Hyypia priority is strengthening the Albion squad

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

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ALBION boss Sami Hyypia has put additions to his backroom team on hold to concentrate on strengthening the squad.

The Finnish giant has given a vote of confidence to Nathan Jones and is in no rush to confirm his No. 2 or other additions to the coaching staff.

Hyypia's predecessor Oscar Garcia agreed to the appointment of Spanish-speaking former Albion defender Jones as his assistant.

The Welshman is being retained by ex-Bayer Leverkusen chief Hyypia as first team coach. Hyypia said: "The first priority is to get a squad together to have a chance to be successful in the Championship.

"In Germany it was a different set-up. I need to get to know the people here. I've met Nathan Jones already and I liked what he said.

"He's very professional, his knowledge about football is good and he will work hard for the cause.

"I need a few other people in backroom staff but I'm not in a hurry. There are a lot of good coaches at the club already."

Albion still have the up-and-coming Mark Mason to work with the goalkeepers following the departure of Ruben Martinez along with fitness coach Juan Torrijo, who have teamed back up with Oscar on his return to Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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5:36am Mon 16 Jun 14

OzzieGull says...

How come Jones has been demoted?
How come Jones has been demoted? OzzieGull
  • Score: -6

5:49am Mon 16 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

OzzieGull wrote:
How come Jones has been demoted?
so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout.
[quote][p][bold]OzzieGull[/bold] wrote: How come Jones has been demoted?[/p][/quote]so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

7:32am Mon 16 Jun 14

mark by the sea says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
OzzieGull wrote:
How come Jones has been demoted?
so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout.
Another terrible article. .. Who is mason ? The quotes from sami are a week old, we have ten days till report for pre season training, I can't believe sami has no one in mind for number 2 ,
We have had no mention of the meeting in Portugal over FFP ..
Yes it's holiday time but this story is scraping old barrels .
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OzzieGull[/bold] wrote: How come Jones has been demoted?[/p][/quote]so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout.[/p][/quote]Another terrible article. .. Who is mason ? The quotes from sami are a week old, we have ten days till report for pre season training, I can't believe sami has no one in mind for number 2 , We have had no mention of the meeting in Portugal over FFP .. Yes it's holiday time but this story is scraping old barrels . mark by the sea
  • Score: 11

9:43am Mon 16 Jun 14

Steyning reject says...

mark by the sea wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
OzzieGull wrote:
How come Jones has been demoted?
so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout.
Another terrible article. .. Who is mason ? The quotes from sami are a week old, we have ten days till report for pre season training, I can't believe sami has no one in mind for number 2 ,
We have had no mention of the meeting in Portugal over FFP ..
Yes it's holiday time but this story is scraping old barrels .
Mark Mason is the academy /U21 goalkeeping coach who has been at the club 20 months. He was called up by the FA to help coach young keepers on a 2 day coarse which included Walton. So is held in high regard.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OzzieGull[/bold] wrote: How come Jones has been demoted?[/p][/quote]so Hyypia can bring in his own No2 if and when he wants to. Jones with his new job might even end up taking over some fo the duties of chief scout.[/p][/quote]Another terrible article. .. Who is mason ? The quotes from sami are a week old, we have ten days till report for pre season training, I can't believe sami has no one in mind for number 2 , We have had no mention of the meeting in Portugal over FFP .. Yes it's holiday time but this story is scraping old barrels .[/p][/quote]Mark Mason is the academy /U21 goalkeeping coach who has been at the club 20 months. He was called up by the FA to help coach young keepers on a 2 day coarse which included Walton. So is held in high regard. Steyning reject
  • Score: 15

9:59am Mon 16 Jun 14

4everaseagull says...

Mark Mason is a top quality goalkeeping coach who as Steyning says is the academy/U21 goalkeeping coach. I have seen him at first hand when my son had a coaching session with Mark and some of the other younger coaches at the club and was very impressed. Out of interest anyone know if Casper, Calde & Bruno have signed the contracts they were offered?
Mark Mason is a top quality goalkeeping coach who as Steyning says is the academy/U21 goalkeeping coach. I have seen him at first hand when my son had a coaching session with Mark and some of the other younger coaches at the club and was very impressed. Out of interest anyone know if Casper, Calde & Bruno have signed the contracts they were offered? 4everaseagull
  • Score: 9

10:49am Mon 16 Jun 14

tinker111 says...

OzzieGull wrote:
How come Jones has been demoted?
so he keeps his mouth shut ????
[quote][p][bold]OzzieGull[/bold] wrote: How come Jones has been demoted?[/p][/quote]so he keeps his mouth shut ???? tinker111
  • Score: 0

12:16pm Mon 16 Jun 14

pjwilk says...

When we add to our playing staff make sure we get proven quality,not players even inferior to what we have.How many more back room staff that do nothing do we need?We are only a small Championship team with no money and no ambition.(ffp rules wont let us buy much,we will have to get cheap loans).
When we add to our playing staff make sure we get proven quality,not players even inferior to what we have.How many more back room staff that do nothing do we need?We are only a small Championship team with no money and no ambition.(ffp rules wont let us buy much,we will have to get cheap loans). pjwilk
  • Score: -21

1:06pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Gee Jay says...

Don't mess about Sam, just get Pirlo.
Don't mess about Sam, just get Pirlo. Gee Jay
  • Score: 0

1:15pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Marko uta says...

In terms of signings hyypia should sign:
A goalkeeper
2 centrebacks
A lefback (hopefully ward)
Exciting centre attacking midfielder
Two talented wingers
A quality striker
8 players and some of these couod be signed on loan or up from our development squad so get signing albion

UTA
In terms of signings hyypia should sign: A goalkeeper 2 centrebacks A lefback (hopefully ward) Exciting centre attacking midfielder Two talented wingers A quality striker 8 players and some of these couod be signed on loan or up from our development squad so get signing albion UTA Marko uta
  • Score: 8

1:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Alan G Skinner says...

I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.
I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk. Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Alan G Skinner wrote:
I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.
Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.
[quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.[/p][/quote]Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 21

2:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

JeffLomer says...

pjwilk wrote:
When we add to our playing staff make sure we get proven quality,not players even inferior to what we have.How many more back room staff that do nothing do we need?We are only a small Championship team with no money and no ambition.(ffp rules wont let us buy much,we will have to get cheap loans).
You got sun stroke just trying to work out why your posts are so negative the season has not started yet
[quote][p][bold]pjwilk[/bold] wrote: When we add to our playing staff make sure we get proven quality,not players even inferior to what we have.How many more back room staff that do nothing do we need?We are only a small Championship team with no money and no ambition.(ffp rules wont let us buy much,we will have to get cheap loans).[/p][/quote]You got sun stroke just trying to work out why your posts are so negative the season has not started yet JeffLomer
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
Alan G Skinner wrote:
I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.
Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.
Yes agree.Use Anks as a goalkeeping coach.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.[/p][/quote]Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.[/p][/quote]Yes agree.Use Anks as a goalkeeping coach. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 2

3:03pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
Albion In Staffs wrote:
Alan G Skinner wrote:
I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.
Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.
Yes agree.Use Anks as a goalkeeping coach.
Good shout. He's supposed to be well thought of in the dressing room so may prove a good player/coach option.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.[/p][/quote]Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.[/p][/quote]Yes agree.Use Anks as a goalkeeping coach.[/p][/quote]Good shout. He's supposed to be well thought of in the dressing room so may prove a good player/coach option. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 2

3:19pm Mon 16 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

With pre-season training not too far away, I am wondering just where on the park Hyypia sees as his first priority. The two gaping holes in our squad appear to be up front and center of defense. Will it be harder for the club to sign a decent striker, or will finding two decent center backs be a tougher task,
Which of these two areas would you guys handle first.

With just CMS and Leo as first team strikers we need another, and by, 'another,' I don't mean a DS lad, any upward move from the DS would be as fourth option up front.
Two center backs a must, does it take longer for defenders to meld into a good unit, or do strikers need more time. I ask these questions on the basis of how the answers affect training and planning.

If we were to get maybe two weeks into pre-season training without signing a new number one keeper, would that suggest that Walton has got the job? If Hyypia is going to wait to see how Walton shapes up in training and maybe the first two friendly matches, is that possiby leaving it late to find a new number one keeper, should one be needed?

We pretty much know the areas within the squad that need additional players, what areas would you guys see as priority numbers one, two and three?

MBTS is right, this article is old news, so for the sake of debate, I offer you my questions.
With pre-season training not too far away, I am wondering just where on the park Hyypia sees as his first priority. The two gaping holes in our squad appear to be up front and center of defense. Will it be harder for the club to sign a decent striker, or will finding two decent center backs be a tougher task, Which of these two areas would you guys handle first. With just CMS and Leo as first team strikers we need another, and by, 'another,' I don't mean a DS lad, any upward move from the DS would be as fourth option up front. Two center backs a must, does it take longer for defenders to meld into a good unit, or do strikers need more time. I ask these questions on the basis of how the answers affect training and planning. If we were to get maybe two weeks into pre-season training without signing a new number one keeper, would that suggest that Walton has got the job? If Hyypia is going to wait to see how Walton shapes up in training and maybe the first two friendly matches, is that possiby leaving it late to find a new number one keeper, should one be needed? We pretty much know the areas within the squad that need additional players, what areas would you guys see as priority numbers one, two and three? MBTS is right, this article is old news, so for the sake of debate, I offer you my questions. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -2

3:29pm Mon 16 Jun 14

gordongull says...

Could we get a situation where players are applying to clubs for a contract? If we need anything up to 10 new players, why go looking for them and pay top dollar?
Just advertise the vacancies, and see who turns up.
There are a lot of players out there, and it's a buyers' market.
Could we get a situation where players are applying to clubs for a contract? If we need anything up to 10 new players, why go looking for them and pay top dollar? Just advertise the vacancies, and see who turns up. There are a lot of players out there, and it's a buyers' market. gordongull
  • Score: 0

3:41pm Mon 16 Jun 14

don't wanna do it like that says...

Wednesday the fixture list for next season will be annouced.
Wednesday the fixture list for next season will be annouced. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 5

3:41pm Mon 16 Jun 14

gordongull says...

CREATIVE MIDFIELDER WANTED by ambitious Championship Club.
The ability to find the killer through-ball, and the skill and vision to see a pass through multiple defenders would be an advantage.
Please send the URL of your You Tube Video to:
S. Hyypia
The Amex Stadium
Brighton.
CREATIVE MIDFIELDER WANTED by ambitious Championship Club. The ability to find the killer through-ball, and the skill and vision to see a pass through multiple defenders would be an advantage. Please send the URL of your You Tube Video to: S. Hyypia The Amex Stadium Brighton. gordongull
  • Score: 6

4:55pm Mon 16 Jun 14

dave from bexill says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
Alan G Skinner wrote:
I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.
Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.
Alan, have you seen young Mr Walton play? Why do you think the club will go with him as our number one, which in my view is most unlikely? Of all the positions on the field, mistakes in goal, particularly made by a rookie keeper , are likely to have the most devastating effect. Like Albion in Staffs points out, much more likely he moves up to number two, which affords the opportunity to train with the seniors rather than developmental players, provided the management assess him to be ready.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alan G Skinner[/bold] wrote: I strongly suspect Christian Walton will be our No.1 this season, definitely worth the risk.[/p][/quote]Personally, I very much doubt any club at this level would put their faith in an eighteen year old, especially in this position. At his age, 20 or more solid games would merely confirm his potential, one bad one could ruin him. I'd expect us to sign a number one, possibly even re-sign TK and then give Christian the number 2 berth and a few early cup run-outs to see how he fares.[/p][/quote]Alan, have you seen young Mr Walton play? Why do you think the club will go with him as our number one, which in my view is most unlikely? Of all the positions on the field, mistakes in goal, particularly made by a rookie keeper , are likely to have the most devastating effect. Like Albion in Staffs points out, much more likely he moves up to number two, which affords the opportunity to train with the seniors rather than developmental players, provided the management assess him to be ready. dave from bexill
  • Score: 2

6:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.
Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -6

8:20pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.
How do you know we haven't made any approaches for players? Just because something hasn't been reported, doesn't mean it's not happening....
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.[/p][/quote]How do you know we haven't made any approaches for players? Just because something hasn't been reported, doesn't mean it's not happening.... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 5

8:25pm Mon 16 Jun 14

driverchris53 says...

I may be being stupid but we haven't got a fitness coach for pre-season. Isn't this the time when we need one more than any other.
I may be being stupid but we haven't got a fitness coach for pre-season. Isn't this the time when we need one more than any other. driverchris53
  • Score: 4

8:46pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Gee Jay says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.
There's always big birds chasing Championship players, so long as it doesn't effect their performance on the pitch it's O.K.
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.[/p][/quote]There's always big birds chasing Championship players, so long as it doesn't effect their performance on the pitch it's O.K. Gee Jay
  • Score: 3

8:57pm Mon 16 Jun 14

gordongull says...

Gee Jay wrote:
Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.
There's always big birds chasing Championship players, so long as it doesn't effect their performance on the pitch it's O.K.
Something the size of The Road Runner or Foghorn Leghorn could have an adverse effect on performance.
[quote][p][bold]Gee Jay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Theres already big bids going in for some top championship players, but not by us, we are missing out on so much it will be another mad scramble for loans.[/p][/quote]There's always big birds chasing Championship players, so long as it doesn't effect their performance on the pitch it's O.K.[/p][/quote]Something the size of The Road Runner or Foghorn Leghorn could have an adverse effect on performance. gordongull
  • Score: 5

10:41pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Marky24 says...

A good right and left back please Sami
A good right and left back please Sami Marky24
  • Score: 3

4:05am Tue 17 Jun 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

4everaseagull wrote:
Mark Mason is a top quality goalkeeping coach who as Steyning says is the academy/U21 goalkeeping coach. I have seen him at first hand when my son had a coaching session with Mark and some of the other younger coaches at the club and was very impressed. Out of interest anyone know if Casper, Calde & Bruno have signed the contracts they were offered?
Caldo is currently in Brazil partying with Norman Cook. Enjoy it Calde, everyone needs some time off!

UTA!!
[quote][p][bold]4everaseagull[/bold] wrote: Mark Mason is a top quality goalkeeping coach who as Steyning says is the academy/U21 goalkeeping coach. I have seen him at first hand when my son had a coaching session with Mark and some of the other younger coaches at the club and was very impressed. Out of interest anyone know if Casper, Calde & Bruno have signed the contracts they were offered?[/p][/quote]Caldo is currently in Brazil partying with Norman Cook. Enjoy it Calde, everyone needs some time off! UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 0

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