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Blues Linked To Conference Right Back

Birmingham City have been linked with Blue Square Bet Premier right back Luke O’Neill as a potential target despite the current transfer embargo.

The 20-year-old full back who currently plays for Mansfield Town is being chased by Burnley but the Lancashire Telegraph has also linked the highly rated full back with Blues and Cardiff City.

The 20 year-old has played in all bar three of Mansfield’s league games this season, scoring three goals and has played in both legs of the Stags’ playoff tie with York City which they lost 2-1 on aggregate.

O’Neill has just one year of his contract left to run with the Nottinghamshire-based side and the reckoning is his fee would be around the £50k mark – although it would be expected there would be add-ons to that.

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31 Responses to “Blues Linked To Conference Right Back”

  • tara says:

    Sounds great. We are still looking at players not in the market of Helb and Zigic but still looking and probably with more potential. Sounds great no admin and a future.
    Not the big fall I was anticipating.

  • pierre says:

    i hope we continue looking at young hungry talent, instead of journeymen players looking for one last fat wage cheque.

    • NooBloo says:

      I keep seeing all these stories indicating that CH should leave Birmingham if he gets the opportunity. Whilst part of me thinks yes maybe he should, there is a part of me which thiks he should stay. For instance, West Brom. How much higher can you actually take them than what they achieved this season? Not that much higher I wouldnt have thought. I mean they seem only to willing to get shot of their managers in recent years and his experience with Newcastle should have taught him that Chairmans with their fingers constantly on the triggers are not nice to work for, so perhaps he should be the one interviewing any potential Chairman as opposed to them interviewing him.

      As for what he would leave behind at Birmingham. Just look at Newcastle. There is a core of around 7 players still on the Newcastle team that he left. He obviously leaves a lasting legacy of his work ethics with those players so if he did leave then I am sure the players he left behind would carry that on with Birmingham next year if we could keep hold of them.

      Whatever he decides. No one at Birmingham could ever look on him with any negativity

    • Blue in Spain says:

      Was just going to comment on this too! Andy Gray is a sexist Villan stuck in the 70’s so anything I read from this biased idiot I know is a load of crap!

    • DoctorD says:

      Honestly, that story is sooooo thin and insubstantial it’s embarassing. “Must have”. “Could have”. “Would have been”. Ain’t nothing in it.

  • Alex T says:

    That Andy Gray article is laughable…. based on inaccuracies (or lies, whichever way you look want to look at it). In fact its not until the 3rd paragraph that he gets something right!

    But the last paragraph shows the sign of someone who knows nothing……when he says, ‘But what I do know is’….. surely the next few words should state fact??? Nope, not Andy Gray, he comes up with a big fat ‘IF’! If this, if that, blah blah blah C R A P journalism from a brainless footballer who thinks he can write…

    Laughable, truely laughable……. it must be a no news day!

    • DoctorD says:

      Exacly…”what I do know is [insert absolutely nothing of note or basis in fact]”. The Sunday Mercury should be ashamed of printing such garbage. Ridiculous. Utterly ridiculous.

  • Oldbluenose says:

    I had noted the glaring error in the Sunday Mercury article,!!. Who is this Andy Gray, surely not the ex-villa/ Sky,; berk,!!.

    • NooBloo says:

      Andy Gray claims to have spoken to Chris at a radio interview. Actually I have spoken to CH more recently than that and he never even brught the subject up. I was referring more to the one claiming to be a B/ham fan regretting not leaving Northampton Town but to be honest, if he had has name splashed over the papers linking with job offers then I must have blinked and missed them or one of the chips from the fich and chips that were put in it must have covered the tiny article

  • Jay Sidney says:

    A depressing and rather sobering sign of the times for Blues if they are having to search the Conference League (in other words, non-league) for players. However, it would be foolish to suggest there are no decent young players at that level. I ain’t sen the article in question but wonder how its argument squares with Blues’ current transfer embargo. Any thoughts out there, anybody?

    Also, bravo to those who posted such enjoyable comments about the detestable A Gray.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    A depressing and rather sobering sign of the times for Blues if they are having to search the Conference League (in other words, non-league) for players. However, it would be foolish to suggest there are no decent young players at that level. I ain’t seen the article in question but wonder how its argument squares with Blues’ current transfer embargo. Any thoughts out there, anybody?

    Also, bravo to those who posted such enjoyable comments about the detestable A Gray.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    Apologies for the previous “duplication”.

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    No disrespect to Norwich or Swansea,but none of there players were “Back~page~headline~players” at the start of the Prem/season & look how they’ve played the game & won enough games not to flirt with relegation.
    Young attack minded players will win you games.
    Big wage “mercenaries” will get you relegated.

    K`R`O.

  • andy says:

    Andy Gray is the guy who once said he would not be seen dead in a Birmingham City shirt, so take no notice of what he says.

  • andy says:

    Oh i forgot to mention Ian Atkins. We all kno he has always craved the Blues job and maybe thats why he is urging CH to take a prem job offer so he can apply for the vacancy!! If any of these people had Blues best interests at heart, they would not be encouraging tha departure of CH.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    All the rags that come out of the “Post and Mail” stable (“Mercury” included) try not to make their various allegiances too obvious but the average reader doesn’t have to read too far between the lines to see the slavishly pro-villa bias.

    I personally prefer Andrex or Triple Velvet.

  • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

    It’s encouraging in that Blues / CH seem to be taking a step towards a new policy of signing young players with potential. With the new chief scout in place by CH, the brief seems to be towards youth and development. Also, maybe the club are now sure that the accounts will be published fairly soon and CH has been made aware of what will be available to make additions to the squad. Perhaps that is what he wanted all along and needed the re-assurance from PP.

    If the above is the case, the future could look positive and promising for all of us and not the shenanigans that were being hoped and wished for by some.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    I strongly hope Atahualpa’s positive slant on things is not rudely shattered by yet more bad news. The use of words like “seem”, “maybe”, “if” and “perhaps” surely indicate that it is too early to say right now.

    Also, this blogsite has shown Almajir to be a man of integrity and I wouldn’t insult his intelligence by insisting that he MUST have seen pro-villa bias at the “Post and Mail”. However, I would offer the view that I and many other Blues supporters I know are only too aware of what we have SEEN and READ in the sporting pages of the “Post”, “Mail”, “Mercury” and “Argos” going right back to the days when Raymond Matts edited the sports pages. I have also read some of the unappetising scribblings of the likes of Ged Scott and Lisa Smith. No bias? I beg to differ.

    • almajir says:

      Jay

      Ask yourself this – why do so many Villa fans who comment on the newspaper say it’s pro-Blues?

      People will take any negative and show it as bias against their team. It doesn’t exist.

    • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

      Jay,

      As with all things, we can nit-pick with that which we disagree with and do not like. Unless we get actual evidence to the contrary, I much prefer to concentrate and focus on possible enhancements to our team and club.

      You are right, there is the real possibility of yet more bad and destabilising news emerging from the board, but it seems unwise to wait and give it all our attention when we can give all our energies to looking on what we can achieve as oppose to what may happen.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    Re previous posting: For “Argos” read “Argus”. Apols for typo.

  • Jay Sidney says:

    “Nit-picking”? It’s hardly that, is it?

    Look at positives, by all means, Atahualpa, but surely not at the expense of lulling yourself into a false sense of security by ignoring the very real and worrying difficulties at Blues.

    I read a very interesting post recently from a concerned Blues fan who rightly laid it on the line by asking how a club (Blues) which was pretty solvent when Mr Yeung and his syndicate took control a little over two years or so and had since won the League Cup could be so wracked with debt. It can surely not simply be down to the “liabilities” left by take-the-£81.5 million-and-run-to-Upton-Park mob and that is one of the main worries. The delaying of the publishing the club’s accounts on, not one, but three occasions in succession is another. Like I said, hardly, “nit-picking”, eh?

    Also, villa fans think local rags are biased against Blues? Yeah, right… Not one of Almajir’s better comments I am sorry to say.

    I have read enough of the columns and sundry reportage of “Post and Mail” hacks like Matts, Scott and L Smith (to name but three villa park scribes) to be convinced that the normally edudite Almajir is either being way too diplomatic here (for contractual reasons, maybe?) or is simply wrong. Back issues of all the publications should be easily accessible so why not check through some?

    Or, as grown-up people, perhaps we will just have to agree to disagree.

    • almajir says:

      Also, villa fans think local rags are biased against Blues? Yeah, right… Not one of Almajir’s better comments I am sorry to say.

      Sorry to say this Jay, but it’s a fact, I’ve seen it with my own eyes.

      One thing I’ve learnt a long time ago is that all clubs have a section of their fans that want to believe the media is biased particularly against their club. In most cases it’s simply not true. Unfortunately, you can’t convince these people it’s not the case.

      And as for your comments re the “hacks” – how many of those currently work for the Mail? Hmm?

      These people advertised on the back of the mail re McLeish. Seems they think it’s a “bluenose rag” http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=207439185967733&story_fbid=387558947955755

    • Atahualpa is a BlueNose says:

      Jay,

      Nobody is ‘lulling’ themselves into a false sense of security.

      I shall reiterate my original point to you. This thread discusses the possibility of Blues being linked to a Conference player. I pointed out that this was no bad thing in the sense that the club may be taking a new tack in player recruitment.

      In addition, I pointed out that maybe there will be more light at the end of the tunnel and the accounts will get published as well.

      Rather than use words like ‘definately’, ‘surely’, ‘knowing’, ‘imminently’ etc., it would be worthless to pretend I knew any more of the machinations of the board than you.

      So yes, it seems as if you are concentrating on things that are out of your control. You pick on subjects – the club’s debt, media ‘bias’ and the like which are nothing new – regardless how grounded in fact they are – so again I would say that it appears as if you are after nits me old mucker.

  • Mark says:

    Burnley have just had a bid rejected for this lad!


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