Macca has to be patient

Craig Mackail-Smith in action against Peterborough last Saturday

Craig Mackail-Smith in action against Peterborough last Saturday

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Albion boss Sami Hyypia has urged Craig Mackail-Smith to be more patient after his injury problems.

Mackail-Smith had to wait until midway through the second half for game time against his old club Peterborough on Saturday.

He scored in each of the Seagulls’ opening three pre-season friendlies after returning in April from 13 months out with Achilles and ankle damage.

Hyypia told The Argus: “It’s great to see him back. I think sometimes he is not patient enough, because it’s not easy after a long-term injury to come back in the form you were in before.

“He is working hard to get that form back and sometimes he frustrates himself a little bit too much. It will come.”

Hyypia is looking for an injection of confidence for his players from Southampton’s visit to the Amex tomorrow night, which will mark the debut of new goalkeeper David Stockdale.

It is Albion’s final pre-season game before launching their Championship campaign at home to Sheffield Wednesday a week on Saturday.

Hyypia said: “If you win this kind of game it would give us a lot of confidence going into the season but the real challenge comes on the ninth of August.

“I want to win the game against Southampton as well and I want the team to do the right things on the pitch.

“When the team gives everything they have and they understand a little bit more then I’m happy, then the ninth is the challenge when the result really starts to count.”

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7:28am Wed 30 Jul 14

Whydontukick off says...

As much as I'd like to be proven wrong, I don't see Macca ever returning to his best for us ! I think COG will outscore him this season, given equal playing time ?
As much as I'd like to be proven wrong, I don't see Macca ever returning to his best for us ! I think COG will outscore him this season, given equal playing time ? Whydontukick off
  • Score: -7

7:30am Wed 30 Jul 14

CiderBaz says...

Hopefully CMS will get a lot of game time but I expect we will play with the emphasis on a defensive midfield (yet again) with 1 striker with 2 offensive midfielders. I hope we play 4231 with CMS the central of the 3. But no doubt SH will keep our usual system so will probably see CMS on the bench or as an out of position winger.
Hopefully CMS will get a lot of game time but I expect we will play with the emphasis on a defensive midfield (yet again) with 1 striker with 2 offensive midfielders. I hope we play 4231 with CMS the central of the 3. But no doubt SH will keep our usual system so will probably see CMS on the bench or as an out of position winger. CiderBaz
  • Score: -9

7:35am Wed 30 Jul 14

Weploughandmow says...

I wonder if Peter Ward and Ian Mellor would ever be selected to play together in the same team these days? Whilst the game has changed great strikers should always be given the chance to score goals. CMS and O'Grady should both start for me.
I wonder if Peter Ward and Ian Mellor would ever be selected to play together in the same team these days? Whilst the game has changed great strikers should always be given the chance to score goals. CMS and O'Grady should both start for me. Weploughandmow
  • Score: 22

7:39am Wed 30 Jul 14

AlanDuffy says...

I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton. AlanDuffy
  • Score: 13

7:56am Wed 30 Jul 14

mark by the sea says...

His form before his injury was pretty poor, but that was in a system that did not suit him, think a better headline would be cms will get the support he needs !!
I see Watford have strengthened with loans from its sister club again,
His form before his injury was pretty poor, but that was in a system that did not suit him, think a better headline would be cms will get the support he needs !! I see Watford have strengthened with loans from its sister club again, mark by the sea
  • Score: 7

8:47am Wed 30 Jul 14

AlfieT says...

With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.
With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea. AlfieT
  • Score: 1

9:10am Wed 30 Jul 14

SMF20 says...

AlfieT wrote:
With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.
I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post.
I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything.

On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player.

Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit.

Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring.

Uta
[quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.[/p][/quote]I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post. I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything. On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player. Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit. Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring. Uta SMF20
  • Score: 9

9:12am Wed 30 Jul 14

JeffLomer says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!! JeffLomer
  • Score: 6

9:30am Wed 30 Jul 14

Grummitt says...

JeffLomer wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.
[quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space. Grummitt
  • Score: 6

9:37am Wed 30 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
I agree Alan that it would be good to see at least one but ideally 3 or 4 new faces arrive this week.
I see that Ward played for Wolves in a friendly against Oxford last night which makes one wonder if they are having second thoughts about letting him leave. Good however that he is keeping himself fit and getting some game time. Really would like to see him come back but the Albion need to move on if we have reached a stalemate with him. We need a No 1 LB (if you know what I mean) - I thought Chicksen looked a bit uncomfortable against Peterborough and doesn't seem quite ready yet to be our first choice yet IMHO.
I hope CMS gets back to his best soon. It is never easy after being out as long as he was, especially having suffered the type of injury he did. This is especially true of a player whose pace like CMS was one of his key attributes.
The striking department obviously is under strength with only COG, CMS and possibly Fenelon and at least a replacement for Ulloa is required PDQ. Personally I would like 2 more strikers signed since the more attacking options SH has at his disposal the better.
I notice that we are once again linked with Mason of Cardiff (not that excited) and more interestingly David N'Gog the former Liverpool striker who has been released by Swansea (see Football League World website).
Finally like you Alan I would be delighted if we were successful in acquiring Clayton. A creative attacking midfielder is what we haven't really had since Vicente or even before him Bennett.
BREAKING News. I have literally just seen on the Football365.com website that both The Albion and Middlesbrough are 'continuing talks with Huddersfield over Adam Clayton according to Sky Sports. This could have some substance since Sky always seem to be an authoritative source. Fingers crossed !
I am looking forward to seeing the friendly against Southampton not that I think I will recognise many of their players given their number of departures but then I am not sure the Saints fans will either !
Onwards and Upwards.
[quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]I agree Alan that it would be good to see at least one but ideally 3 or 4 new faces arrive this week. I see that Ward played for Wolves in a friendly against Oxford last night which makes one wonder if they are having second thoughts about letting him leave. Good however that he is keeping himself fit and getting some game time. Really would like to see him come back but the Albion need to move on if we have reached a stalemate with him. We need a No 1 LB (if you know what I mean) - I thought Chicksen looked a bit uncomfortable against Peterborough and doesn't seem quite ready yet to be our first choice yet IMHO. I hope CMS gets back to his best soon. It is never easy after being out as long as he was, especially having suffered the type of injury he did. This is especially true of a player whose pace like CMS was one of his key attributes. The striking department obviously is under strength with only COG, CMS and possibly Fenelon and at least a replacement for Ulloa is required PDQ. Personally I would like 2 more strikers signed since the more attacking options SH has at his disposal the better. I notice that we are once again linked with Mason of Cardiff (not that excited) and more interestingly David N'Gog the former Liverpool striker who has been released by Swansea (see Football League World website). Finally like you Alan I would be delighted if we were successful in acquiring Clayton. A creative attacking midfielder is what we haven't really had since Vicente or even before him Bennett. BREAKING News. I have literally just seen on the Football365.com website that both The Albion and Middlesbrough are 'continuing talks with Huddersfield over Adam Clayton according to Sky Sports. This could have some substance since Sky always seem to be an authoritative source. Fingers crossed ! I am looking forward to seeing the friendly against Southampton not that I think I will recognise many of their players given their number of departures but then I am not sure the Saints fans will either ! Onwards and Upwards. ballantrrae
  • Score: 7

9:41am Wed 30 Jul 14

Max Ripple says...

The waiting game continues.....

I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried.
The waiting game continues..... I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried. Max Ripple
  • Score: -6

9:47am Wed 30 Jul 14

JeffLomer says...

Grummitt wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.
Thanks for the update mate
[quote][p][bold]Grummitt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the update mate JeffLomer
  • Score: 2

9:52am Wed 30 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

SMF20 wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.
I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post.
I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything.

On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player.

Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit.

Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring.

Uta
SMF20 In agreement with you about Robertson. Indeed I posted on here about 2 weeks ago that we should sign him since he looked the part when he made his debut for Scotland against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in the Summer. I guess we would have lost out to Hull as. PL club anyway always assuming we would have been prepared to pay the £2.8 mill fee !
Good thought of yours.
Interesting reports about Clayton - just hope we win out this time; see my and Grummitt's posts (he beat me to it) UTA.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.[/p][/quote]I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post. I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything. On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player. Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit. Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring. Uta[/p][/quote]SMF20 In agreement with you about Robertson. Indeed I posted on here about 2 weeks ago that we should sign him since he looked the part when he made his debut for Scotland against Nigeria at Craven Cottage in the Summer. I guess we would have lost out to Hull as. PL club anyway always assuming we would have been prepared to pay the £2.8 mill fee ! Good thought of yours. Interesting reports about Clayton - just hope we win out this time; see my and Grummitt's posts (he beat me to it) UTA. ballantrrae
  • Score: 4

9:56am Wed 30 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

Grummitt wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.
Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report.
I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing.
Onwards and Upwards.
[quote][p][bold]Grummitt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.[/p][/quote]Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report. I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing. Onwards and Upwards. ballantrrae
  • Score: 3

10:11am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bostik says...

Re: CMS, he is a top class professional always giving 100% even when played out of position. Never seen so much energy and will to win.
If we play to his strengths. ie, Through balls (NOT to be confused with long balls and hoofing) using his pace to open up defences, he can be our 25 - 30 goal striker.
Quality player.
Re: CMS, he is a top class professional always giving 100% even when played out of position. Never seen so much energy and will to win. If we play to his strengths. ie, Through balls (NOT to be confused with long balls and hoofing) using his pace to open up defences, he can be our 25 - 30 goal striker. Quality player. Bostik
  • Score: 3

10:15am Wed 30 Jul 14

Bostik says...

SMF20 wrote:
AlfieT wrote:
With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.
I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post.
I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything.

On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player.

Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit.

Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring.

Uta
I had the exact same thoughts about the new Hull defenders. Will Maguire & Robertson step up to Prem football immediately or is a year in the Championship in the offing.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlfieT[/bold] wrote: With Macca and cog, there will be no lack of effort, but we need another striker to benefit from this, I see we are linked with N'gog from Swansea.[/p][/quote]I think the thumbs down are probably more about Ngog than your actual post. I personally hope that this rumour like many others doesn't come to anything. On another note I wonder if Sami might ask Steve Bruce if either of his new defensive signings might be available to loan. The left back Robertson looks a fantastic player. Re Macca. Love the guy to bits. I think he has 20 goals in him this season but only if we play in a style to suit. Lots of Premiership players becoming available soon. Some of the youngsters look like real talent. I hope we are enquiring. Uta[/p][/quote]I had the exact same thoughts about the new Hull defenders. Will Maguire & Robertson step up to Prem football immediately or is a year in the Championship in the offing. Bostik
  • Score: 4

10:20am Wed 30 Jul 14

ballantrrae says...

ballantrrae wrote:
Grummitt wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.
Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report.
I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing.
Onwards and Upwards.
Grummitt I see that both you re Clayton and I re Mason beat the Argus on posting' info about these reports. I guess we are just more alert than they are this morning !
However they make no mention of the reported interest we have in David N'Gog.
Changing subject I was pleased to read on the club's website a couple of days ago Paul Barber's comments (for he Southampton Match programme) about the difficulties of dealing in the Transfer Market these days.
To quote him loosely he confirmed that BHA were actively pursuing matters/targets. I feel I should remind Paul Barber who I think is doing great job of the old adage that 'action is more important than activity'.
Lets hope that the action we take regarding Clayton has a successful conclusion and we see him soon at the Amex permanently !
Onwards and Upwards.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grummitt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.[/p][/quote]Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report. I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing. Onwards and Upwards.[/p][/quote]Grummitt I see that both you re Clayton and I re Mason beat the Argus on posting' info about these reports. I guess we are just more alert than they are this morning ! However they make no mention of the reported interest we have in David N'Gog. Changing subject I was pleased to read on the club's website a couple of days ago Paul Barber's comments (for he Southampton Match programme) about the difficulties of dealing in the Transfer Market these days. To quote him loosely he confirmed that BHA were actively pursuing matters/targets. I feel I should remind Paul Barber who I think is doing great job of the old adage that 'action is more important than activity'. Lets hope that the action we take regarding Clayton has a successful conclusion and we see him soon at the Amex permanently ! Onwards and Upwards. ballantrrae
  • Score: 5

10:59am Wed 30 Jul 14

arc12 says...

Max Ripple wrote:
The waiting game continues.....

I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried.
I know what you mean. Barber's statement (which is going to appear in the programme tomorrow) was well worded and very welcome, although I think he could have released this sort of statement a bit earlier to appease the fans. Few doubt that a lot is going on behind the scenes and I'm sure the club are working hard to bring in new faces, but some earlier reassurance from the club would have been welcome IMO. Re Clayton - I really hope the club goes all out to try to get him as he would be a real asset. Fingers crossed!
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: The waiting game continues..... I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried.[/p][/quote]I know what you mean. Barber's statement (which is going to appear in the programme tomorrow) was well worded and very welcome, although I think he could have released this sort of statement a bit earlier to appease the fans. Few doubt that a lot is going on behind the scenes and I'm sure the club are working hard to bring in new faces, but some earlier reassurance from the club would have been welcome IMO. Re Clayton - I really hope the club goes all out to try to get him as he would be a real asset. Fingers crossed! arc12
  • Score: 4

11:14am Wed 30 Jul 14

Grummitt says...

ballantrrae wrote:
ballantrrae wrote:
Grummitt wrote:
JeffLomer wrote:
AlanDuffy wrote:
I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.
Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league
Up the Albion!!
It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.
Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report.
I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing.
Onwards and Upwards.
Grummitt I see that both you re Clayton and I re Mason beat the Argus on posting' info about these reports. I guess we are just more alert than they are this morning !
However they make no mention of the reported interest we have in David N'Gog.
Changing subject I was pleased to read on the club's website a couple of days ago Paul Barber's comments (for he Southampton Match programme) about the difficulties of dealing in the Transfer Market these days.
To quote him loosely he confirmed that BHA were actively pursuing matters/targets. I feel I should remind Paul Barber who I think is doing great job of the old adage that 'action is more important than activity'.
Lets hope that the action we take regarding Clayton has a successful conclusion and we see him soon at the Amex permanently !
Onwards and Upwards.
Maybe a new career as a cub reporter for the Argus beckoning. Although thinking about it I am far too long in the tooth to be called a cub !!
Fair play to you ballantrrae you also got the Ward news in as well.
[quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ballantrrae[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grummitt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JeffLomer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AlanDuffy[/bold] wrote: I see Huddersfield have signed a midfielder from Forest - could this mean Clayton's on his way out?? We still need more signings, would like to see at least one before Southampton.[/p][/quote]Clayton would be a great signing best midfield player in this league Up the Albion!![/p][/quote]It's on Sky Sports this morning that we are "continuing" talks with Huddersfield regarding Clayton. It appears that Huddersfield are holding out for their valuation, seems familiar!! Middlesbrough are also sniffing around as well. The interesting statement in the piece was "The two clubs are continuing dialogue with Town, but they also have other targets they are progressing with. Watch this space.[/p][/quote]Grummitt's well done you beat me to it re the Clayton Sky report. I hope we follow through on this and sign him. Just the type of player we have been needing. Onwards and Upwards.[/p][/quote]Grummitt I see that both you re Clayton and I re Mason beat the Argus on posting' info about these reports. I guess we are just more alert than they are this morning ! However they make no mention of the reported interest we have in David N'Gog. Changing subject I was pleased to read on the club's website a couple of days ago Paul Barber's comments (for he Southampton Match programme) about the difficulties of dealing in the Transfer Market these days. To quote him loosely he confirmed that BHA were actively pursuing matters/targets. I feel I should remind Paul Barber who I think is doing great job of the old adage that 'action is more important than activity'. Lets hope that the action we take regarding Clayton has a successful conclusion and we see him soon at the Amex permanently ! Onwards and Upwards.[/p][/quote]Maybe a new career as a cub reporter for the Argus beckoning. Although thinking about it I am far too long in the tooth to be called a cub !! Fair play to you ballantrrae you also got the Ward news in as well. Grummitt
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1:07pm Wed 30 Jul 14

VegasSeagull says...

If Hyypia is telling CMS that he must be patient my guess is that this comment is based on medical reports. His injury was just about as bad as it gets without becoming a career ending one, for the player's sake, as well as the club's, he should heed the advice Sami is offering.
If Hyypia is telling CMS that he must be patient my guess is that this comment is based on medical reports. His injury was just about as bad as it gets without becoming a career ending one, for the player's sake, as well as the club's, he should heed the advice Sami is offering. VegasSeagull
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5:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Mad Mark says...

Max Ripple wrote:
The waiting game continues.....

I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried.
Its a bit harsh to judge people on an unfinished job, Barnes, Upson and Kuzczak have been replaced with O'Grady, Hughes and Stockdale, Bridcutt IMO wasn't missed as much as we expected due to the comfortable way Ince slotted in, and maybe Toko is another for this roll, so now with a little bit of extra cash from the Ulloa deal allowing us to improve our bids for our targets (ie Clayton/Mason etc). Good players will always have options where to go, so will take longer to come to an agreement to suit all parties. Lets give them a break and see how we fare at the end of the window, and if we are still disappointed I will be the first to admit I was wrong
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: The waiting game continues..... I do hope this one signing doesn't mean Barber and his team don't get let off the hook at the Fans Forum on the 5th. I appreciate that they sometimes have to keep things a bit close to their chests but communication with the fans during a period of unrest has been very poor. They must realise that unhappy and disillusioned fans are not the kind who will automatically renew season tickets etc. or give the best kind of support that they can at games. I think the atmosphere at the SW game will be apprehensive and nervous, to say the least. Don't mind admitting I'm worried.[/p][/quote]Its a bit harsh to judge people on an unfinished job, Barnes, Upson and Kuzczak have been replaced with O'Grady, Hughes and Stockdale, Bridcutt IMO wasn't missed as much as we expected due to the comfortable way Ince slotted in, and maybe Toko is another for this roll, so now with a little bit of extra cash from the Ulloa deal allowing us to improve our bids for our targets (ie Clayton/Mason etc). Good players will always have options where to go, so will take longer to come to an agreement to suit all parties. Lets give them a break and see how we fare at the end of the window, and if we are still disappointed I will be the first to admit I was wrong Mad Mark
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