Home start pleases Bantams boss Phil Parkinson as he sets sights on increasing size of squad

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Nahki Wells makes it 3-3 from the penalty spot in last season's home clash with the Sky Blues Nahki Wells makes it 3-3 from the penalty spot in last season's home clash with the Sky Blues

PHIL Parkinson surveyed City’s opening fixtures with optimism yesterday and then spoke of the importance of assembling a squad capable of improving on last season’s 11th-placed finish.

The Bantams will host former Premier League outfit Coventry at Valley Parade in their first match of the Sky Bet League One season on Saturday, August 9.

After a trip to Morecambe in the Capital One Cup four days later, Parkinson’s men face two more away trips to Walsall and Crawley before a home clash with big-spending Peterborough on August 23.

The second round of the Capital One Cup then takes place before a short trip to Rochdale on August 30 to complete a hectic opening month.

Parkinson is happy to face Steve Pressley’s side at home in the opening game after last year’s stormy 3-3 draw, when Nahki Wells plundered a hat-trick in the televised clash.

The City boss said: “I’m pleased to be at home in the opening game and I think the fans will look forward to starting the season at Valley Parade.

“Coventry are a big club in this division and we had an excellent game against them last year.

“Overall, the start looks reasonable and there are some good fixtures for us.

“At the end of the day you’ve got to play everyone home and away, so I’ve no complaints.

“We had a good start at home last year and will be aiming to do that again.

“But that will be determined by the squad that we can piece together by August 9.”

Parkinson is keen to add to his ranks after a number of departures since the end of last season and with question marks still hanging over the future of out-of-contract trio Jon McLaughlin, Raffaele De Vita and James Meredith.

Parkinson admitted: “My job now, as it has been all summer, is to make sure we get a squad in place which is competitive enough to take us forward through the season.

“That’s what I’m endeavouring to do. I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and August 9 to mould the team and the squad into shape so we can be as competitive as we were last season.

“We are short on numbers if you look through the ranks but I’ve been in situations where I have had less players at this stage of pre-season.

“I’m not overly concerned but it’s just a case of making the right decisions with the money we’ve got available.

“That’s what we’re trying to do – balance everything out such as the signing of Gary Liddle who gives us versatility because those type of players are going to be important this year.

“If you look at the squad size right now, it’s not enough so we’ve got a few more to get in.”

Parkinson added that no agreement had yet been reached with McLaughlin, De Vita and Meredith over a new contract.

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8:05am Thu 19 Jun 14

Willie Eckerslyke says...

What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements. Willie Eckerslyke
  • Score: -30

8:17am Thu 19 Jun 14

rinkydink says...

Perhaps he's looking to see if we bring in another keeper and whether he's told hes a bench warmer or first teamer.

The vital parts to being a player.
Perhaps he's looking to see if we bring in another keeper and whether he's told hes a bench warmer or first teamer. The vital parts to being a player. rinkydink
  • Score: -5

8:27am Thu 19 Jun 14

OLD BANTAM says...

It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.
It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again. OLD BANTAM
  • Score: -7

8:28am Thu 19 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Willie Eckerslyke wrote:
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
I'm not sure I agree with the 'poor' part of your post. McLaughlin is an average keeper with an above average ability in shot stopping. Yes he has areas to work on, but what players don't?

However, I am in agreement with you that unless the trio put pen to paper by the end of this week, we should just look elsewhere. De Vita hardly pulled up any trees either and couldn't even oust Thommo, who had a below average season if truth told. Then there's Meredith. Had a good 5 months leading up to his illness and he was steady away on his return. However, because of that illness and the injury picked up last season, I don't think he has proved himself at L1 level yet. Needs to get his head down and prove himself. He looked decent in L2, but being frank, he struggled at times last term, prior to his injury.

Time to move on PP. If these boys aren't eager to sign up, release them and move on. No player is bigger than the club!!
[quote][p][bold]Willie Eckerslyke[/bold] wrote: What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.[/p][/quote]I'm not sure I agree with the 'poor' part of your post. McLaughlin is an average keeper with an above average ability in shot stopping. Yes he has areas to work on, but what players don't? However, I am in agreement with you that unless the trio put pen to paper by the end of this week, we should just look elsewhere. De Vita hardly pulled up any trees either and couldn't even oust Thommo, who had a below average season if truth told. Then there's Meredith. Had a good 5 months leading up to his illness and he was steady away on his return. However, because of that illness and the injury picked up last season, I don't think he has proved himself at L1 level yet. Needs to get his head down and prove himself. He looked decent in L2, but being frank, he struggled at times last term, prior to his injury. Time to move on PP. If these boys aren't eager to sign up, release them and move on. No player is bigger than the club!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -36

8:57am Thu 19 Jun 14

Freddy says...

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Quote: --" I’m not overly concerned but it’s just a case of making the right decisions with the money we’ve got available. " Unquote.
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I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED MY HALF MILLION POUND PLAYER BUDGET ----WIND UP !!!!/( He He He )
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Wondering if Coventry have had to sell some of their best players to financially survive ?.
Plus, are they still having to play at another ground when at home ?.
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Looking forward to the Season.-Boxing day away at Fleetwood could amass "The Bradford Army" travelling across the Penines.
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* Quote: --" I’m not overly concerned but it’s just a case of making the right decisions with the money we’ve got available. " Unquote. * I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED MY HALF MILLION POUND PLAYER BUDGET ----WIND UP !!!!/( He He He ) * Wondering if Coventry have had to sell some of their best players to financially survive ?. Plus, are they still having to play at another ground when at home ?. * Looking forward to the Season.-Boxing day away at Fleetwood could amass "The Bradford Army" travelling across the Penines. * Freddy
  • Score: -15

9:06am Thu 19 Jun 14

Halifax Bantam says...

Cant believe we'r even considering giving De Vita a contract, a wage that could be better spent elsewhere. Hope Meredith stays though.
Cant believe we'r even considering giving De Vita a contract, a wage that could be better spent elsewhere. Hope Meredith stays though. Halifax Bantam
  • Score: 7

9:14am Thu 19 Jun 14

tyker7745 says...

give all these players 7 more days to sign:effectively the are all free agents now so n problem adopting this harder stance now.
give all these players 7 more days to sign:effectively the are all free agents now so n problem adopting this harder stance now. tyker7745
  • Score: 4

9:19am Thu 19 Jun 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

The wage budget seems to be an issue and I feel that parky is being downbeat about it. I wud like to know how this is in comparison with other l1 clubs. I have read smaller squad made up of loans this did not happen two seasons ago we had a decent size squad with options for loans to cover. Are we missing out on players because it's been reduced? On paper I am happy with the first few signings and extended contracts but as it stands we still need one if not two keepers a lb again possible two for competition a minimum of three wingers and a striker. Hopefully our budget can stretch to this?
The wage budget seems to be an issue and I feel that parky is being downbeat about it. I wud like to know how this is in comparison with other l1 clubs. I have read smaller squad made up of loans this did not happen two seasons ago we had a decent size squad with options for loans to cover. Are we missing out on players because it's been reduced? On paper I am happy with the first few signings and extended contracts but as it stands we still need one if not two keepers a lb again possible two for competition a minimum of three wingers and a striker. Hopefully our budget can stretch to this? i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: 7

9:49am Thu 19 Jun 14

Old Dave says...

We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts.
I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one!
I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned.

On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper.
Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith.
De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet.
We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts. I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one! I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned. On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper. Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith. De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet. Old Dave
  • Score: 16

9:55am Thu 19 Jun 14

realcitygent says...

really think its time to pull his finger out and get these out contracts players to sign or get on there bike ,Parky says he is giving reid and devita more time to get over injuries and prove there fitness ,but what happens at beggining of season when we dont have a winger who is fit to start a game ,does he play keneddy out wide again which imo was a joke .I would not offer reid a contract as it seems he was not going resign again this season due to family refusing to move up north add that to bad injury and makes no sence to wait for him ,Parky keeps going on cut in budget but will it make that much difference ,he has got rid of gray saving prob 3/4 grand a week ,also the amount of money he wasted bring loan players into the club and not giving them a game at all ,that must be a few quid ,As for jonny mac i would tell tim he got few days to sign or go or go theres a lot good keepers out there who would jump at the chance of joining us .Lets just hope parkys signing are bit better than last season ,ie devita kenneddy forlan the the list goes on
really think its time to pull his finger out and get these out contracts players to sign or get on there bike ,Parky says he is giving reid and devita more time to get over injuries and prove there fitness ,but what happens at beggining of season when we dont have a winger who is fit to start a game ,does he play keneddy out wide again which imo was a joke .I would not offer reid a contract as it seems he was not going resign again this season due to family refusing to move up north add that to bad injury and makes no sence to wait for him ,Parky keeps going on cut in budget but will it make that much difference ,he has got rid of gray saving prob 3/4 grand a week ,also the amount of money he wasted bring loan players into the club and not giving them a game at all ,that must be a few quid ,As for jonny mac i would tell tim he got few days to sign or go or go theres a lot good keepers out there who would jump at the chance of joining us .Lets just hope parkys signing are bit better than last season ,ie devita kenneddy forlan the the list goes on realcitygent
  • Score: -1

10:07am Thu 19 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

Willie Eckerslyke wrote:
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
What nonsense! You accuse Jon of arrogance, but say he should sign his contract to stay at City. So you want, in your view, an arrogant player. And you have seen the details of Jon's contract so you know what you are talking about. I hope Jon signs because he is an excellent keeper.
[quote][p][bold]Willie Eckerslyke[/bold] wrote: What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.[/p][/quote]What nonsense! You accuse Jon of arrogance, but say he should sign his contract to stay at City. So you want, in your view, an arrogant player. And you have seen the details of Jon's contract so you know what you are talking about. I hope Jon signs because he is an excellent keeper. Peter300
  • Score: -6

10:07am Thu 19 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

Willie Eckerslyke wrote:
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
What nonsense! You accuse Jon of arrogance, but say he should sign his contract to stay at City. So you want, in your view, an arrogant player. And you have seen the details of Jon's contract so you know what you are talking about. I hope Jon signs because he is an excellent keeper.
[quote][p][bold]Willie Eckerslyke[/bold] wrote: What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.[/p][/quote]What nonsense! You accuse Jon of arrogance, but say he should sign his contract to stay at City. So you want, in your view, an arrogant player. And you have seen the details of Jon's contract so you know what you are talking about. I hope Jon signs because he is an excellent keeper. Peter300
  • Score: -10

10:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

Peter300 says...

OLD BANTAM wrote:
It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.
And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals.
[quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.[/p][/quote]And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals. Peter300
  • Score: -6

10:26am Thu 19 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business!
PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business! whisky1
  • Score: 3

10:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Willie Eckerslyke wrote:
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
A leading employment consultant and goal-keeping guru.

Who or what gives you the authority to advocate over someone's future? Do you know any of the circumstances involved? It is your approach that appears to be arrogant.

As for his ability, fourteen clean sheets and the seventh best defensive record does not align with your poor to average analysis.
[quote][p][bold]Willie Eckerslyke[/bold] wrote: What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.[/p][/quote]A leading employment consultant and goal-keeping guru. Who or what gives you the authority to advocate over someone's future? Do you know any of the circumstances involved? It is your approach that appears to be arrogant. As for his ability, fourteen clean sheets and the seventh best defensive record does not align with your poor to average analysis. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -27

10:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

OLD BANTAM says...

Peter300 wrote:
OLD BANTAM wrote:
It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.
And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals.
Not the ones that we have had last season. Only Reach was a success .
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.[/p][/quote]And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals.[/p][/quote]Not the ones that we have had last season. Only Reach was a success . OLD BANTAM
  • Score: 8

10:30am Thu 19 Jun 14

OLD BANTAM says...

Peter300 wrote:
OLD BANTAM wrote:
It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.
And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals.
Not the ones that we have had last season. Only Reach was a success .
[quote][p][bold]Peter300[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OLD BANTAM[/bold] wrote: It look's like we have already missed out on one or two players that were supposed to be interested in. Goalkeeper , left back , striker, just hope we are not going to have a team made up of loan players again.[/p][/quote]And you will know that loan players are the key for success with some of our rivals.[/p][/quote]Not the ones that we have had last season. Only Reach was a success . OLD BANTAM
  • Score: 4

10:41am Thu 19 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Cracking start to the season, I fancy Coventry will 2,500/3,000 fans giving BCFC a crowd of 17,000/18,000. Not only a great fixture but also a big financial boost for BCFC as the first game always pulls in extra fans even with the local Cricket season still in full flow and holidays. Still some exciting signings coming up to get the juices flowing even more for the start of the season. Can't wait!!!!!
Cracking start to the season, I fancy Coventry will 2,500/3,000 fans giving BCFC a crowd of 17,000/18,000. Not only a great fixture but also a big financial boost for BCFC as the first game always pulls in extra fans even with the local Cricket season still in full flow and holidays. Still some exciting signings coming up to get the juices flowing even more for the start of the season. Can't wait!!!!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 11

10:49am Thu 19 Jun 14

lawsonio123 says...

Johnnie Mac is good keeper look t hi clean sheets e is young with plenty of scope for improvement Mazza not yet really proved at Div1 level De Vita unlucky with fitness But the point is Parky rates them all and he knows what he is doing in giving them time Trust our Manager he will get right
Johnnie Mac is good keeper look t hi clean sheets e is young with plenty of scope for improvement Mazza not yet really proved at Div1 level De Vita unlucky with fitness But the point is Parky rates them all and he knows what he is doing in giving them time Trust our Manager he will get right lawsonio123
  • Score: 3

11:10am Thu 19 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

whisky1 wrote:
PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business!
I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business![/p][/quote]I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -25

11:24am Thu 19 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business!
I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.
Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days)
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business![/p][/quote]I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.[/p][/quote]Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days) whisky1
  • Score: 0

11:49am Thu 19 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

whisky1 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business!
I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.
Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days)
I agree in terms of Mezza. There were several occasions last season when players cut in from the right before launching unstoppable shots past the 'keeper. The weakness was exacerbated by the absence of Andrew Davies.

Is still think that Meredith could play in a more advanced position but I would not be unduly worried if he did not return.

As for left-back, it is probably lazy to suggest Drury but I do not see the need to look any further. He is readily available.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business![/p][/quote]I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.[/p][/quote]Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days)[/p][/quote]I agree in terms of Mezza. There were several occasions last season when players cut in from the right before launching unstoppable shots past the 'keeper. The weakness was exacerbated by the absence of Andrew Davies. Is still think that Meredith could play in a more advanced position but I would not be unduly worried if he did not return. As for left-back, it is probably lazy to suggest Drury but I do not see the need to look any further. He is readily available. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -26

12:06pm Thu 19 Jun 14

BD16 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote:
Michael Clayton wrote:
whisky1 wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business!
I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.
Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days)
I agree in terms of Mezza. There were several occasions last season when players cut in from the right before launching unstoppable shots past the 'keeper. The weakness was exacerbated by the absence of Andrew Davies.

Is still think that Meredith could play in a more advanced position but I would not be unduly worried if he did not return.

As for left-back, it is probably lazy to suggest Drury but I do not see the need to look any further. He is readily available.
What about Meredith as a left sided midfield player and Drury as a left back? Meredith would have the defensive discipline that Parkinson seems to like and a steady head behind him to offer a bit of guidance. We did ship a fair few goals through the left back position last season but that could have been because the full back was left exposed when Reid/Reach went gung-ho in front of him.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: PP has said that DE Vita has to prove his fitness before his option is taken up. Its difficult to see Mac getting a better deal elsewhere and you would bet he would be one of the lower earners given his background. You cannot blame him from trying to get a better deal. Losing Mezza would not be a disaster as others have mentioned he is great going forward but defensively suspect. Things will start to come together over the next couple of weeks. Remember the white s58te have not even started pre season business![/p][/quote]I don't believe they can do any business at the moment. If it is any indication, season ticket sales are restricted to cash only.[/p][/quote]Im guessing that until they pay off Sport Capital they can do nowt. Plus they aint got a Heach Coach or Director of footy (other than Celino himself!) so not sure how they are identifying potential targets (happy days)[/p][/quote]I agree in terms of Mezza. There were several occasions last season when players cut in from the right before launching unstoppable shots past the 'keeper. The weakness was exacerbated by the absence of Andrew Davies. Is still think that Meredith could play in a more advanced position but I would not be unduly worried if he did not return. As for left-back, it is probably lazy to suggest Drury but I do not see the need to look any further. He is readily available.[/p][/quote]What about Meredith as a left sided midfield player and Drury as a left back? Meredith would have the defensive discipline that Parkinson seems to like and a steady head behind him to offer a bit of guidance. We did ship a fair few goals through the left back position last season but that could have been because the full back was left exposed when Reid/Reach went gung-ho in front of him. BD16
  • Score: -1

12:09pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Statler4 says...

Michael Clayton wrote:
Willie Eckerslyke wrote:
What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.
A leading employment consultant and goal-keeping guru.

Who or what gives you the authority to advocate over someone's future? Do you know any of the circumstances involved? It is your approach that appears to be arrogant.

As for his ability, fourteen clean sheets and the seventh best defensive record does not align with your poor to average analysis.
Well said MC. No player is universally popular but the criticism of Jon Mclaughlin is ridiculous. The idea that he wouldn't be offered anything above League Two level if he left us is nonsensical - Rotherham would certainly be interested since Steve Evans selected Jonny for special praise. Lee Butler was a professional goalkeeper, Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin played in front of many during their professional careers, they all know a good one from a poor one and, as you rightly point out, the statistics show the true level of Jonny's ability.
[quote][p][bold]Michael Clayton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Willie Eckerslyke[/bold] wrote: What on earth is McLaughlin waiting for? After a poor to average season he should be grateful that he has even been offered a new contract. He should sign it before it's taken away as there is no way he will be offered something by any club above L2 level. The arrogance of the man is astonishing. In the meantime the club could be missing out on possible replacements.[/p][/quote]A leading employment consultant and goal-keeping guru. Who or what gives you the authority to advocate over someone's future? Do you know any of the circumstances involved? It is your approach that appears to be arrogant. As for his ability, fourteen clean sheets and the seventh best defensive record does not align with your poor to average analysis.[/p][/quote]Well said MC. No player is universally popular but the criticism of Jon Mclaughlin is ridiculous. The idea that he wouldn't be offered anything above League Two level if he left us is nonsensical - Rotherham would certainly be interested since Steve Evans selected Jonny for special praise. Lee Butler was a professional goalkeeper, Phil Parkinson and Steve Parkin played in front of many during their professional careers, they all know a good one from a poor one and, as you rightly point out, the statistics show the true level of Jonny's ability. Statler4
  • Score: -16

12:54pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

Old Dave wrote:
We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts.
I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one!
I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned.

On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper.
Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith.
De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet.
Wowzers, you pretty much summed up what I said; yet you got a net of 7 positive against my -30. How does that work then?

Sometimes I think people press the thumbs down button to get a reaction rather than because they disagree with a particular post!!
[quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts. I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one! I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned. On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper. Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith. De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet.[/p][/quote]Wowzers, you pretty much summed up what I said; yet you got a net of 7 positive against my -30. How does that work then? Sometimes I think people press the thumbs down button to get a reaction rather than because they disagree with a particular post!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -28

1:39pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
Old Dave wrote: We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts. I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one! I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned. On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper. Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith. De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet.
Wowzers, you pretty much summed up what I said; yet you got a net of 7 positive against my -30. How does that work then? Sometimes I think people press the thumbs down button to get a reaction rather than because they disagree with a particular post!!
Sorry if I am misjudging, but It seems as though you are looking for reassurance when there is no need to do so.

Recognise that there is a collection of mischief makers, egotists and idiots on here; some of whom resort to multple ID's.

Do not allow yourself to be bothered by it.
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Old Dave[/bold] wrote: We already know that we are very much in the market for season long loans. This was a proven tactic by the succesful clubs in league one last year, and as a club this is something of a change in philosophy. Thats what I like about the people running our club. They are prepared to change ideas if they see something working well elsewhere. the nature of these deals is that they are rarely done before pre-season starts. I dont think Parky is being down beat, I just think he is biding his time so we dont miss out on a good player because we went early with an average one! I know we passed on some of the top players in our league ( the lad from spurs who was great against us for Swindon... pritchard?) because we wanted permanent signings. This year we have learned. On McLoughlin. I am guessing he's not been offered a pay rise. maybe even a cut. Time to tell him to take it or leave it. There are other keepers out there who can do at least as well as him for the money he's on. He is a top shot stopper, but his decision making regarding stying on his line or coming to claim the ball cost us a lot of goals last year. The number of times he was arguing with his centre backs after conceding a goal shows that we need a more decisive keeper. Meredith is still unproven at this level. In the early part of the season, his strength became his weakness. again we conceded goals due to him attacking with Reid and being exposed. his priority as a full back is to defend. Drury may be a lot older, but every succesful City team has had an old head in it to just do a steadying job . I'm thinking of John Hawley, Ces Podd, Ron Futcher, McCall (second time around), Gary Jones. All players who were influential beyond their early 30s as City players. If we are going with younger players from top clubs on loan, maybe Drury is a better fit than Meredith. De Vita needs to get fit so we see what he can do. We've not seen enough yet.[/p][/quote]Wowzers, you pretty much summed up what I said; yet you got a net of 7 positive against my -30. How does that work then? Sometimes I think people press the thumbs down button to get a reaction rather than because they disagree with a particular post!![/p][/quote]Sorry if I am misjudging, but It seems as though you are looking for reassurance when there is no need to do so. Recognise that there is a collection of mischief makers, egotists and idiots on here; some of whom resort to multple ID's. Do not allow yourself to be bothered by it. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -29

1:51pm Thu 19 Jun 14

doubledigiter says...

By the way - as per a previous report Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?
By the way - as per a previous report [think it was yesterday or the day before] Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either? doubledigiter
  • Score: 4

1:57pm Thu 19 Jun 14

whisky1 says...

doubledigiter wrote:
By the way - as per a previous report Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?
Paranoia rumour half truth and conspiracy theories are the currency on here! He will resign in all probabiltiy
[quote][p][bold]doubledigiter[/bold] wrote: By the way - as per a previous report [think it was yesterday or the day before] Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?[/p][/quote]Paranoia rumour half truth and conspiracy theories are the currency on here! He will resign in all probabiltiy whisky1
  • Score: 0

2:12pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

whisky1 wrote:
doubledigiter wrote: By the way - as per a previous report Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?
Paranoia rumour half truth and conspiracy theories are the currency on here! He will resign in all probabiltiy
I don't mind him going on holiday so long as he is forced to work as a "Beat The Goalie" at a seaside resort.

He is our commodity and the thought of him relaxing in normal clothes makes my blood boil.

In fact, the sooner they vote for independence the better. I will personally hoy his gloves of Hadrian's Wall. If he catches them, he may be invited back for training.
[quote][p][bold]whisky1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doubledigiter[/bold] wrote: By the way - as per a previous report [think it was yesterday or the day before] Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?[/p][/quote]Paranoia rumour half truth and conspiracy theories are the currency on here! He will resign in all probabiltiy[/p][/quote]I don't mind him going on holiday so long as he is forced to work as a "Beat The Goalie" at a seaside resort. He is our commodity and the thought of him relaxing in normal clothes makes my blood boil. In fact, the sooner they vote for independence the better. I will personally hoy his gloves of Hadrian's Wall. If he catches them, he may be invited back for training. Michael Clayton
  • Score: -30

5:04pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Waynus1971 says...

doubledigiter wrote:
By the way - as per a previous report Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?
First of all, he hasn't been on holiday over a month. Secondly, the contract offer put to him (and other out of contract players) expired 16 June. Thirdly and most importantly, holidays don't stop you accepting/rejecting an offer. That's why players pay for agents!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]doubledigiter[/bold] wrote: By the way - as per a previous report [think it was yesterday or the day before] Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?[/p][/quote]First of all, he hasn't been on holiday over a month. Secondly, the contract offer put to him (and other out of contract players) expired 16 June. Thirdly and most importantly, holidays don't stop you accepting/rejecting an offer. That's why players pay for agents!!!!! Waynus1971
  • Score: -12

5:41pm Thu 19 Jun 14

cookie_brighton says...

Alan sheehan signs two year deal.
CTID
Alan sheehan signs two year deal. CTID cookie_brighton
  • Score: 2

8:40pm Thu 19 Jun 14

torreyman says...

Get rid of De Vita I am sure his wages could be better spent !!
Get rid of De Vita I am sure his wages could be better spent !! torreyman
  • Score: 2

8:00am Fri 20 Jun 14

Statler4 says...

It always amuses me when people talk about players wages. Professional footballers are salaried not wage earning.
It always amuses me when people talk about players wages. Professional footballers are salaried not wage earning. Statler4
  • Score: -3

8:47am Fri 20 Jun 14

Michael Clayton says...

Waynus1971 wrote:
doubledigiter wrote: By the way - as per a previous report Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?
First of all, he hasn't been on holiday over a month. Secondly, the contract offer put to him (and other out of contract players) expired 16 June. Thirdly and most importantly, holidays don't stop you accepting/rejecting an offer. That's why players pay for agents!!!!!
He may well have been on holiday all that time. A deal may have been agreed, in principle. Who knows?
[quote][p][bold]Waynus1971[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]doubledigiter[/bold] wrote: By the way - as per a previous report [think it was yesterday or the day before] Jon McLaughlin is currently on holiday. That's why he hasn't signed yet. Seems a fairly valid reason to me. Or is he not allowed a holiday now either?[/p][/quote]First of all, he hasn't been on holiday over a month. Secondly, the contract offer put to him (and other out of contract players) expired 16 June. Thirdly and most importantly, holidays don't stop you accepting/rejecting an offer. That's why players pay for agents!!!!![/p][/quote]He may well have been on holiday all that time. A deal may have been agreed, in principle. Who knows? Michael Clayton
  • Score: -19

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