Hyypia wants to move quickly as he weighs up his Albion squad

Sami Hyypia in the spotlight today

Sami Hyypia in the spotlight today

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Sami Hyypia was set for more talks on player recruitment today as he pieces together his Albion squad.

The new Seagulls manager said he was looking forward to talking with head of football operations David Burke after a press conference this morning.

Hyypia met the media at Albion’s impressive new training base at Lancing.

He admitted he was keen to get his playing staff together as quickly as possible.

And he welcomed the chance to have a bigger say on signings than he was permitted at his previous club Bayer Leverkusen.

Hyypia said: “I’ve seen a few games last season. I need to sit down with David Burke and talk wth him about the squad.

“We have to be quick to get all the players in before training starts.

“In Germany I didn't have a lot to say about the signings, the club mostly did them.

“I am very pleased that my opinion will be heard here.”

Hyypia and Burke have been in regular contact since the Finn was appointed manager last Friday.

The new boss admitted he was impressed by his surroundings.

He added: “The ambition of the club attracted me. When I saw the training ground and the stadium I knew they were serious.

"That's one reason I am sitting here at the moment.

“Hopefully I can take club forward in next three years.

“Where we finish, I don't know, hopefully we go forward. What I've done before doesn't matter.

"What counts is what I do after this moment."

Hyypia said he was confident of building on Albion’s two play-off seasons.

He added: “I'm always confident. Confidence is no bad thing but we need to be realistic.

“The club has had a few good campaigns in the last few years but my job is to make it better.

“Hopefully the progress will continue and I will be a happy man if I can take the club forward.”

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3:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

ballantrrae says...

Some good positive but realistic comments from Hyypia judging from this Argus report. Really glad that he wants to get the much needed recruitment and squad re-building under way as a priority (according to the live thread the Argus post of the Press Conference) I appreciate that signing players is not a quick process these days so that, as Adam Virgo says, we fans will have to be patient.
However I shall be interested to see exactly who SH manages to acquire for BHA whether it be permanently or on Loan. Busy times ahead. Welcome to the Albion Sami.
Some good positive but realistic comments from Hyypia judging from this Argus report. Really glad that he wants to get the much needed recruitment and squad re-building under way as a priority (according to the live thread the Argus post of the Press Conference) I appreciate that signing players is not a quick process these days so that, as Adam Virgo says, we fans will have to be patient. However I shall be interested to see exactly who SH manages to acquire for BHA whether it be permanently or on Loan. Busy times ahead. Welcome to the Albion Sami. ballantrrae
  • Score: 17

3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Gaz the great says...

Welcome to BHA Sami, nicely understated press conference, no massive promises, glad his opinion will be listened to, ect! If he is half as good a manager as he was a player, then I feel my season ticket money is gonna be well worth it!
Welcome to BHA Sami, nicely understated press conference, no massive promises, glad his opinion will be listened to, ect! If he is half as good a manager as he was a player, then I feel my season ticket money is gonna be well worth it! Gaz the great
  • Score: 12

3:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Some good positive but realistic comments from Hyypia judging from this Argus report. Really glad that he wants to get the much needed recruitment and squad re-building under way as a priority (according to the live thread the Argus post of the Press Conference) I appreciate that signing players is not a quick process these days so that, as Adam Virgo says, we fans will have to be patient.
However I shall be interested to see exactly who SH manages to acquire for BHA whether it be permanently or on Loan. Busy times ahead. Welcome to the Albion Sami.
Hi Ballantrae.
Have to think that Sami will start his squad formation from the back, generally speaking that is.

Sorting out our keeper situation is clearly a must, be it the return of TK or a new player, by doing so we should also then settle the question of Walton's role.
With Hyypia is now officially in place, one would have to think that the Ward question can be addressed.
With just Greer and Dunk as center backs, and the ongoing question of Greer lacking half a yard of pace, this part of the back four has to be worked thru. Obvious statement, yes, but Sami might get radical and consider Greer not up to the challenge, he might become the number three center back.
Bruno and Calde avoided the let go list but are they both safe, should they be? If the plan is to spend where most needed then I guess Bruno and Calde will stay in the new squad, but if Sami lands a decent, younger and quicker right back on a season long loan, could one of the two go?

Am I way off the mark with my thinking?
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: Some good positive but realistic comments from Hyypia judging from this Argus report. Really glad that he wants to get the much needed recruitment and squad re-building under way as a priority (according to the live thread the Argus post of the Press Conference) I appreciate that signing players is not a quick process these days so that, as Adam Virgo says, we fans will have to be patient. However I shall be interested to see exactly who SH manages to acquire for BHA whether it be permanently or on Loan. Busy times ahead. Welcome to the Albion Sami.[/p][/quote]Hi Ballantrae. Have to think that Sami will start his squad formation from the back, generally speaking that is. Sorting out our keeper situation is clearly a must, be it the return of TK or a new player, by doing so we should also then settle the question of Walton's role. With Hyypia is now officially in place, one would have to think that the Ward question can be addressed. With just Greer and Dunk as center backs, and the ongoing question of Greer lacking half a yard of pace, this part of the back four has to be worked thru. Obvious statement, yes, but Sami might get radical and consider Greer not up to the challenge, he might become the number three center back. Bruno and Calde avoided the let go list but are they both safe, should they be? If the plan is to spend where most needed then I guess Bruno and Calde will stay in the new squad, but if Sami lands a decent, younger and quicker right back on a season long loan, could one of the two go? Am I way off the mark with my thinking? VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

I see that the catering contract for our new facility has been announced, not exactly big news but what I did find interesting, if not slightly surprising, is the mention of the fact that there will be 100 non playing staff at the facility.

I wonder, what do those 100 non playing staff do.
I see that the catering contract for our new facility has been announced, not exactly big news but what I did find interesting, if not slightly surprising, is the mention of the fact that there will be 100 non playing staff at the facility. I wonder, what do those 100 non playing staff do. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 5

4:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

“I am very pleased that my opinion will be heard here.”

Not half as pleased as many of us will be, Sami. Welcome to the Champioship, and good luck with the recruitment challenges you face.

A top-two finnish would be nice, by the way.... (no Finn pun intended)
“I am very pleased that my opinion will be heard here.” Not half as pleased as many of us will be, Sami. Welcome to the Champioship, and good luck with the recruitment challenges you face. A top-two finnish would be nice, by the way.... (no Finn pun intended) Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 7

4:45pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

No smoke, no mirrors... just common sense and hopefully a lot of truth, not from Sami but those who convinced him to sign up. It's no good telling the guy one thing and then doing something else when he's safely seated in his office. The suits have got to take on board his highly valuable opinions and learn from his time at the top level of the game. Love it !!! UTA
No smoke, no mirrors... just common sense and hopefully a lot of truth, not from Sami but those who convinced him to sign up. It's no good telling the guy one thing and then doing something else when he's safely seated in his office. The suits have got to take on board his highly valuable opinions and learn from his time at the top level of the game. Love it !!! UTA Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 7

5:12pm Thu 12 Jun 14

novascotiagull says...

I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now.
I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now. novascotiagull
  • Score: 8

5:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Blue and White Gulls says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
I see that the catering contract for our new facility has been announced, not exactly big news but what I did find interesting, if not slightly surprising, is the mention of the fact that there will be 100 non playing staff at the facility.

I wonder, what do those 100 non playing staff do.
Purely a guess Vegas, but as some of the youngsters at the academy may be as young as 10 they may be chaperones or tutors. Chaperones, is that word; we'll you know what I mean.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: I see that the catering contract for our new facility has been announced, not exactly big news but what I did find interesting, if not slightly surprising, is the mention of the fact that there will be 100 non playing staff at the facility. I wonder, what do those 100 non playing staff do.[/p][/quote]Purely a guess Vegas, but as some of the youngsters at the academy may be as young as 10 they may be chaperones or tutors. Chaperones, is that word; we'll you know what I mean. Blue and White Gulls
  • Score: 3

5:36pm Thu 12 Jun 14

lighteninglee says...

they have said In motor racing for years. if you want to win employ a Finn fingers crossed it works for us. up the albion.
they have said In motor racing for years. if you want to win employ a Finn fingers crossed it works for us. up the albion. lighteninglee
  • Score: 3

5:52pm Thu 12 Jun 14

graham w says...

Welcome sami, i wish you all the best luck in the world, u were a class defender, i like the idea of counter attacking quickly, as a finn you will have great car control,s lets hope your player control is as good ....... GOOD LUCK SAMMI... seagulls .... UTA..
Welcome sami, i wish you all the best luck in the world, u were a class defender, i like the idea of counter attacking quickly, as a finn you will have great car control,s lets hope your player control is as good ....... GOOD LUCK SAMMI... seagulls .... UTA.. graham w
  • Score: 3

6:04pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

novascotiagull wrote:
I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now.
Agree. And it already feels as if they have more confidence in Sami from the outset than perhaps they did with OG.
[quote][p][bold]novascotiagull[/bold] wrote: I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now.[/p][/quote]Agree. And it already feels as if they have more confidence in Sami from the outset than perhaps they did with OG. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 4

6:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
novascotiagull wrote:
I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now.
Agree. And it already feels as if they have more confidence in Sami from the outset than perhaps they did with OG.
you are right, there does seem to be a different feel about this appointment, and Hyypia very quickly let it be known that he would have a hand in the transfer dealings.
With so much talk on this forum, and I guess by the fan base in general, being about the suits doing the hiring and firing, it seems that both Hyypia and the club wanted to it out there that Hyypia is the man.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]novascotiagull[/bold] wrote: I listened to Mr. Barber yesterday and Mr. Bloom earlier this month and now I read this. Its almost as if those people so often referred to as the suits actually know a lot more about football the game and football the business than their detractors on here give them credit for. I think they did a great job getting SH and that he will do a great job with the team. The moaners and the doubters and the glass is half empty crowd will probably start focusing on England right about now.[/p][/quote]Agree. And it already feels as if they have more confidence in Sami from the outset than perhaps they did with OG.[/p][/quote]you are right, there does seem to be a different feel about this appointment, and Hyypia very quickly let it be known that he would have a hand in the transfer dealings. With so much talk on this forum, and I guess by the fan base in general, being about the suits doing the hiring and firing, it seems that both Hyypia and the club wanted to it out there that Hyypia is the man. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

8:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

gordongull says...

Paul Barber Said at the press conference that Sami's communication skills played a part in the decision to appoint him. It would appear that those skills are going to be instrumental in recruiting new players for the team, if, as looks likely, he forges a good working relationship with Head of Football Operations David Burke.
It now looks likely that Sami will have a meaningful input into which players are signed, and I am delighted by this turn of events. He will have considerably more influence than was the case at his previous Club, so is unlikely to become disillusioned by not having full control of transfer policy.
Where communication is concerned, Oscar apparently took little interest in liaising with higher Management, but clearly wasn't impressed when his players started disappearing.
Gus is an accomplished communicator, but much of what he was communicating wasn't what the Club wanted to hear.
When it comes to attracting players , dealing with the hierarchy at the Club, or connecting with supporters, Sami's communication skills are going to be valuable asset to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Paul Barber Said at the press conference that Sami's communication skills played a part in the decision to appoint him. It would appear that those skills are going to be instrumental in recruiting new players for the team, if, as looks likely, he forges a good working relationship with Head of Football Operations David Burke. It now looks likely that Sami will have a meaningful input into which players are signed, and I am delighted by this turn of events. He will have considerably more influence than was the case at his previous Club, so is unlikely to become disillusioned by not having full control of transfer policy. Where communication is concerned, Oscar apparently took little interest in liaising with higher Management, but clearly wasn't impressed when his players started disappearing. Gus is an accomplished communicator, but much of what he was communicating wasn't what the Club wanted to hear. When it comes to attracting players , dealing with the hierarchy at the Club, or connecting with supporters, Sami's communication skills are going to be valuable asset to Brighton and Hove Albion. gordongull
  • Score: 2

9:46pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Andrea Orlandigasm says...

“We have to be quick to get all the players in before training starts." If he means literally "all", it could be a very busy and exciting 3 weeks with 7 or 8 signed! We don't usually sign that many in June. #bringbackorlandi
“We have to be quick to get all the players in before training starts." If he means literally "all", it could be a very busy and exciting 3 weeks with 7 or 8 signed! We don't usually sign that many in June. #bringbackorlandi Andrea Orlandigasm
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Sami says he's pleased that he will be heard here. Very modest, but I hope he's more than heard and is allowed to be the key driving force behind where we need to recruit and what players. The Poyet-Burke duet, combined with a mass of player departures, has left a squad lacking pace, little cutting edge and awful on the counter-attack. Because of that, I would rather Hyppia's judgement take precedence, but with the Barber/Burke giving the budget and writing the cheques.
Sami says he's pleased that he will be heard here. Very modest, but I hope he's more than heard and is allowed to be the key driving force behind where we need to recruit and what players. The Poyet-Burke duet, combined with a mass of player departures, has left a squad lacking pace, little cutting edge and awful on the counter-attack. Because of that, I would rather Hyppia's judgement take precedence, but with the Barber/Burke giving the budget and writing the cheques. Withdean-er
  • Score: 0

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