Matthew Bates to stay at Bradford City for rest of season

Matthew Bates has signed a contract to keep him at Valley Parade for the rest of the campaign

Matthew Bates has signed a contract to keep him at Valley Parade for the rest of the campaign

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Defender Matthew Bates has signed a contract to keep him at Bradford City for the rest of the season.

He has played 14 games for the Bantams since joining them in October.

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4:16pm Wed 15 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

That must mean someone is going? My guess woulkd be Taylor or Oliver.
Strange one this, With Davo due back (Hopefully!!) by the end of this month and with the likes of Mcardle, Taylor,Mcugh and Oliver already on the books. I find it strange that we would sign another defender until the end of the season?. Unless, as stated above one if not 2 defenders are leaving??
Im sure we will find out soon!??
CTID!!
That must mean someone is going? My guess woulkd be Taylor or Oliver. Strange one this, With Davo due back (Hopefully!!) by the end of this month and with the likes of Mcardle, Taylor,Mcugh and Oliver already on the books. I find it strange that we would sign another defender until the end of the season?. Unless, as stated above one if not 2 defenders are leaving?? Im sure we will find out soon!?? CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 3

4:22pm Wed 15 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!!
BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!! shaun from richmond
  • Score: -21

4:34pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Willie Eckerslyke says...

As he can also play both full back positions and defensive midfield it seems a good call to me. I think he'd make an excellent partner for Davies when he's fit. For anyone to say "he's rubbish" just shows how much (or little) he knows about football.
As he can also play both full back positions and defensive midfield it seems a good call to me. I think he'd make an excellent partner for Davies when he's fit. For anyone to say "he's rubbish" just shows how much (or little) he knows about football. Willie Eckerslyke
  • Score: 14

4:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nickloza says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!!
You wouldn't know a good footballer and if you say he is rubbish then it's a good signing!
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!![/p][/quote]You wouldn't know a good footballer and if you say he is rubbish then it's a good signing! Nickloza
  • Score: 11

4:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

northyorksbantam says...

Seems strange that we bring Taylor in on big wages only to be replaced by a loanee before he'd barely kicked a ball. We also have Oliver who was rewarded for his player of the season with a nice contract not even warming the bench these days, to go along with Davies, McArdle and the promising McHugh who can now only get a game at LB, and now Bates joins the cast of thousands. I hope we can ship some of non playing high earners out as it is clearly causing a strain on the 60% FFP ceiling and any further signings we can make, along with likes of Gray or Connell and maybe Kennedy. The problem is their getting no real game time as we don't have a reserve set up anymore so can't be scouted, and who is going to come along and take over there big contracts when there only destination will be L.2?

Credit to the board as they have backed Parky again despite our apparent abundance of CB's.
Seems strange that we bring Taylor in on big wages only to be replaced by a loanee before he'd barely kicked a ball. We also have Oliver who was rewarded for his player of the season with a nice contract not even warming the bench these days, to go along with Davies, McArdle and the promising McHugh who can now only get a game at LB, and now Bates joins the cast of thousands. I hope we can ship some of non playing high earners out as it is clearly causing a strain on the 60% FFP ceiling and any further signings we can make, along with likes of Gray or Connell and maybe Kennedy. The problem is their getting no real game time as we don't have a reserve set up anymore so can't be scouted, and who is going to come along and take over there big contracts when there only destination will be L.2? Credit to the board as they have backed Parky again despite our apparent abundance of CB's. northyorksbantam
  • Score: 6

5:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

minkiebantam says...

Nickloza wrote:
shaun from richmond wrote: BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!!
You wouldn't know a good footballer and if you say he is rubbish then it's a good signing!
I think all the sun from these golfing holidays in Dubai has blinded you Shaun??
He his a good CB/ Defensive midfielder and is also a leader on the pitch, which is what we need at least until Davo comes bk.
CTID!!
[quote][p][bold]Nickloza[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: BUT HES RUBBISH!!....How on earth does this guy get an extension on his loan??.......Some amazing stuff going on at Valley parade at the moment!![/p][/quote]You wouldn't know a good footballer and if you say he is rubbish then it's a good signing![/p][/quote]I think all the sun from these golfing holidays in Dubai has blinded you Shaun?? He his a good CB/ Defensive midfielder and is also a leader on the pitch, which is what we need at least until Davo comes bk. CTID!! minkiebantam
  • Score: 6

5:17pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Freddy says...

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The Squad is becoming " Top Heavy " with defenders.
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Looking forward to tomorrow's " BREAKING NEWS "---to see who is going---and who is coming !!!.
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* The Squad is becoming " Top Heavy " with defenders. * Looking forward to tomorrow's " BREAKING NEWS "---to see who is going---and who is coming !!!. * Freddy
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Boyswill says...

Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing.
Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing. Boyswill
  • Score: 6

5:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

gordon ramsay says...

Bates is not rubbish. He's played Premier League and captained Boro.

He is steady away and in many ways is a novelty. As in at least Parky actually plays him!! The stranger signings are the likes of Taylor. More players eating up the wage bill but largely unutilised. As already stated we do have multiple centre backs and when people like Bates were brought in then it was pretty obvious that Taylor and Oliver were very much surplus.

A key 3 of Davies, McCardle, and Bates with McHugh in the mix also should suffice and use the budget for other areas eg RW, ACM, and CF. The back up being a loan signing if we were down to the bare bones.

We moan about lack of funds yet waste money with signings which are at face vakue pointless. I believe our summer recruitment or lack of it is clearly biting us on the bum. A lot of budget wasted on people who for whatever reason Parky does not trust.

Let's hope Bates kicks on and puts his 5 knee reconstructions behind him.
Bates is not rubbish. He's played Premier League and captained Boro. He is steady away and in many ways is a novelty. As in at least Parky actually plays him!! The stranger signings are the likes of Taylor. More players eating up the wage bill but largely unutilised. As already stated we do have multiple centre backs and when people like Bates were brought in then it was pretty obvious that Taylor and Oliver were very much surplus. A key 3 of Davies, McCardle, and Bates with McHugh in the mix also should suffice and use the budget for other areas eg RW, ACM, and CF. The back up being a loan signing if we were down to the bare bones. We moan about lack of funds yet waste money with signings which are at face vakue pointless. I believe our summer recruitment or lack of it is clearly biting us on the bum. A lot of budget wasted on people who for whatever reason Parky does not trust. Let's hope Bates kicks on and puts his 5 knee reconstructions behind him. gordon ramsay
  • Score: 5

6:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

wormcage says...

Pointless signing, we aiready have better defenders on the books, Parky has made too many mistakes and wasted a lot of the budget on players that we're not up to the job.Dreading to think what he is going to do with the funds from the Wells deal.And as for the nonsense about Bates not being responsible for any of the goals we have conceded.Must be an armchair suppoorter, or has a restricted view.
Pointless signing, we aiready have better defenders on the books, Parky has made too many mistakes and wasted a lot of the budget on players that we're not up to the job.Dreading to think what he is going to do with the funds from the Wells deal.And as for the nonsense about Bates not being responsible for any of the goals we have conceded.Must be an armchair suppoorter, or has a restricted view. wormcage
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Wed 15 Jan 14

shaun from richmond says...

Boyswill wrote:
Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing.
Hes constantly out of position!...You say he isn't the defender to blame on any of the goals conceded......that's because he is so far out of position some other defender has to cover for him.
HE'S RUBBISH!
[quote][p][bold]Boyswill[/bold] wrote: Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing.[/p][/quote]Hes constantly out of position!...You say he isn't the defender to blame on any of the goals conceded......that's because he is so far out of position some other defender has to cover for him. HE'S RUBBISH! shaun from richmond
  • Score: -4

6:25pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

gordon ramsay wrote:
Bates is not rubbish. He's played Premier League and captained Boro. He is steady away and in many ways is a novelty. As in at least Parky actually plays him!! The stranger signings are the likes of Taylor. More players eating up the wage bill but largely unutilised. As already stated we do have multiple centre backs and when people like Bates were brought in then it was pretty obvious that Taylor and Oliver were very much surplus. A key 3 of Davies, McCardle, and Bates with McHugh in the mix also should suffice and use the budget for other areas eg RW, ACM, and CF. The back up being a loan signing if we were down to the bare bones. We moan about lack of funds yet waste money with signings which are at face vakue pointless. I believe our summer recruitment or lack of it is clearly biting us on the bum. A lot of budget wasted on people who for whatever reason Parky does not trust. Let's hope Bates kicks on and puts his 5 knee reconstructions behind him.
During the course of last season, I maintained that the squad assembled was more equipped to deal with League One and that is why (at the time) I felt that it was proving something of a struggle to deal with the rigours of League Two.

There is no doubt that the new signings (Yeates, Kennedy, Taylor and DeVita) have struggled to make an impact. In some ways, that would vindicate my position in that the 2012-3 team was already up to the mark.

However, the critics might argue that the core group was not good enough and that the standard of players brought in was not up to scratch; as evidenced by the slide down the table.

Whatever your opinion, immediate matters of greater concern.The absolute priority is survival and whatever else is achieved should be treated as a bonus. Whilst this is the most obvious statement, we have also to consider the advantages that present: -

(a) PP and his staff will be free of any players deemed surplus to requirements come June 2014
(b) It will be a time to evaluate for 2014-5 based on experiences gained this season
(c) Talents such as McBurnie and Clarkson will have their pre-season with the first team
(d) The hangover from 2012-3 will be shaken off and it will be an opportunity to start afresh; rather than riding on the back of a tail-spin. It was always going to be difficult (impossible?) to emulate last season.

We can argue all we like on here, but for the detractors, as long as you are backing the team, that is all that really matters.
[quote][p][bold]gordon ramsay[/bold] wrote: Bates is not rubbish. He's played Premier League and captained Boro. He is steady away and in many ways is a novelty. As in at least Parky actually plays him!! The stranger signings are the likes of Taylor. More players eating up the wage bill but largely unutilised. As already stated we do have multiple centre backs and when people like Bates were brought in then it was pretty obvious that Taylor and Oliver were very much surplus. A key 3 of Davies, McCardle, and Bates with McHugh in the mix also should suffice and use the budget for other areas eg RW, ACM, and CF. The back up being a loan signing if we were down to the bare bones. We moan about lack of funds yet waste money with signings which are at face vakue pointless. I believe our summer recruitment or lack of it is clearly biting us on the bum. A lot of budget wasted on people who for whatever reason Parky does not trust. Let's hope Bates kicks on and puts his 5 knee reconstructions behind him.[/p][/quote]During the course of last season, I maintained that the squad assembled was more equipped to deal with League One and that is why (at the time) I felt that it was proving something of a struggle to deal with the rigours of League Two. There is no doubt that the new signings (Yeates, Kennedy, Taylor and DeVita) have struggled to make an impact. In some ways, that would vindicate my position in that the 2012-3 team was already up to the mark. However, the critics might argue that the core group was not good enough and that the standard of players brought in was not up to scratch; as evidenced by the slide down the table. Whatever your opinion, immediate matters of greater concern.The absolute priority is survival and whatever else is achieved should be treated as a bonus. Whilst this is the most obvious statement, we have also to consider the advantages that present: - (a) PP and his staff will be free of any players deemed surplus to requirements come June 2014 (b) It will be a time to evaluate for 2014-5 based on experiences gained this season (c) Talents such as McBurnie and Clarkson will have their pre-season with the first team (d) The hangover from 2012-3 will be shaken off and it will be an opportunity to start afresh; rather than riding on the back of a tail-spin. It was always going to be difficult (impossible?) to emulate last season. We can argue all we like on here, but for the detractors, as long as you are backing the team, that is all that really matters. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 9

7:07pm Wed 15 Jan 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

He needs to improve January needs to improve quickly
He needs to improve January needs to improve quickly i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: -4

7:14pm Wed 15 Jan 14

birbir says...

The board and manager need to look at WTF is going on!! Bates is a shocking player. Giving him an extended contract is what Parky is about. Giving dross the chance.
The board and manager need to look at WTF is going on!! Bates is a shocking player. Giving him an extended contract is what Parky is about. Giving dross the chance. birbir
  • Score: -4

7:31pm Wed 15 Jan 14

james craggs says...

Oh Joy!
Oh Joy! james craggs
  • Score: 1

7:41pm Wed 15 Jan 14

irish bantam says...

Bates has been the weak link in our defence and has cost us many points and goals. To those who say he has played well and done a good job then I think you lot have had too much to drink on Saturdays before the match or have never played the game yourselves. This guy is dross
Bates has been the weak link in our defence and has cost us many points and goals. To those who say he has played well and done a good job then I think you lot have had too much to drink on Saturdays before the match or have never played the game yourselves. This guy is dross irish bantam
  • Score: -1

7:54pm Wed 15 Jan 14

KnightMcCall says...

irish bantam wrote:
Bates has been the weak link in our defence and has cost us many points and goals. To those who say he has played well and done a good job then I think you lot have had too much to drink on Saturdays before the match or have never played the game yourselves. This guy is dross
And I would say it is you that as no idea about the game or are drinking too much. Pp clearly rates him and he definitely knows more than you do.

Bates is the most competent CB we have with ball at his feet and better at distribution than the others. City are on a tough run and it seems fashionable to Blame Bates. Probably the same who didnt rate Oliver or Atkinson. I back PP over the fools on here. As for Yawn from Richmond. ..he has never been here on loan!
[quote][p][bold]irish bantam[/bold] wrote: Bates has been the weak link in our defence and has cost us many points and goals. To those who say he has played well and done a good job then I think you lot have had too much to drink on Saturdays before the match or have never played the game yourselves. This guy is dross[/p][/quote]And I would say it is you that as no idea about the game or are drinking too much. Pp clearly rates him and he definitely knows more than you do. Bates is the most competent CB we have with ball at his feet and better at distribution than the others. City are on a tough run and it seems fashionable to Blame Bates. Probably the same who didnt rate Oliver or Atkinson. I back PP over the fools on here. As for Yawn from Richmond. ..he has never been here on loan! KnightMcCall
  • Score: 2

7:56pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Spenvalleyspartan says...

A solid defender who appears to have settled into the squad. I think it's a good peice of business.
A solid defender who appears to have settled into the squad. I think it's a good peice of business. Spenvalleyspartan
  • Score: 0

8:04pm Wed 15 Jan 14

lawsonio123 says...

Matthew Bates is a 27 year old footballer who has had a lot of knee trouble. He is trying to re establish his trade and return to the standard he used to perform at. Surely he should be given a fair chance to do this.If he can reach anything like his old standard then City would have a very good defender.Give the chap a chance we all need to make a living
Matthew Bates is a 27 year old footballer who has had a lot of knee trouble. He is trying to re establish his trade and return to the standard he used to perform at. Surely he should be given a fair chance to do this.If he can reach anything like his old standard then City would have a very good defender.Give the chap a chance we all need to make a living lawsonio123
  • Score: 5

8:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

macca1969 says...

Personally I think he is a good player, yes at times he has looked vulnerable but I also think McArdle's has had a dip in form and this hasn't helped. He is an intelligent footballer and with the return if Davis could well strike up the best CB pairing in this league
Personally I think he is a good player, yes at times he has looked vulnerable but I also think McArdle's has had a dip in form and this hasn't helped. He is an intelligent footballer and with the return if Davis could well strike up the best CB pairing in this league macca1969
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Cityman23 says...

To be honest I'm not sure whether keeping Bates until the end of the season is a good idea or not. But the KEY decision will be who 'PP' decides to bring in as signed replacement for Nahki Wells. Of the two I've heard of ie striker from Hull or from Dagenham, I think I'd go for the 'Daggers'' front player. He's seven years younger and on the way up but still sounds as if he could do a good job right away.

But, it's not an exact science and McLean COULD be the better option. Good club management is 'ability' and 'experience' topped off with 'opportunity' and 'a bit of good fortune'. Let's hope whatever is decided, Mr P gets a bit of all four!
To be honest I'm not sure whether keeping Bates until the end of the season is a good idea or not. But the KEY decision will be who 'PP' decides to bring in as signed replacement for Nahki Wells. Of the two I've heard of ie striker from Hull or from Dagenham, I think I'd go for the 'Daggers'' front player. He's seven years younger and on the way up but still sounds as if he could do a good job right away. But, it's not an exact science and McLean COULD be the better option. Good club management is 'ability' and 'experience' topped off with 'opportunity' and 'a bit of good fortune'. Let's hope whatever is decided, Mr P gets a bit of all four! Cityman23
  • Score: 0

8:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Cityman23 says...

I see Hudderfield Town have just signed Kidderminister Harriers' 21 year old star striker Joe Lolley (he scored the winner that put Peterborough out of the FA cup last night) for an undisclosed fee. Wonder why we didn't think about him...or did we??!!
I see Hudderfield Town have just signed Kidderminister Harriers' 21 year old star striker Joe Lolley (he scored the winner that put Peterborough out of the FA cup last night) for an undisclosed fee. Wonder why we didn't think about him...or did we??!! Cityman23
  • Score: 2

9:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

gordon ramsay says...

Cityman23 wrote:
I see Hudderfield Town have just signed Kidderminister Harriers' 21 year old star striker Joe Lolley (he scored the winner that put Peterborough out of the FA cup last night) for an undisclosed fee. Wonder why we didn't think about him...or did we??!!
Like them or loathe them huddersfields recruitment is excellent.

They have an excellent scouting system in place with an average age in a match of 24. They look at players who can help them grow but have excellent resale value which helps them repeat the process from the profit made.

Jordan Rhodes, pilkington, peltier, hunt , he who will shall not name and now Lolley to name a few.

Driving home from work tonight there was one of there guys on radio Leeds talking about the structures they have in place. To be fair they have a structure off the field which sounds top notch. A few lessons for us.
[quote][p][bold]Cityman23[/bold] wrote: I see Hudderfield Town have just signed Kidderminister Harriers' 21 year old star striker Joe Lolley (he scored the winner that put Peterborough out of the FA cup last night) for an undisclosed fee. Wonder why we didn't think about him...or did we??!![/p][/quote]Like them or loathe them huddersfields recruitment is excellent. They have an excellent scouting system in place with an average age in a match of 24. They look at players who can help them grow but have excellent resale value which helps them repeat the process from the profit made. Jordan Rhodes, pilkington, peltier, hunt , he who will shall not name and now Lolley to name a few. Driving home from work tonight there was one of there guys on radio Leeds talking about the structures they have in place. To be fair they have a structure off the field which sounds top notch. A few lessons for us. gordon ramsay
  • Score: 5

10:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Remembertheparaders says...

Bates is a competely pointess signing. He has proved nothing so far.McHugh
has been held back,others not given a chance.
I sincerely hope Bates is not given the nod over McCardle when Davies returns.
Really depressing news on the back of the Wells cut-price giveaway.
Bates is a competely pointess signing. He has proved nothing so far.McHugh has been held back,others not given a chance. I sincerely hope Bates is not given the nod over McCardle when Davies returns. Really depressing news on the back of the Wells cut-price giveaway. Remembertheparaders
  • Score: -4

10:59pm Wed 15 Jan 14

i miss stallard & murray says...

lawsonio123 wrote:
Matthew Bates is a 27 year old footballer who has had a lot of knee trouble. He is trying to re establish his trade and return to the standard he used to perform at. Surely he should be given a fair chance to do this.If he can reach anything like his old standard then City would have a very good defender.Give the chap a chance we all need to make a living
Let him earn a living but not at the expense of our season or league 1 status. He shud not be in our first team
[quote][p][bold]lawsonio123[/bold] wrote: Matthew Bates is a 27 year old footballer who has had a lot of knee trouble. He is trying to re establish his trade and return to the standard he used to perform at. Surely he should be given a fair chance to do this.If he can reach anything like his old standard then City would have a very good defender.Give the chap a chance we all need to make a living[/p][/quote]Let him earn a living but not at the expense of our season or league 1 status. He shud not be in our first team i miss stallard & murray
  • Score: -5

11:02pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bradford Lad BD9 says...

Bates is rubbish, End of
Bates is rubbish, End of Bradford Lad BD9
  • Score: -6

12:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

If it came to a toss up between Taylor and Oliver, I'd keep Oliver all day long. From what little I've seen of Taylor he has one problem, he doesn't seem to able to defend. The contract will decide who stays I would think, so Oliver is in a shaky position. Whoever does leave the club in this window, I wish them well.
If it came to a toss up between Taylor and Oliver, I'd keep Oliver all day long. From what little I've seen of Taylor he has one problem, he doesn't seem to able to defend. The contract will decide who stays I would think, so Oliver is in a shaky position. Whoever does leave the club in this window, I wish them well. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

7:14am Thu 16 Jan 14

tyker2 says...

another shocking signing or is Davies not recovering that well. We have more central defenders than most but a dull midfield incapable of diving at and committing d defences.
another shocking signing or is Davies not recovering that well. We have more central defenders than most but a dull midfield incapable of diving at and committing d defences. tyker2
  • Score: -3

8:15am Thu 16 Jan 14

bcfc1903 says...

tyker2 wrote:
another shocking signing or is Davies not recovering that well. We have more central defenders than most but a dull midfield incapable of diving at and committing d defences.
Maybe Kennedy will lose his fear and blossom into the player we all know he is. He's got the capability to so much better than what he's shown. He simply needs to go for it and forget the crowd reaction, playing safe wont cut it at Valley Parade.
[quote][p][bold]tyker2[/bold] wrote: another shocking signing or is Davies not recovering that well. We have more central defenders than most but a dull midfield incapable of diving at and committing d defences.[/p][/quote]Maybe Kennedy will lose his fear and blossom into the player we all know he is. He's got the capability to so much better than what he's shown. He simply needs to go for it and forget the crowd reaction, playing safe wont cut it at Valley Parade. bcfc1903
  • Score: 0

8:54am Thu 16 Jan 14

Michael Clayton says...

The one thing I have noticed about Kennedy is that he has pace. He tracked back and covered on a number of occasions on Saturday. As such, there is no reason why he cannot provide the same momentum going forwards.
The one thing I have noticed about Kennedy is that he has pace. He tracked back and covered on a number of occasions on Saturday. As such, there is no reason why he cannot provide the same momentum going forwards. Michael Clayton
  • Score: 1

8:57am Thu 16 Jan 14

dannbradfc says...

Surely we are going to release some centre backs now. Compare how many centre backs we've had too strikers in Parkys time here and you can see where his football philosophy lies. Thata his perogative but its the resources used thats strange. Is the defence any better with taylor and bates than mchugh and Oliver for instance. despite all the centre backs we've had we've conceded some poor defensive goals. bates isn't rubbish as claimed but he is unnoticable at times which as a defender can be a good thing. I don't know how he was captain at boro as he appears quiet on the pitch although perhaps this is due to him been only a loanee/short term contract? Good luck to him but i hope his signing doesn't stifle McHughs opportunities too much as Carl has done nothing wrong. McCardle as had some decidedly dodgy games and he misses Davies badly at times. taylor like Gray as been a complete waste of resources and we need to get him out either permenantly or on loan......
Surely we are going to release some centre backs now. Compare how many centre backs we've had too strikers in Parkys time here and you can see where his football philosophy lies. Thata his perogative but its the resources used thats strange. Is the defence any better with taylor and bates than mchugh and Oliver for instance. despite all the centre backs we've had we've conceded some poor defensive goals. bates isn't rubbish as claimed but he is unnoticable at times which as a defender can be a good thing. I don't know how he was captain at boro as he appears quiet on the pitch although perhaps this is due to him been only a loanee/short term contract? Good luck to him but i hope his signing doesn't stifle McHughs opportunities too much as Carl has done nothing wrong. McCardle as had some decidedly dodgy games and he misses Davies badly at times. taylor like Gray as been a complete waste of resources and we need to get him out either permenantly or on loan...... dannbradfc
  • Score: 0

9:31am Thu 16 Jan 14

KnightMcCall says...

dannbradfc wrote:
Surely we are going to release some centre backs now. Compare how many centre backs we've had too strikers in Parkys time here and you can see where his football philosophy lies. Thata his perogative but its the resources used thats strange. Is the defence any better with taylor and bates than mchugh and Oliver for instance. despite all the centre backs we've had we've conceded some poor defensive goals. bates isn't rubbish as claimed but he is unnoticable at times which as a defender can be a good thing. I don't know how he was captain at boro as he appears quiet on the pitch although perhaps this is due to him been only a loanee/short term contract? Good luck to him but i hope his signing doesn't stifle McHughs opportunities too much as Carl has done nothing wrong. McCardle as had some decidedly dodgy games and he misses Davies badly at times. taylor like Gray as been a complete waste of resources and we need to get him out either permenantly or on loan......
In a squad game, you are guaranteed to have some who are "a waste of resources". Perhaps City should only sign playes who will

a) never make mistakes
b) never get injured
c) score lots of goals

We should then only have 3 subs as the other four are a "waste of resources".

We should also only employ a manager who gets all of his transers absolutely spot on and wins every game without conceding any goals.

Hooray, I've just invented Championship Manager....
[quote][p][bold]dannbradfc[/bold] wrote: Surely we are going to release some centre backs now. Compare how many centre backs we've had too strikers in Parkys time here and you can see where his football philosophy lies. Thata his perogative but its the resources used thats strange. Is the defence any better with taylor and bates than mchugh and Oliver for instance. despite all the centre backs we've had we've conceded some poor defensive goals. bates isn't rubbish as claimed but he is unnoticable at times which as a defender can be a good thing. I don't know how he was captain at boro as he appears quiet on the pitch although perhaps this is due to him been only a loanee/short term contract? Good luck to him but i hope his signing doesn't stifle McHughs opportunities too much as Carl has done nothing wrong. McCardle as had some decidedly dodgy games and he misses Davies badly at times. taylor like Gray as been a complete waste of resources and we need to get him out either permenantly or on loan......[/p][/quote]In a squad game, you are guaranteed to have some who are "a waste of resources". Perhaps City should only sign playes who will a) never make mistakes b) never get injured c) score lots of goals We should then only have 3 subs as the other four are a "waste of resources". We should also only employ a manager who gets all of his transers absolutely spot on and wins every game without conceding any goals. Hooray, I've just invented Championship Manager.... KnightMcCall
  • Score: 3

10:18am Thu 16 Jan 14

Scargutt2 says...

minkiebantam wrote:
That must mean someone is going? My guess woulkd be Taylor or Oliver.
Strange one this, With Davo due back (Hopefully!!) by the end of this month and with the likes of Mcardle, Taylor,Mcugh and Oliver already on the books. I find it strange that we would sign another defender until the end of the season?. Unless, as stated above one if not 2 defenders are leaving??
Im sure we will find out soon!??
CTID!!
Also, with how prone he has been to injury in the past, the contract may well be based on appearance or along the lines of 'pay as you play'.

On this basis, he would be an extremely valuable asset to have in the wings - especially given his versatility across both defence and misfield.
[quote][p][bold]minkiebantam[/bold] wrote: That must mean someone is going? My guess woulkd be Taylor or Oliver. Strange one this, With Davo due back (Hopefully!!) by the end of this month and with the likes of Mcardle, Taylor,Mcugh and Oliver already on the books. I find it strange that we would sign another defender until the end of the season?. Unless, as stated above one if not 2 defenders are leaving?? Im sure we will find out soon!?? CTID!![/p][/quote]Also, with how prone he has been to injury in the past, the contract may well be based on appearance or along the lines of 'pay as you play'. On this basis, he would be an extremely valuable asset to have in the wings - especially given his versatility across both defence and misfield. Scargutt2
  • Score: 0

10:23am Thu 16 Jan 14

Scargutt2 says...

shaun from richmond wrote:
Boyswill wrote:
Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing.
Hes constantly out of position!...You say he isn't the defender to blame on any of the goals conceded......that's because he is so far out of position some other defender has to cover for him.
HE'S RUBBISH!
I've just realised who you are. You sit in main stand block C, row S don't you? Seat number in the 60s.
[quote][p][bold]shaun from richmond[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boyswill[/bold] wrote: Bates is a good player, once captained MBoro and played plenty of premier League games. Injury killed his career and set him back. if you watch ALL the goals we have conceded in his 14 games, he isn't the defender to blame. McCardle constantly backs off and often misses runners and fails to mark closely. Watch the replays. Bates can play - glad he's staying. I think when Davies fit they will make a good pairing.[/p][/quote]Hes constantly out of position!...You say he isn't the defender to blame on any of the goals conceded......that's because he is so far out of position some other defender has to cover for him. HE'S RUBBISH![/p][/quote]I've just realised who you are. You sit in main stand block C, row S don't you? Seat number in the 60s. Scargutt2
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