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Will Grezza Get a New Contract?

Will Grezza Get a New Contract?

Veteran defender and midfielder Graham Alexander could be about to sign a new one-year deal for the Clarets.

The Scottish international would have been out-of-contract in the summer.

The 38 year old looks set to remain as player coach at the club whether we are plying our trade in the Premier League or Championship next season.

Alan Nixon (bless!) in the Daily Mirror believes Grezza is close to an agreement and is a priority signing for Brian Laws.

Most Clarets fans will be pleased by this news if it turns out to be true.

Grezza has struggled a bit in the top flight this season but his leadership has been exemplary and of course his skills from the penalty spot are legendary. It looks to be the perfect timing too following his brace of goals last Saturday against Hull City at the KC Stadium both of course from the penalty spot.

If we remain in the Premier League, I would expect Grezza's duties could lie more towards the coaching side eventually but he could probably still do a decent job as a player in the Championship for at least one more season.

Nixon writes that Laws wants to keep some of his team next season whether they are in the Premier League or Championship and as well as Grezza states that Jensen is expected to sign with Blake making a decision soon. Steven Caldwell has also still to sort out terms.

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Date:Wednesday April 14 2010
Time: 9:04AM


I hope we keep Grezza long-term more for his leadership & coaching skills. Hopefully that side could be developed and maybe one day he could have a more senior managerial role with the club. He is a role-model for the young guns and seems to inspire others
14/04/2010 09:12:00
Nixon makes my blood boil. Two Vital penalties at Hull and are we daft enough to think Laws is saying to Grezza you are out to stud next year! lol I would imagine that they are discussing how to take the club forward into the next 4 slightly crucial games not wanting to overstate the word crucial!
14/04/2010 10:33:00
Agree Tmp, but are we now saying that Laws is the man to take us forward on the back of our first away win in the premiership.
14/04/2010 10:38:00
The results of the next four games could decide Laws fate if we start playing like dumbos again! If we play well and still lose then fair enough, we go down with Laws I would suggest still at the helm. I suspect he will be given a chance in the Championship if that is where we finish up. If things have gone tits up by Xmas though I would expect a new manager to come in
14/04/2010 10:43:00
If is is true VR that Laws has a list of the out of contract players he wants to keep no matter which league we are playing in next season then the sooner he ties up those deals and announces them the better. It would certainly shut up the likes of Nixon speculating all over the place
14/04/2010 10:47:00
Don't know if I agree Tmp keep laws whether we stay up or go down let him spend x amount on new players and then give him the bullet at xmas not good business sense, but who knows.
14/04/2010 10:54:00
I think the problem is that the Board have shafted themselves by quoting the 'Dolittle&Spendnowt' accountants report as the basis for getting him in the first place. If Laws is excellent at being a manager in the Championship on a small budget they could hardly sack him should we go down? Unless there really were problems with player motivation and losing the dressing room they would have no firm reason to sack him under contract would they? My main concern is that Laws has something like a 35% win rate at lower levels and if once again the Board starts pleading poverty and doesn't give Laws the full whack of parachute payments and money from player sales, then we could be struggling
14/04/2010 11:03:00
So what are we saying spend next to nothing for next season keep 90% of the current squad which a lot of the people on VB don't think are good enough for the championship and finish midtable.
14/04/2010 11:17:00
It is difficult to answer that without first knowing who in the current squad will stay and who will go. We could have a major rebuilding exercise on our hands and in a sense it will be a chance for Laws to build his own team and shake off some of the Coyle effects. Laws needs to be given all the parachute money and the money from players sales in my opinion if we are to stand any chance of mounting a promotion bid otherwise it is a return to midtable mediocrity and pfaffing about pleading poverty again. If Laws does get the full budget and still cocks it up with the club having no chance of promotion by Christmas then the Board need to make a decision
14/04/2010 11:25:00
I to would like Grezza to stay, I think he is a great ambassador not just to the club but football. As tmp says he would make a great coach and maybe one day take on a more senior role at the club.
14/04/2010 11:34:00
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