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Hyypia adds former colleagues to backroom team

The Argus: Sammy Lee, Albion's new assistant manager Sammy Lee, Albion's new assistant manager

New Albion boss Sami Hyypia has named former Liverpool colleague Sammy Lee as his assistant.

Hyypia's ex-Finland international team-mate Antti Niemi has also been confirmed as goalkeeping coach.

Lee has left his role in Bolton's academy coaching set-up to be reunited with Hyypia.

Niemi has coached in Finland and with the national team since hanging up his gloves after spells in England with Southampton, Fulham and Portsmouth.

Assistant head coach turned first team coach Nathan Jones and strength and conditioning coach Thomas Barnden, promoted from the academy, complete Hyypia's backroom team.

The Finn said: "I am delighted Sammy and Antti have accepted our offer and I am very pleased to welcome them to the club. Together with Nathan and Tom, they will form our first team coaching group.

"I know both Sammy and Antti well, having been at Liverpool when Sammy was assistant manager, and I played alongside Antti for the Finnish national team.

"They are two great characters and will bring a great deal to the club, to the players and to me personally as manager.

"Sammy's and Antti's coaching credentials are first rate and they complement Nathan's coaching abilities and Tom’s experience and knowledge of the physical preparation necessary for players. I'm looking forward to working with all four coaches.

"Sammy has played and coached at the top level of football domestically and with England. Antti has played in the English and Scottish Premier Leagues, so he knows British football very well. Since he retired from playing, he has coached in Finland and also with the national team."

Lee arrives with broad experience from his time at Bolton, where he was also a player, manager and assistant.

The 55-year-old was assistant manager to Gerard Houllier at Liverpool during Hyypia's time at Anfield, a role he combined with England coach under Sven Goran Eriksson.

Lee has been appointed after former Bayer Leverkusen accomplice Jan Moritz Lichte turned down the chance to be reunited with Hyypia at the Amex for family reasons.

Niemi, 42, also played in Scotland for Rangers and Hearts and has coached at his first club HJK Helsinki.

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12:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stonegold says...

Oh dear
Oh dear stonegold
  • Score: -104

12:35pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Beale32 says...

Good to see backroom staff coming together. Thought he was in no rush and was on concentrating on players coming in. Got no complaints though. Im sure there will be many to read through later today
Good to see backroom staff coming together. Thought he was in no rush and was on concentrating on players coming in. Got no complaints though. Im sure there will be many to read through later today Beale32
  • Score: 27

12:37pm Fri 27 Jun 14

OldGull says...

I very positive move welcome aboard Sammy
I very positive move welcome aboard Sammy OldGull
  • Score: 45

12:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

falmer seagull says...

Both have phenominal experience. Good appointments. Welcome to BHA.
Both have phenominal experience. Good appointments. Welcome to BHA. falmer seagull
  • Score: 53

12:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

AlanDuffy says...

Plenty of experience at the highest level, good contacts and respected in the game, good appointment in my view. It's time for the sami/sammy show. Perhaps we'll sign Sami Khedira next.........we can dream!
Plenty of experience at the highest level, good contacts and respected in the game, good appointment in my view. It's time for the sami/sammy show. Perhaps we'll sign Sami Khedira next.........we can dream! AlanDuffy
  • Score: 30

12:46pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Yogi says...

Good stuff, Sami n Sammy could be a great partnership. Hopefully their contacts will bring us some good players in.
Good stuff, Sami n Sammy could be a great partnership. Hopefully their contacts will bring us some good players in. Yogi
  • Score: 27

12:48pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.
Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -95

12:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team! To baldly go
  • Score: -40

12:56pm Fri 27 Jun 14

TheWerewolf says...

this is fantastic news. I can see us getting some exciting Liverpool prospects on loan to boost our purchases this summer. Given the success of Jesse i can see this being a really positive move.
this is fantastic news. I can see us getting some exciting Liverpool prospects on loan to boost our purchases this summer. Given the success of Jesse i can see this being a really positive move. TheWerewolf
  • Score: 34

12:58pm Fri 27 Jun 14

FindonGull says...

A strong assistant with plenty of experience. A very positive move.
A strong assistant with plenty of experience. A very positive move. FindonGull
  • Score: 37

12:59pm Fri 27 Jun 14

brightonfan34 says...

stonegold wrote:
Oh dear
why oh dear
[quote][p][bold]stonegold[/bold] wrote: Oh dear[/p][/quote]why oh dear brightonfan34
  • Score: 13

1:01pm Fri 27 Jun 14

DuncanThickett says...

The jigsaw is taking shape nicely, has been a week of positive stuff, roll on the season!
The jigsaw is taking shape nicely, has been a week of positive stuff, roll on the season! DuncanThickett
  • Score: 19

1:08pm Fri 27 Jun 14

heathgate says...

I am smiling at this, what a coup for Tony and Co...... lets get out there and fill the gaps in our squad now.... onwards and upwards.

Sammy, Sami, Sammy,..... to the tune of Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs.....
I am smiling at this, what a coup for Tony and Co...... lets get out there and fill the gaps in our squad now.... onwards and upwards. Sammy, Sami, Sammy,..... to the tune of Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs..... heathgate
  • Score: 16

1:11pm Fri 27 Jun 14

MrHove says...

Both good appointments, both very well respected in the game. Mr Lee has championship experience that will be crucial im sure, now all we need to do is get busy in the transfer market - up the albion.
Both good appointments, both very well respected in the game. Mr Lee has championship experience that will be crucial im sure, now all we need to do is get busy in the transfer market - up the albion. MrHove
  • Score: 25

1:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Sammy's appointment not exactly unpredictable owing to the Liverpool connection. Good solid experience which is what we need allied to Sami's relative inexperience. Should be a good combination and with Antti also joining we now have a good experienced back room team. That includes Nathan.
Now watch the players coming in. UTA
Sammy's appointment not exactly unpredictable owing to the Liverpool connection. Good solid experience which is what we need allied to Sami's relative inexperience. Should be a good combination and with Antti also joining we now have a good experienced back room team. That includes Nathan. Now watch the players coming in. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 19

1:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team![/p][/quote]You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 36

1:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

SMF20 says...

I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon.

In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks.

I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch.

Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B.

Uta
I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon. In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks. I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch. Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 32

1:20pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

Well in truth we, as fans, know as much about Lee and Niemi's coaching abilities as we do Nathan Jones's, but what I like about this is that they're clearly Hyppia appointments, which says much about his role within the recruitment process as a whole.
He's taken his time to appoint his own people and I think it sends out a message that we can expect more of the same when it comes to the players.
Well in truth we, as fans, know as much about Lee and Niemi's coaching abilities as we do Nathan Jones's, but what I like about this is that they're clearly Hyppia appointments, which says much about his role within the recruitment process as a whole. He's taken his time to appoint his own people and I think it sends out a message that we can expect more of the same when it comes to the players. Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 34

1:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

Background staff in place, now for some new players for them to coach please!!
Background staff in place, now for some new players for them to coach please!! Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 14

1:47pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

Well, if this partnership gives us Liverpool-style football and similar results, what's not to like..? I do like it.

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Well, if this partnership gives us Liverpool-style football and similar results, what's not to like..? I do like it. ( Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 21

1:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
Well in truth we, as fans, know as much about Lee and Niemi's coaching abilities as we do Nathan Jones's, but what I like about this is that they're clearly Hyppia appointments, which says much about his role within the recruitment process as a whole.
He's taken his time to appoint his own people and I think it sends out a message that we can expect more of the same when it comes to the players.
You are right, and as fans we either trust our manager or we don't and if we do, then we should see these appointments as good for Hyypia and by extension, good for the club.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: Well in truth we, as fans, know as much about Lee and Niemi's coaching abilities as we do Nathan Jones's, but what I like about this is that they're clearly Hyppia appointments, which says much about his role within the recruitment process as a whole. He's taken his time to appoint his own people and I think it sends out a message that we can expect more of the same when it comes to the players.[/p][/quote]You are right, and as fans we either trust our manager or we don't and if we do, then we should see these appointments as good for Hyypia and by extension, good for the club. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 10

2:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JeffLomer says...

Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 10

2:14pm Fri 27 Jun 14

gordongull says...

These two appointments are very good news.
Sami now has people working for him who he knows and trusts, and have a wealth of relevant experience. Sammy Lee is up to speed with the Championship, and his knowledge of the League, and the players in it will be invaluable.
Antti Niemi was a first-rate 'keeper, and his coaching experience in Finland is at the highest level. The goalkeeping department is now in a safe pair of hand, and he is sure to be instrumental in attracting a new player for that position, whether from Finland or anywhere else.
These appointments should be a cause for a massive increase in optimism.
These two appointments are very good news. Sami now has people working for him who he knows and trusts, and have a wealth of relevant experience. Sammy Lee is up to speed with the Championship, and his knowledge of the League, and the players in it will be invaluable. Antti Niemi was a first-rate 'keeper, and his coaching experience in Finland is at the highest level. The goalkeeping department is now in a safe pair of hand, and he is sure to be instrumental in attracting a new player for that position, whether from Finland or anywhere else. These appointments should be a cause for a massive increase in optimism. gordongull
  • Score: 18

2:22pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 17

2:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.
Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs.
Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us?
Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team![/p][/quote]You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs. Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us? Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all. To baldly go
  • Score: -14

2:40pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Hovite says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=gLSJs5cAL
Es
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gLSJs5cAL Es Hovite
  • Score: -5

2:51pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Cockwomble says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.
you are a total cockwomble.
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.[/p][/quote]you are a total cockwomble. Cockwomble
  • Score: 18

3:01pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Grummitt says...

Hovite wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
http://www.youtube.c

om/watch?v=gLSJs5cAL

Es
Made me chuckle, maybe we could sign them up as half time entertainment.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=gLSJs5cAL Es[/p][/quote]Made me chuckle, maybe we could sign them up as half time entertainment. Grummitt
  • Score: 0

3:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Anyone looking for big name signings can forget it IMHO. I think Sami will be looking to create a very good team with no big stars. It's all about the team from now on. Look what a nightmare Louis Suarez has turned out to be and he is one of the best players in the world. Brendan Rodgers must be tearing his hair out. UTA
Anyone looking for big name signings can forget it IMHO. I think Sami will be looking to create a very good team with no big stars. It's all about the team from now on. Look what a nightmare Louis Suarez has turned out to be and he is one of the best players in the world. Brendan Rodgers must be tearing his hair out. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 4

3:04pm Fri 27 Jun 14

VegasSeagull says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.
Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs.
Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us?
Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.
Hi TBG.
I think our search for a new manager has obviously slowed down the process of recruiting new players, and yes some of the other clubs have progressed further, but who did they snap up that we might have wanted, or been able to persuade to join us.
There have been several players join Champ Div clubs of a, 'free,' and maybe the one or two might have suited us, but I htink some of these signings are more to do with budgets than they are getting the right player in. Look at Ward, great season last year, clubs reportedly interested in him, but he is still available, could money be the cause of that.

I would like to think that the, 'better,' players come at a price, yes some good, 'frees,' might have passed us by, but in general you pay for what you want. Combine two or three good loan deals with those we can buy, our budget is intact at this point, and I think our squad will be in good shape by the time this window closes.
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team![/p][/quote]You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs. Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us? Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.[/p][/quote]Hi TBG. I think our search for a new manager has obviously slowed down the process of recruiting new players, and yes some of the other clubs have progressed further, but who did they snap up that we might have wanted, or been able to persuade to join us. There have been several players join Champ Div clubs of a, 'free,' and maybe the one or two might have suited us, but I htink some of these signings are more to do with budgets than they are getting the right player in. Look at Ward, great season last year, clubs reportedly interested in him, but he is still available, could money be the cause of that. I would like to think that the, 'better,' players come at a price, yes some good, 'frees,' might have passed us by, but in general you pay for what you want. Combine two or three good loan deals with those we can buy, our budget is intact at this point, and I think our squad will be in good shape by the time this window closes. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 11

3:32pm Fri 27 Jun 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

Very pleased. Firstly, it is clear that Sammy Lee is Sami H's very own appointment so he will have a very close chemistry and, having already tried the number one job and found it wasn't really his cup of tea, he'll be so supportive and not looking to take his job which is often the case when no chemistry exists between the number 1 and 2.

Also, Sammy Lee is a no nonsense guy who won't accept BS from anyone. He has spent most of his life at one of the greatest clubs in football so knows what makes things tick. Also will have great contacts at this level.

So welcome to everyone and well done to Nathan Jones for accepting the situation with such grace and support. Roll on the start of the season!!!
Very pleased. Firstly, it is clear that Sammy Lee is Sami H's very own appointment so he will have a very close chemistry and, having already tried the number one job and found it wasn't really his cup of tea, he'll be so supportive and not looking to take his job which is often the case when no chemistry exists between the number 1 and 2. Also, Sammy Lee is a no nonsense guy who won't accept BS from anyone. He has spent most of his life at one of the greatest clubs in football so knows what makes things tick. Also will have great contacts at this level. So welcome to everyone and well done to Nathan Jones for accepting the situation with such grace and support. Roll on the start of the season!!! WisdomSpeaks
  • Score: 16

3:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

daughter-of-manag says...

Cockwomble wrote:
Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.
you are a total cockwomble.
Well said cockwomble! Fabulous news and I'm looking forward to what the future holds for The MIGHTY Seagulls!
[quote][p][bold]Cockwomble[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.[/p][/quote]you are a total cockwomble.[/p][/quote]Well said cockwomble! Fabulous news and I'm looking forward to what the future holds for The MIGHTY Seagulls! daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 7

3:34pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JeffLomer says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie JeffLomer
  • Score: -3

3:41pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JeffLomer says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster JeffLomer
  • Score: -9

4:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
Well, yes Jeff - if you've got them handy! Thanks (Shut your eyes everyone else...)
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]Well, yes Jeff - if you've got them handy! Thanks (Shut your eyes everyone else...) Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: -2

4:06pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Albion In Staffs says...

JeffLomer wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster
Jeff,
Correct!
Actually, I was going to correct you and say that I think you meant drivel.
And then I thought about it a bit more.....
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster[/p][/quote]Jeff, Correct! Actually, I was going to correct you and say that I think you meant drivel. And then I thought about it a bit more..... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: -4

4:18pm Fri 27 Jun 14

JeffLomer says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster
Jeff,
Correct!
Actually, I was going to correct you and say that I think you meant drivel.
And then I thought about it a bit more.....
Like it!!!
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster[/p][/quote]Jeff, Correct! Actually, I was going to correct you and say that I think you meant drivel. And then I thought about it a bit more.....[/p][/quote]Like it!!! JeffLomer
  • Score: -5

4:51pm Fri 27 Jun 14

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

WisdomSpeaks wrote:
Very pleased. Firstly, it is clear that Sammy Lee is Sami H's very own appointment so he will have a very close chemistry and, having already tried the number one job and found it wasn't really his cup of tea, he'll be so supportive and not looking to take his job which is often the case when no chemistry exists between the number 1 and 2.

Also, Sammy Lee is a no nonsense guy who won't accept BS from anyone. He has spent most of his life at one of the greatest clubs in football so knows what makes things tick. Also will have great contacts at this level.

So welcome to everyone and well done to Nathan Jones for accepting the situation with such grace and support. Roll on the start of the season!!!
It might be SH own appointment ,Lee was not his first choice,that Jones accepting the situation, where was he going to if he did not.

Contacts what did he do at Bolton.

OG was going to use his spanish contacts from spain as i remember.
[quote][p][bold]WisdomSpeaks[/bold] wrote: Very pleased. Firstly, it is clear that Sammy Lee is Sami H's very own appointment so he will have a very close chemistry and, having already tried the number one job and found it wasn't really his cup of tea, he'll be so supportive and not looking to take his job which is often the case when no chemistry exists between the number 1 and 2. Also, Sammy Lee is a no nonsense guy who won't accept BS from anyone. He has spent most of his life at one of the greatest clubs in football so knows what makes things tick. Also will have great contacts at this level. So welcome to everyone and well done to Nathan Jones for accepting the situation with such grace and support. Roll on the start of the season!!![/p][/quote]It might be SH own appointment ,Lee was not his first choice,that Jones accepting the situation, where was he going to if he did not. Contacts what did he do at Bolton. OG was going to use his spanish contacts from spain as i remember. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Fri 27 Jun 14

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

JeffLomer wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster
Apart from the banter your posts are a waste of time.

Keep them coming you might one day type something like "give a monkey a typewriter"
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster[/p][/quote]Apart from the banter your posts are a waste of time. Keep them coming you might one day type something like "give a monkey a typewriter" don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 3

5:11pm Fri 27 Jun 14

To baldly go says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.
Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs.
Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us?
Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.
Hi TBG.
I think our search for a new manager has obviously slowed down the process of recruiting new players, and yes some of the other clubs have progressed further, but who did they snap up that we might have wanted, or been able to persuade to join us.
There have been several players join Champ Div clubs of a, 'free,' and maybe the one or two might have suited us, but I htink some of these signings are more to do with budgets than they are getting the right player in. Look at Ward, great season last year, clubs reportedly interested in him, but he is still available, could money be the cause of that.

I would like to think that the, 'better,' players come at a price, yes some good, 'frees,' might have passed us by, but in general you pay for what you want. Combine two or three good loan deals with those we can buy, our budget is intact at this point, and I think our squad will be in good shape by the time this window closes.
Agree with what you say Vegas about the manager search slowing things, but, for me the worrying thing is we seem to be the club leading the FFP fight, rightly so, but it could be our downfall if others ignore it (as seems to be the case with some) and the FA don't follow through with the punishment (very likely).
The loans won't happen until nearer the end of July incase a permanent position can be found, and the likes of Ward will be negotiating probably the last contract of his career (3/4 yrs), if he can get an extra £1k a week over a 3/4yr deal he will take it. At the moment any prem players available/released will want more wages than we want to pay, again nothing wrong with that as we don't want to go broke but let's other teams have an advantage over us. This leaves us looking at players that others don't want or are unproven at this level!
Baring a keeper and a couple of centre backs, I feel we can put out a good squad to start the season, it's when and if injuries/bans etc happen we will struggle imo.
Like others, I can't wait for the season to start, yes I'm positive we will do well, but will it be well enough? We've had 2 seasons in the playoffs! Can we do it again? if we take the foot of the pedal to much we might not be able to catch up, that's my fear!
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team![/p][/quote]You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs. Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us? Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.[/p][/quote]Hi TBG. I think our search for a new manager has obviously slowed down the process of recruiting new players, and yes some of the other clubs have progressed further, but who did they snap up that we might have wanted, or been able to persuade to join us. There have been several players join Champ Div clubs of a, 'free,' and maybe the one or two might have suited us, but I htink some of these signings are more to do with budgets than they are getting the right player in. Look at Ward, great season last year, clubs reportedly interested in him, but he is still available, could money be the cause of that. I would like to think that the, 'better,' players come at a price, yes some good, 'frees,' might have passed us by, but in general you pay for what you want. Combine two or three good loan deals with those we can buy, our budget is intact at this point, and I think our squad will be in good shape by the time this window closes.[/p][/quote]Agree with what you say Vegas about the manager search slowing things, but, for me the worrying thing is we seem to be the club leading the FFP fight, rightly so, but it could be our downfall if others ignore it (as seems to be the case with some) and the FA don't follow through with the punishment (very likely). The loans won't happen until nearer the end of July incase a permanent position can be found, and the likes of Ward will be negotiating probably the last contract of his career (3/4 yrs), if he can get an extra £1k a week over a 3/4yr deal he will take it. At the moment any prem players available/released will want more wages than we want to pay, again nothing wrong with that as we don't want to go broke but let's other teams have an advantage over us. This leaves us looking at players that others don't want or are unproven at this level! Baring a keeper and a couple of centre backs, I feel we can put out a good squad to start the season, it's when and if injuries/bans etc happen we will struggle imo. Like others, I can't wait for the season to start, yes I'm positive we will do well, but will it be well enough? We've had 2 seasons in the playoffs! Can we do it again? if we take the foot of the pedal to much we might not be able to catch up, that's my fear! To baldly go
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

blue-eyed-boy says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.
Agree
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: Bolton have been very poor for a few seasons now, we don't want this losing mentality brought in to the club. Not impressed, there are far better people out there.[/p][/quote]Agree blue-eyed-boy
  • Score: -7

5:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ballantrrae says...

SMF20 wrote:
I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon.

In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks.

I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch.

Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B.

Uta
I agree with your comments SMF20 especially the one about having a Premier League Ready coaching team.
IMHO the back room team SH has assembled looks the strongest I can recall BHA having for many years.
One might dub SH and his primary team SAS. I am really pleased that Sammy and Antti have joined the club. If their recruitment turns out to be indicative of SH's strategy for signing players and moving the club to the next level then we can anticipate some interesting and positive times.
Early days I know but it is beginning to look as if TB and PB might just have pulled off a real coup in selecting SH as Manager and commend them for what seems a positive appointment.
Now I am just waiting to see who we might sign on the playing side in the next 2 - 3 weeks. One point worth remembering is that PL clubs won't be choosing their 25 man squads for a few weeks at which point some quality young 'loan options' might become available. So a little patience now might prove most productive for the rest of the season. However one would not want such a tactic overplayed and I would therefore expect the majority of our new recruits to be signed sooner rather than later. UTA.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon. In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks. I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch. Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B. Uta[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments SMF20 especially the one about having a Premier League Ready coaching team. IMHO the back room team SH has assembled looks the strongest I can recall BHA having for many years. One might dub SH and his primary team SAS. I am really pleased that Sammy and Antti have joined the club. If their recruitment turns out to be indicative of SH's strategy for signing players and moving the club to the next level then we can anticipate some interesting and positive times. Early days I know but it is beginning to look as if TB and PB might just have pulled off a real coup in selecting SH as Manager and commend them for what seems a positive appointment. Now I am just waiting to see who we might sign on the playing side in the next 2 - 3 weeks. One point worth remembering is that PL clubs won't be choosing their 25 man squads for a few weeks at which point some quality young 'loan options' might become available. So a little patience now might prove most productive for the rest of the season. However one would not want such a tactic overplayed and I would therefore expect the majority of our new recruits to be signed sooner rather than later. UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 6

5:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Jules boy says...

Pretty happy with that, shaping up nicely, just hope Keith Andrews isn't going to follow.
Pretty happy with that, shaping up nicely, just hope Keith Andrews isn't going to follow. Jules boy
  • Score: 2

6:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Carlos Queroz just resigned as Iran coach, Sir Alex Fergusons former assistant, thats who we should have got in.
Carlos Queroz just resigned as Iran coach, Sir Alex Fergusons former assistant, thats who we should have got in. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -8

6:53pm Fri 27 Jun 14

daughter-of-manag says...

JeffLomer wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!!
Yes you did - well spotted!

Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...
I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie
On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster
But he has the right to that opinion - and at least it is an opinion.
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: Not blowing my own trumpet but i did suggest Sammy Lee as his assistant when Hyppia was appointed as our manager, but got slaughtered on here for suggesting such a thing, welcome Sammy and Niemi!![/p][/quote]Yes you did - well spotted! Which suggests either you can see into the future or, perhaps more worryingly, Hyypia actually reads all this stuff and thought your suggestion so good he went and acted on it...[/p][/quote]I just thought it would be good if he brought someone like Sammy to work a long side him, very experienced number two Sammy so onwards and upwards, do you want tonights lottery numbers Willie[/p][/quote]On another note i hope he does not read Mayfields dribble i wish he would go away for ever on here, pointless poster[/p][/quote]But he has the right to that opinion - and at least it is an opinion. daughter-of-manag
  • Score: 9

7:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Conelli98 says...

Did I not say Sammy Lee two weeks ago???
Mayfield sweeper you are a numpty!
Did I not say Sammy Lee two weeks ago??? Mayfield sweeper you are a numpty! Conelli98
  • Score: 3

7:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

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

Conelli98 wrote:
Did I not say Sammy Lee two weeks ago???
Mayfield sweeper you are a numpty!
In Norway 167 put a bet on Suarez bitting someone.

Have a gamble and you never know.
[quote][p][bold]Conelli98[/bold] wrote: Did I not say Sammy Lee two weeks ago??? Mayfield sweeper you are a numpty![/p][/quote]In Norway 167 put a bet on Suarez bitting someone. Have a gamble and you never know. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: -3

7:45pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Clean Sheet says...

Both good appointments. Ignore the Bolton spell for Sammy, that is a club in financial free fall.
Both good appointments. Ignore the Bolton spell for Sammy, that is a club in financial free fall. Clean Sheet
  • Score: 2

11:13pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
Well, if this partnership gives us Liverpool-style football and similar results, what's not to like..? I do like it.

(
have we appointed a Biting coach already?
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: Well, if this partnership gives us Liverpool-style football and similar results, what's not to like..? I do like it. ([/p][/quote]have we appointed a Biting coach already? Bucket feet Duffy
  • Score: 2

9:08am Sun 29 Jun 14

twonk says...

Oh dear. He changed his mind.
Oh dear. He changed his mind. twonk
  • Score: 1

9:29am Sun 29 Jun 14

Captain Haddock says...

gordongull wrote:
These two appointments are very good news.
Sami now has people working for him who he knows and trusts, and have a wealth of relevant experience. Sammy Lee is up to speed with the Championship, and his knowledge of the League, and the players in it will be invaluable.
Antti Niemi was a first-rate 'keeper, and his coaching experience in Finland is at the highest level. The goalkeeping department is now in a safe pair of hand, and he is sure to be instrumental in attracting a new player for that position, whether from Finland or anywhere else.
These appointments should be a cause for a massive increase in optimism.
I agree entirely. Antii's credentials in particular should also help encourage Christian Walton to continue his development with us and should help improve that development.
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: These two appointments are very good news. Sami now has people working for him who he knows and trusts, and have a wealth of relevant experience. Sammy Lee is up to speed with the Championship, and his knowledge of the League, and the players in it will be invaluable. Antti Niemi was a first-rate 'keeper, and his coaching experience in Finland is at the highest level. The goalkeeping department is now in a safe pair of hand, and he is sure to be instrumental in attracting a new player for that position, whether from Finland or anywhere else. These appointments should be a cause for a massive increase in optimism.[/p][/quote]I agree entirely. Antii's credentials in particular should also help encourage Christian Walton to continue his development with us and should help improve that development. Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

9:32am Sun 29 Jun 14

Captain Haddock says...

To baldly go wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
To baldly go wrote:
Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen!
Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team!
You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.
Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs.
Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us?
Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.
I hope you are not one of those potentially revolting fans, TBG??!! ;0)
[quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]To baldly go[/bold] wrote: Slowly slowly we progress, good appointments? Remains to be seen! Assess the team next week, then off to Spain, by the time we look at players available/required, the choice is going to be very small and not a lot of time left to integrate them into the team![/p][/quote]You may have missed it but just yesterday Arsenal announced the fact that eleven players will be leaving the club, other prem clubs might also be letting players go or have some they want to go out on loan. The size of the pool doesn't really matter, it's the quality of those in the pool that really counts.[/p][/quote]Hi Vegas, yes I saw Arsenal released 11 players, most of them already picked up by other clubs. Look at other teams strengthening, Bournemouth, Brentford, Middlesbrough, Wigan to name but a few, even Rotherham (8 players so far) are strengthening, you mention the size and quality of the pool, at this rate the pool will be empty! Where will that leave us? Don't get me wrong, It's great that the club is getting it right off the pitch and we won't go bust, but, get it wrong on the pitch and the supporters will revolt! Yes, I am getting plenty of thumbs down, but I am concerned we are going to miss the boat that's all.[/p][/quote]I hope you are not one of those potentially revolting fans, TBG??!! ;0) Captain Haddock
  • Score: 1

9:51am Sun 29 Jun 14

Captain Haddock says...

ballantrrae wrote:
SMF20 wrote:
I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon.

In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks.

I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch.

Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B.

Uta
I agree with your comments SMF20 especially the one about having a Premier League Ready coaching team.
IMHO the back room team SH has assembled looks the strongest I can recall BHA having for many years.
One might dub SH and his primary team SAS. I am really pleased that Sammy and Antti have joined the club. If their recruitment turns out to be indicative of SH's strategy for signing players and moving the club to the next level then we can anticipate some interesting and positive times.
Early days I know but it is beginning to look as if TB and PB might just have pulled off a real coup in selecting SH as Manager and commend them for what seems a positive appointment.
Now I am just waiting to see who we might sign on the playing side in the next 2 - 3 weeks. One point worth remembering is that PL clubs won't be choosing their 25 man squads for a few weeks at which point some quality young 'loan options' might become available. So a little patience now might prove most productive for the rest of the season. However one would not want such a tactic overplayed and I would therefore expect the majority of our new recruits to be signed sooner rather than later. UTA.
Excellent post, B. I think we will be taking the PL 25s and their timing into account for sure and using this option to a moderate degree. I anticipate 5-6 players in place before that time, leaving us 2-3 possible loan moves.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: I'm surprised that only a few other posters are happy with this news.... im personally over the moon. In my mind we now have a potentially great coaching team. We have a superb stadium and training facility which leaves only a team to match to come in over the next couple of weeks. I truly hope that our Premiership ready coaching team, stadium and academy are matched with the same ambition on the pitch. Please don't let us down now Tony, B&B. Uta[/p][/quote]I agree with your comments SMF20 especially the one about having a Premier League Ready coaching team. IMHO the back room team SH has assembled looks the strongest I can recall BHA having for many years. One might dub SH and his primary team SAS. I am really pleased that Sammy and Antti have joined the club. If their recruitment turns out to be indicative of SH's strategy for signing players and moving the club to the next level then we can anticipate some interesting and positive times. Early days I know but it is beginning to look as if TB and PB might just have pulled off a real coup in selecting SH as Manager and commend them for what seems a positive appointment. Now I am just waiting to see who we might sign on the playing side in the next 2 - 3 weeks. One point worth remembering is that PL clubs won't be choosing their 25 man squads for a few weeks at which point some quality young 'loan options' might become available. So a little patience now might prove most productive for the rest of the season. However one would not want such a tactic overplayed and I would therefore expect the majority of our new recruits to be signed sooner rather than later. UTA.[/p][/quote]Excellent post, B. I think we will be taking the PL 25s and their timing into account for sure and using this option to a moderate degree. I anticipate 5-6 players in place before that time, leaving us 2-3 possible loan moves. Captain Haddock
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