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The Argus: Craig Mackail-Smith in action at Derby last week Craig Mackail-Smith in action at Derby last week

Albion striker Craig Mackail-Smith has vowed to return stronger and fitter next season after missing out on Wembley.

Mackail-Smith is enjoying his first proper break from work in more than year after beating Achilles and ankle injuries to make seven substitute appearances at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

But he has revealed he will soon start putting in extra hours again to be ready for a productive pre-season.

Albion will kick-off under a new boss for the third successive year with Tim Sherwood still favourite to replace Oscar Garcia in charge.

Mackail-Smith said: “I was in every day last summer and it was difficult, it was a slow process but it had to be done. I’m bitterly disappointed we are not going to Wembley but it gives me a chance to get some down time and then get myself 100% right for next season.

“I need to do some strength work – and I will do that myself over the summer months.

“I need to do some cardio work to fine-tune myself.

“Then I need to get a good pre-season under my belt to be firing on all cylinders for next season.”

Albion’s players will have a new boss to impress when they report for training at their impressive Lancing headquarters.

Mackail-Smith believes experienced on-pitch additions can help the Seagulls push for promotion again.

Speaking before he knew of Oscar’s resignation, he added: “We had Keith (Andrews) and Wardy (Stephen Ward) on loan – and Jesse (Lingard) came in and did fantastic.

“There are a lot players we need to replace so it is down to the manager and the chairman to have who they need in place.”

“It’s just getting a few more people in, maybe a bit more experience and push on for next season.”

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7:18am Sat 17 May 14

namgo49 says...

What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke. namgo49
  • Score: 28

7:29am Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please.
We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time.
As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to!
Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA
Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please. We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time. As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to! Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA To baldly go
  • Score: 6

7:33am Sat 17 May 14

mickagull says...

namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Maybe we are waiting for Ashley Cole.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Maybe we are waiting for Ashley Cole. mickagull
  • Score: -4

7:37am Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round! To baldly go
  • Score: 11

7:49am Sat 17 May 14

klemaniac says...

The transfer window isn't open yet so we won't see much activity for a while
The transfer window isn't open yet so we won't see much activity for a while klemaniac
  • Score: 10

7:51am Sat 17 May 14

Alfie T says...

To baldly go wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
Agreed, quality left backs don't grow on trees, Chicksen is a prospect but don't think he's quite ready yet.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round![/p][/quote]Agreed, quality left backs don't grow on trees, Chicksen is a prospect but don't think he's quite ready yet. Alfie T
  • Score: 6

7:55am Sat 17 May 14

mark by the sea says...

To baldly go wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
I think ward wages was in a article on the web and quoted at 12k a week , as for cms at 17 k a week he needs to score goals, nothing judges a forward other than goals, running around chasing things down make him a fans favourite but that's not enough for 2.5 million.
Craig is out of contract in 12 months time, with the fee we paid for him and wages , the bill will end up around the 5-6 million pounds,
Gus never really played him to his strengths , next season is going to see if he can actually do it at this level.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round![/p][/quote]I think ward wages was in a article on the web and quoted at 12k a week , as for cms at 17 k a week he needs to score goals, nothing judges a forward other than goals, running around chasing things down make him a fans favourite but that's not enough for 2.5 million. Craig is out of contract in 12 months time, with the fee we paid for him and wages , the bill will end up around the 5-6 million pounds, Gus never really played him to his strengths , next season is going to see if he can actually do it at this level. mark by the sea
  • Score: 11

8:16am Sat 17 May 14

ringtone says...

Lets sign Joe Cole and pay him 100,000 a week, LOL

Why not make him player manager and double his money.
Lets sign Joe Cole and pay him 100,000 a week, LOL Why not make him player manager and double his money. ringtone
  • Score: -13

8:30am Sat 17 May 14

Albion In Staffs says...

namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up.. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 9

8:44am Sat 17 May 14

pablobrowno says...

To baldly go wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
Surely Stephen Ward is not on £40k let week at Wolves!!

No chance!
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round![/p][/quote]Surely Stephen Ward is not on £40k let week at Wolves!! No chance! pablobrowno
  • Score: 6

8:46am Sat 17 May 14

Grendel says...

"Albion will kick-off under a new boss for the third successive year "

Blimey, I fell asleep and missed a manager? Surely we are only kicking off with a NEW boss for the second successive year?
"Albion will kick-off under a new boss for the third successive year " Blimey, I fell asleep and missed a manager? Surely we are only kicking off with a NEW boss for the second successive year? Grendel
  • Score: 10

9:10am Sat 17 May 14

Phillip Smith says...

To baldly go wrote:
Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please.
We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time.
As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to!
Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA
Good comments. There are some quality managers out there. The Middlesboro boss is also quality I feel but whether we could prise him away from there is another matter entirely. I expect Middlesboro to be right up there challenging for promotion next season. Which just goes to show, it isn’t all about how much budget you have and what wages you can pay. Look at Burnley. They didn’t have the biggest budget, just a quality manager who knew what he was doing and got the best out of his players. The decision on what manager we go for will be our most important signing of the season so we need to get it right. I’ve said it before but I think Jose Riga of Charlton would be an excellent choice as well. He’s managed some top clubs abroad as well and it may be worth paying a bit of compensation in order to poach him from a smaller club like Charlton.
On another note, I would be quite happy to sell Ulloa for £6.5 million (or thereabouts), sell Buckley as well for a handsome price when Poyet comes calling. With a budget of £10 million that we could get from selling those two players alone and with a good manager at the helm we could build a truly championship winning squad (regardless or how much money other clubs spend). And stick to FFP in the process!
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please. We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time. As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to! Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA[/p][/quote]Good comments. There are some quality managers out there. The Middlesboro boss is also quality I feel but whether we could prise him away from there is another matter entirely. I expect Middlesboro to be right up there challenging for promotion next season. Which just goes to show, it isn’t all about how much budget you have and what wages you can pay. Look at Burnley. They didn’t have the biggest budget, just a quality manager who knew what he was doing and got the best out of his players. The decision on what manager we go for will be our most important signing of the season so we need to get it right. I’ve said it before but I think Jose Riga of Charlton would be an excellent choice as well. He’s managed some top clubs abroad as well and it may be worth paying a bit of compensation in order to poach him from a smaller club like Charlton. On another note, I would be quite happy to sell Ulloa for £6.5 million (or thereabouts), sell Buckley as well for a handsome price when Poyet comes calling. With a budget of £10 million that we could get from selling those two players alone and with a good manager at the helm we could build a truly championship winning squad (regardless or how much money other clubs spend). And stick to FFP in the process! Phillip Smith
  • Score: -5

9:15am Sat 17 May 14

Max Ripple says...

mickagull wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Maybe we are waiting for Ashley Cole.
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mickagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Maybe we are waiting for Ashley Cole.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!! Max Ripple
  • Score: 4

9:19am Sat 17 May 14

Max Ripple says...

To baldly go wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
£40k a week! Sorry, he's good but not that good. I mean, I'd hope we'd get him but we are now always going to be on a tight budget unless we get promotion and the dosh that comes with that. Let's keep it real.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round![/p][/quote]£40k a week! Sorry, he's good but not that good. I mean, I'd hope we'd get him but we are now always going to be on a tight budget unless we get promotion and the dosh that comes with that. Let's keep it real. Max Ripple
  • Score: 2

9:28am Sat 17 May 14

Gee Jay says...

Whoever the new manager might be, I hope that he plays CMS and uses his strengths in the right way to get the best from him. I think we all felt that Gus did not do that, and Oscar never got the chance due to CMS's 13 month injury.
Whoever the new manager might be, I hope that he plays CMS and uses his strengths in the right way to get the best from him. I think we all felt that Gus did not do that, and Oscar never got the chance due to CMS's 13 month injury. Gee Jay
  • Score: 9

10:00am Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

mark by the sea wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round!
I think ward wages was in a article on the web and quoted at 12k a week , as for cms at 17 k a week he needs to score goals, nothing judges a forward other than goals, running around chasing things down make him a fans favourite but that's not enough for 2.5 million.
Craig is out of contract in 12 months time, with the fee we paid for him and wages , the bill will end up around the 5-6 million pounds,
Gus never really played him to his strengths , next season is going to see if he can actually do it at this level.
Your right about Wards wages, £13k a week, just checked! shouldn't trust the old brain!
I think Cms is as frustrated as most of us fans re his goal return, but like you say, he's not been played to his strengths and being out injured has only contributed to everyone's frustration. He has turned the dreaded 30 now so it's make or break for him next year.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Agree with your assessment of Wardy, but again it will be down to money, he still has a year left on Wolves' books at £40k a week I believe, so he won't give that up easily, Wolves want him off their books so might pay up say 50% of his remaining contract and look to receive that amount or more as a transfer fee, trouble is for us I can see another Bridge scenario looming, the likes of Reading will again be able to offer more than us and pinch the best players before us! We need to act and act quick or miss out all round![/p][/quote]I think ward wages was in a article on the web and quoted at 12k a week , as for cms at 17 k a week he needs to score goals, nothing judges a forward other than goals, running around chasing things down make him a fans favourite but that's not enough for 2.5 million. Craig is out of contract in 12 months time, with the fee we paid for him and wages , the bill will end up around the 5-6 million pounds, Gus never really played him to his strengths , next season is going to see if he can actually do it at this level.[/p][/quote]Your right about Wards wages, £13k a week, just checked! shouldn't trust the old brain! I think Cms is as frustrated as most of us fans re his goal return, but like you say, he's not been played to his strengths and being out injured has only contributed to everyone's frustration. He has turned the dreaded 30 now so it's make or break for him next year. To baldly go
  • Score: 7

10:05am Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

ringtone wrote:
Lets sign Joe Cole and pay him 100,000 a week, LOL

Why not make him player manager and double his money.
Still an outside chance we could get Messi, couldn't you get the Dunk mafia to go round and see his agent, LOL, I mean they run football in your eyes don't they? You could give him the Stadium as a bonus if we get promoted!
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Lets sign Joe Cole and pay him 100,000 a week, LOL Why not make him player manager and double his money.[/p][/quote]Still an outside chance we could get Messi, couldn't you get the Dunk mafia to go round and see his agent, LOL, I mean they run football in your eyes don't they? You could give him the Stadium as a bonus if we get promoted! To baldly go
  • Score: 2

10:29am Sat 17 May 14

Hugothepug says...

To baldly go wrote:
Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please.
We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time.
As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to!
Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA
I wouldn't mind Karl Robinson either, he's had to work with his hands tied and has played good football by producing youngsters and using good loans. He can bring Dele Ali with him whose going to be some player. And then sign Harrison Mcgahey from Blackpool. Get some good experienced loans in as well and bobs your uncle.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Good to hear Macca, 2 yrs worth of goals next season will do nicely please. We need our new manager in place ASAP! Names being touted around at the moment are all waiting for a prem job to come up imo and won't commit to the Albion until the merry go round slows down in a couple of months time. As I've posted before, Karl Robinson of MK Dons would work out nicely imo, young, keen, plays attractive football and good at getting the most out of players on a small budget! Reading up on some of his history, he is well set to become a top manager, heavily involved at Liverpool as youth coach, followed by spells as assistant to Sam Allardyce at Blackburn and Paul Ince at MKDons before taking over when Ince left, he had Bamford from Chelsea there earlier this season before the kid went to Derby and scored against us, which also shows he has good contacts at the big clubs to! Look at the amount of players starting to be released by other clubs, 33 alone from Middlesbrough and Blackpool! Blackpool due to a rather large wage bill I would think! There must be plenty with the right experience and at the RIGHT AGE for the Albion to cherry pick before every one else gets their act together and beats us to them, come on Bloom and Co, new manager in the next couple of days followed by the best players that are available shortly after, don't hang around and miss the boat!!!! UTA[/p][/quote]I wouldn't mind Karl Robinson either, he's had to work with his hands tied and has played good football by producing youngsters and using good loans. He can bring Dele Ali with him whose going to be some player. And then sign Harrison Mcgahey from Blackpool. Get some good experienced loans in as well and bobs your uncle. Hugothepug
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10:51am Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

klemaniac wrote:
The transfer window isn't open yet so we won't see much activity for a while
Think your right, but can't clubs sign players that have been released? Like Dan Gosling that's gone to Bmouth!
[quote][p][bold]klemaniac[/bold] wrote: The transfer window isn't open yet so we won't see much activity for a while[/p][/quote]Think your right, but can't clubs sign players that have been released? Like Dan Gosling that's gone to Bmouth! To baldly go
  • Score: 4

11:12am Sat 17 May 14

Seagulls via LCFC says...

Looking forward to next season with CMS scoring a hatful and providing assists to Ulloa, with Ward overlapping and putting in loads of crosses. Joe Cole putting in amazing long passes to feet and KLL strolling past defenders and not falling over so much. Would also be good to have a manager who can make a long term commitment to the team and club. Happy summer.
Looking forward to next season with CMS scoring a hatful and providing assists to Ulloa, with Ward overlapping and putting in loads of crosses. Joe Cole putting in amazing long passes to feet and KLL strolling past defenders and not falling over so much. Would also be good to have a manager who can make a long term commitment to the team and club. Happy summer. Seagulls via LCFC
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11:15am Sat 17 May 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

Grendel wrote:
"Albion will kick-off under a new boss for the third successive year "

Blimey, I fell asleep and missed a manager? Surely we are only kicking off with a NEW boss for the second successive year?
Yes, Poyet had already been in charge for more than 2 and a half seasons when the 2012/3 season started!
[quote][p][bold]Grendel[/bold] wrote: "Albion will kick-off under a new boss for the third successive year " Blimey, I fell asleep and missed a manager? Surely we are only kicking off with a NEW boss for the second successive year?[/p][/quote]Yes, Poyet had already been in charge for more than 2 and a half seasons when the 2012/3 season started! Andrea Orlandigasm
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12:30pm Sat 17 May 14

gordongull says...

CMS must have let out a huge sigh of relief on hearing about Oscar's departure. Before that, he would have been anticipating a season of getting into positions, drawing defenders, and making runs while the match is being played on the other side of the half way line.
Craig has made news headlines for an assist recently, but he will be hoping to get on the receiving end of some service when the new season gets under way. He will be waiting for the announcement of a new manager with more interest than most.
CMS must have let out a huge sigh of relief on hearing about Oscar's departure. Before that, he would have been anticipating a season of getting into positions, drawing defenders, and making runs while the match is being played on the other side of the half way line. Craig has made news headlines for an assist recently, but he will be hoping to get on the receiving end of some service when the new season gets under way. He will be waiting for the announcement of a new manager with more interest than most. gordongull
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1:11pm Sat 17 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years.
I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 3

1:58pm Sat 17 May 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years.
Need to see how he goes in the new season imo, if he scores a few goals his stock will go up considerably, giving him the upper hand, but, he will be 31 when his contract finishes, if we manage to go up he could be surplus to requirement, so, very much like this season, those with one year left will have to wait and see.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years.[/p][/quote]Need to see how he goes in the new season imo, if he scores a few goals his stock will go up considerably, giving him the upper hand, but, he will be 31 when his contract finishes, if we manage to go up he could be surplus to requirement, so, very much like this season, those with one year left will have to wait and see. To baldly go
  • Score: 3

9:46pm Sat 17 May 14

keswick says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..
The Wolves manager said all players on loan can leave so I think that you can take it as read that he is available.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..[/p][/quote]The Wolves manager said all players on loan can leave so I think that you can take it as read that he is available. keswick
  • Score: 2

7:26am Sun 18 May 14

Albion In Staffs says...

keswick wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..
The Wolves manager said all players on loan can leave so I think that you can take it as read that he is available.
In the last week, Jackett has also said each returning player will be treated as an individual case and assessed a week before the squad returns for pre-season. So it's not necessarily an open and shut case and we'll have to wait and see.
But the main point of my initial response to Namgo49 was to say that if Ward doesn't sign for us, it won't automatically be because "something is seriously wrong with the management of the club."
There are so many factors involved and it's a throw-away remark which is an easy one to take if you want to be needlessly critical.
[quote][p][bold]keswick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..[/p][/quote]The Wolves manager said all players on loan can leave so I think that you can take it as read that he is available.[/p][/quote]In the last week, Jackett has also said each returning player will be treated as an individual case and assessed a week before the squad returns for pre-season. So it's not necessarily an open and shut case and we'll have to wait and see. But the main point of my initial response to Namgo49 was to say that if Ward doesn't sign for us, it won't automatically be because "something is seriously wrong with the management of the club." There are so many factors involved and it's a throw-away remark which is an easy one to take if you want to be needlessly critical. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 2

3:23pm Sun 18 May 14

pte says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years.
Offer him less and he will go on a Bosman.

That is the dilemma the club has. They may sell in the summer or wait to see how he goes until the the january window. If he plays well either offer a good contract or get as much as they can
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I would like to see CMS offered a new deal, one that ties him to us for say, 3 more years, but one that would also cut his wages from their present level. For CMS it would be a trade off, less money offset by security for the coming 3 years.[/p][/quote]Offer him less and he will go on a Bosman. That is the dilemma the club has. They may sell in the summer or wait to see how he goes until the the january window. If he plays well either offer a good contract or get as much as they can pte
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6:15am Thu 22 May 14

Captain Haddock says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
namgo49 wrote:
What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.
Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..
Jackett himself says Wolves won't keep him - was quoted a few weeks ago and had already previously hinted the same a few weeks prior.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: What I want to know is why we haven't signed Ward yet! If we miss out on him there is something very seriously wrong with the management of the club. Excellent skills, plays through the pain and a 1st class bloke.[/p][/quote]Who says Wolves won't want to keep him now they've come back up? If he doesn't sign for us, it doesn't automatically mean Albion have messed up..[/p][/quote]Jackett himself says Wolves won't keep him - was quoted a few weeks ago and had already previously hinted the same a few weeks prior. Captain Haddock
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