every time someone gets injured, should we actually trim the fringes of the squad a bit and save on the wage bill? We could then potentially save up for a bit more Quality over Quantity and see another Vicente at the Amex? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

With our gates and ticket prices should we be making a profit already or is the loss a result of overhanging debts (eg. stadium)?
With our gates and ticket prices should we be making a profit already or is the loss a result of overhanging debts (eg. stadium)? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

seagulldan2300 says...

Regardin added time on the board. I have been to many games this season and the clocks run over the 90 minutes so they must break the F.A rules?
Regardin added time on the board. I have been to many games this season and the clocks run over the 90 minutes so they must break the F.A rules? seagulldan2300
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

ClorsonSeagull says...

Fans looking forward to the new training facilities from this Summer. Do you think the seemingly high number of injuries we have had this season could be connected to the current training pitches? Have the club looked into the cause/s?
Fans looking forward to the new training facilities from this Summer. Do you think the seemingly high number of injuries we have had this season could be connected to the current training pitches? Have the club looked into the cause/s? ClorsonSeagull
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

thetungsten says...

With the club taking FFP seriously with the view of becoming more profit than loss- can we expect to see more live music events with genuine (A-listers) perform at the AMEX!!

I appreciate that the club are hosting rugby world cups games, and england woman's qualifiers- however in the 2.5yrs the AMEX as been open there has been a lack of musical gigs and the likes!!
With the club taking FFP seriously with the view of becoming more profit than loss- can we expect to see more live music events with genuine (A-listers) perform at the AMEX!! I appreciate that the club are hosting rugby world cups games, and england woman's qualifiers- however in the 2.5yrs the AMEX as been open there has been a lack of musical gigs and the likes!! thetungsten
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

It's probably out of your control Mr Barber but as I stand at London Road train station with a few 100 other fans I often wonder why the Train Company doesn't put a few more carriages on their trains! (even on short platforms why not stop the train twice?). Many fans sprint for the exits before the end of the game for this reason too.
It's probably out of your control Mr Barber but as I stand at London Road train station with a few 100 other fans I often wonder why the Train Company doesn't put a few more carriages on their trains! (even on short platforms why not stop the train twice?). Many fans sprint for the exits before the end of the game for this reason too. Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

searich1983 says...

Thanks for what you and Tony Bloom are doing for our football club. Going back to my previous question, i did not ask you about the terms of departure, I have just asked if you had the chance to end the contracts in an amicable way with Gus, Tano and Charlie BEFORE the suspension. Thanks again
Thanks for what you and Tony Bloom are doing for our football club. Going back to my previous question, i did not ask you about the terms of departure, I have just asked if you had the chance to end the contracts in an amicable way with Gus, Tano and Charlie BEFORE the suspension. Thanks again searich1983
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Fri 21 Feb 14

jonwaller8508 says...

Did you ever get a chance to go to the Withdean Stadium?
Did you ever get a chance to go to the Withdean Stadium? jonwaller8508
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

JaseBHA says...

As a season ticket holder for 28 years, I'm obviously delighted with the position the club finds itself in, the stadium etc, because I remember where we've come from. While not asking that the club stays the same as it was during the 'dark days', I am a bit concerned that some of the fan base remember the struggle but some at the club do not, and are increasingly distant from that support. I understand the need to change the club completely from the point of view of it as a financial entity, but can he reassure those old hands among us that the spirit of the club, the bond with the support who fought to save it, is not being eroded as a result of that process?
As a season ticket holder for 28 years, I'm obviously delighted with the position the club finds itself in, the stadium etc, because I remember where we've come from. While not asking that the club stays the same as it was during the 'dark days', I am a bit concerned that some of the fan base remember the struggle but some at the club do not, and are increasingly distant from that support. I understand the need to change the club completely from the point of view of it as a financial entity, but can he reassure those old hands among us that the spirit of the club, the bond with the support who fought to save it, is not being eroded as a result of that process? JaseBHA
  • Score: -1

1:38pm Fri 21 Feb 14

WestStander17 says...

Gus and Vicente clearly didn't see eye to eye but was there any thoughts of bringing him back once Gus left? Or maybe even now? Obviously, Oscar is very aware of him and was even a team-mate for a short time, I believe.

Also, will Oscar be able to use his links in Spain to bring players in from there in the summer?
Gus and Vicente clearly didn't see eye to eye but was there any thoughts of bringing him back once Gus left? Or maybe even now? Obviously, Oscar is very aware of him and was even a team-mate for a short time, I believe. Also, will Oscar be able to use his links in Spain to bring players in from there in the summer? WestStander17
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

This is a good idea, thank you Mr Barber for your time. Can we have one with Oscar too?
This is a good idea, thank you Mr Barber for your time. Can we have one with Oscar too? Eddy B
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Clean Sheet says...

Clearly balancing the books while investing in the ground facilities and academy is a challenging task, and frankly we have done really well over the past few seasons. Some of us fans have been with the club for 50 or more years, and have seen many highs and lows, and where we are now is fantastic. However, we have picked up nearly 20,000 new fans since moving to the Amex, and perhaps they have shorter memories than us oldies, so what are the plans to keep them on board for next season?
Clearly balancing the books while investing in the ground facilities and academy is a challenging task, and frankly we have done really well over the past few seasons. Some of us fans have been with the club for 50 or more years, and have seen many highs and lows, and where we are now is fantastic. However, we have picked up nearly 20,000 new fans since moving to the Amex, and perhaps they have shorter memories than us oldies, so what are the plans to keep them on board for next season? Clean Sheet
  • Score: 2

1:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jody-Brighton says...

Hi, OG seems very reluctant to use Obika an was the same with Lita, was OG involved in their signing?
Hi, OG seems very reluctant to use Obika an was the same with Lita, was OG involved in their signing? Jody-Brighton
  • Score: 0

1:45pm Fri 21 Feb 14

SimonEP says...

Hi, parking for the Hull game was a complete shambles and missed 20 mins of match despite being near in cold earn lane over an hour before kick off.
Surely fans should be refunded
Hi, parking for the Hull game was a complete shambles and missed 20 mins of match despite being near in cold earn lane over an hour before kick off. Surely fans should be refunded SimonEP
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Fri 21 Feb 14

WestStander17 says...

Can we have a Q&A like this with Oscar or maybe some of the players?! Inigo would be great!!!
Can we have a Q&A like this with Oscar or maybe some of the players?! Inigo would be great!!! WestStander17
  • Score: 1

1:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Have you got any jobs at the Amex in Finance ? :) (would definately help you cut the wage bill)
Have you got any jobs at the Amex in Finance ? :) (would definately help you cut the wage bill) Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:47pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

Can we slash the losses by persuading Andrea Orlandi to model the club's new birthday suit? I'm sure giant posters would be very popular. Perhaps it could be a clause in his new contract (please).
Can we slash the losses by persuading Andrea Orlandi to model the club's new birthday suit? I'm sure giant posters would be very popular. Perhaps it could be a clause in his new contract (please). Andrea Orlandigasm
  • Score: 4

1:51pm Fri 21 Feb 14

brightonbutterfly says...

Family Stand season ticket holders here-are there any plans for an u18 season ticket price for this stand? Daughter turns 16 end of season but my youngest will be 14 and we'd like to stay where we are as there's a great bunch of people around us. Stuck in a viscous circle of if she gets a job to pay for an adult st then it will be a Saturday job!
Family Stand season ticket holders here-are there any plans for an u18 season ticket price for this stand? Daughter turns 16 end of season but my youngest will be 14 and we'd like to stay where we are as there's a great bunch of people around us. Stuck in a viscous circle of if she gets a job to pay for an adult st then it will be a Saturday job! brightonbutterfly
  • Score: 1

1:52pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

When you watch the team play (or examine match stats afterwards) is there anything that frustrates you or any obvious weaknesses or things you think could be improved? I'm sure you leave most the on pitch aspects to the coaching staff but personally speaking I wonder if you have any observations?
When you watch the team play (or examine match stats afterwards) is there anything that frustrates you or any obvious weaknesses or things you think could be improved? I'm sure you leave most the on pitch aspects to the coaching staff but personally speaking I wonder if you have any observations? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

1:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddy B says...

Excellent idea folks, but........time is toooooooo limited at 50 mins! Who's up next for the hot seat?
Excellent idea folks, but........time is toooooooo limited at 50 mins! Who's up next for the hot seat? Eddy B
  • Score: 0

2:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

searich1983 says...

Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye searich1983
  • Score: -4

2:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

C2duns says...

Can't believe Peter Truman is allegedly a "professional" journalist ! He was shocking as an interviewer / question master !
Very amateur - albeit I suppose he does represent the Argus - enough said !!
Can't believe Peter Truman is allegedly a "professional" journalist ! He was shocking as an interviewer / question master ! Very amateur - albeit I suppose he does represent the Argus - enough said !! C2duns
  • Score: 3

2:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

To baldly go says...

searich1983 wrote:
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
Professional approach and answers imo.
Q, are shirt prices going up, A, yes.
Q, numbers not visible, A, will be different next year.
Q, why only fill 1 bus at a time, A, safety, and I certainly wouldn't want to see anyone injured either, frustrating as it is.
Q, a bigger area for free transport. A, how big is big enough, someone will always fall outside no matter how big. I was surprised to hear it costs £1m plus to run so I am grateful for what club is doing.
Q, is a director of football needed. A, all clubs have one, some come under different titles, but are there to take pressure off the manager/coach.
Q, contracts and those near the end of contracts. A, talks will be ongoing with agents/representativ
es allowing players/managers to concentrate on the football.
Q, FFP, A, good to hear what the basic penalty's will be and how annoyed if they are not implemented.
Imo, if the fa don't act I can see clubs taking them to court big time.
Q, trouble getting a beer at half time, A. Same at every club around the world, but would like drink to be allowed into stands like other sports but fa won't allow.
I was at the Watford game away, and we think we have a hard time getting served, I think we have some of the best facilities in the country and would find it hard to improve.
Q. Undisclosed fees, A, keeps others from knowing how much money teams have, works for both sides.
Q, Dicks bar etc, A, new adult bar to open in summer for next season.
Q. Oscars connections, A, first name terms with likes of mourihnio, guardiola and players so always looking to see who is available.
Like others have said, it would be nice to hear from Oscar and some players in a similar situation.
[quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye[/p][/quote]Professional approach and answers imo. Q, are shirt prices going up, A, yes. Q, numbers not visible, A, will be different next year. Q, why only fill 1 bus at a time, A, safety, and I certainly wouldn't want to see anyone injured either, frustrating as it is. Q, a bigger area for free transport. A, how big is big enough, someone will always fall outside no matter how big. I was surprised to hear it costs £1m plus to run so I am grateful for what club is doing. Q, is a director of football needed. A, all clubs have one, some come under different titles, but are there to take pressure off the manager/coach. Q, contracts and those near the end of contracts. A, talks will be ongoing with agents/representativ es allowing players/managers to concentrate on the football. Q, FFP, A, good to hear what the basic penalty's will be and how annoyed if they are not implemented. Imo, if the fa don't act I can see clubs taking them to court big time. Q, trouble getting a beer at half time, A. Same at every club around the world, but would like drink to be allowed into stands like other sports but fa won't allow. I was at the Watford game away, and we think we have a hard time getting served, I think we have some of the best facilities in the country and would find it hard to improve. Q. Undisclosed fees, A, keeps others from knowing how much money teams have, works for both sides. Q, Dicks bar etc, A, new adult bar to open in summer for next season. Q. Oscars connections, A, first name terms with likes of mourihnio, guardiola and players so always looking to see who is available. Like others have said, it would be nice to hear from Oscar and some players in a similar situation. To baldly go
  • Score: 6

4:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

mark by the sea says...

When we had the Andy Naylor Q/A I suggested getting Gus on board, this worked a treat ...then no more ! Let's have one a month! Players / board / catering manager - and TB ..
When we had the Andy Naylor Q/A I suggested getting Gus on board, this worked a treat ...then no more ! Let's have one a month! Players / board / catering manager - and TB .. mark by the sea
  • Score: 2

5:53pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Alfie T says...

searich1983 wrote:
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
Yep,agree,total waste of time,could have answered every question myself. Not quite sure why I would expect anything else.
[quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye[/p][/quote]Yep,agree,total waste of time,could have answered every question myself. Not quite sure why I would expect anything else. Alfie T
  • Score: -2

7:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

searich1983 wrote:
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
FFP, match day transport, player contracts, Directors Of Football, the fact that loan spend is available, debt reduction, player contracts, junior coaching policy.... Shall I go on?
It might be easier if you outlined EXACTLY what you're so disappointed with rather than merely uploading a rhetorical, non-specific rant without substantiating your claim..
[quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye[/p][/quote]FFP, match day transport, player contracts, Directors Of Football, the fact that loan spend is available, debt reduction, player contracts, junior coaching policy.... Shall I go on? It might be easier if you outlined EXACTLY what you're so disappointed with rather than merely uploading a rhetorical, non-specific rant without substantiating your claim.. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 5

7:17pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Albion In Staffs says...

searich1983 wrote:
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
FFP, match day transport, player contracts, Directors Of Football, the fact that loan spend is available, debt reduction, player contracts, junior coaching policy.... Shall I go on?
It might be easier if you outlined EXACTLY what you're so disappointed with rather than merely uploading a rhetorical, non-specific rant without substantiating your claim..
[quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye[/p][/quote]FFP, match day transport, player contracts, Directors Of Football, the fact that loan spend is available, debt reduction, player contracts, junior coaching policy.... Shall I go on? It might be easier if you outlined EXACTLY what you're so disappointed with rather than merely uploading a rhetorical, non-specific rant without substantiating your claim.. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Fri 21 Feb 14

gordongull says...

This was more about developing a rapport with supporters than earth-shattering revelations.
Questions about the circumstances of Gus's departure were never going to be answered. Likewise anything to do with player contracts, other than in the most general of terms.
The Club have already indicated that funds are available to strengthen the squad IF REQUIRED, so nothing new here.
Everything else was fairly lightweight, and the answers entirely predictable.
The fans of many clubs have no dialogue with the hierarchy, and would welcome an approach like this.
We shouldn't knock it.
This was more about developing a rapport with supporters than earth-shattering revelations. Questions about the circumstances of Gus's departure were never going to be answered. Likewise anything to do with player contracts, other than in the most general of terms. The Club have already indicated that funds are available to strengthen the squad IF REQUIRED, so nothing new here. Everything else was fairly lightweight, and the answers entirely predictable. The fans of many clubs have no dialogue with the hierarchy, and would welcome an approach like this. We shouldn't knock it. gordongull
  • Score: 5

8:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

pwlr1966 says...

Brilliant stuff!!!
Brilliant stuff!!! pwlr1966
  • Score: 4

8:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

OldGull says...

Alfie T wrote:
searich1983 wrote:
Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye
Yep,agree,total waste of time,could have answered every question myself. Not quite sure why I would expect anything else.
ok guys, which questions did you want answered differently?

For legal reasons he cannot comment on Gus,Tanno & Charlie.
Likewise he cannot enlighten us on undisclosed fees.

He indicated that there was money available for signings,
He would be stupid if he made public how much.

People on here are always moaning about not being informed.
Mr Barber does a live Q&A and still gets criticised
[quote][p][bold]Alfie T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]searich1983[/bold] wrote: Sorry everyone but he didn't commit at all, his answers were nothing more that we know already, so why this "farcical" Q&A when he doesn't answer any question properly. I would like to thank TB and him for what they do for our beloved BHAFC but this was not worth it at all. Anyone agreed with me? if not please explain why? explain which question he answered properly. bye[/p][/quote]Yep,agree,total waste of time,could have answered every question myself. Not quite sure why I would expect anything else.[/p][/quote]ok guys, which questions did you want answered differently? For legal reasons he cannot comment on Gus,Tanno & Charlie. Likewise he cannot enlighten us on undisclosed fees. He indicated that there was money available for signings, He would be stupid if he made public how much. People on here are always moaning about not being informed. Mr Barber does a live Q&A and still gets criticised OldGull
  • Score: 9

3:02am Sat 22 Feb 14

WestStander17 says...

Some more of these Q&As would be brilliant! It would bring the whole club closer to the fans which isn't as easy now it is so much bigger.

With the players, we could ask Bruno what's the most backheels he has managed in a single game at right-back, if Orlandi would do the birthday suit calendar for Andrea Orlandigasm and if William Buckley stretches his hamstrings every night before bed.

On the staff, we could ask Oscar if he understands a word of what Nathan Jones says, if Jonesy has fooled anyone in training with that "Basil Fawlty dribble" or even Mr Bloom what his best ever bluff was on the Poker table!

Of course, we are unlikely to uncover any bombshells but I think it would really show what a forward thinking club we are.

P.S. A flat beer at half-time is by me! ;-)
Some more of these Q&As would be brilliant! It would bring the whole club closer to the fans which isn't as easy now it is so much bigger. With the players, we could ask Bruno what's the most backheels he has managed in a single game at right-back, if Orlandi would do the birthday suit calendar for Andrea Orlandigasm and if William Buckley stretches his hamstrings every night before bed. On the staff, we could ask Oscar if he understands a word of what Nathan Jones says, if Jonesy has fooled anyone in training with that "Basil Fawlty dribble" or even Mr Bloom what his best ever bluff was on the Poker table! Of course, we are unlikely to uncover any bombshells but I think it would really show what a forward thinking club we are. P.S. A flat beer at half-time is by me! ;-) WestStander17
  • Score: 4

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