Albion No.1 relishing poignant return to Leeds

David Stockdale

David Stockdale

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

David Stockdale will have plenty of family members behind his goal at Elland Road tonight.

But they will not all be rooting for an Albion win.

The majority in the Stockdale clan will be hoping the Seagulls slip to a third defeat in a row in the Championship.

That would also have been the case for Albion's new No. 1 when he supported his home city club.

His only concern now though is returning from Yorkshire with a first clean sheet in the league to ensure Albion get at least a point on the board.

It will be an emotional occasion for Stockdale this evening after growing up as a Leeds fan.

He told The Argus: "I had a trial once but nothing came of it and I have never actually gone back there and played. I've always been called back off loan or in a different league to them.

"I can't wait. There are going to be a lot of family members in the Leeds end. A few have decided to go in the Brighton end.

"I'm really looking forward to it, it's a great place. I spent my younger days watching Leeds there, when they were in the Champions League under David O'Leary, so it will be an honour to go back and play there.

"I managed to play with Oliver Dacourt and Lee Bowyer in my time at Ipswich and Fulham. They were heroes to me. That was my time, the Nigel Martyn era. I've got fond memories of watching them.

"All my family and friends are close to Leeds, I'm a close Leeds watcher. It will always be like that but when it comes to the game hopefully we'll get the three points."

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1:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jarmonesque says...

1-0 win to us. Goal from Holla from free kick.
1-0 win to us. Goal from Holla from free kick. jarmonesque
  • Score: 6

1:24pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Uckfield Seagull says...

Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers.
Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition.

I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.
Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers. Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition. I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this. Uckfield Seagull
  • Score: 4

1:34pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Sheil says...

Oh dear do hope his allegiance is to who's paying his wages!!

Come on where are all the doubting posters?
Gotta be some out there knowing how this site attract them!

Come on you SEAGULLS! UTA
Oh dear do hope his allegiance is to who's paying his wages!! Come on where are all the doubting posters? Gotta be some out there knowing how this site attract them! Come on you SEAGULLS! UTA Sheil
  • Score: -7

1:35pm Tue 19 Aug 14

namgo49 says...

He needs to put in a performance tonight, so far has been unimpressive particularly in comparison to TK. (Ignoring his Forest gaff)
He needs to put in a performance tonight, so far has been unimpressive particularly in comparison to TK. (Ignoring his Forest gaff) namgo49
  • Score: -3

1:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cory and Trevor says...

Have said it before and will say it again, the distrust, blame, and even abuse of David Burke by fans who don't know what goes on at the club gets right on my tets. He can identify all the players he likes, but if his boss won't give him the money for them, then he won't get them.

I love Tony Bloom - how can't you when he's chucked about 150 million quid at a top class infrastructure for our club which was on its knees til he came along? But if you want to know why we've sold our best players and not re-invested it in the team, look to him, not the chief scout. Whenever TB or PB are interviewed, at a forum or whatever, they go out of their way to sing the praises of Burke, how hard he works etc. But he's become the scapegoat for fans' misdirected anger on here.

It's pretty simple - look at Arsenal. They built a beautiful 60,000 seater stadium, and then sold all their players one by one without re-investing that revenue in the team. Ring any bells? And then went 9 years without a trophy. No co-incidence?

Only recently has Wenger been able to tell the truth about having his hands tied in the transfer market because the club had to pay the finance of the stadium retrospectively. He couldn't say it at the time or nobody would've turned up to matches.

We're on a ten year, not a two year plan. We should get used to it and leave David Burke out of it. He's an employee doing his best in difficult circumstances.
Have said it before and will say it again, the distrust, blame, and even abuse of David Burke by fans who don't know what goes on at the club gets right on my tets. He can identify all the players he likes, but if his boss won't give him the money for them, then he won't get them. I love Tony Bloom - how can't you when he's chucked about 150 million quid at a top class infrastructure for our club which was on its knees til he came along? But if you want to know why we've sold our best players and not re-invested it in the team, look to him, not the chief scout. Whenever TB or PB are interviewed, at a forum or whatever, they go out of their way to sing the praises of Burke, how hard he works etc. But he's become the scapegoat for fans' misdirected anger on here. It's pretty simple - look at Arsenal. They built a beautiful 60,000 seater stadium, and then sold all their players one by one without re-investing that revenue in the team. Ring any bells? And then went 9 years without a trophy. No co-incidence? Only recently has Wenger been able to tell the truth about having his hands tied in the transfer market because the club had to pay the finance of the stadium retrospectively. He couldn't say it at the time or nobody would've turned up to matches. We're on a ten year, not a two year plan. We should get used to it and leave David Burke out of it. He's an employee doing his best in difficult circumstances. Cory and Trevor
  • Score: 22

1:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

MarlowSeagull says...

Sheil wrote:
Oh dear do hope his allegiance is to who's paying his wages!!

Come on where are all the doubting posters?
Gotta be some out there knowing how this site attract them!

Come on you SEAGULLS! UTA
As a stopper he has been ok but his distribution at the Birmingham match was appalling!
[quote][p][bold]Sheil[/bold] wrote: Oh dear do hope his allegiance is to who's paying his wages!! Come on where are all the doubting posters? Gotta be some out there knowing how this site attract them! Come on you SEAGULLS! UTA[/p][/quote]As a stopper he has been ok but his distribution at the Birmingham match was appalling! MarlowSeagull
  • Score: -1

1:50pm Tue 19 Aug 14

rolivan says...

I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here.
I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here. rolivan
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Tue 19 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers.
Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition.

I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.
For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't.
It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad.
[quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers. Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition. I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.[/p][/quote]For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't. It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 5

2:08pm Tue 19 Aug 14

woodcroft says...

namgo49 wrote:
He needs to put in a performance tonight, so far has been unimpressive particularly in comparison to TK. (Ignoring his Forest gaff)
agree poor foot movement and positioning. Our Goalkeeping coach has worked to do.
Less fun days on the seafront eating ice-cream.
Get your head down to some hard work David, because Mr Walton IMO is not far away
[quote][p][bold]namgo49[/bold] wrote: He needs to put in a performance tonight, so far has been unimpressive particularly in comparison to TK. (Ignoring his Forest gaff)[/p][/quote]agree poor foot movement and positioning. Our Goalkeeping coach has worked to do. Less fun days on the seafront eating ice-cream. Get your head down to some hard work David, because Mr Walton IMO is not far away woodcroft
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Tue 19 Aug 14

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

rolivan wrote:
I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here.
Gus did damage to the club?.Did he want to leave?.
He was getting a team(players) style of play to get this club into the PL.

That TB's wallet could not keep up,you then know this is as far as Albion can go,and a ambitious manager and players say(computer says no).

A good decent championship club no more no less,what is wrong WE AINT AT THE BOTTOM OF LEAGUE 2.

For me GP opend supportes eyes,to what is going on at the club,and now moaning-groaning -sleepless nights for some.
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here.[/p][/quote]Gus did damage to the club?.Did he want to leave?. He was getting a team(players) style of play to get this club into the PL. That TB's wallet could not keep up,you then know this is as far as Albion can go,and a ambitious manager and players say(computer says no). A good decent championship club no more no less,what is wrong WE AINT AT THE BOTTOM OF LEAGUE 2. For me GP opend supportes eyes,to what is going on at the club,and now moaning-groaning -sleepless nights for some. don't wanna do it like that
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Tue 19 Aug 14

sussexram40 says...

I've not been over impressed with Stockdale's handling so far. I wasn't a big fan of the Polish puncher either but Stockdale so far doesn't inspire confidence in me.
I've not been over impressed with Stockdale's handling so far. I wasn't a big fan of the Polish puncher either but Stockdale so far doesn't inspire confidence in me. sussexram40
  • Score: -2

5:00pm Tue 19 Aug 14

smegbuster says...

Brighton's no.1? Read his shirt number again, Andy!
Brighton's no.1? Read his shirt number again, Andy! smegbuster
  • Score: 2

5:31pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Chi Gull says...

rolivan wrote:
I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here.
I think Gus made everyone remember what great potential this club has if there is an entertaining and successful team on the pitch. He also made us all aware of the limitations the club has given its recent history and the fact we are still trying to establish ourselves as a potential PL club. TB does not have bottomless pockets. How that can be interpreted as damaging I'm not quite sure ?
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: I think Gus Poyet has done more damage to the club on leaving than all the good he achieved whilst here.[/p][/quote]I think Gus made everyone remember what great potential this club has if there is an entertaining and successful team on the pitch. He also made us all aware of the limitations the club has given its recent history and the fact we are still trying to establish ourselves as a potential PL club. TB does not have bottomless pockets. How that can be interpreted as damaging I'm not quite sure ? Chi Gull
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Tue 19 Aug 14

SeagullOverSelsey says...

On a different thread forget about having Lingard back.He left Man u's last match on crutches.
On a different thread forget about having Lingard back.He left Man u's last match on crutches. SeagullOverSelsey
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Cliify0002 says...

Personally having watched him I don't think he is all he's made up to be , let's hope I'm wrong but I have a feeling a clean sheet won't be coming
Personally having watched him I don't think he is all he's made up to be , let's hope I'm wrong but I have a feeling a clean sheet won't be coming Cliify0002
  • Score: -1

6:06pm Tue 19 Aug 14

VegasSeagull says...

SeagullOverSelsey wrote:
On a different thread forget about having Lingard back.He left Man u's last match on crutches.
Forget about Lingard as he started that match, injury or not, I doubt he is going out on loan, not when he starts the first match of the season, United had other options.
[quote][p][bold]SeagullOverSelsey[/bold] wrote: On a different thread forget about having Lingard back.He left Man u's last match on crutches.[/p][/quote]Forget about Lingard as he started that match, injury or not, I doubt he is going out on loan, not when he starts the first match of the season, United had other options. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

6:14pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Mayfield sweeper says...

Disappointed with Stockdales performances so far, although none of the albions players have covered themselves in glory so far. See Mackay now favourite for the palace job, we should have been in for him but it's Sami 's job now to get this rag tag bunch performing. Not really fair to expect such an inexperienced manager to start performing miracles.
Disappointed with Stockdales performances so far, although none of the albions players have covered themselves in glory so far. See Mackay now favourite for the palace job, we should have been in for him but it's Sami 's job now to get this rag tag bunch performing. Not really fair to expect such an inexperienced manager to start performing miracles. Mayfield sweeper
  • Score: -1

6:19pm Tue 19 Aug 14

mark by the sea says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers.
Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition.

I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.
For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't.
It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad.
Yes but the worry Vegas is this, your giving a lot of faith to Burke , so far we have given 3-4 year contracts to squad players,
We have cut our cloth with signing very average players, let's look at chickson , he might be a lower paid player, but if he can't be trusted why is he here? Lad has had plenty of league experience, but can't defend ,
Dunk given a 4 year deal? On the basis of him being on the subs bench for last 4 years?
Jfc , the biggest mistake of a three year deal, lad has talent , but not for this division, far to slow, far to leightweight , and goes missing more than anyone I can remember .
Ince , he had a hoow season last year, been asked to play slightly different this season and looks to be in pain with his lack or technique ,
These guys are here for a good while, there will be no clubs queuing ...
Solly March, by all accounts has asked to go, saints and west ham have inquired.. Worth 3 million with extra when he plays regular football .
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers. Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition. I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.[/p][/quote]For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't. It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad.[/p][/quote]Yes but the worry Vegas is this, your giving a lot of faith to Burke , so far we have given 3-4 year contracts to squad players, We have cut our cloth with signing very average players, let's look at chickson , he might be a lower paid player, but if he can't be trusted why is he here? Lad has had plenty of league experience, but can't defend , Dunk given a 4 year deal? On the basis of him being on the subs bench for last 4 years? Jfc , the biggest mistake of a three year deal, lad has talent , but not for this division, far to slow, far to leightweight , and goes missing more than anyone I can remember . Ince , he had a hoow season last year, been asked to play slightly different this season and looks to be in pain with his lack or technique , These guys are here for a good while, there will be no clubs queuing ... Solly March, by all accounts has asked to go, saints and west ham have inquired.. Worth 3 million with extra when he plays regular football . mark by the sea
  • Score: 1

6:22pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Withdean-er says...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Another Argus stocking-filler article, whilst us fans (both the relaxed and concerned) await news of new SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE, QUALITY players to join i.e. a left back, 2 proven strikers (finishers at Champioship level) and proven pacey widemen.

Just hours and days to go now to get this sorted.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz Another Argus stocking-filler article, whilst us fans (both the relaxed and concerned) await news of new SIGNED ON THE DOTTED LINE, QUALITY players to join i.e. a left back, 2 proven strikers (finishers at Champioship level) and proven pacey widemen. Just hours and days to go now to get this sorted. [No more boring CMS stories about his feelings for the season ahead. A League One striker with some uninspiring waffle in his musings.] Withdean-er
  • Score: 1

6:36pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

mark by the sea wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
Uckfield Seagull wrote:
Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers.
Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition.

I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.
For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't.
It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad.
Yes but the worry Vegas is this, your giving a lot of faith to Burke , so far we have given 3-4 year contracts to squad players,
We have cut our cloth with signing very average players, let's look at chickson , he might be a lower paid player, but if he can't be trusted why is he here? Lad has had plenty of league experience, but can't defend ,
Dunk given a 4 year deal? On the basis of him being on the subs bench for last 4 years?
Jfc , the biggest mistake of a three year deal, lad has talent , but not for this division, far to slow, far to leightweight , and goes missing more than anyone I can remember .
Ince , he had a hoow season last year, been asked to play slightly different this season and looks to be in pain with his lack or technique ,
These guys are here for a good while, there will be no clubs queuing ...
Solly March, by all accounts has asked to go, saints and west ham have inquired.. Worth 3 million with extra when he plays regular football .
Agree with you regarding JFC , never going to win us a game with a telling contribution, div one at best. However, I really believe Dunk can be very good centre back, look at Elphick at Bournemouth he's captain and Dunk is far better. Ince will also be a very good player, has all the physical attributes and more skill than he is given credit for. Disappointed if March goes, personally he would be better staying with us for another two years and really developing with regular football.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Uckfield Seagull[/bold] wrote: Hopefully Stockdale will prove to be a good signing, agree with previous comment about fans forgetting the Poyet era and concentrate on the future, we potentially have a great future, lets hope the Mr Bloom supports Sami financially and allows Sami to bring in the players he wants, Sami needs to build his own team. I cannot believe that Bloom and Sami didnt sit down at the start of his reign and have a discussion about his influence on signings, that is a must for all managers. Majority of the fans are not happy with the board at the moment and I can understand why, it is sad to see so many good players leave the club but if these players want to go then we have to let them leave and the price we got for most of these players is fantastic business, but if this money is not ploughed back into the team then thats where the unrest comes from. At the moment this is not happening and causing problems within the fan structure, now percieved as a lack of ambition. I made a comment about Mr Burke and what he brings to the club, I just dont know what he does, nothing personal against the man but I am struggling to see his value to the side. I assume (yes assume) that he was one of the reasons Poyet and Garcia left. I just feel in the 2 years he has been here our side has been on a downward spiral as the players being brought into the club have not been towards the quality who left the club, our loan signings for the last 18 months have been either shambolic or a total unorganised mess. This cannot continue and Sami with all his football contacts has to be in total control of the team, we cant have a third party (Mr Burke) messing with this.[/p][/quote]For the most part you are right when talking of the difference in quality of those that have left the club and some of those brought in to replace them, but we shouldn't forget the debt the club built up in getting those quality players in. There is no way we could have continued losing such huge sums each year, even if that debt got us quality signings, we just couldn't. It's true to say that as of right now we do have money in the bank but we also have those lingering debts, and at some point the club has to face up to dealing with the huge operating losses. If we end up with a squad that can see us finish in the top ten, but not top six, and in putting that squad together we have not splahed the cash, I would say that we have had a good year due to the fact that we took big strides in addressing our losses whilst also ensuring that we had a decent squad, but maybe not a great squad.[/p][/quote]Yes but the worry Vegas is this, your giving a lot of faith to Burke , so far we have given 3-4 year contracts to squad players, We have cut our cloth with signing very average players, let's look at chickson , he might be a lower paid player, but if he can't be trusted why is he here? Lad has had plenty of league experience, but can't defend , Dunk given a 4 year deal? On the basis of him being on the subs bench for last 4 years? Jfc , the biggest mistake of a three year deal, lad has talent , but not for this division, far to slow, far to leightweight , and goes missing more than anyone I can remember . Ince , he had a hoow season last year, been asked to play slightly different this season and looks to be in pain with his lack or technique , These guys are here for a good while, there will be no clubs queuing ... Solly March, by all accounts has asked to go, saints and west ham have inquired.. Worth 3 million with extra when he plays regular football .[/p][/quote]Agree with you regarding JFC , never going to win us a game with a telling contribution, div one at best. However, I really believe Dunk can be very good centre back, look at Elphick at Bournemouth he's captain and Dunk is far better. Ince will also be a very good player, has all the physical attributes and more skill than he is given credit for. Disappointed if March goes, personally he would be better staying with us for another two years and really developing with regular football. Alfie T
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6:41pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Alfie T says...

Anyone know if McCourt is still training with us, I know he picked up an injury.
Anyone know if McCourt is still training with us, I know he picked up an injury. Alfie T
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