Barber: Don't fret over new deals

The Argus: Paul Barber Paul Barber

Albion chief executive Paul Barber has told fans not to fret over contract negotiations with some of the club’s biggest stars.

Several regular members of the first team have deals due to expire at the end of the season.

They include No. 1 Tomasz Kuszczak, first choice right-back Bruno and fit-again midfielder Andrea Orlandi.

Barber reassured supporters during yesterday’s question and answer session on The Argus website.

He said: “Just recently we’ve had Rohan Ince, who has received a new contract. There is always going to be a balancing act between some contracts that will be done earlier, some later.

“The most important thing at the moment is we are focused very much on the football, on getting ourselves into a position where we continue to challenge for a play-off spot.

“That will be the manager's focus, that will be the football operation team’s focus and, most importantly of all, the players’ focus.

“They will want to be focusing on their football right now, not on getting into contract talks just while the season is reaching its peak.

“We have a process. It is known to the players and their agents and representatives and is very carefully managed by David Burke (head of football) and his team in a very considered way, so fans shouldn't be worried about that."

Barber has also reiterated money is available to head coach Oscar Garcia during the loan window, despite the club's fight to reduce losses to comply with Financial Fair Play.

He said: "If Oscar needs or wants to strengthen the squad and players are available and want to come here then we have got the funds available to do that. We'll see what happens in the remainder of the loan window."

Players borrowed now for the maximum 93 days would be available for the Championship play-off final at Wembley at the end of May.

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9:43am Sat 22 Feb 14

nkwbtn says...

I think PB does a great job communicating with the fans. He is always really open and makes himself available.

However, he should understand why fans at this club get edgy on this subject as our track record in this area is dire!

Team selection today will speak volumes about the clubs priority this season. Nobody can expect key players to play a vital league game and a vital FA cup game in 48 hours so will we put out the strongest 11 today or Monday?

Injuries may of course dictate some of this and force OG's hand.
I think PB does a great job communicating with the fans. He is always really open and makes himself available. However, he should understand why fans at this club get edgy on this subject as our track record in this area is dire! Team selection today will speak volumes about the clubs priority this season. Nobody can expect key players to play a vital league game and a vital FA cup game in 48 hours so will we put out the strongest 11 today or Monday? Injuries may of course dictate some of this and force OG's hand. nkwbtn

9:50am Sat 22 Feb 14

Aldrington Halt says...

Good stuff, very informative session! Come on you Seagullss!!
Good stuff, very informative session! Come on you Seagullss!! Aldrington Halt

10:15am Sat 22 Feb 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

nkwbtn wrote:
I think PB does a great job communicating with the fans. He is always really open and makes himself available.

However, he should understand why fans at this club get edgy on this subject as our track record in this area is dire!

Team selection today will speak volumes about the clubs priority this season. Nobody can expect key players to play a vital league game and a vital FA cup game in 48 hours so will we put out the strongest 11 today or Monday?

Injuries may of course dictate some of this and force OG's hand.
I'd like to think we'll play our strongest team today, then a strong team on Monday. we have enough decent players IMHO to cope.
[quote][p][bold]nkwbtn[/bold] wrote: I think PB does a great job communicating with the fans. He is always really open and makes himself available. However, he should understand why fans at this club get edgy on this subject as our track record in this area is dire! Team selection today will speak volumes about the clubs priority this season. Nobody can expect key players to play a vital league game and a vital FA cup game in 48 hours so will we put out the strongest 11 today or Monday? Injuries may of course dictate some of this and force OG's hand.[/p][/quote]I'd like to think we'll play our strongest team today, then a strong team on Monday. we have enough decent players IMHO to cope. Ex-pat Arnie

11:41am Sat 22 Feb 14

brighton bluenose says...

Sorry Paul we dont have a 'manager' we have a coach whose responsibility is the football and hopefully achieving a play-off place. Burkes job, as well as providing back-up to OG in doing that is also to assist in the provision of a team where EVERYONE has an understanding of the teams future and their likely role in that barring unforseens - otherwise what doez Burke actually DO!!
Sorry Paul we dont have a 'manager' we have a coach whose responsibility is the football and hopefully achieving a play-off place. Burkes job, as well as providing back-up to OG in doing that is also to assist in the provision of a team where EVERYONE has an understanding of the teams future and their likely role in that barring unforseens - otherwise what doez Burke actually DO!! brighton bluenose

7:40pm Sun 23 Feb 14

rockie says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Sorry Paul we dont have a 'manager' we have a coach whose responsibility is the football and hopefully achieving a play-off place. Burkes job, as well as providing back-up to OG in doing that is also to assist in the provision of a team where EVERYONE has an understanding of the teams future and their likely role in that barring unforseens - otherwise what doez Burke actually DO!!
BB - Until you actually know yourself what Burke and Barber do it's best to keep schtumm! I have found Paul Barber to be excellent in conmmnications with him and I have supported BHA since 1958 - there really is no comparison with club management of yesteryear when the 'manager' did everything from picking the team, coaching a la Brian Clough (one day a week before match day!) and picking up drunk players from the gutter in West Street.I am confident that Tony Bloom knows what he is doing in appointing his management team and we now have a Premier League set-up in waiting. Seriously, the fans have never had it so good...
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Sorry Paul we dont have a 'manager' we have a coach whose responsibility is the football and hopefully achieving a play-off place. Burkes job, as well as providing back-up to OG in doing that is also to assist in the provision of a team where EVERYONE has an understanding of the teams future and their likely role in that barring unforseens - otherwise what doez Burke actually DO!![/p][/quote]BB - Until you actually know yourself what Burke and Barber do it's best to keep schtumm! I have found Paul Barber to be excellent in conmmnications with him and I have supported BHA since 1958 - there really is no comparison with club management of yesteryear when the 'manager' did everything from picking the team, coaching a la Brian Clough (one day a week before match day!) and picking up drunk players from the gutter in West Street.I am confident that Tony Bloom knows what he is doing in appointing his management team and we now have a Premier League set-up in waiting. Seriously, the fans have never had it so good... rockie

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