Albion like look of trialist

Development boss Simon Ireland

Development boss Simon Ireland

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion are showing interest in Cameroon trialist Roderigue Ndiane for their development squad.

The former Chatham Town defender and Charlton reserve played part of a 2-1 friendly defeat for Simon Ireland’s youngsters behind-closed-doors against Bournemouth on Wednesday at the new training ground in Lancing.

Ndiane can play at centre-half or right-back.

Thomas Amegnaglo, a 22-year-old trialist from Togo, also featured against Bournemouth.

Albion’s interest in Amegnaglo, who played for Chippa United in South Africa and Senegalese club AS Douanes, is likely to be shortlived as they already have plenty of central midfielders.

Former Chelsea pair Danny Pappoe and George Cole, both on trial with the development squad since the beginning of pre-season, are believed to have been offered deals.

They were in the team beaten 2-1 by Bournemouth, Jason Davis replying late to first-half goals for the visitors by Brandon Goodship and Ben Whitfield.

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12:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

arc12 says...

Good to hear of these young lads being offered deals. Movement at last!
Good to hear of these young lads being offered deals. Movement at last! arc12
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12:12pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gilbertthecat says...

The future's bright - the future's blue and white!

Now where's that striker, I could have sworn I left him around here somewhere!
The future's bright - the future's blue and white! Now where's that striker, I could have sworn I left him around here somewhere! gilbertthecat
  • Score: -1

12:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

mikeygit says...

Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated??
Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated?? mikeygit
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Fri 25 Jul 14

MHubbs says...

I can see that when the season begins in a couple of weeks time that we will hit the ground like a sack of spuds.

Still no signings. All these preseason games are fine if you have your squad and are preparing. But with no new faces in they will be having to meld into the side in the regular season.

Poor preparation again for the start of the season. Once more, rather disappointing 😕
I can see that when the season begins in a couple of weeks time that we will hit the ground like a sack of spuds. Still no signings. All these preseason games are fine if you have your squad and are preparing. But with no new faces in they will be having to meld into the side in the regular season. Poor preparation again for the start of the season. Once more, rather disappointing 😕 MHubbs
  • Score: 18

1:16pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion fan in London says...

Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?! Albion fan in London
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Fri 25 Jul 14

klemaniac says...

Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
5 Years Older?
[quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]5 Years Older? klemaniac
  • Score: 10

1:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Kit Napier's Beard says...

MHubbs wrote:
I can see that when the season begins in a couple of weeks time that we will hit the ground like a sack of spuds.

Still no signings. All these preseason games are fine if you have your squad and are preparing. But with no new faces in they will be having to meld into the side in the regular season.

Poor preparation again for the start of the season. Once more, rather disappointing 😕
Totally agree, getting frustrated
[quote][p][bold]MHubbs[/bold] wrote: I can see that when the season begins in a couple of weeks time that we will hit the ground like a sack of spuds. Still no signings. All these preseason games are fine if you have your squad and are preparing. But with no new faces in they will be having to meld into the side in the regular season. Poor preparation again for the start of the season. Once more, rather disappointing 😕[/p][/quote]Totally agree, getting frustrated Kit Napier's Beard
  • Score: 6

1:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OldGull says...

Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
At the Amex I should think :)
[quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]At the Amex I should think :) OldGull
  • Score: 1

1:32pm Fri 25 Jul 14

arc12 says...

mikeygit wrote:
Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated??
At least its positive news as these young lads will be the future and quite possibly that's all we can afford. I'd love to see the Ulloa money spent in the transfer market but suspect most will be used to clear the debts. I can accept a couple of lower/mid-table finishes if these young lads from the DS squad prove their worth in a couple of years. Any news on how long Solly will be out (one of our key players this season) - gutted to see him go off on Wednesday?
[quote][p][bold]mikeygit[/bold] wrote: Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated??[/p][/quote]At least its positive news as these young lads will be the future and quite possibly that's all we can afford. I'd love to see the Ulloa money spent in the transfer market but suspect most will be used to clear the debts. I can accept a couple of lower/mid-table finishes if these young lads from the DS squad prove their worth in a couple of years. Any news on how long Solly will be out (one of our key players this season) - gutted to see him go off on Wednesday? arc12
  • Score: 2

1:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Jonathan Mouette says...

I refuse to believe that our wondrous management are sitting back doing nothing, that no-one is in the pipeline. I live in hope that each time I check newsnow.com there will be a snippet of info on the star signing that will change everything. Why I believe all this I don't really know. The eternal optimist...? Maybe. The refusal to believe we can be so badly prepared for a new season, certainly...!!! I shall wait with baited breath for that moment which will restore my faith. In the meantime I shall resign myself to the knowledge we have one of the better development squads in Sussex... Oh dear. UTA...!!!
I refuse to believe that our wondrous management are sitting back doing nothing, that no-one is in the pipeline. I live in hope that each time I check newsnow.com there will be a snippet of info on the star signing that will change everything. Why I believe all this I don't really know. The eternal optimist...? Maybe. The refusal to believe we can be so badly prepared for a new season, certainly...!!! I shall wait with baited breath for that moment which will restore my faith. In the meantime I shall resign myself to the knowledge we have one of the better development squads in Sussex... Oh dear. UTA...!!! Jonathan Mouette
  • Score: 12

1:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

daveyboy35 says...

OldGull wrote:
Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
At the Amex I should think :)
With the best stadium and academy in league two
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]At the Amex I should think :)[/p][/quote]With the best stadium and academy in league two daveyboy35
  • Score: -1

2:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

john newman says...

If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!!
If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!! john newman
  • Score: 13

2:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

B rian Tawses left foot says...

mikeygit wrote:
Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated??

Let's hope to god that he doesn't get so cheesed off that he jacks it in. We really would be in the mire. Sorry but this is the second close season in a row that has been a fiasco. I don't like the way the club is being run- and before I get a torrent of thumbs down/abuse I feel as a supporter of 47 years standing I have a right to say so.
mikeygit wrote: Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated?? Let's hope to god that he doesn't get so cheesed off that he jacks it in. We really would be in the mire. Sorry but this is the second close season in a row that has been a fiasco. I don't like the way the club is being run- and before I get a torrent of thumbs down/abuse I feel as a supporter of 47 years standing I have a right to say so. B rian Tawses left foot
  • Score: 9

2:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JoeBlow says...

Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.
Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet. JoeBlow
  • Score: 19

2:34pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Albion fan in London says...

daveyboy35 wrote:
OldGull wrote:
Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
At the Amex I should think :)
With the best stadium and academy in league two
Def the Amex but still in the championship? Foreign owners by then no doubt. TB can't bank role us forever!
[quote][p][bold]daveyboy35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]At the Amex I should think :)[/p][/quote]With the best stadium and academy in league two[/p][/quote]Def the Amex but still in the championship? Foreign owners by then no doubt. TB can't bank role us forever! Albion fan in London
  • Score: 2

2:56pm Fri 25 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

Bringing lads into the DS is good news and in no way can their joining us be equated with our search for players for the first team squad.
Bringing lads into the DS is good news and in no way can their joining us be equated with our search for players for the first team squad. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 8

3:18pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

klemaniac wrote:
Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
5 Years Older?
In actual terms

But probably feeling like 10 years older!!
Keep the faith everyone. Glass half full but it is concerning. UTA
[quote][p][bold]klemaniac[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]5 Years Older?[/p][/quote]In actual terms But probably feeling like 10 years older!! Keep the faith everyone. Glass half full but it is concerning. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 4

3:33pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

B rian Tawses left foot wrote:
mikeygit wrote:
Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated??

Let's hope to god that he doesn't get so cheesed off that he jacks it in. We really would be in the mire. Sorry but this is the second close season in a row that has been a fiasco. I don't like the way the club is being run- and before I get a torrent of thumbs down/abuse I feel as a supporter of 47 years standing I have a right to say so.
And we have a right to tell you to chill out :-)

The club is being run to stop it going under, that is all. Tony Bloom is no mug. There are rules, and we are abiding by them. Also, don't confuse lack of announcements with lack of work and effort. Players will come, of that there can be no doubt. The club has to be self-sustaining, and I can't see any other viable way of running a club nowadays.
[quote][p][bold]B rian Tawses left foot[/bold] wrote: mikeygit wrote: Not knocking the DS---but seems we are scraping the bottom of the barrel---I hope not---BUT Friday and still no real news on new players, and yet another week goes by---wonder if there IS any truth at Hypia getting frustrated?? Let's hope to god that he doesn't get so cheesed off that he jacks it in. We really would be in the mire. Sorry but this is the second close season in a row that has been a fiasco. I don't like the way the club is being run- and before I get a torrent of thumbs down/abuse I feel as a supporter of 47 years standing I have a right to say so.[/p][/quote]And we have a right to tell you to chill out :-) The club is being run to stop it going under, that is all. Tony Bloom is no mug. There are rules, and we are abiding by them. Also, don't confuse lack of announcements with lack of work and effort. Players will come, of that there can be no doubt. The club has to be self-sustaining, and I can't see any other viable way of running a club nowadays. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

3:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OldGull says...

Before the days of social media, we would have been blissfully unaware of any goings on at the Albion until It appeared in the Argus.

We all want instant news and get frustrated when it isn't forthcoming.
Football didn't exist in July back in the day.
Should we not be outside doing summer things?
Relax, you may all be pleasantly surprised come 9/8
Before the days of social media, we would have been blissfully unaware of any goings on at the Albion until It appeared in the Argus. We all want instant news and get frustrated when it isn't forthcoming. Football didn't exist in July back in the day. Should we not be outside doing summer things? Relax, you may all be pleasantly surprised come 9/8 OldGull
  • Score: 10

4:20pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford.
For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.
The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford. For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean. gordongull
  • Score: -4

4:32pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

gordongull wrote:
The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford.
For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.
The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't.

But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-)
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford. For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.[/p][/quote]The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't. But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

4:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Grendel says...

Presumably if they were not interested, he wouldn't have got the trial.. Non story..
Presumably if they were not interested, he wouldn't have got the trial.. Non story.. Grendel
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Plutomania says...

I am sure Sami knew what he was In for when he took the job on ,even down to the possibilities of Alloa leaving and little transfer money being available.He would have investigated all the past problems we have had with the last two managers,he would have been stupid not to have done so.
Lets start thinking outside of the box for a change.We have not got a load of Dosh.TB cannot be expected to keep funding everytime we need money, don`t you think he has given enough..Do a lot of you guys think Tony has a bottomless pit of money.Do you think he is THAT rich......

A lot of money was spent in a short time to set up the Amex and the Lancing complex,pehaps the money tree has to grow a bit more before we can pick it.Perhaps the transfer sales are the manure for the tree and it needs feeding.

I think it`s no good management saying to us there is no money that would be self defeating,that would put off players and future players.If we say we are flushed with transfer money up goes the price.No win situation.
I remember my dad saying to me driving past those big houses in Dyke Road.I said "Boy" bet they are rich living in those big houses,his reply was ,see what`s in their fridge and what they eat ,that tell you .Big Stadium,big training complex does not equate to lots of dosh to
spend.

Every cent we have I am sure is accounted for.
Every cent we get in from ticket sales is allocated for
Albion is a BUSINESS and will be run as such.

When the time and players are right and money is right we will buy, the men holding the purse will not e us down
I am sure Sami knew what he was In for when he took the job on ,even down to the possibilities of Alloa leaving and little transfer money being available.He would have investigated all the past problems we have had with the last two managers,he would have been stupid not to have done so. Lets start thinking outside of the box for a change.We have not got a load of Dosh.TB cannot be expected to keep funding everytime we need money, don`t you think he has given enough..Do a lot of you guys think Tony has a bottomless pit of money.Do you think he is THAT rich...... A lot of money was spent in a short time to set up the Amex and the Lancing complex,pehaps the money tree has to grow a bit more before we can pick it.Perhaps the transfer sales are the manure for the tree and it needs feeding. I think it`s no good management saying to us there is no money that would be self defeating,that would put off players and future players.If we say we are flushed with transfer money up goes the price.No win situation. I remember my dad saying to me driving past those big houses in Dyke Road.I said "Boy" bet they are rich living in those big houses,his reply was ,see what`s in their fridge and what they eat ,that tell you .Big Stadium,big training complex does not equate to lots of dosh to spend. Every cent we have I am sure is accounted for. Every cent we get in from ticket sales is allocated for Albion is a BUSINESS and will be run as such. When the time and players are right and money is right we will buy, the men holding the purse will not e us down Plutomania
  • Score: 4

5:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18.

UTA!!
Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18. UTA!! Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 5

5:06pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Clean Sheet says...

TB was on here a couple days ago stating that he is chasing new signings. I believe him, so will wait and see what arrives. You guys know that TB does not do his negotiations in public. Chill!
TB was on here a couple days ago stating that he is chasing new signings. I believe him, so will wait and see what arrives. You guys know that TB does not do his negotiations in public. Chill! Clean Sheet
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

heshootshescores says...

john newman wrote:
If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!!
We don't want to be comparing ourselves to Blackpool. We want to be competing with the likes of Norwich, Fulham and Forest, and right now, we 're a million miles away from that.

Look at the quality we have lost from last season – TK, Upson, Ward, Bridcutt, Barnes, Ulloa, Lingard, hell, even Andrews – quality that has not been replaced.

What with Oscar quitting and the Ulloa transfer saga, this may have been a great summer for the club's coffers but it's been nothing short of a disaster for our hopes of getting into the Premier League.

I fear the bad preparation by the club will translate to a poor start to the season. Even if we add a couple of new faces in the next two weeks, the first 4/5 games will be a learning process.

Club seems so cheap right now that they won't even go the extra yard to re-sign Ward. I just don't understand what the suits are playing at right now.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!![/p][/quote]We don't want to be comparing ourselves to Blackpool. We want to be competing with the likes of Norwich, Fulham and Forest, and right now, we 're a million miles away from that. Look at the quality we have lost from last season – TK, Upson, Ward, Bridcutt, Barnes, Ulloa, Lingard, hell, even Andrews – quality that has not been replaced. What with Oscar quitting and the Ulloa transfer saga, this may have been a great summer for the club's coffers but it's been nothing short of a disaster for our hopes of getting into the Premier League. I fear the bad preparation by the club will translate to a poor start to the season. Even if we add a couple of new faces in the next two weeks, the first 4/5 games will be a learning process. Club seems so cheap right now that they won't even go the extra yard to re-sign Ward. I just don't understand what the suits are playing at right now. heshootshescores
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

Singing Seagull, Indonesia wrote:
Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18.

UTA!!
This is very good news, not only because it will annoy a particular troll :-)
[quote][p][bold]Singing Seagull, Indonesia[/bold] wrote: Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18. UTA!![/p][/quote]This is very good news, not only because it will annoy a particular troll :-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 7

5:14pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Singing Seagull, Indonesia says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
Singing Seagull, Indonesia wrote:
Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18.

UTA!!
This is very good news, not only because it will annoy a particular troll :-)
Indeed. Confirmed by Tweet from club a few mins ago.
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Singing Seagull, Indonesia[/bold] wrote: Lewis Dunk has signed a new 4 yr contract to 2017/18. UTA!![/p][/quote]This is very good news, not only because it will annoy a particular troll :-)[/p][/quote]Indeed. Confirmed by Tweet from club a few mins ago. Singing Seagull, Indonesia
  • Score: 2

5:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

namgo49 says...

JoeBlow wrote:
Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.
No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year.
[quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.[/p][/quote]No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year. namgo49
  • Score: -9

5:28pm Fri 25 Jul 14

flash gordon billowing shirt says...

Is the problem the transfer window timing, Should this window be closed before the start of the season?The squad you have is then in place. It may well get this annual auction of players and agents and clubs trying to hang out for the best offer that they could possibly find before the end of the month done and dusted and in fairness who can blame them for that. As we draw to the end of August i expect there are players that become concerned if they are likely to find employment as i suspect their is a surplus of footballers to jobs and the drop out rate is not something you hear about. No doubt this is why clubs hope to buy in the last minute sales. and the last day is one mad rush, which can mean team members are not settled in the new environment much before November. Ah then there is the loan system, another month sorting a bargain! It's a crazy business.!
Is the problem the transfer window timing, Should this window be closed before the start of the season?The squad you have is then in place. It may well get this annual auction of players and agents and clubs trying to hang out for the best offer that they could possibly find before the end of the month done and dusted and in fairness who can blame them for that. As we draw to the end of August i expect there are players that become concerned if they are likely to find employment as i suspect their is a surplus of footballers to jobs and the drop out rate is not something you hear about. No doubt this is why clubs hope to buy in the last minute sales. and the last day is one mad rush, which can mean team members are not settled in the new environment much before November. Ah then there is the loan system, another month sorting a bargain! It's a crazy business.! flash gordon billowing shirt
  • Score: 3

5:37pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

namgo49 wrote:
JoeBlow wrote:
Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.
No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year.
Lowish League One, then mid-table League One, then League One champs. followed by three seasons in the Championship where we have finished 10th, 4th and 6th. Yes, I can see it's getting worse, but if you only include the last two seasons. Well done for selective data analysis.
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.[/p][/quote]No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year.[/p][/quote]Lowish League One, then mid-table League One, then League One champs. followed by three seasons in the Championship where we have finished 10th, 4th and 6th. Yes, I can see it's getting worse, but if you only include the last two seasons. Well done for selective data analysis. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 8

6:24pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JeffLomer says...

Albion fan in London wrote:
Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?!
Supporting the Albion what ever league there in where will you be!!
Up the Albion!!
[quote][p][bold]Albion fan in London[/bold] wrote: Where will we be in 5 years time I wonder?![/p][/quote]Supporting the Albion what ever league there in where will you be!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 3

6:29pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

There seems to be a widespread belief that money spent on new training facilities could have been put to better use buying players.
There is no connection between the two.
Tony Bloom obviously believes that the facilities at Lancing are a better long term investment than, for example, buying Fernando Torres, but that doesn't mean he would have bought Torres instead.
The introduction of FFP has now removed that option anyway.
There seem to have been a few envious glances in the direction of The City Ground recently. Did Forest overspend last season? We won't find out until December. It will also not be known if their dealings this summer comply with FFP until December 2015, so speculation is pointless.
Some people think that Tony Bloom should drive a railroad car through the regulations, just because clubs like Nottingham Forest are PERCEIVED to be doing so. That would clearly be a reckless policy, at least until it is known how effective the penalties are going to be.
There is now a clear emphasis on producing our own players, but we are at quite an early stage of that process. Market forces led by FFP appear to be slow in driving down the costs of buying players and paying their wages. This could be as a result of parachute money keeping these costs artificially high.
What happened at Portsmouth was unfortunate for the supporters, the employees, and the creditors of the club, but was a landmark in changing the way in which football clubs are allowed to operate.There was massive investment in players resulting in huge debt, but zero investment in infrastructure.
I hope my analogy of Suarez and Luiz playing at The Withdean gives pause for thought about what is important in terms of not only long-term sustainability, but the very existence of a football club.
There seems to be a widespread belief that money spent on new training facilities could have been put to better use buying players. There is no connection between the two. Tony Bloom obviously believes that the facilities at Lancing are a better long term investment than, for example, buying Fernando Torres, but that doesn't mean he would have bought Torres instead. The introduction of FFP has now removed that option anyway. There seem to have been a few envious glances in the direction of The City Ground recently. Did Forest overspend last season? We won't find out until December. It will also not be known if their dealings this summer comply with FFP until December 2015, so speculation is pointless. Some people think that Tony Bloom should drive a railroad car through the regulations, just because clubs like Nottingham Forest are PERCEIVED to be doing so. That would clearly be a reckless policy, at least until it is known how effective the penalties are going to be. There is now a clear emphasis on producing our own players, but we are at quite an early stage of that process. Market forces led by FFP appear to be slow in driving down the costs of buying players and paying their wages. This could be as a result of parachute money keeping these costs artificially high. What happened at Portsmouth was unfortunate for the supporters, the employees, and the creditors of the club, but was a landmark in changing the way in which football clubs are allowed to operate.There was massive investment in players resulting in huge debt, but zero investment in infrastructure. I hope my analogy of Suarez and Luiz playing at The Withdean gives pause for thought about what is important in terms of not only long-term sustainability, but the very existence of a football club. gordongull
  • Score: 4

6:42pm Fri 25 Jul 14

OldGull says...

namgo49 wrote:
JoeBlow wrote:
Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.
No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year.
what is?
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JoeBlow[/bold] wrote: Get a grip, guys, it's the same every year. You should be used to it by now. There are 90+ teams out there trying to get the best players they can afford. It isn't easy, but there's no point in signing mediocre players just to keep impatient fans quiet.[/p][/quote]No it's, not it is getting progressively worse year on year.[/p][/quote]what is? OldGull
  • Score: 0

6:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

JeffLomer says...

OldGull wrote:
Before the days of social media, we would have been blissfully unaware of any goings on at the Albion until It appeared in the Argus.

We all want instant news and get frustrated when it isn't forthcoming.
Football didn't exist in July back in the day.
Should we not be outside doing summer things?
Relax, you may all be pleasantly surprised come 9/8
Totally agree Oldgull, there's some strange posters on here with there cheerful posts!!
Up the Albion!!
[quote][p][bold]OldGull[/bold] wrote: Before the days of social media, we would have been blissfully unaware of any goings on at the Albion until It appeared in the Argus. We all want instant news and get frustrated when it isn't forthcoming. Football didn't exist in July back in the day. Should we not be outside doing summer things? Relax, you may all be pleasantly surprised come 9/8[/p][/quote]Totally agree Oldgull, there's some strange posters on here with there cheerful posts!! Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
gordongull wrote:
The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford.
For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.
The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't.

But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-)
I forgot that I need to put a huge signpost on any comment that is not intended to be taken literally, EPA :-)
[quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford. For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.[/p][/quote]The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't. But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-)[/p][/quote]I forgot that I need to put a huge signpost on any comment that is not intended to be taken literally, EPA :-) gordongull
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

gordongull wrote:
Ex-pat Arnie wrote:
gordongull wrote:
The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford.
For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.
The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't.

But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-)
I forgot that I need to put a huge signpost on any comment that is not intended to be taken literally, EPA :-)
Yeah, apols, missed that one GG. Tough day ;-)
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ex-pat Arnie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: The new stadium and training facilities have had a devastating effect on the quality of players we can afford. For the same money we could be watching Luis Suarez and David Luiz playing for us at The Withdean.[/p][/quote]The two things are not particularly related. We can afford over-priced players, but cannot do so without the risk of flouting FFP regs. Transfers are included, infrastructure isn't. But still, I wouldn't give tuppence for Davis Luiz unless he was under strict instruction to never venture into our half of the pitch :-)[/p][/quote]I forgot that I need to put a huge signpost on any comment that is not intended to be taken literally, EPA :-)[/p][/quote]Yeah, apols, missed that one GG. Tough day ;-) Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 2

9:02pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

It was intended as a cautionary comment on the pitfalls of short-termism, EPA.
Probably not as obvious as I thought, especially as I can be a little controversial at times.
It was intended as a cautionary comment on the pitfalls of short-termism, EPA. Probably not as obvious as I thought, especially as I can be a little controversial at times. gordongull
  • Score: 2

9:45pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

john newman wrote:
If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!!
Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us.
[quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!![/p][/quote]Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: 0

10:30pm Fri 25 Jul 14

gordongull says...

Mayfield sweeper wrote:
john newman wrote:
If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!!
Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us.
haha
[quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!![/p][/quote]Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us.[/p][/quote]haha gordongull
  • Score: 2

4:43am Sat 26 Jul 14

Alan Duffy says...

I understand all about FFP governing our transfer activity to some extent, but when you have the manager saying 3 weeks ago that he hoped to have some new faces in by the end of that week, and nothing happens, and then he reiterates this week that the squad is short then this is not good, people can put on their rose tinted spectacles if they want but it isn't a very harmonious start to life between manager and club, wishing you well Sami and hoping you can make something of a very weak squad at the moment, today and Thursday may make people wake up.
I understand all about FFP governing our transfer activity to some extent, but when you have the manager saying 3 weeks ago that he hoped to have some new faces in by the end of that week, and nothing happens, and then he reiterates this week that the squad is short then this is not good, people can put on their rose tinted spectacles if they want but it isn't a very harmonious start to life between manager and club, wishing you well Sami and hoping you can make something of a very weak squad at the moment, today and Thursday may make people wake up. Alan Duffy
  • Score: 1

8:13am Sat 26 Jul 14

dave from bexill says...

gordongull wrote:
Mayfield sweeper wrote:
john newman wrote:
If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!!
Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us.
haha
Thats amusing by your usual standard Mayfield
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mayfield sweeper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]john newman[/bold] wrote: If you think we have some problems try looking at BLACKPOOL!![/p][/quote]Blackpool have actually been saying the same about us.[/p][/quote]haha[/p][/quote]Thats amusing by your usual standard Mayfield dave from bexill
  • Score: 1

11:47am Sat 26 Jul 14

Captain Haddock says...

gordongull wrote:
There seems to be a widespread belief that money spent on new training facilities could have been put to better use buying players.
There is no connection between the two.
Tony Bloom obviously believes that the facilities at Lancing are a better long term investment than, for example, buying Fernando Torres, but that doesn't mean he would have bought Torres instead.
The introduction of FFP has now removed that option anyway.
There seem to have been a few envious glances in the direction of The City Ground recently. Did Forest overspend last season? We won't find out until December. It will also not be known if their dealings this summer comply with FFP until December 2015, so speculation is pointless.
Some people think that Tony Bloom should drive a railroad car through the regulations, just because clubs like Nottingham Forest are PERCEIVED to be doing so. That would clearly be a reckless policy, at least until it is known how effective the penalties are going to be.
There is now a clear emphasis on producing our own players, but we are at quite an early stage of that process. Market forces led by FFP appear to be slow in driving down the costs of buying players and paying their wages. This could be as a result of parachute money keeping these costs artificially high.
What happened at Portsmouth was unfortunate for the supporters, the employees, and the creditors of the club, but was a landmark in changing the way in which football clubs are allowed to operate.There was massive investment in players resulting in huge debt, but zero investment in infrastructure.
I hope my analogy of Suarez and Luiz playing at The Withdean gives pause for thought about what is important in terms of not only long-term sustainability, but the very existence of a football club.
Spot on!
[quote][p][bold]gordongull[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a widespread belief that money spent on new training facilities could have been put to better use buying players. There is no connection between the two. Tony Bloom obviously believes that the facilities at Lancing are a better long term investment than, for example, buying Fernando Torres, but that doesn't mean he would have bought Torres instead. The introduction of FFP has now removed that option anyway. There seem to have been a few envious glances in the direction of The City Ground recently. Did Forest overspend last season? We won't find out until December. It will also not be known if their dealings this summer comply with FFP until December 2015, so speculation is pointless. Some people think that Tony Bloom should drive a railroad car through the regulations, just because clubs like Nottingham Forest are PERCEIVED to be doing so. That would clearly be a reckless policy, at least until it is known how effective the penalties are going to be. There is now a clear emphasis on producing our own players, but we are at quite an early stage of that process. Market forces led by FFP appear to be slow in driving down the costs of buying players and paying their wages. This could be as a result of parachute money keeping these costs artificially high. What happened at Portsmouth was unfortunate for the supporters, the employees, and the creditors of the club, but was a landmark in changing the way in which football clubs are allowed to operate.There was massive investment in players resulting in huge debt, but zero investment in infrastructure. I hope my analogy of Suarez and Luiz playing at The Withdean gives pause for thought about what is important in terms of not only long-term sustainability, but the very existence of a football club.[/p][/quote]Spot on! Captain Haddock
  • Score: 2

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