Blackburn Rovers close to sealing King loan deal

First published in Sport Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers were last night waiting for the green light from their owners Venky’s to complete the loan signing of Manchester United striker Josh King.

The 20-year-old Norwegian international is understood to have all but agreed personal terms with Rovers for a loan move until January, with a view to a permanent switch, and it is hoped it will be sealed before the 5pm close of today’s emergency transfer window.

The 5ft 11ins striker featured in United’s Champions League defeat to Galatasaray in midweek and has also represented the Old Trafford outfit in the League Cup.

King, who was born in Oslo, has also enjoyed loan spells at Preston North End, German side Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hull, and has scored once in four appearances for Norway. He can also play on the wing.

Manager Henning Berg has been a big admirer of his Norwegian compatriot while his friendship with United boss Alex Ferguson has also helped in the deal.

The final decision will remain with co owners Anuradha Desai, Balaji Rao and Venkatesh Rao, but it is hoped they will rubberstamp the move this morning.

Berg has already vowed not to attempt to sign players who won’t add to the quality of the squad but it is understood he believes King will provide a valuable option.

Rovers have been looking for a striker to provide £8million man Jordan Rhodes with some support, with summer signing Leon Best not expected to be fit until January at the earliest.

Assistant boss Eric Black had attempted to bring Stoke’s Cameron Jerome to Ewood Park during his spell as caretaker manager but that move was never passed by the club’s Indian owners.

Meanwhile, Rovers boss Berg believes his squad will have grown in belief after Saturday’s 4-1 Championship demolition of Peterborough.

“It was a fantastic feeling seeing the goals go in,” said Berg. “The finishing, the quality was good to see.

“Performances had been good before that but we didn’t have enough quality in the final third to win the game but we knew we had the potential to do that.

“To see it was encouraging and hopefully will give the players even more belief that the way we are playing, we are good enough and we can really challenge.

“We have ambitions, we want to be back in the Premier League and to do that you need a big squad. All these players have just got back from injury but we need quality in depth.”

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10:21am Thu 22 Nov 12

Hovis1945 says...

Daily Mail are running a story that Rovers want Brad Freidal to come back to play and take up a coaching role!!! :-))))
Daily Mail are running a story that Rovers want Brad Freidal to come back to play and take up a coaching role!!! :-)))) Hovis1945
  • Score: 15

10:32am Thu 22 Nov 12

merlinrabbit says...

Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.
Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait. merlinrabbit
  • Score: 9

10:35am Thu 22 Nov 12

earwego says...

Hovis1945 wrote:
Daily Mail are running a story that Rovers want Brad Freidal to come back to play and take up a coaching role!!! :-))))
yes just read that too, full story....

http://www.dailymail
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[quote][p][bold]Hovis1945[/bold] wrote: Daily Mail are running a story that Rovers want Brad Freidal to come back to play and take up a coaching role!!! :-))))[/p][/quote]yes just read that too, full story.... http://www.dailymail .co.uk/sport/footbal l/article-2236526/Br ad-Friedel-set-quit- Tottenham-Blackburn- return.html?ito=feed s-newsxml earwego
  • Score: 4

10:37am Thu 22 Nov 12

Tatts says...

Friedel, Friedel, Friedel...

Let's get him in for when we play the Dingles
Friedel, Friedel, Friedel... Let's get him in for when we play the Dingles Tatts
  • Score: 11

11:07am Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

merlinrabbit wrote:
Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.
Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat
ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.
[quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

11:12am Thu 22 Nov 12

Ryanb74 says...

Cant we get Phil Jones back on loan too?
Cant we get Phil Jones back on loan too? Ryanb74
  • Score: 8

11:13am Thu 22 Nov 12

SaffaRover says...

I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in.

Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who??

Bad choice I think.
I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in. Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who?? Bad choice I think. SaffaRover
  • Score: 3

11:19am Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

SaffaRover wrote:
I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in.

Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who??

Bad choice I think.
It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO.
[quote][p][bold]SaffaRover[/bold] wrote: I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in. Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who?? Bad choice I think.[/p][/quote]It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 6

11:24am Thu 22 Nov 12

SaffaRover says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
SaffaRover wrote: I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in. Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who?? Bad choice I think.
It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO.
Ok fair enough on the mate thing. But I just think it's a little short-sighted though, however if he helps getting us back into the Premier League then so be it.

Actually I've changed my mind. Get him in. Haha.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaffaRover[/bold] wrote: I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in. Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who?? Bad choice I think.[/p][/quote]It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO.[/p][/quote]Ok fair enough on the mate thing. But I just think it's a little short-sighted though, however if he helps getting us back into the Premier League then so be it. Actually I've changed my mind. Get him in. Haha. SaffaRover
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11:34am Thu 22 Nov 12

French Rover says...

That seems like a big (and quite tough on Robbo and Kean) decision that Berg is being linked to if it is true. But even if it is for real then I really cannot see Spurs allowing Friedel to leave. Most top clubs have two top class keepers - as long as they can keep them happy. Look at Manure for instance. I don't think there is any substance in this story though it raises an interesting question regards Robbo v Friedel and who is the best? If it was 5 years ago I would have said Brad without a doubt - but right now not so sure...
That seems like a big (and quite tough on Robbo and Kean) decision that Berg is being linked to if it is true. But even if it is for real then I really cannot see Spurs allowing Friedel to leave. Most top clubs have two top class keepers - as long as they can keep them happy. Look at Manure for instance. I don't think there is any substance in this story though it raises an interesting question regards Robbo v Friedel and who is the best? If it was 5 years ago I would have said Brad without a doubt - but right now not so sure... French Rover
  • Score: 4

11:37am Thu 22 Nov 12

Is Eckersley playing? says...

What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons! Is Eckersley playing?
  • Score: 12

11:44am Thu 22 Nov 12

Dukes says...

Do we really need him here? we got players who can play in this role.

Green Light by venkys- time there sold the club and give the club to someone who cares.
Do we really need him here? we got players who can play in this role. Green Light by venkys- time there sold the club and give the club to someone who cares. Dukes
  • Score: 1

11:44am Thu 22 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe?? blueblooded
  • Score: 4

11:50am Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
And they're supposed to be rich as well aren't they ? Whats a few weeks wages to supposedly rich owners ? Perhaps the Friedel AND King thing has confused them.
[quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]And they're supposed to be rich as well aren't they ? Whats a few weeks wages to supposedly rich owners ? Perhaps the Friedel AND King thing has confused them. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 1

11:59am Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 5

12:01pm Thu 22 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Ryanb74 wrote:
Cant we get Phil Jones back on loan too?
Too young, i see the pl push plan now, Hendry already on board, Berg and now Friedel..

Shearer, Le Saux, Sherwood and the rest should be announced soon to guarantee our return to the premiership.. and maybe even the title next year!

It'll be like the 95 reunion meets The Expendables..
[quote][p][bold]Ryanb74[/bold] wrote: Cant we get Phil Jones back on loan too?[/p][/quote]Too young, i see the pl push plan now, Hendry already on board, Berg and now Friedel.. Shearer, Le Saux, Sherwood and the rest should be announced soon to guarantee our return to the premiership.. and maybe even the title next year! It'll be like the 95 reunion meets The Expendables.. blueblooded
  • Score: 6

12:04pm Thu 22 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

..and yes I know he wasnt in the 95 squad.. but you get my gist lol
..and yes I know he wasnt in the 95 squad.. but you get my gist lol blueblooded
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Thu 22 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby?

Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not.

I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day!
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.[/p][/quote]True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby? Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not. I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day! blueblooded
  • Score: 2

12:15pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

blueblooded wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby?

Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not.

I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day!
Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.
[quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.[/p][/quote]True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby? Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not. I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day![/p][/quote]Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 2

12:35pm Thu 22 Nov 12

HEYWOODBLUE says...

Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently. HEYWOODBLUE
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Thu 22 Nov 12

HEYWOODBLUE says...

Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently. HEYWOODBLUE
  • Score: -1

12:37pm Thu 22 Nov 12

HEYWOODBLUE says...

Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently. HEYWOODBLUE
  • Score: -2

12:37pm Thu 22 Nov 12

HEYWOODBLUE says...

Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently. HEYWOODBLUE
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Thu 22 Nov 12

blueblooded says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby?

Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not.

I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day!
Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.
If I wasnt so darn three decaded sure of the result... I'd be sharpening my pitchfork..I'm sure its in the shed.

Hmm..
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.[/p][/quote]True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby? Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not. I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day![/p][/quote]Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.[/p][/quote]If I wasnt so darn three decaded sure of the result... I'd be sharpening my pitchfork..I'm sure its in the shed. Hmm.. blueblooded
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Thu 22 Nov 12

ashton_9 says...

HEYWOODBLUE wrote:
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
Before Berg this comment would have got a massive thumbs up from me. I do still believe Friedel to be far superior to Robinson but the first thing Berg has done is get the team playing from the back which includes Robinson distributing the ball to the full backs rather than his preferred trick of just lumping it up to the other goalkeeper.

Aparently Allardyce is interested in bringing him to West Ham. Personally I think he's West Ham's style of play and we could have Friedel until Kean is ready to step up
[quote][p][bold]HEYWOODBLUE[/bold] wrote: Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.[/p][/quote]Before Berg this comment would have got a massive thumbs up from me. I do still believe Friedel to be far superior to Robinson but the first thing Berg has done is get the team playing from the back which includes Robinson distributing the ball to the full backs rather than his preferred trick of just lumping it up to the other goalkeeper. Aparently Allardyce is interested in bringing him to West Ham. Personally I think he's West Ham's style of play and we could have Friedel until Kean is ready to step up ashton_9
  • Score: 3

1:05pm Thu 22 Nov 12

ashton_9 says...

really should have proof read my last comment but hopefully you get this jist of what I'm trying to say.

Cheers
really should have proof read my last comment but hopefully you get this jist of what I'm trying to say. Cheers ashton_9
  • Score: 0

1:05pm Thu 22 Nov 12

ashton_9 says...

really should have proof read my last comment but hopefully you get this jist of what I'm trying to say.

Cheers
really should have proof read my last comment but hopefully you get this jist of what I'm trying to say. Cheers ashton_9
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Thu 22 Nov 12

merlinrabbit says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
merlinrabbit wrote:
Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.
Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat

ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.
I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood?
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.[/p][/quote]I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood? merlinrabbit
  • Score: 0

1:31pm Thu 22 Nov 12

merlinrabbit says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
merlinrabbit wrote:
Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.
Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat

ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.
I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood?
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.[/p][/quote]I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood? merlinrabbit
  • Score: 0

1:36pm Thu 22 Nov 12

benal13 says...

unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!!
unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!! benal13
  • Score: 3

1:39pm Thu 22 Nov 12

A Darener says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby?

Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not.

I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day!
Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.
Are they travelling by the fans coach to Turf Moor? If not why not? That would be an interesting journey.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.[/p][/quote]True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby? Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not. I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day![/p][/quote]Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.[/p][/quote]Are they travelling by the fans coach to Turf Moor? If not why not? That would be an interesting journey. A Darener
  • Score: 1

1:42pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Never mind Robbo and his position that wouldn't be the major issue here, imo - I think Mimms is the fellow who will looking over his shoulder here ?

Bring Friedel back asap.

One can never have enough quality, and in Brads case world class.

Should Robbo be the casualty of this projected move then I would be very sad. Robbo as had a torrid time in front of him these last few years, and yes, Robbo does have his faults that are highlighted regularly, but him and Friedel competing can only be a massive plus for BRFC ?

As for the King loan from Utd bring it on.

Lift off.....

Swan anyone ?

Arte et labore
Never mind Robbo and his position that wouldn't be the major issue here, imo - I think Mimms is the fellow who will looking over his shoulder here ? Bring Friedel back asap. One can never have enough quality, and in Brads case world class. Should Robbo be the casualty of this projected move then I would be very sad. Robbo as had a torrid time in front of him these last few years, and yes, Robbo does have his faults that are highlighted regularly, but him and Friedel competing can only be a massive plus for BRFC ? As for the King loan from Utd bring it on. Lift off..... Swan anyone ? Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
  • Score: 2

1:43pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

merlinrabbit wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
merlinrabbit wrote:
Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.
Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat


ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.
I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood?
Hi Merlin, the thumbs down appeared minutes after your post... Looks like others have knocked them off since.

The way I took it from Blue Blooded, it is the Turf game
[quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]merlinrabbit[/bold] wrote: Waiting for the Green light from Venkys? That's like waiting for father christmas on August Bank Holiday. Long wait.[/p][/quote]Absolutely correct Merlin, but notice the thumbs down......Unfortunat ely though, for some on here, you aren't allowed to say anything negative about Venkys, even after all the sh!te we have put up with from them.[/p][/quote]I dont see any thumbs down. Which game are Venkys attending? Turf or Ewood?[/p][/quote]Hi Merlin, the thumbs down appeared minutes after your post... Looks like others have knocked them off since. The way I took it from Blue Blooded, it is the Turf game Harwoodstblue
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1:49pm Thu 22 Nov 12

Harwoodstblue says...

A Darener wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
blueblooded wrote:
Is Eckersley playing? wrote:
What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons!
time-zones maybe??
They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.
True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby?

Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not.

I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day!
Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.
Are they travelling by the fans coach to Turf Moor? If not why not? That would be an interesting journey.
Hi Darener, I think there would be too many awkward questions for them if they traveled on the fans coach. I shouldn't think they would be seen within a mile of the fans.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blueblooded[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Is Eckersley playing?[/bold] wrote: What causes Venkys to wait overnight to make a decision? We're looking to sign a kid on loan - not very expensive wages - no transfer fee. Bloody hell, what is there to sleep on? They are just bloody morons![/p][/quote]time-zones maybe??[/p][/quote]They should be up by now, it's 5.30 pm over there.[/p][/quote]True. Maybe Mrs D cant make decisions without stevie baby? Then again the decision on him was endless so maybe not. I hear they may be making an appearance at the dingle game.. for their sake I hope our winning streak continues that day![/p][/quote]Aye, they couldn't have picked a worse one to attend if the unthinkable happens.[/p][/quote]Are they travelling by the fans coach to Turf Moor? If not why not? That would be an interesting journey.[/p][/quote]Hi Darener, I think there would be too many awkward questions for them if they traveled on the fans coach. I shouldn't think they would be seen within a mile of the fans. Harwoodstblue
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2:45pm Thu 22 Nov 12

kenbro says...

Brad might come to wind up his career and make a few extra thousands, but he still has a life in Ohio, and I doubt that he would want a long term coaching career in England.
Brad might come to wind up his career and make a few extra thousands, but he still has a life in Ohio, and I doubt that he would want a long term coaching career in England. kenbro
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3:32pm Thu 22 Nov 12

noddymcleod says...

If you listen to Brad he's a savvy commentator on the game, not just goalkeeping. If he wants to start a new career with us, and he remains a fine keeper, I think that's OK.
If you listen to Brad he's a savvy commentator on the game, not just goalkeeping. If he wants to start a new career with us, and he remains a fine keeper, I think that's OK. noddymcleod
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3:36pm Thu 22 Nov 12

CARover says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
SaffaRover wrote:
I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in.

Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who??

Bad choice I think.
It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO.
If the story has merit then he would be a great signing just for his experience and what he would bring to the coaching side, keeper's know the defense better than most and I would agree hands down he is stronger than Robinson in many aspects of his game, fitness being one of them

HB is grinding away here and there will be more movement coming up I think Just goes to show the difference experience makes from someone who played the game and the transition to management to someone who was gifted a job and totaly screwed it up

Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SaffaRover[/bold] wrote: I think it's a terrible idea getting in Friedel. No matter how good Friedel is, Robinson has stuck by us and now Henning wants to get his mate in. Friedel also only has max 2 years left in him. And then who?? Bad choice I think.[/p][/quote]It's not a matter of "Getting his mate in," It's a matter of getting a better goalkeeper. Robinson never has been anywhere near as good a keeper as Friedel.....IMO.[/p][/quote]If the story has merit then he would be a great signing just for his experience and what he would bring to the coaching side, keeper's know the defense better than most and I would agree hands down he is stronger than Robinson in many aspects of his game, fitness being one of them HB is grinding away here and there will be more movement coming up I think Just goes to show the difference experience makes from someone who played the game and the transition to management to someone who was gifted a job and totaly screwed it up Happy Thanksgiving to all in the US CARover
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4:07pm Thu 22 Nov 12

trueblue72 says...

Not sure about Brad coming back. He's been an absolute priceless gem in his time here, wonderful player and professional in every way possible.
Can't blame him for leaving and getting his final paydays at other clubs but I'm not sure whether its to replace robbo (is he off elsewhere and we need an experienced replacement) or to give him competition? Will it upset the applecart, who knows but we have to trust HB.

I didn't know anything at all about Josh King but I've spoke with a friend who's utd through and through and he's very very highly thought of. He's surprised that there could be an option to buy permanently so again, we'll have to trust HB.

So far so good and 6 points in the next two games will do nicely.
I love my new found optimism.
Not sure about Brad coming back. He's been an absolute priceless gem in his time here, wonderful player and professional in every way possible. Can't blame him for leaving and getting his final paydays at other clubs but I'm not sure whether its to replace robbo (is he off elsewhere and we need an experienced replacement) or to give him competition? Will it upset the applecart, who knows but we have to trust HB. I didn't know anything at all about Josh King but I've spoke with a friend who's utd through and through and he's very very highly thought of. He's surprised that there could be an option to buy permanently so again, we'll have to trust HB. So far so good and 6 points in the next two games will do nicely. I love my new found optimism. trueblue72
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4:18pm Thu 22 Nov 12

French Rover says...

benal13 wrote:
unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!!
Friedel spoke about his future during an interview with Grant Wahl for SI.com earlier this week. "I'm definitely looking at all the possibilities for next season," stated the 41-year old veteran who will be out of contract at Spurs this coming May. According to the SI story, Friedel could choose to continue his playing career, he could retire and work as a television analyst (Friedel has worked for FOX/FOX Soccer in the past), or he could move on from playing in order to become a coach.
Friedel was never meant to be a long-term solution for Spurs when he joined the club from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. He immediately impressed then manager Harry Redknapp, however, and became Tottenham's first-choice 'keeper before the start of the campaign. Friedel excelled in goal throughout 2011-12, and the only criticism he received from fans/analysts involved his not coming off his line on set piece scenarios.

I forgot till I read that article that Rovers fans used to be critical of Brad for the very same reasons - a great shot-stopper but a bit like Dracula and afraid of crosses.

We already have Robbo who loves staying on his line....do we need another keeper like that?!
[quote][p][bold]benal13[/bold] wrote: unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Friedel spoke about his future during an interview with Grant Wahl for SI.com earlier this week. "I'm definitely looking at all the possibilities for next season," stated the 41-year old veteran who will be out of contract at Spurs this coming May. According to the SI story, Friedel could choose to continue his playing career, he could retire and work as a television analyst (Friedel has worked for FOX/FOX Soccer in the past), or he could move on from playing in order to become a coach. Friedel was never meant to be a long-term solution for Spurs when he joined the club from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. He immediately impressed then manager Harry Redknapp, however, and became Tottenham's first-choice 'keeper before the start of the campaign. Friedel excelled in goal throughout 2011-12, and the only criticism he received from fans/analysts involved his not coming off his line on set piece scenarios. I forgot till I read that article that Rovers fans used to be critical of Brad for the very same reasons - a great shot-stopper but a bit like Dracula and afraid of crosses. We already have Robbo who loves staying on his line....do we need another keeper like that?! French Rover
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4:26pm Thu 22 Nov 12

greenscreener says...

Not sure if its helpful to speculate on the coaching role at this stage. Just creates uncertainty for Bobby Mimms, unless thats the plan ? He's been our goalkeeping coach for a while and seems to have developed a decent set of keepers for the bench. The likes of Fielding, Brown, Bunn, Kean all seemed to do a solid job when needed.
Not sure if its helpful to speculate on the coaching role at this stage. Just creates uncertainty for Bobby Mimms, unless thats the plan ? He's been our goalkeeping coach for a while and seems to have developed a decent set of keepers for the bench. The likes of Fielding, Brown, Bunn, Kean all seemed to do a solid job when needed. greenscreener
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4:52pm Thu 22 Nov 12

dangerous dave says...

Decisions at Ewood are like 'waiting for the white smoke to rise from the vatican' - this is only a loan move at the moment so what decision is needed- just another wage - if they can sign other freebies such as pensioner Murphy on big wages then surely to sign a young impressive player should be a 'no brainer' - so just get on with it!!!
As for Friedel if he comes in as second choice keeper/coach then all well and good - perhaps then we can see the likes of Mimms and Hendry on their way which would be good for the club moving forward.
OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW BLACK HENDRY SINGH
Decisions at Ewood are like 'waiting for the white smoke to rise from the vatican' - this is only a loan move at the moment so what decision is needed- just another wage - if they can sign other freebies such as pensioner Murphy on big wages then surely to sign a young impressive player should be a 'no brainer' - so just get on with it!!! As for Friedel if he comes in as second choice keeper/coach then all well and good - perhaps then we can see the likes of Mimms and Hendry on their way which would be good for the club moving forward. OUT WITH SHAW AGNEW BLACK HENDRY SINGH dangerous dave
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4:55pm Thu 22 Nov 12

eddie the eagle says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
Never mind Robbo and his position that wouldn't be the major issue here, imo - I think Mimms is the fellow who will looking over his shoulder here ? Bring Friedel back asap. One can never have enough quality, and in Brads case world class. Should Robbo be the casualty of this projected move then I would be very sad. Robbo as had a torrid time in front of him these last few years, and yes, Robbo does have his faults that are highlighted regularly, but him and Friedel competing can only be a massive plus for BRFC ? As for the King loan from Utd bring it on. Lift off..... Swan anyone ? Arte et labore
I did read that Jol fancied taking Robbo to fulham that would work out well for everybody.
The swan gets stronger everyday,but lets not rush it,lets wait for the day when it is fully fledged and soars for all to see and if it gets the chance sh*ts on Kean from a great height.If it can find him not so talkitive these days is he.
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: Never mind Robbo and his position that wouldn't be the major issue here, imo - I think Mimms is the fellow who will looking over his shoulder here ? Bring Friedel back asap. One can never have enough quality, and in Brads case world class. Should Robbo be the casualty of this projected move then I would be very sad. Robbo as had a torrid time in front of him these last few years, and yes, Robbo does have his faults that are highlighted regularly, but him and Friedel competing can only be a massive plus for BRFC ? As for the King loan from Utd bring it on. Lift off..... Swan anyone ? Arte et labore[/p][/quote]I did read that Jol fancied taking Robbo to fulham that would work out well for everybody. The swan gets stronger everyday,but lets not rush it,lets wait for the day when it is fully fledged and soars for all to see and if it gets the chance sh*ts on Kean from a great height.If it can find him not so talkitive these days is he. eddie the eagle
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4:57pm Thu 22 Nov 12

A Darener says...

"The likes of Mimms"? What heck has Mimms done wrong? He obviously has a long association with BRFC, he has brought on some quite good youngsters and he has improved Robinson's game. For goodness sake will fans stop picking on players and staff at the club. Just be happy that the odious one is gone!
"The likes of Mimms"? What heck has Mimms done wrong? He obviously has a long association with BRFC, he has brought on some quite good youngsters and he has improved Robinson's game. For goodness sake will fans stop picking on players and staff at the club. Just be happy that the odious one is gone! A Darener
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7:30pm Thu 22 Nov 12

French Rover says...

greenscreener wrote:
Not sure if its helpful to speculate on the coaching role at this stage. Just creates uncertainty for Bobby Mimms, unless thats the plan ? He's been our goalkeeping coach for a while and seems to have developed a decent set of keepers for the bench. The likes of Fielding, Brown, Bunn, Kean all seemed to do a solid job when needed.
the Rovers have definitely had a conveyor belt of talent as far as goalkeepers are concerned over the last few years...why change something that works? Actually don't think Brad will come anyway even if Berg asks him. I think he is US bound myself.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Not sure if its helpful to speculate on the coaching role at this stage. Just creates uncertainty for Bobby Mimms, unless thats the plan ? He's been our goalkeeping coach for a while and seems to have developed a decent set of keepers for the bench. The likes of Fielding, Brown, Bunn, Kean all seemed to do a solid job when needed.[/p][/quote]the Rovers have definitely had a conveyor belt of talent as far as goalkeepers are concerned over the last few years...why change something that works? Actually don't think Brad will come anyway even if Berg asks him. I think he is US bound myself. French Rover
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8:42pm Thu 22 Nov 12

BlueSkies says...

French Rover wrote:
benal13 wrote:
unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!!
Friedel spoke about his future during an interview with Grant Wahl for SI.com earlier this week. "I'm definitely looking at all the possibilities for next season," stated the 41-year old veteran who will be out of contract at Spurs this coming May. According to the SI story, Friedel could choose to continue his playing career, he could retire and work as a television analyst (Friedel has worked for FOX/FOX Soccer in the past), or he could move on from playing in order to become a coach.
Friedel was never meant to be a long-term solution for Spurs when he joined the club from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. He immediately impressed then manager Harry Redknapp, however, and became Tottenham's first-choice 'keeper before the start of the campaign. Friedel excelled in goal throughout 2011-12, and the only criticism he received from fans/analysts involved his not coming off his line on set piece scenarios.

I forgot till I read that article that Rovers fans used to be critical of Brad for the very same reasons - a great shot-stopper but a bit like Dracula and afraid of crosses.

We already have Robbo who loves staying on his line....do we need another keeper like that?!
Frenchie, what are you trying to say?... that Friedel was a below-par keeper? Sure you don't mean that eh?
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]benal13[/bold] wrote: unless robbo wants out or someone wants him like west ham this may not be a good move as far as the dressing room is concerned i think robbo is well liked by the players lets hope this dosent rock the boat thats the last thing berg needs at the moment !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Friedel spoke about his future during an interview with Grant Wahl for SI.com earlier this week. "I'm definitely looking at all the possibilities for next season," stated the 41-year old veteran who will be out of contract at Spurs this coming May. According to the SI story, Friedel could choose to continue his playing career, he could retire and work as a television analyst (Friedel has worked for FOX/FOX Soccer in the past), or he could move on from playing in order to become a coach. Friedel was never meant to be a long-term solution for Spurs when he joined the club from Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. He immediately impressed then manager Harry Redknapp, however, and became Tottenham's first-choice 'keeper before the start of the campaign. Friedel excelled in goal throughout 2011-12, and the only criticism he received from fans/analysts involved his not coming off his line on set piece scenarios. I forgot till I read that article that Rovers fans used to be critical of Brad for the very same reasons - a great shot-stopper but a bit like Dracula and afraid of crosses. We already have Robbo who loves staying on his line....do we need another keeper like that?![/p][/quote]Frenchie, what are you trying to say?... that Friedel was a below-par keeper? Sure you don't mean that eh? BlueSkies
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5:29am Fri 23 Nov 12

whappen says...

French Rover wrote:
That seems like a big (and quite tough on Robbo and Kean) decision that Berg is being linked to if it is true. But even if it is for real then I really cannot see Spurs allowing Friedel to leave. Most top clubs have two top class keepers - as long as they can keep them happy. Look at Manure for instance. I don't think there is any substance in this story though it raises an interesting question regards Robbo v Friedel and who is the best? If it was 5 years ago I would have said Brad without a doubt - but right now not so sure...
You are joking aren't you? Friedel has consistently been one of the top two or three keepers in the PL for the last ten years+.

Robbo v Friedel - sorry, even now it's no contest.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: That seems like a big (and quite tough on Robbo and Kean) decision that Berg is being linked to if it is true. But even if it is for real then I really cannot see Spurs allowing Friedel to leave. Most top clubs have two top class keepers - as long as they can keep them happy. Look at Manure for instance. I don't think there is any substance in this story though it raises an interesting question regards Robbo v Friedel and who is the best? If it was 5 years ago I would have said Brad without a doubt - but right now not so sure...[/p][/quote]You are joking aren't you? Friedel has consistently been one of the top two or three keepers in the PL for the last ten years+. Robbo v Friedel - sorry, even now it's no contest. whappen
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1:17pm Fri 23 Nov 12

stefjam says...

HEYWOODBLUE wrote:
Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.
your avin a laugh!!!! Yes Brad was a better keeper but his distribution was awful, forever kicking the ball out of play!!!
[quote][p][bold]HEYWOODBLUE[/bold] wrote: Great idea to bring Brad back! Far better goalie than Robbo! How long is it going to take for Robbo to realise that just hoofing the ball upfield to the opposing team every time he gets it is the wrong thing to do! Every match he just gives the ball back to the opposition. Brad distributes the ball much more intelligently.[/p][/quote]your avin a laugh!!!! Yes Brad was a better keeper but his distribution was awful, forever kicking the ball out of play!!! stefjam
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