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A Flood of Signings? Well at least 4!!

One of Brendan Flood's roles as Operational Director is to try and seal deals for Eddie Howe's transfer targets.

So under mounting criticism from the fans after the Fox debacle, he has clearly been trying to allay fears that this club might not be competitive ehough this season having lost so many squad players.

Nine players have since left including some high-quality players like Eagles, Mears and Fox and of course we also failed to sign Jack Cork on a permanent deal.

True we have brought in Keith Treacy from Preston and it looks like also we will soon have Danny Ings from Bournemouth. The squad has also been supplemented by two season-long loans from Manchester City with defenders, Mee and Trippier arriving in the summer.

However, that still leaves us five short on last season ( not counting third-string keeper, Jon Stewart who signed a one-year deal) so what does the club intend to do about it?

Well Flood revealed he is hoping to put the smile back on the fans faces and hopefully Eddie Howe's after reports he was clearly unhappy about the transfer of Danny Fox to Southampton.

He has hinted today that Eddie Howe could have four new signings by the time the transfer window closes at the end of August although of course that may already include Cherries striker, Danny Ings who will be at Turf Moor on Monday to discuss personal terms after both clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his transfer today (Saturday 13th August)

Ings certainly looks to be one of the two signings that Flood hopes to have in by the end of next week.

"We want to strengthen up front because of Martin`s injury," said Flood

"We hope by the middle of next week to have a few new names in the frame.

"We are definitely supportive of (Howe) financially.

"While it`s important that we are complying with the medium-term strategy to adjust to the financial fairplay rules - we would be negligent not to - with what we have achieved with the recent player trading it gives an opportunity to shape the team around Eddie.

"We are looking to bring up to four players in before the end of the window.

"Ideally they would all be permanent signings because they are all great prospects that we are aiming for.

'We just have to wait and see what we can agree."

He went on to say:

"We have sought to get a group together who we can build a team around and we would expect to enhance the squad over the next couple of weeks.

"We know who we want and we will fully support the manager to get them.

"There`s an element of planning gone into where we are and we just ask the fans to be patient.

"We want to develop the plan we`ve had in place through the summer."

That plan includes maintaining their push for a top six Championship finish, despite the player turnover.

"We will try to get to the play-offs this season," said Flood.

"We`ve not had to re-assess targets.

"I think the quality of the squad we will have - although there are a lot of faces that have changed - we need to give Eddie the opportunity to make it his team."

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday August 13 2011

Time: 9:12PM

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The club are clearly rattled by a significant number of fans discontent over the lack of signings plus the high number of outgoings! Let's hope 4 indeed do come in but also hope these four are high-quality signings that make us competitive now and not some time in the future. I repeat again.it's important we get promoted as soon as possible before the parachute payments run out and the FIFA Fair Play kicks in. We have no time for prospects and hope, we have to go for it now in my opinion
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13/08/2011 21:18:00

Dear Phil you where there today i listened to the commentary, Mee seems a good player, Andre bikey is not one of my favorites he waders, am i right
Albmaleaf claret
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13/08/2011 21:44:00

Players needed Centre half premiership quality Left back, Holding defending midfielder & attacking midfielder playmaker, quick footballing striker
Albmaleaf claret
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13/08/2011 21:48:00

Great prospects sounds to me like they are going to be young lads all well and good for the future but we need players that can play now and go straight into the first 11, why are we ****** footing around saying our aim is the play-offs when we should be looking to win the league.
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13/08/2011 21:58:00

pu ssy*
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13/08/2011 22:00:00

That's the level of our ambition these days! The club saw last season as a FAILURE when we didn't reach 'em having hastily revised it down from automatic promotion. Gawd knows how they think the current squad stands a chance of the play-offs after the Palace debacle today and having embarked on squad decimation to reduce salaries to a non-competitive level!
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13/08/2011 22:06:00

If you think we are looking at quality think again one of the four coming in is Ings young lad for the future. I hope we do bring four in because next Saturday at home there is going to be a lot of angry fans and it will be all heading the way of Kilby Flood and the board. Two many fans have lost faith in the board and at home this will effect the team remember the two sides we've played already are expected to be relegated.
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13/08/2011 23:54:00

Only a couple more seasons to keep leeching Barry and Brendan and then you can move on.
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14/08/2011 05:38:00

"We have sought to get a group together who we can build a team around and we would expect to enhance the squad over the next couple of weeks. Flood THE TEAM BUILDING WILL BE AROUND A 19 YEAR OLD UNPROVEN KID THEN WILL IT, Tell me is the the enhancement of the squad that you ripped the heart and soul out of through greed and short-sightedness? or alternatively is is it an enhancement of a demoralised manager, squad and collection of fans, sorry its just that I get confused with the surreality of your day to day actions oooHHH and further Mr Flood could you also confirm why we are looking at only 4 players when Eddie wanted 3 more at the start of the season before you sold off most of the first team!!!!! TIME FOR A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP OF THE FIELD ME THINKS !
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14/08/2011 08:41:00

8clarets8........ 100% on the money........ we want proven experience it the team where is it ? kids are fine be we need leaders and experience to help shape the young lads time is ticking people what an earth is flood doing articulating that we want a top 6 finish??? we need to be competing for a top 2 place ......... that should be are ultimate goal! although if we finish in the top half it looks like it could be a result at this rate
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14/08/2011 08:46:00

Any Way on a positive at least we now have two weeks before our next game, time for players to come in, things to be worked upon and transfer windows to be firmly closed! guess we need to support Eddie now he even admits the team are low, he must be gutted given all the team working event and stuff he did pre season, lets all take the time to reflect ! Although I have to say this, if the quality of signings is poor, I fully expect a representation of fans feelings will emerge on the terraces at turf moor ....... In the hands of the board now.... so this next two weeks will make interesting viewing Come on Eddie keep the faith
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14/08/2011 08:50:00

Albma - I was sitting next to Phil, very close to where Wado's pen was turned down. Looked stonewall from there. Did you agree tmp? I do worry about AA. Very, very skillful footballer, but not sure how easy he is to play alongside. I would pick out McCann and Treacy as those who had particularly poor games. Hollins - I was unsure whether you were asking for a change of leadership on or off the field, as your post says 'of'. Could you clarify? Unhappy fans will have a better chance of being heard if they are clear about what they want, and are willing to discuss the pros and cons of that.
Couch Potato
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14/08/2011 10:00:00

Yep agree re pen CP and your match assessment
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14/08/2011 10:30:00

I though Andre was one of our better players yesterday. He is a strong defender and pretty comfortable one on one though agree that he can sometimes lose concentration and every time he gives a way a free-kick he wastes time remonstrating with all and sundry rather than getting his mind on the job in hand. Not sure re Wade's penalty appeal. It might have been a foul but thought he was looking for it which might have persuaded the officials to turn it down. I don't tend to pay too much attention to the Boardroom but I see Hollins is suggesting a change of leadership around the teak table. Any ideas on who should takeover...and are we not playing Cardiff next week ?
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14/08/2011 10:43:00

Yep, we are playing Cardiff RT, think HC may have got confused with the Brum postponement which was due to played in midweek not this Saturday! In relation to a Board change, it is not realistically going to happen until Kilby retires or there is some sort of power struggle between John B and Brendan Flood. Both the latter two now have more shares than Kilby I understand. CP and I were discussing this pre-Palace in the Flora Sandes. As an agitator for change, I do of course realise this can only be a pipedream at the moment unless some moneybags Arab suddenly wants a football club for a toy. My view is that BF or JB in charge could be less conservative than BK and they may be more bullish and release more dosh. Whether that would be enough ambition to see this club where I want to see them would still be doubtful but at the moment I would welcome anything that at least tries to give this club a chance of promotion instead of decimating the squad and selling key players.
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14/08/2011 10:56:00

Very fair and helpful summary of our Flora Sandes chat and pint (or 3) tmp. It would seem clear from various comments at the moment that JB and BF have asked BK not to retire. If so, various reasons are possible why that is. I have mentioned one of them a number of times. I can see a lot of logic in BK's strong suggestion in his recent statement to new shareholders that he'll go in about a year. I agree with tmp that anything earlier is unlikely due to events probably beyond their control. But we shall see. Concerning a new outside investor... Saints got a Swiss who has bought into the yachty Solent lifestyle. We need someone who likes mountain-biking in the rain perhaps? The Ozzie and Canadian Dollars are very high at the moment? Maybe someone from one of those?
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14/08/2011 13:52:00

Sorry stand corrected I was labouring under the assumption the game next week was against Birmingham ! Further, I have considered the board protest in detail this week, I'm of the opinion that until we know exactly who we have brought in as replacements then it is unhelpful to all players managers fans and board members for such a negative issue to raise its head ! We look like we are in the s**t at the moment, probably best we pull together and defer things until we have a more stable platform, that doesn't mean for one minute I agree with the current strategy but a protest would do more harm than good at the moment. Come on Eddie surprise us with some quality in comings !
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14/08/2011 19:59:00

I woke up this morning thinking I was not going to say anything on VB for a while! But I am moved by Hollins's wise words, and join his campaign to get behind Eddie and the lads and keep fingers crossed for an early arrival of reinforcements. Timing, in football as in comedy, is everything. I reckon Eddie and the Board agreed on who they wanted to shift out, perhaps as far back as March. But the timing went awry when, in a depressed market, the bids they wanted were late in arriving, and we could not risk spending before selling, as this would have been exploited as a weakness by clubs waiting to lowball us on players they wanted to buy from us. Something C*yle then did anyway when no-one else wanted Eagles and Mears before we really had to make a move. So... we find ourselves light in numbers, a situation that Eddie quite rightly describes as 'not ideal'. The difficulty in explaining all of this to fans is that everything Boards and managers say gets heard by other clubs as well as fans. What fans may want to hear can weaken negotiations with other clubs. And beyond this, what fans want to hear at a time of rebuilding is not always what your players want to hear. Many clubs are in the same position, all playing hardball, but running out of time. A few have been able to make hay... maybe. (De Gea for 18million anyone?) On top of this, Bfc, along with some others, has made a bad start on the pitch. But Bfc is nothing if not a club that triumphs against the odds. And for me Eddie's post Palace comments hit all the right notes for where we are now.
Couch Potato
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15/08/2011 08:12:00


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