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Amex add their name to Albion's new training ground

The Argus: Paul Barber Paul Barber

Albion have extended their relationship with American Express by agreeing a multi-year naming rights deal for their new training ground and academy with the financial services company.

The hi-tech complex in Lancing will be known as the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre.

Amex have naming rights to the main building, indoor facility and training pitches at the Seagulls' £30 million centre in Mash Barn Lane.

The company already sponsor Albion's stadium and shirts. They are also a key partner in Albion In The Community, the club's charitable arm.

Albion chief exceutive Paul Barber said: "The club enjoys a hugely successful relationship with American Express and we are delighted that its support has now been extended to include one of the finest football training ground and academy facilities anywhere in the world.

"From a commercial point of view, the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets."

Nigel Greenwood, vice president of American Express, said: "This is a natural extension of our successful partnerships.

"The training facility and academy partnership reinforces our broader commitment to nurturing local talent.

"As the city’s largest private-sector employer, this collaboration further demonstrates our commitment to the success of the communities where we live and work, not only in the short term but for generations to come."

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12:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

fatso says...

The first good signing of the summer
The first good signing of the summer fatso
  • Score: 22

1:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.
New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 21

1:07pm Thu 26 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.
Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle! To baldly go
  • Score: -17

1:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.
Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle!
You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too.

With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending.
With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle![/p][/quote]You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too. With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending. With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 9

1:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Just so yo udon't think I have lost the plot, no I doubt the deal is worth 3 million a year, but every penny it is worth, is one less the club has to pay and one more for transfers. When you have a signed contract for X million over X years, that is money in the bank that you can tap into.
Just so yo udon't think I have lost the plot, no I doubt the deal is worth 3 million a year, but every penny it is worth, is one less the club has to pay and one more for transfers. When you have a signed contract for X million over X years, that is money in the bank that you can tap into. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 2

1:23pm Thu 26 Jun 14

dinobha says...

One - nil to The Suits!
One - nil to The Suits! dinobha
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

9 of us says...

It's the waiting and silence that feeds our impatience.
We will make signings, I'm convinced. Football supporters in the main are always hungry for news of new signings, we just got to wait and don't be put off by what other teams around us are currently doing.
We got a great ground and training facility and players will arrive, in time.
It's the waiting and silence that feeds our impatience. We will make signings, I'm convinced. Football supporters in the main are always hungry for news of new signings, we just got to wait and don't be put off by what other teams around us are currently doing. We got a great ground and training facility and players will arrive, in time. 9 of us
  • Score: 8

1:51pm Thu 26 Jun 14

mikeygit says...

I get the sense now that more and more fans now want signings--- and that includes me--- the days and weeks are ticking by. Let's hope the AMEx deal triggers some deals. Great to have Lancing open for business!!!
I get the sense now that more and more fans now want signings--- and that includes me--- the days and weeks are ticking by. Let's hope the AMEx deal triggers some deals. Great to have Lancing open for business!!! mikeygit
  • Score: 15

2:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Yet more money pouring into the club, now there is surely nothing stopping us from going on a shopping spree, if not then serious questions need to be asked.
Yet more money pouring into the club, now there is surely nothing stopping us from going on a shopping spree, if not then serious questions need to be asked. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -10

2:04pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Rhodes Seagull says...

Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets"
why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.?
We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules.
Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules?
As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"?
I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!!
Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets" why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.? We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules. Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules? As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"? I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!! Rhodes Seagull
  • Score: 10

2:11pm Thu 26 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.
Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle!
You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too.

With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending.
With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan.
Totally agree on the long term ambitions, who wouldn't? But, like 9 of us has just commented, it's the silence on the player front thats feeding all this frustration!
I posted a few weeks ago that imo, this is the start of another 5yr plan, the squad built by Poyet fell at the last hurdle (twice) and now is the time for a rebuild, but we are NOT rebuilding at the moment, we are watching while other teams ARE!
SH has a week or so to assess the players before they jet off, who will he want to keep, who will he let go? If he doesn't like a couple of players that's even more replacements required! I want to be positive like everyone else yes, but let's be real about this, we are on the back foot at the moment player wise and don't seem to be trying to do anything about it! It's a balancing act and at the moment the scales are heavily in the favour of the opposition.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle![/p][/quote]You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too. With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending. With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan.[/p][/quote]Totally agree on the long term ambitions, who wouldn't? But, like 9 of us has just commented, it's the silence on the player front thats feeding all this frustration! I posted a few weeks ago that imo, this is the start of another 5yr plan, the squad built by Poyet fell at the last hurdle (twice) and now is the time for a rebuild, but we are NOT rebuilding at the moment, we are watching while other teams ARE! SH has a week or so to assess the players before they jet off, who will he want to keep, who will he let go? If he doesn't like a couple of players that's even more replacements required! I want to be positive like everyone else yes, but let's be real about this, we are on the back foot at the moment player wise and don't seem to be trying to do anything about it! It's a balancing act and at the moment the scales are heavily in the favour of the opposition. To baldly go
  • Score: -5

2:12pm Thu 26 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

mikeygit wrote:
I get the sense now that more and more fans now want signings--- and that includes me--- the days and weeks are ticking by. Let's hope the AMEx deal triggers some deals. Great to have Lancing open for business!!!
Hi Mikey.
The new deal with American Express is just another of the building blocks required for sustainable income of a number of years, income not derived from selling players. We know of other proposed income streams, the student block, parking facility and the hotel, and the newish pre-turnstile bar which is already in existence. The latest deal with American Express is big news and will provide revenues over a number of years, but I am sure that the club will be looking for yet more opportunities to increase off field income.
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: I get the sense now that more and more fans now want signings--- and that includes me--- the days and weeks are ticking by. Let's hope the AMEx deal triggers some deals. Great to have Lancing open for business!!![/p][/quote]Hi Mikey. The new deal with American Express is just another of the building blocks required for sustainable income of a number of years, income not derived from selling players. We know of other proposed income streams, the student block, parking facility and the hotel, and the newish pre-turnstile bar which is already in existence. The latest deal with American Express is big news and will provide revenues over a number of years, but I am sure that the club will be looking for yet more opportunities to increase off field income. VegasSeagull
  • Score: -1

2:14pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Great news, thank you American Express. Time to get talking to TK and Ward again, I think.
Great news, thank you American Express. Time to get talking to TK and Ward again, I think. Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 9

2:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Gee Jay says...

American Express are a prestige sponsor, and would not be signing contracts with B&HA if there was no good prospects for the future of the club.
Compare this sponsor with some of the other 'second rate' club and shirt sponsors in the Championship.
This is a good and positive deal.
American Express are a prestige sponsor, and would not be signing contracts with B&HA if there was no good prospects for the future of the club. Compare this sponsor with some of the other 'second rate' club and shirt sponsors in the Championship. This is a good and positive deal. Gee Jay
  • Score: 14

2:17pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.
Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle!
You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too.

With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending.
With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan.
Do you have any idea how much debt the club has? Presumably not if you think it will be gone in a oouple of years! There was a very good article in the Guardian a few weeks back that shows exactly how much debt each championship club has and how big their wage bill is......

http://www.theguardi
an.com/news/datablog
/2014/may/22/champio
nship-club-accounts-
profit-loss-and-the-
wage-bill
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: New money that ensures we will continue to be FFP compliant, and that should free up more money for the transfer budget. This could be the first season where Bloom's cheque book and money from gate receipts, won't have to be used to service our losses, that has to be a good thing when going forward.[/p][/quote]Agree on the stability front Vegas, but the dreaded FFP gets a mention but no news on signings! The club needs to keep bums on seats, the way it's going at the moment there will be as many empty seats on the bench as there will be in the stands! I am sorry to be so negative but we all need a pick me up on the player front imo, get some excitement in the air, anticipation etc, others are getting their squads sorted but we sit idle![/p][/quote]You are right, we do need exciting players but look just a season or two ahead, and to some degree this season too. With the new money from American Express now available stashing money away to reduce our debt is probably no longer a requirement, in effect American Express have picked that up. The deal is a multi year one, so as soon as our debt is at zero, there should be quite a lot more for player spending. With the sales of last year, and the very modest spending, we might take a decent slice off that debt figure, and if we do, then all our debt could be gone in a couple of years. I think our promotion year will be the year in when we don't have a debt to service and all available funds can go to buying those we need to get promoted, but that doesn't mean that we won't have a marquee signing or two this season, even if they are only on loan.[/p][/quote]Do you have any idea how much debt the club has? Presumably not if you think it will be gone in a oouple of years! There was a very good article in the Guardian a few weeks back that shows exactly how much debt each championship club has and how big their wage bill is...... http://www.theguardi an.com/news/datablog /2014/may/22/champio nship-club-accounts- profit-loss-and-the- wage-bill Quiterie
  • Score: 6

2:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gordongull says...

I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging.
Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent.
Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here?
I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging. Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent. Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here? gordongull
  • Score: 13

2:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Rhodes Seagull wrote:
Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets"
why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.?
We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules.
Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules?
As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"?
I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!!
Indeed, it seems the suits are so preoccupied with FFP that they've forgotten that we urgently require new players. Whilst I'm sure it must be of great delight to them, complying with FFP is not at all exciting in any way, it is having a fantastic squad playing good football that is exciting for the supporter. FFP is suffocating this club. I liked the old days with no shirt sponsors and not money obsessed, now all we are concerned with is a million ways not to spend money.
[quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets" why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.? We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules. Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules? As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"? I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!![/p][/quote]Indeed, it seems the suits are so preoccupied with FFP that they've forgotten that we urgently require new players. Whilst I'm sure it must be of great delight to them, complying with FFP is not at all exciting in any way, it is having a fantastic squad playing good football that is exciting for the supporter. FFP is suffocating this club. I liked the old days with no shirt sponsors and not money obsessed, now all we are concerned with is a million ways not to spend money. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -8

2:19pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Clean Sheet says...

Come july 1, and now that the players are back in pre-season, I think we will hear a bit more about new recruits. Yes it has been a frustrating couple of months, but isn't it always the same every year? The Argus has been scratting around for news, which generally hasn't been there, so many of the articles have been non stories. However, we should now be back in business.
Come july 1, and now that the players are back in pre-season, I think we will hear a bit more about new recruits. Yes it has been a frustrating couple of months, but isn't it always the same every year? The Argus has been scratting around for news, which generally hasn't been there, so many of the articles have been non stories. However, we should now be back in business. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 6

2:27pm Thu 26 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Rhodes Seagull wrote:
Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets"
why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.?
We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules.
Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules?
As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"?
I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!!
What Barber is saying, when he talks of what this deal means re FFP, is that this new money means that the club will not have to chip in as much as we have been to reduce our debt. We want/need new players, the less the club has to direct toward FFP the more we can spend on getting the players we want/need. His comment is not negative and really shouldn't be see as such, in fact, it's a positive comment.
[quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets" why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.? We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules. Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules? As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"? I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!![/p][/quote]What Barber is saying, when he talks of what this deal means re FFP, is that this new money means that the club will not have to chip in as much as we have been to reduce our debt. We want/need new players, the less the club has to direct toward FFP the more we can spend on getting the players we want/need. His comment is not negative and really shouldn't be see as such, in fact, it's a positive comment. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Beale32 says...

Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now
Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now Beale32
  • Score: 5

3:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Mark Dixon says...

£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??
£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet?? Mark Dixon
  • Score: 7

3:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Beale32 says...

Mark Dixon wrote:
£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??
3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-)
[quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: £3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??[/p][/quote]3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-) Beale32
  • Score: 8

3:47pm Thu 26 Jun 14

mikeygit says...

Hi Vegas
Yep agree with your comments on block building but new students block, parking and hotel are some way off generating the club money and it is money we need now in order to be ale to buy the right players that will get the club heading in the right direction. Appreciate that the financial side of the club is a difficult one. As I said the other day, I am sure all concerned are beavering away to try and get players in but we are far from dealing on a level playing field with many other clubs in this division from clubs promoted and relegated so I fear if action is not taken soon we COULD be left behind getting the players that would be right for our club.
Hi Vegas Yep agree with your comments on block building but new students block, parking and hotel are some way off generating the club money and it is money we need now in order to be ale to buy the right players that will get the club heading in the right direction. Appreciate that the financial side of the club is a difficult one. As I said the other day, I am sure all concerned are beavering away to try and get players in but we are far from dealing on a level playing field with many other clubs in this division from clubs promoted and relegated so I fear if action is not taken soon we COULD be left behind getting the players that would be right for our club. mikeygit
  • Score: 0

3:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

hannover seagull says...

Might not see any big signings until after Sami gets them in for training
Surely he will want to look at the squad he has and evaluate first hand before strengthening
Just a thought
UTA.....
Might not see any big signings until after Sami gets them in for training Surely he will want to look at the squad he has and evaluate first hand before strengthening Just a thought UTA..... hannover seagull
  • Score: 4

4:35pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ballantrrae says...

gordongull wrote:
I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging.
Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent.
Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here?
Good points Gordongull, however like Mikeygit one would hope now that pre-season is about to begin that shortly (say towards the end of next week) we will start seeing one or two of the 6 or 7 signings that SH indicated we needed being made.
Personally I would hope that we have some new recruits on board by the time the squad departs for Spain for that element of pre-season training (in 2 weeks). In particular I would like a GK, an attacking creative midfielder, another striker and another defender. I trust that Burke and his team are giving SH all the support he needs and that we see evidence of that soon with new players coming to the Amex training complex and ground. Actually I think Burke and Co are under pressure to perform in our current reduced playing squad situation.
Getting Ward back might be a good place to start. A bit of thinking 'outside' the box by using a signing on fee to go some way towards bridging the gap that reportedly exists between BHA paying £10,000 a week and the £13,000 a week Ward has apparently been on might help resolve any impasse.
After a quiet couple of weeks there should be a lot more newsworthy activity in the immediate future just one being the launch of the new playing strip.
UTA.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging. Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent. Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here?[/p][/quote]Good points Gordongull, however like Mikeygit one would hope now that pre-season is about to begin that shortly (say towards the end of next week) we will start seeing one or two of the 6 or 7 signings that SH indicated we needed being made. Personally I would hope that we have some new recruits on board by the time the squad departs for Spain for that element of pre-season training (in 2 weeks). In particular I would like a GK, an attacking creative midfielder, another striker and another defender. I trust that Burke and his team are giving SH all the support he needs and that we see evidence of that soon with new players coming to the Amex training complex and ground. Actually I think Burke and Co are under pressure to perform in our current reduced playing squad situation. Getting Ward back might be a good place to start. A bit of thinking 'outside' the box by using a signing on fee to go some way towards bridging the gap that reportedly exists between BHA paying £10,000 a week and the £13,000 a week Ward has apparently been on might help resolve any impasse. After a quiet couple of weeks there should be a lot more newsworthy activity in the immediate future just one being the launch of the new playing strip. UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 2

5:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

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

ballantrrae wrote:
gordongull wrote:
I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging.
Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent.
Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here?
Good points Gordongull, however like Mikeygit one would hope now that pre-season is about to begin that shortly (say towards the end of next week) we will start seeing one or two of the 6 or 7 signings that SH indicated we needed being made.
Personally I would hope that we have some new recruits on board by the time the squad departs for Spain for that element of pre-season training (in 2 weeks). In particular I would like a GK, an attacking creative midfielder, another striker and another defender. I trust that Burke and his team are giving SH all the support he needs and that we see evidence of that soon with new players coming to the Amex training complex and ground. Actually I think Burke and Co are under pressure to perform in our current reduced playing squad situation.
Getting Ward back might be a good place to start. A bit of thinking 'outside' the box by using a signing on fee to go some way towards bridging the gap that reportedly exists between BHA paying £10,000 a week and the £13,000 a week Ward has apparently been on might help resolve any impasse.
After a quiet couple of weeks there should be a lot more newsworthy activity in the immediate future just one being the launch of the new playing strip.
UTA.
Ward did a great job last season,was on parachute wages.

He was in the wolves team that went down to league one,they want to get rid of him can he himself not(agent)accept the wages albion are offering or does he think he is worth more,thought he was a happy bunny down on the south coast.

That Upson wants a last try higher ok but Ward ?.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: I think the fact we haven't made any signings yet is very encouraging. Sami has not yet had an opportunity to assess the squad, and to evaluate which players he requires, and for what positions. It is imperative that he has time to work with the team before a penny of the Club's money is spent. Would those who are in a hurry to make signings be happy if David Burke players were arriving on a daily basis, before Sami has even had a chance to meet the players that are already here?[/p][/quote]Good points Gordongull, however like Mikeygit one would hope now that pre-season is about to begin that shortly (say towards the end of next week) we will start seeing one or two of the 6 or 7 signings that SH indicated we needed being made. Personally I would hope that we have some new recruits on board by the time the squad departs for Spain for that element of pre-season training (in 2 weeks). In particular I would like a GK, an attacking creative midfielder, another striker and another defender. I trust that Burke and his team are giving SH all the support he needs and that we see evidence of that soon with new players coming to the Amex training complex and ground. Actually I think Burke and Co are under pressure to perform in our current reduced playing squad situation. Getting Ward back might be a good place to start. A bit of thinking 'outside' the box by using a signing on fee to go some way towards bridging the gap that reportedly exists between BHA paying £10,000 a week and the £13,000 a week Ward has apparently been on might help resolve any impasse. After a quiet couple of weeks there should be a lot more newsworthy activity in the immediate future just one being the launch of the new playing strip. UTA.[/p][/quote]Ward did a great job last season,was on parachute wages. He was in the wolves team that went down to league one,they want to get rid of him can he himself not(agent)accept the wages albion are offering or does he think he is worth more,thought he was a happy bunny down on the south coast. That Upson wants a last try higher ok but Ward ?. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 3

5:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pjwilk says...

Sod the training ground what about the team.
Sod the training ground what about the team. pjwilk
  • Score: -3

5:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

New_boy_Dave says...

hannover seagull wrote:
Might not see any big signings until after Sami gets them in for training
Surely he will want to look at the squad he has and evaluate first hand before strengthening
Just a thought
UTA.....
Totally agree - even if Sami has a list of possible new signings and has watched videos of our team in action, surely he'd want to meet and assess the current players before bringing in new signings?
[quote][p][bold]hannover seagull[/bold] wrote: Might not see any big signings until after Sami gets them in for training Surely he will want to look at the squad he has and evaluate first hand before strengthening Just a thought UTA.....[/p][/quote]Totally agree - even if Sami has a list of possible new signings and has watched videos of our team in action, surely he'd want to meet and assess the current players before bringing in new signings? New_boy_Dave
  • Score: 1

5:49pm Thu 26 Jun 14

klemaniac says...

Beale32 wrote:
Mark Dixon wrote:
£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??
3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-)
Pictures of players etc at training ground on Official club site
[quote][p][bold]Beale32[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: £3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??[/p][/quote]3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-)[/p][/quote]Pictures of players etc at training ground on Official club site klemaniac
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Thu 26 Jun 14

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

klemaniac wrote:
Beale32 wrote:
Mark Dixon wrote:
£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??
3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-)
Pictures of players etc at training ground on Official club site
Indeed their teeth should be in top form.
[quote][p][bold]klemaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beale32[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: £3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??[/p][/quote]3m that's cheap!!!!!! That leaves 27m for players ;-)[/p][/quote]Pictures of players etc at training ground on Official club site[/p][/quote]Indeed their teeth should be in top form. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

Mark Dixon wrote:
£3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??
You need a long lens from Southampton mate!
[quote][p][bold]Mark Dixon[/bold] wrote: £3m new training ground, great but any reason why the Argus have not taken a photo of it yet??[/p][/quote]You need a long lens from Southampton mate! Quiterie
  • Score: 1

6:48pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gordongull says...

Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''.
It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players.
They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk:
''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets."
There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens.
Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''. It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players. They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk: ''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets." There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens. gordongull
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

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

gordongull wrote:
Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''.
It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players.
They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk:
''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets."
There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens.
You are asking for thumbs down-WUM-clueless.

And though i think you are right "you don't wanna do it like that"

Two weeks ago England were on their way to become world champions,maybe on the Xboxes they got free.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''. It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players. They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk: ''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets." There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens.[/p][/quote]You are asking for thumbs down-WUM-clueless. And though i think you are right "you don't wanna do it like that" Two weeks ago England were on their way to become world champions,maybe on the Xboxes they got free. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -2

7:20pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ringtone says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Rhodes Seagull wrote:
Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets"
why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.?
We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules.
Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules?
As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"?
I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!!
Indeed, it seems the suits are so preoccupied with FFP that they've forgotten that we urgently require new players. Whilst I'm sure it must be of great delight to them, complying with FFP is not at all exciting in any way, it is having a fantastic squad playing good football that is exciting for the supporter. FFP is suffocating this club. I liked the old days with no shirt sponsors and not money obsessed, now all we are concerned with is a million ways not to spend money.
Brilliant stuff Mayfield.

All they can do is penney pinch, they know nothing about soccer.

Its how they keep their jobs
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rhodes Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hi, The way the club has progressed since we left the Withdean is amazing and have to applaud all those who contributed to the success we have had over the last couple of seasons but why oh why does Barber have to spoil it by stateing that " will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets" why not that and Will help bring in some quality players and will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets.? We are a football club first and formost but it seems or I get the impression that the club is more concerned about or Barber is more concerned about the FFP rules. Does he have any interest in the clubs advancment outside these rules? As I said above "The club has come on in leaps and bounds with facilities but what use are they if we cannot at least bring in some quality players to help along side the players we have already"? I think SH will bring a differant dimension to the way we play, maybe more attack minded but he will need help with quality players to do so.!!![/p][/quote]Indeed, it seems the suits are so preoccupied with FFP that they've forgotten that we urgently require new players. Whilst I'm sure it must be of great delight to them, complying with FFP is not at all exciting in any way, it is having a fantastic squad playing good football that is exciting for the supporter. FFP is suffocating this club. I liked the old days with no shirt sponsors and not money obsessed, now all we are concerned with is a million ways not to spend money.[/p][/quote]Brilliant stuff Mayfield. All they can do is penney pinch, they know nothing about soccer. Its how they keep their jobs ringtone
  • Score: -3

7:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

ringtone says...

gordongull wrote:
Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''.
It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players.
They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk:
''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets."
There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens.
Quite possibly the finest post on this site in the last 5 years.

Although i maybe wrong

Yes i am, make that 10 years
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: Dark forces are at work in the corridors of the Amex. Sometimes eerie chanting can be heard carried on the wind, ''FFP - FFP - FFP - FFP''. It is the lair of the Suits, shadowy figures, hellbent on bringing financial stability to the Club, even at the cost of missing out on Premier League players. They speak an arcane language. Here is an example that I have obtained at great personal risk: ''the revenue we have secured from this new agreement will contribute to our ongoing financial fair play targets." There is only one thing on their minds as they tirelessly roam the stadium, and that is the sinister sounding 'BREAK EVEN'. I don't like the sound of that, and I hope I am not around when it happens.[/p][/quote]Quite possibly the finest post on this site in the last 5 years. Although i maybe wrong Yes i am, make that 10 years ringtone
  • Score: 2

8:08pm Thu 26 Jun 14

gordongull says...

You are a gentleman and a scholar, Ringtone.
You are a gentleman and a scholar, Ringtone. gordongull
  • Score: -2

9:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

keswick says...

Beale32 wrote:
Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now
I'm far from certain but I thought that the contract with Errea ran until the end of June so the new kit cannot be released until early next week. Can't be long now. I wonder how much more expensive the Nike shirt will be ?
[quote][p][bold]Beale32[/bold] wrote: Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now[/p][/quote]I'm far from certain but I thought that the contract with Errea ran until the end of June so the new kit cannot be released until early next week. Can't be long now. I wonder how much more expensive the Nike shirt will be ? keswick
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Beale32 says...

keswick wrote:
Beale32 wrote:
Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now
I'm far from certain but I thought that the contract with Errea ran until the end of June so the new kit cannot be released until early next week. Can't be long now. I wonder how much more expensive the Nike shirt will be ?
For some reason i thought it had already ended. I would have thought that they wouldn't have been allowed to show the training top in that case. Either way, we will see it soon.
[quote][p][bold]keswick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beale32[/bold] wrote: Now wd have the naming rights out the way. When do we get to see the new kit? Anyone have an idea? Must be soon now[/p][/quote]I'm far from certain but I thought that the contract with Errea ran until the end of June so the new kit cannot be released until early next week. Can't be long now. I wonder how much more expensive the Nike shirt will be ?[/p][/quote]For some reason i thought it had already ended. I would have thought that they wouldn't have been allowed to show the training top in that case. Either way, we will see it soon. Beale32
  • Score: 2

10:05pm Thu 26 Jun 14

tug509 says...

What fantastic news ,we are lucky to bear their global name ,it`s a real shot in the arm for us ,and more to the point ,these guys dont back losers !. UTA



If i have repeated anything already said i apologise ,just got home and have an early start ,so couldnt read all .
What fantastic news ,we are lucky to bear their global name ,it`s a real shot in the arm for us ,and more to the point ,these guys dont back losers !. UTA If i have repeated anything already said i apologise ,just got home and have an early start ,so couldnt read all . tug509
  • Score: 3

11:58pm Thu 26 Jun 14

OldGull says...

gordongull wrote:
You are a gentleman and a scholar, Ringtone.
No he is a numpty and a troll to boot
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: You are a gentleman and a scholar, Ringtone.[/p][/quote]No he is a numpty and a troll to boot OldGull
  • Score: 1
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