Macca welcomes fresh start with Hyypia

Craig Mackail-Smith wants to get back to goalscoring form

Craig Mackail-Smith wants to get back to goalscoring form

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Craig Mackail-Smith is relishing the chance of a fresh start under new Albion manager Sami Hyypia.

The striker reports back with the rest of the squad for medical checks at the club’s new £30 million base in Lancing today and tomorrow before pre-season training starts on Monday.

For Mackail-Smith it is an opportunity to put behind him a frustrating 15 months plagued by injuries and to prove his worth in the final year of his contract.

The 30-year-old made only seven substitute appearances under former boss Oscar Garcia at the end of last season.

He helped Albion scramble into the play-offs after rupturing an Achilles in March 2013, towards the end of Gus Poyet's reign, and then suffering an ankle injury which severely delayed his comeback.

Oscar’s departure immediately after defeat in the play-offs against Derby County took Mackail-Smith by surprise but he is now looking forward to working with Hyypia.

The former Peterborough marksman said: “I’m really excited to be working with him. We’ve been very lucky at Brighton and since I joined the club.

“We’ve had Gus Poyet, Oscar Garcia and now Hyypia in charge, three guys with great playing careers who went into management.

“He’s someone who’s had a lot of experience at the highest level and he can hopefully bring a lot to the table with his management style and quality, but also offer us new information for training as well.

“We didn’t really see Oscar leaving but maybe it’s worked out well that we’ve brought in a new manager. With our new training ground ready, we can all move together in a fresh direction.

“The players that struggled under Oscar will now have a great chance of pushing themselves into the gaffer’s plans.

“It will be a bit weird at first because no one knows what he’s like as a person and there will be that meet and greet first session.

“We have testing on our first couple of days back, so it will be quite relaxed, and Sami will have the chance to go around and get to know the team better before we get back to the serious pre-season training.”

Mackail-Smith has scored 21 goals in 71 starts and 17 substitute appearances for Albion since signing when they moved into the Amex for £3.25 million from Peterborough on a four-year contract.

It has not really worked out so far for the former Scottish international but he believes that could be about to change under Hyypia.

Mackail-Smith said: “Hyypia has been there, done it, and knows how to win things. His first (managerial) job was in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, which is a massive club.

“He’s a Liverpool great and has obviously won a lot of trophies in his career. I’ll be sure to ask him if he thinks we can win one next season – the Championship title, hopefully.”

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9:22am Thu 26 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season.
3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -59

9:48am Thu 26 Jun 14

Gee Jay says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season.
Try to curb your enthusiasm, the season hasn't even started yet.
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: 3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season.[/p][/quote]Try to curb your enthusiasm, the season hasn't even started yet. Gee Jay
  • Score: 35

11:15am Thu 26 Jun 14

heathgate says...

CMS was plagued by injuries, Gus's limited attacking strategy, and a series of inept attacking midfielder and striker support partners,.... with the stated aim of fast attacking transition ( ie, pacey counter attacking style) I think CMS will flourish, as he did at Posh.... quick ball, on the deck, between the opposition denders for him to run onto, good times ahead in that department I think.
CMS was plagued by injuries, Gus's limited attacking strategy, and a series of inept attacking midfielder and striker support partners,.... with the stated aim of fast attacking transition ( ie, pacey counter attacking style) I think CMS will flourish, as he did at Posh.... quick ball, on the deck, between the opposition denders for him to run onto, good times ahead in that department I think. heathgate
  • Score: 26

11:32am Thu 26 Jun 14

pjwilk says...

Gee Jay wrote:
Mayfield sweeper wrote:
3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season.
Try to curb your enthusiasm, the season hasn't even started yet.
Not looking very encouraging at the moment,we need winners in the team.It seems most of the players we buy come here for a nice easy early retirement by- the-sea.
[quote][p][bold]Gee Jay[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: 3.25 million was a hell of a lot to spend on CMS, we could have got better for the money then and now, although we have gone the other way completely and rarely even pay a transfer fee these days. Even Bournemouth have just bid 1.25 million for Andew Surman of Norwich, we should be able to outmuscle a club their size in the transfer market, they have no parachute payments and 10,000 crowds yet they are advancing because they have real ambition. 2 seasons ago we were on the brink of the premier league but we have not strenghtened since then and we are slowly being caught and overtaken by other clubs like Bmth, Ipswich, Brentford etc, all very frustrating. In fact I wouldn't even be surprised if Bournemouth finish above us next season.[/p][/quote]Try to curb your enthusiasm, the season hasn't even started yet.[/p][/quote]Not looking very encouraging at the moment,we need winners in the team.It seems most of the players we buy come here for a nice easy early retirement by- the-sea. pjwilk
  • Score: -30

11:33am Thu 26 Jun 14

farside says...

This rehash of CMS' blog on SKY is a bit dated but the point is good. He will thrive in a counter-attacking side.
This rehash of CMS' blog on SKY is a bit dated but the point is good. He will thrive in a counter-attacking side. farside
  • Score: 16

11:40am Thu 26 Jun 14

AlfieT says...

farside wrote:
This rehash of CMS' blog on SKY is a bit dated but the point is good. He will thrive in a counter-attacking side.
Agree Farside, think he will, certainly will be fired up. I see Vydra has signed for Watford on a season long loan, what a signing he would have been for us.
[quote][p][bold]farside[/bold] wrote: This rehash of CMS' blog on SKY is a bit dated but the point is good. He will thrive in a counter-attacking side.[/p][/quote]Agree Farside, think he will, certainly will be fired up. I see Vydra has signed for Watford on a season long loan, what a signing he would have been for us. AlfieT
  • Score: 15

12:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

See the academy sponsor has been named, American Express, excellent news, but what concerns me is Barbers words, will contribute to our on going financial FairPlay targets! What about the players we need NOW, yes it will give stability and bring players through the youth system etc, but we need to keep the momentum going, if we drift off the pace this season it will cost a **** site more to recover the next one. Don't get me wrong, it's great the club is looking for stability and sustainability but get it wrong and it will be like having Lewis Hamilton in a Caterham F1 car, it will look good but never able to compete.
See the academy sponsor has been named, American Express, excellent news, but what concerns me is Barbers words, will contribute to our on going financial FairPlay targets! What about the players we need NOW, yes it will give stability and bring players through the youth system etc, but we need to keep the momentum going, if we drift off the pace this season it will cost a **** site more to recover the next one. Don't get me wrong, it's great the club is looking for stability and sustainability but get it wrong and it will be like having Lewis Hamilton in a Caterham F1 car, it will look good but never able to compete. To baldly go
  • Score: 0

12:31pm Thu 26 Jun 14

runnergirl says...

Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.)
Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.) runnergirl
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

AlfieT says...

runnergirl wrote:
Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.)
Your in good company with some of the posters on here!
[quote][p][bold]runnergirl[/bold] wrote: Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.)[/p][/quote]Your in good company with some of the posters on here! AlfieT
  • Score: 12

1:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gordongull says...

runnergirl wrote:
Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.)
Caught me out as well.
Hyypia is looking for an Assistant Manager, and I thought Sir Paul had got the job.
[quote][p][bold]runnergirl[/bold] wrote: Oh, very good. The Argus catching out readers by headlining with a reference to Macca ... so just as people are wondering what the hell the appointment of the new Albion manager has to do with Sir Paul McCartney, they are lured into opening up the page. (I am an idiot, by the way.)[/p][/quote]Caught me out as well. Hyypia is looking for an Assistant Manager, and I thought Sir Paul had got the job. gordongull
  • Score: 6

6:52pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England.

But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.
CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England. But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses. Withdean-er
  • Score: -3

7:42pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gordongull says...

Withdean-er wrote:
CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England.

But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.
CMS turned down QPR, Leicester, and Norwich to move here.
After scoring 35 in all competitions the previous season for Peterborough, he was one of the most sought-after strikers around.
Hopefully he will be more suited to whatever style of play Sami introduces.
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England. But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.[/p][/quote]CMS turned down QPR, Leicester, and Norwich to move here. After scoring 35 in all competitions the previous season for Peterborough, he was one of the most sought-after strikers around. Hopefully he will be more suited to whatever style of play Sami introduces. gordongull
  • Score: 8

7:46pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ringtone says...

Withdean-er wrote:
CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England.

But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.
Great post.

But Poyet wanted to keep Murray, and if he had been allowed this sorry mistake would not have happened, and Palace would not be in the premiership.
[quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England. But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.[/p][/quote]Great post. But Poyet wanted to keep Murray, and if he had been allowed this sorry mistake would not have happened, and Palace would not be in the premiership. ringtone
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

gordongull wrote:
Withdean-er wrote:
CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England.

But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.
CMS turned down QPR, Leicester, and Norwich to move here.
After scoring 35 in all competitions the previous season for Peterborough, he was one of the most sought-after strikers around.
Hopefully he will be more suited to whatever style of play Sami introduces.
Yes, and those clubs got lucky. Another £ coup Darragh Macanthony of Peterborough. Those goals were as League One level, with a vastly lower quality in defences and players in general - as borne out by the Poyet team in League One scoring goals for fun, whereas the Poyet Championship team never cracked the goals for conundrum.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Withdean-er[/bold] wrote: CMS. Comes across as a lovely guy and can shuttle sprint for England. But unfortunately NOT a striker, forward, winger or wide-man of Championship quality, as proven by his Championship record for both Brighton and P'boro. £3.25m was an incredible waste of money, with the effects felt 2 fold on the club to this day that massive blunder by Poyet led TB to take control with Barber and Burke of future transfers. Secondly, the hit to the Albion's profit and loss account each year is still significant - his big wages and the amortisation of his transfer fee over the contract, contribute to our FFP prohibited losses.[/p][/quote]CMS turned down QPR, Leicester, and Norwich to move here. After scoring 35 in all competitions the previous season for Peterborough, he was one of the most sought-after strikers around. Hopefully he will be more suited to whatever style of play Sami introduces.[/p][/quote]Yes, and those clubs got lucky. Another £ coup Darragh Macanthony of Peterborough. Those goals were as League One level, with a vastly lower quality in defences and players in general - as borne out by the Poyet team in League One scoring goals for fun, whereas the Poyet Championship team never cracked the goals for conundrum. Withdean-er
  • Score: 2

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