Date:Thursday January 25 2007
So after a postponed Saturday match against Norwich it was back to Mums for a few days leading up to the rearranged Stoke match on the Tuesday night. Poor Mum, she thinks PC is a policeman and we are completely IT-less so to some extent I am cut off from my beloved Clarets messageboards and cant pick up emails either. I therefore have to phone up a few fellow Clarets or seek out the LT and Burnley Express to find out whats going on!
Luckily in the pub on Saturday, the name Gudjonssen was mentioned as a potential transfer target so it came as no surprise when that was announced last week. I was also told about two other potential signings, I cant really betray any confidences except to say another local club may well be involved but we shall see.
Strangely enough, I did not become aware of the confirmed Gudjonssen deal until I bought the Tuesday edition of the Lancashire Telegraph and for some reason on the back page, I seemed to ignore the headline 'The Ice Man Cometh' and homed in on the news that it had now been confirmed that Jensen was offficially on the Transfer list.
Jensen, was obviously upset by Pollitt replacing him in the Saints game and stormed into the manager's office to ask for a transfer. It sounds like it was bad timing with Steve accepting his request. The manager is quoted as saying 'If he wants to leave then absolutley no problem' although I am not sure if he was misquoted or the statement was taken out of context but he also said 'No phonecalls whatsoever' had been received for the 31 year old's services! Sounds like a little dig considering 'The Beast' has served us well over the years apart from periods of inconsistency and lapses of concentration, especially when there was no competition from another keeper breathing down his neck.
Steve also seems to be laying the blame on Brian for a lot of lost points when he says 'I think too many goals have gone in this season whoever has been in goal'
Considering the injury-prone Coyne has only played 5 games this season, it does suggest we have a problem in this area which surely also must be down to some of the defensive blunders in the back four.
Well good luck to 'The Beast'. On his day, I think he is an excellent keeper but maybe the recent lapses and mistakes have been one too many for Steve to accept.
It also makes you wonder what our long term keeper situation will be. Danny Coyne's contract is up this Summer and its not clear if there will be any possibility of retaining Pollitt's services via a permanent deal in the close season. I suppose also with Coyne not fully fit (although he was on the bench against Stoke) we could face a problem this season if 'The Beast' leaves and Pollitt is injured or suspended. One to watch!
Slightly disappointed therefore when I read that 'The Beast' may soon be off but what about Gudjonssen?
How weird I didnt hone in on the main headline, maybe it was the real ale I was supping in the 'Jolly Sailor' pub in Waterfoot at the time. I do remember seeing the headline subliminally and thinking it was another signing by Rovers but I then fell off my seat slightly embarassed when I read Joey was ours! Wahey and another two signings might follow. This was probably the highlight of this disastrous trip up North.
So Joey was now a Claret signed from AZ Alkmaar in a £150,000 three-and-a-half year deal. AZ Alkmaar are a high flying Dutch Eredivisie side so this looks a good capture and its clear their style of football did not appear to suit Gudjonsson. Steve Cotterill certainly believes they have bagged a bargain for the former Leicester player and he will now wear a squad number 25 shirt for the Clarets.
Johannes Karl Gudjonsson,thankfully known as Joey is a 26 year old midfielder and the son of former Stoke City [Spooky!],Notts County,Barnsley and Iceland national team manager, Gudjon Thordarson.
His strength appears to be his ability to score, something our midfielders have not been too good at recently. He has scored a number of goals from the most unlikely of distances, something which particularly impressed the Clarets manager. Between 2004-6 whilst playing for Leicester he scored 10 goals in 77 appearances,not bad for a midfielder!
Joey is certainly well travelled and started his professional career in 1997 with Icelandic Premiership Club,IA Akranes before joining Belgian club,Racing Club Genk. He then moved to Dutch club, MVV Maastricht. One year at Dutch club, RKC Waalwijk followed under current Spurs manager,Martin Jol before Real Betis from the Spanish Premier Liga stepped in
In January 2003 he arrived on England soil when he signed for Aston Villa, he then had a brief spell with Wolves a few months later before joining Leicester in 2004. His move to AZ Alkmaar was not too successful and he could not establish himself although he did feature in four 2008 European Championship qualifiers this season.
Its clear despite the previous announcement that McCann was being earmarked as Hyde's replacement that Joey will now be used for that purpose. Steve also seemed to hint that Djembe-Djembe will definitely only be a loan with no suggestion of a permanent move this Summer.
Well all this news cheered me up as I looked forward to the night's match against Stoke. Now four new faces to potentially see in their home debut against Stoke.
After the lunch time drink, I set off back to Mum's feeling quite cheered wondering also who these other two signings might be.
Only a few hours to kill now, so lets watch 'Deal of No Deal' (You saddo!)
Right Im off now to the match to see a thumping defeat of Stoke City..why did I bother? See Part 3 for a review of the nightmare that was Clarets 0-1 Stoke!
Date:Thursday January 25 2007
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