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  • "A lot of hype and tripe about Hypia.

    TB has shown in the past he can act quickly when he has to. Russell Slade for example. Then Gus and now Oscar. He did not have to pay compensation to Gus nor Oscar (the former could have left us with massive debts if we had allowed him to spend what he wanted), the club are financially in a much better position, We have made profits on a number of players - Elliot Bennett, Noone, Bridcutt, Cook, Barnes, El-Abd, and we can potentially make big profits on Ulloa and Buckley and we have some promising youngsters coming through. Many of the high earners like Orlandi have been let go, and more like Agustien, could soon follow.

    Having said that, we are in danger of being left short of class players in midfield and defence - and unless this is rectified we will struggle next season. We need to keep hold of Ulloa - or make sure we have a very good replacement lined-up if we do sell him.

    My main concern is that gates could start to drop - and the club will be forced to make more economies - which could start a downward spiral in the short term. However, the future is with the youngsters, and I am confident that with the right manager in place, and a few astute signings, we could soon start to develop a good squad capable of mounting a sustained promotion challenge.

    Finally, I would welcome a more fluid attacking system - than the one Oscar used last season. The only home games that excited me last season were the Leicester, Bolton, Q.P.R. and Wigan games. The rest were for the most part, pretty boring - and in most games Oscar did not employ the quick counter-attacking system that we were promised at the start of the season. The one-striker policy was dreadful at home, and Ulloa did brilliantly to score the goals that he did with the poor service he received from both midfield and particularly crosses from the wings.

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Hyypia new favourite for Albion job

Sami Hyypia

Sami Hyypia

First published in Albion

Former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia is the new favourite to take over as Albion manager.

Hyppia’s odds were slashed to a best-price Evens today as the Seagulls hunt for a successor to Oscar Garcia.

The Finn was being quoted as odds-on with two bookies.

Hyypia was linked with the Albion job last month and is keen to get back into management.

He was dismissed by Bayer Leverkusen two months ago.

Albion spoke to contenders last week and the quest to replace Oscar is continuing.

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