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Monakana told not to waste his talent

The Argus: Jeffrey Monakana, who is on loan at Crawley from Albion, has been told to get in shape by Reds boss John Gregory Jeffrey Monakana, who is on loan at Crawley from Albion, has been told to get in shape by Reds boss John Gregory

Albion winger Jeffrey Monakana has been warned to “get his act together” to avoid wasting his talent.

Monakana has yet to even make a first team squad for the Seagulls since joining on an 18-month development contract at the end of January.

The 20-year-old joined Crawley on a month’s loan two weeks ago and Reds boss John Gregory has been shocked by the former Arsenal trainee’s lack of fitness.

Monakana has come off the bench in Crawley's last two games and Gregory says he is so out of shape he would not last 45 minutes.

Gregory said: “His fitness levels are appalling for somebody of his ability. Jeff has got a hell of a lot of talent but that's no good if you don't have the fitness to go with it. “I'm not sure Jeff can start a match and finish it and that is why we have only used him for 20 minutes. I know that if I start him he might struggle to even reach half-time. “I'm hoping this is a big wake-up call for him because he's a talented player. He started at Arsenal and now he's at Crawley so that says it all. He needs to get his act together and hopefully he will.”

Monakana had hoped moving to Albion would kick-start his career after falling out of favour at Preston but Gregory believes a diet of academy football has had the opposite effect.

Gregory added: “He's been out of picture, playing academy football where the training levels are very low and you kind of get demotivated.

“I don't think anyone has put their arm around him and kept him involved at first team level. Nobody has told him what a good player he is and tried to get him to replicate what we saw on Saturday (against Crewe) over 90 minutes as opposed to little fits and starts.

“Jeff can be a match-winner but you have to ask why Preston let him go. I know why Preston let him go, it was attributed to his fitness levels and maybe his lifestyle. What you see for 15 minutes is not the whole picture. I see all the other bits and pieces.”

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6:29am Tue 8 Apr 14

namgo49 says...

Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?
Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ? namgo49
  • Score: 11

7:02am Tue 8 Apr 14

seagullsays says...

namgo49 wrote:
Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?
Exactly my thoughts. He should be fit and ready to playfor the dev squad, our first team or Crawley. That is his job after all.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. He should be fit and ready to playfor the dev squad, our first team or Crawley. That is his job after all. seagullsays
  • Score: 10

7:14am Tue 8 Apr 14

twonk says...

Monakana looked damned fit in the recent DS games and he looked the best player in view on most. Let's not forget it was Gregory that tried to shaft the Albion over Gareth Barry.
Monakana looked damned fit in the recent DS games and he looked the best player in view on most. Let's not forget it was Gregory that tried to shaft the Albion over Gareth Barry. twonk
  • Score: 18

7:31am Tue 8 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself.
If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......
There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself. If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go...... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 11

8:19am Tue 8 Apr 14

Theodoridi says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself.
If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......
He Quit.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself. If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......[/p][/quote]He Quit. Theodoridi
  • Score: -1

8:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

OldGull says...

There may be some truth in his comments, but JG seems to have an agenda.
Monakana was loaned out to Crawley precisely to get match fit & experience. So surely he should be having a quiet word in his ear if things aren't quite right.
He obviously thinks a public humiliation is the way to do things. It might explain why he was out of management for so long.
Might be an idea to recall him and maybe loan him elsewhere
There may be some truth in his comments, but JG seems to have an agenda. Monakana was loaned out to Crawley precisely to get match fit & experience. So surely he should be having a quiet word in his ear if things aren't quite right. He obviously thinks a public humiliation is the way to do things. It might explain why he was out of management for so long. Might be an idea to recall him and maybe loan him elsewhere OldGull
  • Score: 8

8:38am Tue 8 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Theodoridi wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself.
If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......
He Quit.
No mate, he was pushed. Long standing rift with the Chairman. He took him on and lost.
[quote][p][bold]Theodoridi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself. If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......[/p][/quote]He Quit.[/p][/quote]No mate, he was pushed. Long standing rift with the Chairman. He took him on and lost. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 7

9:12am Tue 8 Apr 14

woodcroft says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself.
If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......
Always find Albion in Staffs comments worth a thought. I have never liked JG since the Gareth Barry/Mike Standing issues ( may just have more of do with Deadly Dug!!),
However even if only half true must be a worry, The record number of injuries lack of fitness in the boy from Swansea, When Monk took on the Swansea Job, he said he was shocked by the lack of fitness.ML and OG come from the same background. Added to this movement and pace from the first team I have found of concern al season
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: There may well be some credence in JG's basic thoughts, but I agree with others on here, they smack of a manager trying to create some visibility for himself. If you turn those comments on their head, JG was once manager of Aston Villa and you have to ask yourself why the let him go......[/p][/quote]Always find Albion in Staffs comments worth a thought. I have never liked JG since the Gareth Barry/Mike Standing issues ( may just have more of do with Deadly Dug!!), However even if only half true must be a worry, The record number of injuries lack of fitness in the boy from Swansea, When Monk took on the Swansea Job, he said he was shocked by the lack of fitness.ML and OG come from the same background. Added to this movement and pace from the first team I have found of concern al season woodcroft
  • Score: 3

9:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

JG is an old-school manager who values fitness and stamina above everything else. He'd have a team of Carlton Palmers and James Milners over a team of Messis and Iniestas if he could.

Dinosaur.
JG is an old-school manager who values fitness and stamina above everything else. He'd have a team of Carlton Palmers and James Milners over a team of Messis and Iniestas if he could. Dinosaur. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 2

9:47am Tue 8 Apr 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA
John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 12

10:13am Tue 8 Apr 14

oscar must go says...

Even i don't lay this one at Oscar's door but best get him back and find out if there is a problem. If there is fix it.
Even i don't lay this one at Oscar's door but best get him back and find out if there is a problem. If there is fix it. oscar must go
  • Score: 4

10:14am Tue 8 Apr 14

AburridoEnTrabajo says...

namgo49 wrote:
Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?
Maybe Ireland sent him on load to get match fit? I think at this time of the season, when the 1st team is often playing twice a week, they don't do that much physical training between games anyway. I think Gregory's comments are slightly exaggerated, but it's pretty obvious Monakana has had a problem for a few years and all other attempts to get him fit have failed, so he probably feels he has no option other than to say something in public in the hope that it has some kind of effect..
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?[/p][/quote]Maybe Ireland sent him on load to get match fit? I think at this time of the season, when the 1st team is often playing twice a week, they don't do that much physical training between games anyway. I think Gregory's comments are slightly exaggerated, but it's pretty obvious Monakana has had a problem for a few years and all other attempts to get him fit have failed, so he probably feels he has no option other than to say something in public in the hope that it has some kind of effect.. AburridoEnTrabajo
  • Score: 1

10:15am Tue 8 Apr 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Joel'sGrandad wrote:
John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA
Agreed - slagging off another club's player and training methods is very unprofessional.
[quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA[/p][/quote]Agreed - slagging off another club's player and training methods is very unprofessional. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 15

10:42am Tue 8 Apr 14

OzzieGull says...

On the other hand just maybe JG is right and he is yet anther "jewel" in the scouting system crown
On the other hand just maybe JG is right and he is yet anther "jewel" in the scouting system crown OzzieGull
  • Score: 0

10:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Albion fan in London says...

I don't think John Gregory is interested in getting the lime light he's been a premier league manager why would he care?!!Maybe He just says it how it is and calls it how it is He obviously see's a young lad with a wealth of talent throwing it away quickly and has used the media to highlight the facts, admittedly, not everyone's way but if it works and makes him wise up it can only be good for us if he becomes the player Arsenal believed he could. He's an interesting fact they say that 3% of academy players actually make it to become pro's. You have to take your chances no doubt
I don't think John Gregory is interested in getting the lime light he's been a premier league manager why would he care?!!Maybe He just says it how it is and calls it how it is He obviously see's a young lad with a wealth of talent throwing it away quickly and has used the media to highlight the facts, admittedly, not everyone's way but if it works and makes him wise up it can only be good for us if he becomes the player Arsenal believed he could. He's an interesting fact they say that 3% of academy players actually make it to become pro's. You have to take your chances no doubt Albion fan in London
  • Score: 2

11:27am Tue 8 Apr 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
JG is an old-school manager who values fitness and stamina above everything else. He'd have a team of Carlton Palmers and James Milners over a team of Messis and Iniestas if he could.

Dinosaur.
Love it.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: JG is an old-school manager who values fitness and stamina above everything else. He'd have a team of Carlton Palmers and James Milners over a team of Messis and Iniestas if he could. Dinosaur.[/p][/quote]Love it. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Tue 8 Apr 14

BobbyLaverick says...

Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days.
His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management.
Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players.
Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required.
This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.
Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days. His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management. Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players. Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required. This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory. BobbyLaverick
  • Score: 4

1:06pm Tue 8 Apr 14

farside says...

From that report my reading is that Gregory will be trying to take Monakana on a permanent, probably free, transfer at the end of the season.

I would bring the lad back now
From that report my reading is that Gregory will be trying to take Monakana on a permanent, probably free, transfer at the end of the season. I would bring the lad back now farside
  • Score: 3

1:18pm Tue 8 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

Whilst JG might be right, I think him saying this to the press is somewhat rude. If he has aproblem with the lad he should have called Brighton, told of his opinion and sent the lad back. Why the thinks it right to hold this lad up to ridicule is beyond me. I guess had we loaned him Lua Lua he would be saying the same as he is another who struggles to get thru 90 minutes, even tho he trains with our first team.
Whilst JG might be right, I think him saying this to the press is somewhat rude. If he has aproblem with the lad he should have called Brighton, told of his opinion and sent the lad back. Why the thinks it right to hold this lad up to ridicule is beyond me. I guess had we loaned him Lua Lua he would be saying the same as he is another who struggles to get thru 90 minutes, even tho he trains with our first team. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

1:37pm Tue 8 Apr 14

tinker111 says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Joel'sGrandad wrote:
John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA
Agreed - slagging off another club's player and training methods is very unprofessional.
J G Will put it rite when he becomes Albion's coach at end of season HE HE
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joel'sGrandad[/bold] wrote: John Gregory's comments should have been kept in house. Jeffrey may have a fitness problem but it won't do him any good making it public. I've not seen him play but reports seem to indicate he is a player with much potential. If his attitude is wrong then Gregory should have spoken to the Albion hierarchy not gone public. UTA[/p][/quote]Agreed - slagging off another club's player and training methods is very unprofessional.[/p][/quote]J G Will put it rite when he becomes Albion's coach at end of season HE HE tinker111
  • Score: -3

1:45pm Tue 8 Apr 14

wiseman of hove says...

BobbyLaverick wrote:
Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days.
His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management.
Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players.
Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required.
This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.
Excellent post.
I'm not a fan of Gregory sine his crass comment when Collymore had depression problems at Villa. However, in this instance going public on poor fitness levels, but acknowledging his ability, may help this player.
[quote][p][bold]BobbyLaverick[/bold] wrote: Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days. His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management. Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players. Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required. This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.[/p][/quote]Excellent post. I'm not a fan of Gregory sine his crass comment when Collymore had depression problems at Villa. However, in this instance going public on poor fitness levels, but acknowledging his ability, may help this player. wiseman of hove
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Tue 8 Apr 14

VegasSeagull says...

BobbyLaverick wrote:
Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days.
His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management.
Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players.
Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required.
This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.
hasn't done much for Augustein tho, we went public about his work rate some weeks ago
[quote][p][bold]BobbyLaverick[/bold] wrote: Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days. His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management. Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players. Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required. This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.[/p][/quote]hasn't done much for Augustein tho, we went public about his work rate some weeks ago VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

2:32pm Tue 8 Apr 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

Remember JG is also the man who scoffed at the concept of pro footballers ( namely Stan Collymore) being depressed because they are so wealthy!

An example of how out of touch he is. Try telling that to the families of Gary Speed and the German goalkeeper guy!

Thankfully more fans are a lot more clued up than JG and see thru his smokescreen!

Fish and chip paper that article!
Remember JG is also the man who scoffed at the concept of pro footballers ( namely Stan Collymore) being depressed because they are so wealthy! An example of how out of touch he is. Try telling that to the families of Gary Speed and the German goalkeeper guy! Thankfully more fans are a lot more clued up than JG and see thru his smokescreen! Fish and chip paper that article! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Tue 8 Apr 14

oscar must go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
BobbyLaverick wrote:
Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days.
His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management.
Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players.
Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required.
This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.
hasn't done much for Augustein tho, we went public about his work rate some weeks ago
Augustein would struggle to get 90 minutes at Peacehaven. Pay him up & send him on his way with Garcia, Jones, Burke & Day.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BobbyLaverick[/bold] wrote: Monakana has been loaned out to Crawley for a number of reasons. He needs the competitiveness of regular league football to both sharpen his fitness, develop his skills, and to lift a confidence that perhaps has been on the downward spiral since his Preston days. His talent is unquestionable, and this is highlighted by JG's comments. It's about managing that talent in the best way possible, so that we might benefit from it in the long term. The whole scenario of the loan, the apparent 'shock' of JG's observations, and the press release, are all part and parcel of this management. Some players need reality checks to give them the desired impetus to get their acts together, and it would appear that Monakana is one of those players. Going public over fitness levels is not going to detrimental to any footballer. On the contrary, it will make them see that they have the potential to reach their desired playing levels if they make the effort that is required. This lad is one for our future, but he will have to put in the effort to take out any glory.[/p][/quote]hasn't done much for Augustein tho, we went public about his work rate some weeks ago[/p][/quote]Augustein would struggle to get 90 minutes at Peacehaven. Pay him up & send him on his way with Garcia, Jones, Burke & Day. oscar must go
  • Score: -3

9:45am Wed 9 Apr 14

the taffster says...

john Gregory wouldn't recognise a talented brighton player if he turned up for training wearing a blue and white tracksuit and a seagull perched on his head.....havnt won in 6 games john....start looking for another job mate.....
john Gregory wouldn't recognise a talented brighton player if he turned up for training wearing a blue and white tracksuit and a seagull perched on his head.....havnt won in 6 games john....start looking for another job mate..... the taffster
  • Score: 2

1:03am Wed 16 Apr 14

Iangira says...

Get the boy back. Get him to Lancing, get him fit and tell him he`s good. Pretty simple management. Last bloke he needs is John Gregory.
Get the boy back. Get him to Lancing, get him fit and tell him he`s good. Pretty simple management. Last bloke he needs is John Gregory. Iangira
  • Score: 0

7:30am Thu 17 Apr 14

hong kong seagull says...

seagullsays wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?
Exactly my thoughts. He should be fit and ready to playfor the dev squad, our first team or Crawley. That is his job after all.
Completely agree! Why the hell is he in such bad shape?? Questions have to be asked
[quote][p][bold]seagullsays[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: Interesting comments from Gregory who may just be trying to big himself up. But, on the other hand, are their question marks against Ireland and his management of the DS squad? I would have thought their training regime should be as demanding as that of the 1st team squad ?[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts. He should be fit and ready to playfor the dev squad, our first team or Crawley. That is his job after all.[/p][/quote]Completely agree! Why the hell is he in such bad shape?? Questions have to be asked hong kong seagull
  • Score: 0

7:38am Thu 17 Apr 14

hong kong seagull says...

Albion fan in London wrote:
I don't think John Gregory is interested in getting the lime light he's been a premier league manager why would he care?!!Maybe He just says it how it is and calls it how it is He obviously see's a young lad with a wealth of talent throwing it away quickly and has used the media to highlight the facts, admittedly, not everyone's way but if it works and makes him wise up it can only be good for us if he becomes the player Arsenal believed he could. He's an interesting fact they say that 3% of academy players actually make it to become pro's. You have to take your chances no doubt
Interesting statistic with regards to percentage of trainees that make the grade.

I haven't seen JG overly in the limelight over the years and don't think he is trying to have a pop at Brighton in a game of one-up-manship. Therefore I can only surmise that Monakana does indeed have a fitness problem and that needs to be addressed
[quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: I don't think John Gregory is interested in getting the lime light he's been a premier league manager why would he care?!!Maybe He just says it how it is and calls it how it is He obviously see's a young lad with a wealth of talent throwing it away quickly and has used the media to highlight the facts, admittedly, not everyone's way but if it works and makes him wise up it can only be good for us if he becomes the player Arsenal believed he could. He's an interesting fact they say that 3% of academy players actually make it to become pro's. You have to take your chances no doubt[/p][/quote]Interesting statistic with regards to percentage of trainees that make the grade. I haven't seen JG overly in the limelight over the years and don't think he is trying to have a pop at Brighton in a game of one-up-manship. Therefore I can only surmise that Monakana does indeed have a fitness problem and that needs to be addressed hong kong seagull
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7:40am Thu 17 Apr 14

hong kong seagull says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Whilst JG might be right, I think him saying this to the press is somewhat rude. If he has aproblem with the lad he should have called Brighton, told of his opinion and sent the lad back. Why the thinks it right to hold this lad up to ridicule is beyond me. I guess had we loaned him Lua Lua he would be saying the same as he is another who struggles to get thru 90 minutes, even tho he trains with our first team.
Tough love maybe?
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: Whilst JG might be right, I think him saying this to the press is somewhat rude. If he has aproblem with the lad he should have called Brighton, told of his opinion and sent the lad back. Why the thinks it right to hold this lad up to ridicule is beyond me. I guess had we loaned him Lua Lua he would be saying the same as he is another who struggles to get thru 90 minutes, even tho he trains with our first team.[/p][/quote]Tough love maybe? hong kong seagull
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