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Laws Now Thinking About Out-of-Contract Players

Our new manager, Brian Laws has certainly had a lot on his plate since becoming the gaffer only last month.

He has had an hectic time in the January transfer window bringing in six new players including sorting out David Nugent's loan extension from Portsmouth. Laws has also had to sort out his backroom staff and make the releveant appointments.

Games have also been coming thick and fast including high-profile matches against Manchester United and Bolton away plus Chelsea at home. Sadly we have lost all matches along with being knocked out of the FA Cup by Reading at the Madejski.

So its four defeats out of four so far for Laws and everybody will be hoping we can break this bleak spell with a victory against fellow strugglers, West Ham at Turf Moor today (Saturday 6th). None more so than the busy Laws who if you include his last few weeks at his former club Sheffield Wednesday has now gone 13 games without a win!

If that is not enough, he also has a number of players out of contract in the summer; in fact eleven first team players

They are as follows:

Keepers

Brian Jensen
Nicky Weaver

Defenders

Clarke Carlisle
Steven Caldwell (captain)
Christian Kalvenes
Stephen Jordan
Michael Duff

Midfielders

Joey Gudjonsson
Graham Alexander (player-coach)
Robbie Blake

Striker

Steven Thompson

We also have a number of first-year professionals to consider including Wes Fletcher and Alex-Ray Harvey.

All will be anxious to know if they have a future with the club and Laws will now be giving some attention to this.

'Decisions will have to made so it`s something I`ll be looking at over the coming weeks," said Laws speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph

"I said to the players that if they could leave me alone until the window shut I`d start looking at them more closely and observing what I think is right for the football club.

"Those that are out of contract will want to know, so I`ll be letting them know in the not too distant future.

"And when you`re out of contract of course it will motivate you to work harder.

"No-one`s got a divine right to get a contract. You`ve got to work and show that you`re the type of player that`s going to give everything to the football club.

"But I have no question about that, because they are good people."

He will certainly need to make some tough decisions and that could involve saying goodbye to a number of players who have become legends at the club with a number having certainly been around for some time both under Cotterill and/or Coyle. Jensen and Blake of course also played under Stan Ternent.

He might also have to make decisions on the assumption that we could be in the Championship next season where some of these players might do a better job at that level than they have been able to do in the top flight.

We might see a number of one-year contracts to that effect with Laws edging his bets on whether we get relegated or not.

Although the contracts run out in the summer, those players will want to know Laws intentions as soon as possible since they can now speak to other clubs about a possible move. Laws will therefore not have the luxury in all cases of knowing whether we have survived the drop or not and will have to make decisions and inform the players earlier.

So who would you keep and who would you let go? Why not tell us below this thread or discuss in our forum? You might also like to discuss whether your mind would be changed depending on which division we are in next season.


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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 6 2010

Time: 7:38AM

Your Comments

Tough call this, in all honesty I think they could all certainly do a job in the Championship but we have to hope we are still in the Prem. I would keep Carlisle & Duff and give one year contracts to Blake & Jensen. Extend Weaver's contract (Penny back to Peru?). Let Alexander concentrate more on coaching but retain his players registration for emergencies
turfmanphil
I think keep Carlisle & Blake & Alxander as coach the rest will not be missed, they have with the exeption of Weaver done well for the club but are not good enough to play in the premmiership. They will fit well into either the championship or the firts division. I think we will beat west hah today and beat them well
Albmaleaf claret
The only players i'd keep are Carlisle and Duff and maybe Jordan. Although all 3 at prem level are only reserve players. I would imagine Blake is one of the higher earners at the club (although I have no proof) so perhaps time to let him go and use the extra wage budget. Grezza of course can stay in his role as player-coach. All the rest can leave for me, but Laws does want to be careful not upset the balance of the squad too much - letting as many as 8 players go and bringing in new ones might be too many, even in preseason. Notice how I wrote this from the perspective of us staying in the prem....POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE!!!
OooDavidEyres
It is a difficult decision to make because, as mentioned by Phil above, we dont know what league we will be in. Having said that, if we do go down, we will be looking to come straight back up. and therefore will need players who can a) get us promoted and b) be good enough if we come up. Can these players be found? within budget?
claretdale
Totally agre with you on this TMP, you should of put in for the job lwhen Judas left ; )
sheclaret
they all could do a job but IMO i'd get rid of both left backs. Cant comment on the keeper Weaver as i haven't seen him in years but i'd still hang on to the Beast! But i think Tommo has had his day not that he's a bad player it's just he doesn't get much of a chance in the1st team.
ruane
Carlisle is the only definite for me. Would keep Jordan too I think. Also, Beast worth keeping as reserve. Not sure I'd definitely keep the others. (I am assuming we stay up; go down, and one or two more are surely good enough?)
whentheballmoves
As I've said for a while. You need to keep Alexander if he will be our next manager!!!
heathfieldclaret
Sorry, I was taking it as read that something would be sorted with GA and his player/coach role....
whentheballmoves
Difficult - and not only because we don't know what league we will be in. I personally think there is not much difference in the players you need to stay up in the Prem and the ones you need to get promotion from the Championship. We also need reliable cover in all positions and a couple of impact players to throw on from the bench when we are in trouble. It's also important to realise that we might not be able to recruit better than we have got, given that we aren't paying vast sums, although Laws seems to have got some good ones in January. I would keep definitely keep Beasty, Carlisle, Blake and Alexander. Probably keep Duff as he is more versatile than Caldwell or Jordan. The rest can go with our thanks for their efforts.
ozjean
It is interesting but I think we have to try and keep a number, we can't let them all go as it would decimate the squad. I'd keep Beast, Carlisle, Duff, Jordan and Alexander. Alexander as player/coach and he would move more towards coaching then playing. I'd keep Duff and Jordan as cover and Carlisle has played well recently. Keep the Beast he is a good goalkeeper and look for someone to put pressure on him (not sure about Weaver). From the young lads I would think we have to keep Wes Fletcher, he scores goals when ever he plays. You've got to keep him and let him have a chance.
skutter169
Got to keep Blake, Alexander, Carlisle and Jensen. Interesting that nobody mentioned Caldwell but I'd definately keep him as well, he's a solid defender and plays well alongside Carlisle. Duff is also a valuable member of the squad as is Thompson who I reckon still has a part to play, again as a squad member. As skutter says, we've got to maintain the numbers in the squad to cover injuries/loss of form. A lot will depend as usual on what's in the pot to finance whatever is decided to be the adequate number in the squad . I think Laws will get it right , there's something about the bloke that makes me think he'll do the job for us.
WelshClaret
I wonder what the players think when they see comments like these on messageboards ?
jjokocha
Might work to their advantage. Could make them more determined to succeed. Some players though are 'confidence' players so it might be better if they did a Thatcher and didn't read what folk were saying about them. I wonder if players do read messageboards?
turfmanphil
To add to your comment TMP about if players read message boards, I wonder if they logon as an alias and leave messages!!!
sheclaret
We're assuming most of our players can read ! Only joking, think we have some relative brain-boxes in our squad and suspect we don't have too many of them amongst our community - but who knows ?
RickersTwickers
No problem, keep them all as they all show comittment to the club and we need a big squad, not that we really have one. It all depends whether Mr Laws is seeking to strengthen the squad in the summer. Do not even think about preparing for relegation it is a sure way for it to happen.
cornwallclaret
I can confidently state that none of us . . . . errrm, I mean them of course, read the stuff you lot write on here. Yours sincerely David Nugent
WelshClaret
Naw thats PompeyClaret!! ;-)
turfmanphil
After Fulham all the players need to read this board!! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!
turfmanphil
 

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