No regrets for Atiku after Swindon exit

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IBRAHIM Atiku has explained that he has no hard feelings towards Paolo Di Canio after the midfielder had his Swindon contract terminated by mutual consent today.

The Ghanaian signed a two-year deal in the summer after impressing the Town boss on trial during their pre-season tour of Italy.

Atiku went on to feature regularly for the first team in pre-season fixtures but found himself pushed further down the pecking order as Di Canio added to his squad, and he had yet to feature for the first team this season before his departure today.

But the 28-year-old stressed he had no regrets over signing for Swindon and has wished the club and Di Canio the best for the future.

“I don’t have any regrets or hard feelings towards the manager or the club,” explained Atiku to the Advertiser.

“I signed the contract because I wanted to play but when so many players were signed after me I knew that I wouldn’t play as much as I hoped.

“If I couldn’t have the chance to play football and prove my ability then I thought that there was little point in being here so asked to leave the club.”

Prior to joining Swindon, Atiku had played his entire career in midfield but Di Canio saw qualities in him that the Italian felt may make him better suited as a striker.

“I came to the club as a midfielder but ended up playing as striker,” he continued.

“I wanted to convince a great player like Paolo Di Canio, who was a fantastic striker himself, that I could play this role.

“But then a lot of new strikers came in and I couldn’t see myself playing.

“Sometimes that is life and I take it all in good faith. I am a great believer in fate and I will go to find a new club where I can hopefully build my future.”

Atiku now plans to head to Sweden - where he has played before - in a bid to earn a contract with a club.

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4:15pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Swindon1984 says...

A good thing for both player and club - at least he's now free to pursue his career elsewhere, and we've marginally lowered the wage bill. Good luck Ibrahim.
A good thing for both player and club - at least he's now free to pursue his career elsewhere, and we've marginally lowered the wage bill. Good luck Ibrahim. Swindon1984
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4:29pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Rhs Boydy says...

Fair play to him. He could have just taken the money and done nothing for the next 20 months but has done the best and fairest thing for both himself and the club. Good luck Ibrahim, I hope you find yourself another club soon and can play regularly for them.
Fair play to him. He could have just taken the money and done nothing for the next 20 months but has done the best and fairest thing for both himself and the club. Good luck Ibrahim, I hope you find yourself another club soon and can play regularly for them. Rhs Boydy
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4:30pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Rhs Boydy says...

I say like he's got nothing better to do than sit on his laptop reading what people are saying about him.
I say like he's got nothing better to do than sit on his laptop reading what people are saying about him. Rhs Boydy
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4:44pm Fri 28 Oct 11

madterrier says...

Did anyone actually seen this guy play? He sounded promising at the time - a contemporary of Michael Essien?
Did anyone actually seen this guy play? He sounded promising at the time - a contemporary of Michael Essien? madterrier
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4:50pm Fri 28 Oct 11

wiki27 says...

No hard feelings. I wish the lad lots of luck in finding a club. Given that, I'm please that PDC is trimming the squad a little, reducing our Salary outgoings, whilst keeping the side intact, alongside the fringe players who can contribute positively to the team.
No hard feelings. I wish the lad lots of luck in finding a club. Given that, I'm please that PDC is trimming the squad a little, reducing our Salary outgoings, whilst keeping the side intact, alongside the fringe players who can contribute positively to the team. wiki27
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4:53pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Rhs Boydy says...

Saw him come on as a sub against Supermarine and didn't look special. But then it was Supermarine and the only one who looked exciting was Esajas who was still trying to get a contract.
Saw him come on as a sub against Supermarine and didn't look special. But then it was Supermarine and the only one who looked exciting was Esajas who was still trying to get a contract. Rhs Boydy
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5:02pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Is that you Lovesey says...

I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front... Is that you Lovesey
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5:31pm Fri 28 Oct 11

HardwickeRed says...

wonder if he`s heard of Bristol Rovers? could always give them a ring
wonder if he`s heard of Bristol Rovers? could always give them a ring HardwickeRed
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6:53pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Bondy54 says...

I saw him play against Reading in the Pre Season friendly & was not impressed at all. But good luck to the lad, I'm sure he will find a team to play for. Not sure in the Football League but maybe a struggling non league club. I think there are a few more players to go in the near future.
I saw him play against Reading in the Pre Season friendly & was not impressed at all. But good luck to the lad, I'm sure he will find a team to play for. Not sure in the Football League but maybe a struggling non league club. I think there are a few more players to go in the near future. Bondy54
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7:12pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Oi Den! says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc.
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I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad.
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Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK. Oi Den!
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7:21pm Fri 28 Oct 11

sadgit says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
Agree with you on most posts Oi Den!
(Not from the old "3Y" days are you)
Connell & Kerrouche for me as Jervis & Montano hardly won a challenge between them on Tuesday night.
3 points tomorrow will do fine.
COYR
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.[/p][/quote]Agree with you on most posts Oi Den! (Not from the old "3Y" days are you) Connell & Kerrouche for me as Jervis & Montano hardly won a challenge between them on Tuesday night. 3 points tomorrow will do fine. COYR sadgit
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7:52pm Fri 28 Oct 11

toshman says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
Agree about the connell statement but can't anyone see that this is what connell is about? He's been great coming on but hadn't performed when starting. He's an impact player and a pain in the arse for sides when he comes on late but he's not a starter.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]Agree about the connell statement but can't anyone see that this is what connell is about? He's been great coming on but hadn't performed when starting. He's an impact player and a pain in the arse for sides when he comes on late but he's not a starter. toshman
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7:53pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Stilloyal says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
Nope, L/R is conspicuos by his absence, might have got his finger stuck in his calculator. Come on James where are you ?
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.[/p][/quote]Nope, L/R is conspicuos by his absence, might have got his finger stuck in his calculator. Come on James where are you ? Stilloyal
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7:56pm Fri 28 Oct 11

toshman says...

sadgit wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
Agree with you on most posts Oi Den!
(Not from the old "3Y" days are you)
Connell & Kerrouche for me as Jervis & Montano hardly won a challenge between them on Tuesday night.
3 points tomorrow will do fine.
COYR
I can't believe you lot sometimes. We've just won 3 back to back with these strikers and you lot think they're not good enough? Unbelievable. kerrouche might start with jervis normally but to state that connell and kerrouche should start is ridiculous, have you not been watching our recent form?
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.[/p][/quote]Agree with you on most posts Oi Den! (Not from the old "3Y" days are you) Connell & Kerrouche for me as Jervis & Montano hardly won a challenge between them on Tuesday night. 3 points tomorrow will do fine. COYR[/p][/quote]I can't believe you lot sometimes. We've just won 3 back to back with these strikers and you lot think they're not good enough? Unbelievable. kerrouche might start with jervis normally but to state that connell and kerrouche should start is ridiculous, have you not been watching our recent form? toshman
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8:06pm Fri 28 Oct 11

paddyblue says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc.
.
I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad.
.
Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
Haven't found a paynter type yet, let me tell you if pdc can't spot what you've described, someone who holds up the ball and brings other players in and it's right under his nose but chooses not to acknowledge he has this type of player in the Swindon camp already, then as fans you should stop wishing for this style of player, I've seen this player in action before and he does all the above..
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.[/p][/quote]Haven't found a paynter type yet, let me tell you if pdc can't spot what you've described, someone who holds up the ball and brings other players in and it's right under his nose but chooses not to acknowledge he has this type of player in the Swindon camp already, then as fans you should stop wishing for this style of player, I've seen this player in action before and he does all the above.. paddyblue
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8:28pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Pinehurstred says...

Well it looks like a lot of people were right about SOME of the summer signings?????
Well it looks like a lot of people were right about SOME of the summer signings????? Pinehurstred
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8:57pm Fri 28 Oct 11

southside7 says...

Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.
Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow. southside7
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8:59pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Jammu splodger says...

I know this is out of context..... any idea what the average Swindon player earns?
I know this is out of context..... any idea what the average Swindon player earns? Jammu splodger
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9:02pm Fri 28 Oct 11

sadgit says...

southside7 wrote:
Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.
Glad someone agrees,
It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.
[quote][p][bold]southside7[/bold] wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation. sadgit
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9:06pm Fri 28 Oct 11

sadgit says...

Surprised that it has not been said how fantastic Ferry was on Tuesday. Lost count of how many defence splitting passes he made,
My player of the season so far.
Surprised that it has not been said how fantastic Ferry was on Tuesday. Lost count of how many defence splitting passes he made, My player of the season so far. sadgit
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9:36pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Carlo says...

sadgit wrote:
Surprised that it has not been said how fantastic Ferry was on Tuesday. Lost count of how many defence splitting passes he made,
My player of the season so far.
Yes, it was good to see him play well, but you wouldn't have said that at Plymouth on Saturday.

Ferry was terrible and was overrun on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: Surprised that it has not been said how fantastic Ferry was on Tuesday. Lost count of how many defence splitting passes he made, My player of the season so far.[/p][/quote]Yes, it was good to see him play well, but you wouldn't have said that at Plymouth on Saturday. Ferry was terrible and was overrun on Saturday. Carlo
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10:20pm Fri 28 Oct 11

Oi Den! says...

sadgit wrote:
southside7 wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.
Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.
Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue?
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southside7[/bold] wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.[/p][/quote]Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue? Oi Den!
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10:51pm Fri 28 Oct 11

STFCLetsGetRocked says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
Funny you should say that - here's what the Rumours site has said:

'28 Oct 2011 16:05:08
Swindon Town will sign non-league strikers Ross Allen (Guernsey) and Jason Prior (Bognor) in January.

Alan Connell is joining Bradford, to be closer to home, and also leaving The County Ground will be Etienne Esajas (moving to Aldershot), Alessandro Cibiocchi (Forest Green Rovers), Mark Scott (Chippenham Town), Oilver Risser (Bath City), Jordan Pavett (Swindon Supermarine), Abdul Said (North Leigh - loan), Leigh Bedwell (Hungerford Town - loan), Miles Storey (Thatcham Town - loan).

The loans of Leon Clarke, Michael Timlin and Elliott Benyon will be made permanent, whilst Will Evans is wanted by Bristol Rovers and Billy Bodin is wanted by Newport County.'

One response so far - 'I cant see most of this happening, Cibocchi is starting to play and play well, esejas is better than that, Risser is always injured, Pavett meh... who cares, storey possible, Connell maybe but not Bradford.... Clarke only if they pay a fee, Timlin I can see happening as he will only have six months on contract, Benyon doesnt fit into Paolo's thoughts but we would want 100k for him...'

Have to say I agree with what's been said. Prior and Allen would be cheap deals, so we could cash in on Connell IF he's not in Paolo's plans. Gabs and Esajas will be off as well - heard Wycombe are looking at Esajas and also want a striker if Beavon moves to MK Dons.... Connell to replace him and partner Benyon?

If the young lads are loaned out, it'll only help them. Scott should move on - he's not going to cut it now, and Connor Thompson needs to be moved to 3rd choice. Evans and Bodin might move on too - if Bodin Junior goes to Newport, could it be that Bodin Senior is to be offered a position there by Justin Edinburgh?

Got a feeling that Paolo will be told to get results after the board backed him with money. No promotion could mean bad times ahead...
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]Funny you should say that - here's what the Rumours site has said: '28 Oct 2011 16:05:08 Swindon Town will sign non-league strikers Ross Allen (Guernsey) and Jason Prior (Bognor) in January. Alan Connell is joining Bradford, to be closer to home, and also leaving The County Ground will be Etienne Esajas (moving to Aldershot), Alessandro Cibiocchi (Forest Green Rovers), Mark Scott (Chippenham Town), Oilver Risser (Bath City), Jordan Pavett (Swindon Supermarine), Abdul Said (North Leigh - loan), Leigh Bedwell (Hungerford Town - loan), Miles Storey (Thatcham Town - loan). The loans of Leon Clarke, Michael Timlin and Elliott Benyon will be made permanent, whilst Will Evans is wanted by Bristol Rovers and Billy Bodin is wanted by Newport County.' One response so far - 'I cant see most of this happening, Cibocchi is starting to play and play well, esejas is better than that, Risser is always injured, Pavett meh... who cares, storey possible, Connell maybe but not Bradford.... Clarke only if they pay a fee, Timlin I can see happening as he will only have six months on contract, Benyon doesnt fit into Paolo's thoughts but we would want 100k for him...' Have to say I agree with what's been said. Prior and Allen would be cheap deals, so we could cash in on Connell IF he's not in Paolo's plans. Gabs and Esajas will be off as well - heard Wycombe are looking at Esajas and also want a striker if Beavon moves to MK Dons.... Connell to replace him and partner Benyon? If the young lads are loaned out, it'll only help them. Scott should move on - he's not going to cut it now, and Connor Thompson needs to be moved to 3rd choice. Evans and Bodin might move on too - if Bodin Junior goes to Newport, could it be that Bodin Senior is to be offered a position there by Justin Edinburgh? Got a feeling that Paolo will be told to get results after the board backed him with money. No promotion could mean bad times ahead... STFCLetsGetRocked
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12:47am Sat 29 Oct 11

Wilesy says...

Can't see those in the 1st team picture leaving, like Cibocchi, Risser, Connell, but the others aren't doing a lot so a move may suit everyone. The search for spotting the next Austin goes on but I don't think 2 non-league strikers are top of PDCs shopping list, he is looking for proven quality now. STFCLGR you have named Ross Allen about 5 times in recent months are you his agent?
Can't see those in the 1st team picture leaving, like Cibocchi, Risser, Connell, but the others aren't doing a lot so a move may suit everyone. The search for spotting the next Austin goes on but I don't think 2 non-league strikers are top of PDCs shopping list, he is looking for proven quality now. STFCLGR you have named Ross Allen about 5 times in recent months are you his agent? Wilesy
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1:34am Sat 29 Oct 11

redroar says...

Wilesy wrote:
Can't see those in the 1st team picture leaving, like Cibocchi, Risser, Connell, but the others aren't doing a lot so a move may suit everyone. The search for spotting the next Austin goes on but I don't think 2 non-league strikers are top of PDCs shopping list, he is looking for proven quality now. STFCLGR you have named Ross Allen about 5 times in recent months are you his agent?
I was just going to comment as to why PDC is persisting with the starting pair of montano and jervis (both loans), also montano although who can score goals is primarily a winger aswell. Not saying that pairing is bad, its not by any means but I would prefer to see kerrouche back starting maybe with jervis or Magera (who hasnt proved himself yet), and see montano on the wing perhaps instead (or come on as sub later in the game on the wing). Also connell is usually pretty effective so he needs to play a part aswell.
Good times though with all these options now, cant remember the last time when we had have these sort of options in our squad. When we last finished 3rd in this league last time out, we didnt really have any top strikers as such.
[quote][p][bold]Wilesy[/bold] wrote: Can't see those in the 1st team picture leaving, like Cibocchi, Risser, Connell, but the others aren't doing a lot so a move may suit everyone. The search for spotting the next Austin goes on but I don't think 2 non-league strikers are top of PDCs shopping list, he is looking for proven quality now. STFCLGR you have named Ross Allen about 5 times in recent months are you his agent?[/p][/quote]I was just going to comment as to why PDC is persisting with the starting pair of montano and jervis (both loans), also montano although who can score goals is primarily a winger aswell. Not saying that pairing is bad, its not by any means but I would prefer to see kerrouche back starting maybe with jervis or Magera (who hasnt proved himself yet), and see montano on the wing perhaps instead (or come on as sub later in the game on the wing). Also connell is usually pretty effective so he needs to play a part aswell. Good times though with all these options now, cant remember the last time when we had have these sort of options in our squad. When we last finished 3rd in this league last time out, we didnt really have any top strikers as such. redroar
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1:39am Sat 29 Oct 11

redroar says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc.
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I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad.
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Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.
I dont think we need to see too many departures, its clearly a squad team to some extent this season and when the winter months kick in, injuries tiredness suspensions etc especially towards the end of the season thats when we'll be thankful for this top heavyness, which could prove critical to us having an edge over other promotion contenders.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]I'm with you on the Connell / Kerrouche partnership. For my money they've impressed a lot more than our other strikers (though I have to admit I didn't see the two recent away wins, which could be an important factor). But it's a pity we've not found a Paynter-type target man who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. Magera looks the part and he does have a touch of class about him but he's disappointingly poor in the air. I'm not advocating a long ball game but I think the best strike partnerships usually comprise a target man and someone who can feed off the knockdowns etc. . I hope we do see some departures in January. It's a top heavy squad. . Off subject, have we not heard from LR this week or have I just missed his posts? Hope he's OK.[/p][/quote]I dont think we need to see too many departures, its clearly a squad team to some extent this season and when the winter months kick in, injuries tiredness suspensions etc especially towards the end of the season thats when we'll be thankful for this top heavyness, which could prove critical to us having an edge over other promotion contenders. redroar
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1:32pm Sat 29 Oct 11

sadgit says...

Oi Den! wrote:
sadgit wrote:
southside7 wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.
Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.
Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue?
Lurd might do it.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southside7[/bold] wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.[/p][/quote]Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue?[/p][/quote]Lurd might do it. sadgit
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1:35pm Sat 29 Oct 11

oldtownred says...

Is that you Lovesey wrote:
I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...
Good point about Connell who seems to be our Dirk Kuyt as far as energy and commitment. Cant see him with Kerouche though as they have no complimented each other when I have watched them together. I like the option fo coming off the bench though as he did against Rotherham, a pivotal moment in the season so far for me.
[quote][p][bold]Is that you Lovesey[/bold] wrote: I think this could be the first of many to leave before or during January, with Clarke expected to go as well as Timlin, Esejas cant be happy or Gabilondo, they cant even make the bench, Miles storey may be loaned out to get experience. I feel for Connell most of all, he makes a real impact whenever I see him play yet he cant get a start... I think him and Kerouche should be playing up front...[/p][/quote]Good point about Connell who seems to be our Dirk Kuyt as far as energy and commitment. Cant see him with Kerouche though as they have no complimented each other when I have watched them together. I like the option fo coming off the bench though as he did against Rotherham, a pivotal moment in the season so far for me. oldtownred
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8:05pm Sat 29 Oct 11

Oi Den! says...

sadgit wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
sadgit wrote:
southside7 wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.
Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.
Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue?
Lurd might do it.
Thought it might!
[quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sadgit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southside7[/bold] wrote: Kerrouche and Connell for me too. Montano and Jervis looked lost on Tuesday, hope I'm proved wrong tomorrow.[/p][/quote]Glad someone agrees, It's not being negative, quite the opposite really, just looking for our best formation.[/p][/quote]Exactly. I don't believe for a moment that PDC is going to settle for what he's got. And we may have had an unchanged side for three games but in two of those games, we didn't win until changes were made in the game. That may be a vindication of PDC's squad rotation but it also indicates to me that he's still searching for the right formula. And yes, I've been rumbled. I have an idea of who you might be. Any chance of a clue?[/p][/quote]Lurd might do it.[/p][/quote]Thought it might! Oi Den!
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