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Six to go

Blues have confirmed that six out-of-contract players will not be offered new deals for next season and will leave the club. Mark Duffy, Neal Eardley, David Edgar, Lee Novak and Wes Thomas join Mitch Hancox on the non-retained list with only club skipper Paul Robinson’s future left to be sorted.

David Edgar and Wes Thomas were never going to stay at Blues. Both had apparently made it plain they felt they deserved first team football in their positions and judging by a) the speed they were shipped out and b) the lack of playing time they had at Blues it would appear that neither had met with Gary Rowett’s approval. Canadian defender Edgar made 36 appearances in Sheffield United’s League One campaign this year while Wes Thomas made five appearances for Swindon and ten for Bradford in the same division.

I suspect Edgar will get picked up quickly but I think Thomas, who has played for nine league clubs already might have a more uncertain future. Neither really made their mark for the club; Thomas I think sealed his fate under Rowett by getting stupidly sent off against Cardiff while Edgar made just three appearances following Rowett’s appointment.

Mark Duffy and Lee Novak might feel a little bit more hard done by. Duffy has had a successful season at Burton, playing 45 times and scoring 8 in the Brewers’ promotion campaign while Lee Novak has scored 14 times in 35 appearances for Chesterfield. I suspect both could stay with their loan clubs as both have clearly settled and made a name for themselves; I’d be interested if Duffy gets a shot in the Championship with Burton Albion.

Neal Eardley is probably the most unfortunate of the bunch with injury ruining his Blues career. It seemed like every time he got fit and got a chance, he’d get crocked again and he would be back in the treatment room. The former Blackpool full-back made only 14 league appearances for Blues in three seasons, even seeing a loan spell at Leyton Orient falter last season when he made one appearance at the Brisbane Road club in a month.

I feel for Mitch Hancox because I think many fans would like to have seen him given a chance this season. Jonathan Grounds has been consistently picked at left-back despite some fairly average performances and I think Hancox’ attitude and well known love for the club saw him championed by some in the fanbase as an alternative. However, I think Mitch will admit he needs playing time in a lower division to rebuild his career and I’m sure with his professional attitude he’ll pitch up somewhere in League One or League Two and have a successful playing career there.

Paul Robinson is the only player left which I assume means he is negotiating a new deal with the club. The skipper, who shares the same agent as Gary Rowett, has made 27 appearances for the club this season but I hope will be seen as a 4th choice centre back next season and kept on more for building his coaching abilities.

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144 Responses to “Six to go”

  • Quokkasskip says:

    All not good enough.

    Even with Robbo we will have only 5 senior defenders. Rowett has scope to sign a whole new back 4. Plus 4 more Mid/Att. Will be a chance for Gaz to properly mould his our team.

    Interesting times ahead.

    Ps Dan, Novak was on loan at Chesterfield.
    Pps Hope you enjoyed HK, things moving quite nicely over there now

  • Lee says:

    Novak, hard done by? Absolutely awful player

  • PeterD says:

    Novak has been at Chesterfield not Huddersfield and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him stay there. If he hadn’t been loaned out, he would probably have scored more goals for us than Vaughan has.

  • Pods says:

    Which players do we think Rowett is looking at. The division next season is going to be more difficult, now that we now which clubs from the premiership are coming down.

    KRO

  • mark says:

    on this day what a penalty to the promise land we love you Darren Carter……..

  • What about Denny johnson

  • What about Denny Johnson worth another year

  • If you want to be in the prem you have to have players that will get you there , these players have been heroes getting us more stable , and we must thank them for that , and be proud that they were Bluenoses , but now we need to aim higher for good all-round players to go one better , KRO

    • ChrisG says:

      I agree with you to a certain extent William, problem is the better the player the higher wage they want & we just don’t have the money yet. I can see next season will be another one of stability & depending on ownership we might be able to spend a bit more cash next summer.

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Neal Eardley has been very unfortunate with injuries but can have no complaints with the decision to release him.
    He has played only 21 league and cup games in three years, so assuming he is on £5k a week, that means he has been paid in excess of £37k per match.

  • Dave Mann says:

    That’s six gone from the none playing first team squad now we need six better players to step into the first team and not the squad to have any chance next season … Best of luck . KRO

    • Dan Hickman says:

      Agreed Dave, if we got promoted with this squad, how many players would be good enough to hold their own in the PL? I’d say maybe one or two? Not many teams get promoted and need to replace there entire starting XI, there is always a core of players that were good enough anyway, and the team is strengthened around them.

  • peter says:

    I feel for eardley didn’t really get started for blues but that’s life as it were I’m sure gr has discussed with pannos what’s required lets hope he’s given the chance and funds for a decent challenge next season kro

  • KC says:

    So as of today:
    K & L goalkeepers
    Caddis , Morrison , Robinson , Grounds , Spector
    Gleeson , Kief , Davis , Adams
    Fabb , Shinnie- still on contract but may be out on loan again
    Cotts , Mag , VSO
    Don , Vaughan , B-M , and possibly Johnstone
    Perhaps add in Brown , Arthur and Jones and hope some of the other youngsters like Hale and Maxwell develop quickly
    Optimistic / pessimistic ? Realistically more consistency in individual and team performance seems pretty obvious with more flexibility in tactics if we are to improve on a more than reasonable 10th
    However additions / replacements that make a difference , unlike most of last season’s ( Toral being the main exception ) , will definitely help the cause. KRO

    • KinverBlue says:

      Pessimistic. They weren’t good enough this season, it’s unlikely they’ll be good enough next season.

      We need significant additions.

  • mark says:

    looking at Matty Taylor scored 28 goals

    • Richard Granfield says:

      Mark…..If we sign Matty Taylor will he turn out to be another Matt Green or another Jamie Vardy?

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Matt Green was just very unlucky. He scored plenty of goals before he came to us and this season he’s scored 16 (with 5 assists.) Yes, it’s in League 2, but the goals are the same shape and size in every division.

        • Dave Mann says:

          But the defenders are better and the goalkeepers are better and that’s why strikers lower down the league struggle to score goals because it’s not as easy .. Vardy is the occasional one that comes through and proves is worth but they are few and far between . KRO

          • StaffsBlue says:

            But you’ll never know which ones will, unless they’re given a chance. Luckily for Vardy, the mighty Fleetwood took a chance. The rest is history.

  • MA24 says:

    Given their impressive form – I can’t help but feel like Novak and Duffy would be the type of league one signings blues would make if they were out of contract elsewhere.
    Disappointed with Mitch, when we lost to charlton and our promotion push was all but over – he should have been given a chance. Did well in his breakthrough season and still has potential to progress. If he’d done poorly then by all means release him..

    Ah well – trust in Rowett. He is a lot closer to the players than any of us!

    KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Six have gone, but in all honesty, it could still be more. There are other players in the squad who are no better or worse than those who have been let go. Those that have left weren’t part of the first team squad anyway, so them leaving will have no impact on the team anyway.

    But, as KinverBlue mentioned earlier, the present squad wasn’t good enough this season, so most probably won’t be good enough for next season either. I’m hoping that, when Rowett said we needed 3 or 4 players, he meant 3 or 4 better quality players, plus another couple at least.

    • ChrisG says:

      I think what GR needs most of all is a leader on the pitch, a midfield general type that we so lacked this season & also someone with a bit of quality that can pick a pass. I also think that if any offers came in for any of our current squad I wouldn’t shed a tear if they left as long as the money was used to bring someone else in

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Absolutely. We’ve needed that type of player since Savage left. I wouldn’t shed any tears either if any other players left.

        We also need a younger ‘Robbo type’ player. For me, no way is Morrison captain material. He’d be fine alongside a big strong centre back, but I wouldn’t build a defence around him.

        • ChrisG says:

          The only box to box player we really have is Davis but he’s another who’s a bit inconsistant, so there’s something else we could improve on.

          • StaffsBlue says:

            I often wonder why players never seem to improve on their weaknesses. Davis has had 2 seasons here now, but his passing is just a poor as when he came. But I do like that in-your-face, up-yer-ar*e, ratter-type of player, who won’t let the opposition rest on the ball.

    • KC says:

      Absolutely right Staffs . I think it needs more outs and quite a few in Just hope we have a few bob to spend or can spot a few quality bargains that genuinely make a difference, .

      • StaffsBlue says:

        We have another 3 lots of premier money coming down for next season. I’m afraid 3 or 4 new players won’t make any impression on the top 6, unless they really are quality.. and in the right positions.

        We need two new full backs for a start, then at least one centre back, two midfielders and at least one striker who knows which direction the goal is in. And that’s just for starters. Imho, I think we need 6 or 7 decent players coming in to have any chance of progressing next season. It’s tough I know, but it is what it is.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Six better players coming in to the team and starting games like I’ve already said as you rightly say the six gone were not first team squad anyway … Kuszczak , Morrison , Kieftenbeld , Cotterill , Fabbrini from the first team only would I like to keep along with Toral again on loan if possible .. The rest of the first team .. Caddis , Grounds , Gleeson , Maghoma and Donaldson can all leave for me and I woukd say thank you very much and move on otherwise it’s Groundhog Day yet again next season if we’re lucky ! KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I felt a bit sorry for Maghoma tbh. He spent the first half of the season waiting for Gray to bugger off, then once he got a run in the team and built up some form, he was detailed to cover Grounds every game or dropped to the subs bench to accomodate Rowett’s 4-3-3. I think he deserves the chance to play his own game. The rest I’m not ars*d about.

      • ChrisG says:

        Against the lower teams next season i’d like to see us go for a slightly different formation in 4-1-4-1, that way Rowett keeps his midfield but gives us more options going forward, his favoured system of 4-2-3-1 worked well against the better sides.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          The key to that, as was mentioned earlier, would be a midfield general type of player with a bit of something about him. We were pretty leaderless in a lot of games last season. We need someone who can pick the team up by their bootlaces and drive them on.

        • Andrew says:

          Those systems only work with pace and ability to go past people. Since grey left who apart from maghoma or fab has this.

      • Texas Pete says:

        Gray had that covering back job too. It is what wingers do.

      • john says:

        Grounds needed lots of help, his poor play resulted in a few goals against us, that should never have been. A new left back is desperately needed.

  • Dave Mann says:

    I woukd keep maghoma if we can’t get better but we have to get better to get better if you know what I mean . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Yes, I know what you mean Dave, but in reality, we could say that about almost every player in our squad. I really wouldn’t miss a single player in last season’s squad if they were to leave.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Same here . KRO

  • Texas Pete says:

    I am hoping that Ronan Hale is a full member of the fist team squad. Is he to be held back while bringing a Bristol Rovers forward?. I dont see any difference.

    • almajir says:

      Pete – he’s not ready for First team football. He barely plays u21 football..

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Scored both goals on his debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-18s against Germany. Going in the right direction for sure.

  • DaveP says:

    Reading between the lines on blues website it appears we won’t be following up on Shotts, Laffs, or Bucks. I can understand the latter two but think Shotton might be worth a punt as we’re light at the back.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Shotton seemed to be thanking everyone last week, like he already knew. Maybe Derby want too much for him. I would have liked to see him here next season, but if the deal is too rich for us, we have no choice but to move on.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Martinez sacked by Everton .. Maybe the vile job awaits , fingers crossed x . KRO

    • ChrisG says:

      You not thought about applying for the vile job yourself Dave!!. I think you’d do a sterling job there.lol

    • StaffsBlue says:

      That guy’s been stealing a living for a long time. Never rated him.

  • Dave Mann says:

    It would give me great pleasure to take the job and promise the vile fans that I will take them to the next level which would be league one .. seriously though I wish the new manager all the luck in the world and its all bad along with bad players , bad fans , bad owners .. The only good would be good riddance and that’s keeping my manners at a respectful level . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      It’s good of you to be so benevolent towards them Dave. :)

      • Dave Mann says:

        I do have a soft spot for the vile but i can’t tell you on here because Dan would not let me get away with it … Let’s just enjoy the fact that they’re fans have got exactly what they deserve and it fills me with pure joy and contentment . KRO

  • Suk Young Yun is on a free from QPR , a left wing back , looks good to me …

  • What do you lads think Scott golbourne……..Jose Casada Bizcocho…..all have contracts ending whether they will be kept or not I don’t know , as small bid could be a persuader , what do my betters think , no swearing ,

  • Dave Mann says:

    Ide rather have Tom, Dick and Harry William to be honest . KRO

  • Blue Steve says:

    Does any know James Vaughan contractual situation? I think he had a years option after his loan. Was the option in his favor or the clubs? Its harsh but I would get rid. We need every penny imo for less players of better quality.

    • Mitchell says:

      This query really does need answering. Why o why did such a bizarre deal happen. Worrying to say the least.

  • I am trying Dave mate , I’m trying ,

  • Mitchell says:

    GR must be petrified about bringing in yet another new striker. This is a serious issue that has to be addressed for a manager who has made too many bad signings in this dept. Brock-Madsen,Vaughan,Lafferty as in his mind better than Novak,Thomas and Johnstone. What is required is a thorough review of all our current strikers like Johnstone and of course not forgetting Alex Jones. It is pointless buying another player in this position until the manager really does get help in choosing the right one. As said,GR must be extremely nervy about his judgement in buying strikers that do nothing for the benefit of the club.

  • Muzzy says:

    Yeah but is a team letting a 20 goal striker leave on loan ? Can u get 1 on a free ?
    If they was prob would want a lot in wages. I ent sure where rowett goes with this unless he has money to spend on a striker . We all want a great striker I’m sure rowett does .
    But ur Andre grays Ross mcormacks cost millions.. The frees and loans are gambles for a reason.
    But season wasn’t a failure. Same Finnish next year if no doe spent be a success

    • Mitchell says:

      Yes Muzzy I agree-but the point is our manager is not good at selecting strikers. Blunt as it may be GR is not imo confident or able to get a decent striker on the books.His record is awful and certainly not able to get the best out of what we have or have had on loan. no good blaming lack of money as Donaldson,Vaughan,BM or whoever do not have imo decent week in and week out proper target practice.Future additions will be pointless unless this very young and likeable manager gets help with signings who will make a difference. Perhaps only new ownership will be the only way he will get proper pressure on his very safe current tenure.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Yes Muzzy, the frees and loans are a gamble, but sometimes, spending £9m can be a gamble too. How much are McCormack and Dembele worth? And where did Fulham end up? 20th. It’s ok spending money up front, but you have to bolt the back door too, it can be just as important.

      Maybe Rowett will think that, with the system we play (and I can’t see it changing next year) it’s more important to have a solid back four, to hold on to those 1-0 leads. Ya never know.

      • Blue Steve says:

        Have to agree Staffs. Defensive players are always going to be cheaper than attacking players so I think GR has seen a good defence as the best route to getting results given our budget. This also probably explains why we play fairly defensive tactics. As we don’t have a wealth of attacking players that have great ability we have to keep it tight and nick a goal.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          A couple of good, solid defenders, a midfield general and a box-to-box midfielder and we could find our forwards from last season firing on all cylinders, yes, including Vaughan.

          The way I see it, whether it be defence, midfield, or attack.. players will always play a better game if they know they can rely on the people behind them. Make the defence solid and the midfielders will feel they can take a few more risks. When they can’t rely on the players behind them, midfielders tend to play the simpler, sideways ball far more or bang it long to one isolated forward.

          If we continue to play one up front, which I expect, then the defence is more important for me.

  • Muzzy says:

    I agree .. I just think he’s done more than a decent job with nothing really ..would be good in the future if could judge him on looking at a list of players he can spend money on .. Rather than a list includes frees and loans … wolves spent 3.5 mil on Jo mason couldn’t even get in poor wolves team.. But 3.5 bet rowett would love a bit of that lol

  • We need an ageing international striker to get us through till we have owners that put up enough money to spend ..

    • Andrew says:

      What’s Donaldson then? We won’t get any decent countries players as we cannot afford fee’s and wages as you know, like you say new owners

  • Daz0121 says:

    Hi all, first time posting on here but have been reading this forum for some time now, just wanted to throw a couple of my views out there.
    Regarding players, especially the striker department, surely the key if determined to playing one up front is getting in an in form goal scoring player from a lower league, there are plenty of options from league one or two who have for the last season if not the last few have been consistent who would grab the chance to play for BCFC in the championship, the likes of Paddy Madden, Sam Winnall, Matty Taylor (who I see we have been linked with) would surely come to the club demanding a relatively small fee and not big wages.
    Let’s not forget any club unless in the premier league would be taking a chance when buying players from so called lesser or lower leagues but that’s the whole point in scouts and a manager and coaching staff!..let’s not forget some of these players that a lot of folk on here mention all the time and think they’re great players for the division, especially strikers that play for the “promotion contender clubs” played in the lower/lesser leagues not too long ago!, matter of fact, take a look at all the “20 goals a season” strikers…where was the championship player of the season Andre Gray before he played for Burnley!?, how about Jordan Rhodes when he first was at Huddersfield in league 1, why did Callum Wilson go unnoticed to Birmingham City when he was banging in goals at our neighbours Coventry City!?, 2 seasons later he gets Bournmouth promoted and looks the part in the premier League!, Troy Deeney (a blues supporter as well) was at Watford Knocking about for years in the championship while being consistent on the goals and assists front now in the premier league as their captain and one of their best players.
    Where was Charlie Austin before Burnly and QPR?, scoring 30 goals a season in league 1 and 2 for Swindon Town now playing for Southhampton in the premier league!..while we are on Southhampton, what about Adam Lallana now of Liverpool and England who captained Southhampton from league 1 all the way to the premier league while banging in world’s of goals and bags of assists along the way.
    I could go on forever but to cut it short, all this chit chatter about these players are hard to come by and not many of them around is quite ridiculous!, all it takes is a little courage and a little faith in these players and have a punt on them.
    Just remember When Tottenham sold Gareth Bale and spent £100 million on the squad trying to replace him, Harry Kane was loaned out at the likes of Millwall, Yoevil and Hearts and couldn’t get in those starting 11, following season when the £100 million worth of so called talent wasn’t producing anything, he was given a shot…and we all know the rest of the story.

    Thanks all!.
    Daz

    • StaffsBlue says:

      Couldn’t agree more. There are nuggets in the lower/non-leagues. You just need a scout canny enough to spot them and a manager brave enough to give them a chance.

    • Mitchell says:

      Lot of sense commented there Daz.keep it up.

  • Donaldson has been a good buy in my opinion ,, and if we can’t afford another Donaldson’s wages then we might as well wrap up , we are close to a take over fair enough , but if the new owners have a corner shop mentality then what’s the point ,, ….

    • StaffsBlue says:

      For a free plus wages, yes, Donaldson has been a decent buy, with 26 goals in 2 seasons. But, at going on 33, will he be up for another season of Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday and will he be able to get the goals that could fire us into a top 6 place? I’d be very sceptical tbh.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Simple answer , NO ! so we move on and get someone in who can score us 20 goals a season otherwise it will be another failed bid next season . KRO

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Jamie Vardy was originally released by Sheffield Wednesday. He was playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels in the Northern Premier League when he moved to Halifax in 2010, then Fleetwood in the Conference in 2011. Leicester were in the Championship in 2012 when they payed £1m for him.

    Would a Premier League Leicester have taken a chance on Vardy? Not a chance. My point is, some players, who seem to come out of nowhere have actually worked their way up the leagues, many after being released by Football League clubs as youngsters.

    • AdamTrueBlue says:

      I know I keep saying it, and I am a BIG fan of Jamie Vardy, but where would he be without Mahrez, Drinkwater, Fuchs, Huth, Kante and of course the brilliant balls in from 1 Demmi Gray? Kro

      • john says:

        The same could be said for lots of famous strikers, who would be very ordinary, had it not been for the players around them. I am sure most of them would admit that too.

        • AdamTrueBlue says:

          Exactly the point I was making and have been trying to make with Donaldson, if he is always defending he’s not going to score lots of goals, I think at Leicester he would have looked a top striker.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        How many of those players were there when Leicester bought him?

  • Dave Mann says:

    Let’s hope we can find one then . KRO

  • mark says:

    jacques maghoma is staying

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I’m glad.

      • Mitchell says:

        Extra contract extension for Maghoma makes me wonder about Cotterill.maybe totally off with this but get that feeling in the water about his future with us.

        • ChrisG says:

          Cottrill signed a new contract earlier in the season Mitchell

          • StaffsBlue says:

            Maybe Cotterill would fancy a couple of years at his hometown club while he’s in his prime… after all, he’s never spent more than 2 years at any club.

  • Dave Mann says:

    If he has a good euros it will be good bye . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      If that’s the case, then he’s welcome to go.. as long as we get a decent fee for him. Then Viv Solomon-Otabor will be the next taxi off the rank. It’s all good. :)

    • ChrisG says:

      Dave I think Cottrill’s only in the Wales squad to make up the numbers & keep the bench warm. It was either him or Dolly the sheep, personally I know which one i’d rather have ;-))

  • If we get rid of cotts , Donaldson , and with toral gone , we will need a vardy to score the goals , but how often does a vardy come up , I am glad Mags is staying by the way , ONWARD and upward ,

  • Bluesy6 says:

    First timer on hear but like Daz have been following comments for a while now. Just a quickie, Did any one hear the interview with Panos last night on w.m. I caught some of it but not all,have to say it sounding very promising, any thoughts on what he had to say.

    • Mitchell says:

      Yes it was a promising to hear Panos,although he did say it will be a fairly long,drawn out complicated process etc.which basically takes care of another season of little cash available. Perhaps 2017/18 is a more realistic season for proper progress on the pitch.

      • Richard Granfield says:

        Mitchell……I understood Panos to say that the EGM is going to be quite complicated, and there has been “big progress”.
        A number of things have to be voted on and if successful the hope is that the HKSE will approve the resumption of trading in the Shares. This should facilitate TTA taking over sooner rather than later.
        So your fear of little cash being available until the end of next season is hopefully unfounded.

        • Mitchell says:

          Let’s hope so Richard.if we could get everything in place for the second half of next season then who knows-we could do a Sheff.Wed. and sign quality in January window.

  • Dave Mann says:

    And finish higher than the vile and make the playoffs or even automatic promotion or become champions .. Oh how I look forward to next season …or the second half of next season .. Well we can dream can’t we !! .. Propably be fighting of relegation if Ime being blatantly honest ! KRO

  • Richard Granfield says:

    Paul Robinson and Reece Brown have evidently been offered new deals and are presently mulling them over.
    I sincerely hope Brown decides to stay and I think he will IF given assurances by GR. If no assurances are forthcoming then I can’t see him signing.
    The assurances Brown needs is that he will a part of the first team squad rather than the Development squad and be selected on merit.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      I think it’s the other way round isn’t it Richard?
      GR/Blues have only offered Brown a contract if they have assurances from him that he can act in a professional manner in the future..Otherwise I cannot see them offering it in the first place.

      • Richard Granfield says:

        Hillfield…….Blues have to offer him a contract, because if the they didn’t he could leave for nothing.
        If he leaves and joins another club Blues get compensation as he is under 24, but only if he has been offered a contract as least as good as his old one.

        • Hillfield Blues says:

          If Blues’ motive to offer him a contract is financial,how much do you think he’s worth?

          • Richard Granfield says:

            Hillfield”……….It will go to a tribunal unless the two clubs agree a fee.
            My own opinion is he is worth the same as Demarai Gray £3.75m, but I would rather he remained at Blues.

  • Dave Mann says:

    That’s fair enough and the best he can hope for after his spat !! KRO

  • I think we are going to need every player that can be a match winner if we are to finish higher than villa next season , after the window closes we are going to have to gee up the players as well as this season their is going to be only 2 teams in the league in many Brummies minds ,…

  • Tony says:

    For all Browns faults and there are many Rowett can see talent, It would have been a big risk to just let him go.
    There were many on here who advocated cutting him lose, I’m pleased GR resisted that folly he could well have come back and bit our backside

  • Too true Tony , it would only give the vile grinning fingers ,

  • bluenoseneil says:

    I’d have kept Novak, as I personally liked his work ethic and could get into scoring positions, as well as being versatile.
    Ho hum…not my decision!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Thankgod for that .. Few !!

  • According to the Bristol post blues won’t be signing Matt Taylor because they are happy with the forwards in their armoury , ?

  • Mitchell says:

    forget about if they are good or not-the fact is that we have BM,Donaldson,Johnstone,Jones,Vaughan, as main strikers with Maghoma,Arthur and upcoming talent in Hale and VSO.. Perhaps we do have enough in our armoury as reported by Bristol post. Question is whether GR can find goals within our striking squad. We just need a golden spell when one or two start scoring for fun.

  • I hope your right Mitch I think the divining word is start , but their again if he has his eye on Tesche and a goalscorer in midfield who knows KRO

  • mark says:

    All those who still love CH by far the best footballing quote from a manager…….
    I still think there’s a noticable hangover from Saturday match. Wednesday knew just how incompetent our recent refs have been and took full advantage……….sorry still falling over laughing it hurts so much HAHAHAHa

  • Dave Mann says:

    Blew it at Boro and have now Blew it at Wednesday … They’ve just Blew it !! KRO

    • mark says:

      the funny thing Dave straight afterwards he could be a premiership manager watch out Everton……hahahhah

    • steve says:

      Think you’re being unfair to Chris Hughton. He got us into the playoffs despite playing catch up due to Thursday night Europa league games. we didn’t get out of the group stage despite having 11 points,and that now seems because of match fixing. When it came to the play offs,he had a horrendous injury list to contend with. Like McLeish he was told,despite having no money to spend,that he had to get promotion. As well as having no money to spend,he had to sell players.So cut the bloke some slack. How dare anybody leave a club that at the time had no hope or ambition.Scandalous.

  • mark says:

    newcastle i understand your frustration and share your pain though this difficult time…
    50% sale anyone one?

  • Dave Mann says:

    The vile and Newcastle are massive clubs that have not won anything this century and many years before that and are now in the championship !! Yeah they are huge clubs aren’t they , REALLY … I think not , show us your new trophy cabinet , morons ! KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      It’s a bit like saying that Huddersfield are a huge club, because they won 3 consecutive 1st division titles back in nineteen hundred and frozen to death. You’re only as good as your last 10 years, which makes us huge-r than both Newcastle and villa lol.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Exactly bang on the button staffs, .. It’s not the size of your ground or your support or your ancient history that makes you a massive club .. It’s the here and now and the trophies you’ve won in the present era .. They’ve nothing and that tells it all . KRO

    • StaffsBlue says:

      There are many ‘huge’ clubs who are languishing below the premier league these days. 20 years since villa won owt and when was the last time Newcastle won anything of any significance? When did Forest or Leeds win a trophy? You really can’t live on past glories.

  • No fear blues,..no prisoners taken , this is your your time for glory , he who dares wins , get in there SUPER BLUES…

  • Dave Mann says:

    All teenage vile fans have seen them win nothing in they’re life time and they walk round thinking they’re a big club , ooh you silly little loosers. :-) KRO

  • kirkus says:

    They will never win anything in our lifetime again,they are just pathetic especially their so called fans!!!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Your right on both counts kirkus . KRO

  • Tony says:

    Trying to be objective as possible the Vile fans are some of the worst around, they turn on their side quicker than any others I know, always been the same.

  • mark says:

    saw sean Dyche on soccer am this morning who does he think he his cold stone steve Austin lol

  • Dave Mann says:

    I think Hull and Sheffield Wednesday are the two best teams we’ve faced this season so that’s my playoff final and best of luck to Steve Bruce .. If only Carson would have let him sign that contract .. Ah well . KRO

    • Mitchell says:

      Bruce is the most likeable manager around. His love of Blues in his time and his loyalty in turning Newcastle down spoke volumes of the man. My only concern Dave is that he may end up at Villa. They can have anyone else but please not Brucie.

  • Dave Mann says:

    I honestly think he wouldn’t go Mitchell , I think Martinez or Flores will get the job . KRO

  • mark says:

    so the Rams bought on a ram…..don’t tell me i cannot wait to see the tiger at Hull lol


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