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Five Irish Players Who Need A Move This August

kdAs all football fans know, the summer transfer window is a time of upheaval with fresh starts, new challenges and last chances for managers and players alike. However, sometimes there is a select few players that may be in need of a move to rekindle or enhance their international career.

Here we take a look at five Irish stars who all need a move before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. Continue reading

Turning Point in Edinburgh Derby History

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Sunday could be a turning point in the long running rivalry between Hibs and Hearts, as from now on, both clubs should be competing on a level playing field.

Since Vladimir Romanov’s takeover at Tynecastle in 2005, Hearts have been signing players and paying wages that their income could not afford, and whilst this tactic has seen the Scottish Cup arriving in Gorgie on two occasions, the club are finally paying the price for that success.

Initially, following Romanov’s arrival, Hearts signed high earners such as Euro 2000 winner Takis Fyssas, Edgaras Jankauskas, Jose Goncalves, Rudi Skacel, Julien Brellier, and Roman Bednar. The foreign legion complemented the solid Scottish spine already at the club; Craig Gordon, Steven Pressley, Andy Webster and Paul Hartley, and the Lithuanian correctly realised that substantial pay packets would be required to retain their services. Craig Gordon in particular was reported to be on an incredible £18k per week, although in Romanov’s defence, the high salary was justified when he moved to Sunderland for £9m.

Less profitable however was the signing of midfielder Laryea Kingston on a reported £12k per week, and talented as the midfielder was, his overall contribution failed to justify the expenditure.

The overspending finally came to a head recently when the board announced that there was a real possibility that the club could cease to exist if they were unable to raise £450k to HMRC in unpaid taxes. Although the threat failed to materialise, the club remains in a perilous state with liquidation increasingly likely.

Whatever happens over the coming months, there will certainly be a clear out of the higher earners in January with more reliance on youngsters.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon refuses to use Hearts’ spending policy as an excuse for the fact that Hibs have not beaten them in 12 games, but he concedes that the change of personnel in both camps will take away much of the revenge aspect in Sunday’s encounter. He also revealed the one thing that he did learn from the cup final humiliation.

Speaking at the weekly press conference, Fenlon said: “There’s a period of time where Hearts were in the ascendancy, but I think there’s an obvious reason for that, but I won’t go into that. We’ve got to make sure we stop it when we can and Sunday is about getting a result for the supporters.

“I haven’t watched the cup final again and I don’t plan to. I can’t learn anything from it; I have a completely different group. The only thing I can learn from it is maybe to keep my hands in my pockets.

“I was hurting after the cup final but I’m not sure if it has any relevance to Sunday. I think in football, particularly as a manager, I’ve had some bad days and you learn how to deal with them in different ways.

“After the cup final I locked myself away and didn’t want to see anyone for a few days. It’s not nice but you have to deal with it. It’s difficult because there are other things in your life, people outside the football circle who don’t get bothered if you lose a football match.

“You have to try to deal with everything else in your life and that can help bring you back to reality a bit quicker, although my family weren’t here for too long after it either so I dealt with it on my own a lot. You learn from different things and cope in different ways.

“I don’t let a lot out. I tend to hold it in, so I probably dealt with it inside. I locked it inside and bring it out now and again to remind you not to get too 
carried away when things are going well.”

“It was a difficult time personally but you just have to deal with it and I think we dealt with it in the right way in relation to what we’ve done with the club. When it happened it was 
important to deal with it and resurrect the club and bring it back to where it should be. I think we’re on track to do that. Dealing with it wasn’t just about the days after but over the entire summer and the changes that we had to make.

“But I can’t learn anything from the football stuff, nothing at all. I know people judged me after that and I had to get on with that. People had their say and I listened to some of the comments.

“People said ‘I told you so’ and doubted us after the cup final, but we’re in a good place just now. It was a definitive moment in terms of where the club was, that’s certainly true.

“We got back after the game and I spoke to people running the club. That was the time to say ‘that has to change because today has proven how far backwards we’ve gone’ and we’ve changed the club around. I think we’ve done okay since.”

“It’s about winning a game of football. We can’t do anything about the past. It’s probably a bigger game for the support and those who run the club but I have to prepare a team to win the game.

“I’ve never got carried away about cup draws, because you could get anyone. At least with league games you know who’s coming up, but with cups you just take who you get.

“But from speaking to people they seemed to think they knew this would be the draw from the start. I’d prefer to be at home to Hearts than at Cowdenbeath like last year.

“It’s something to look forward to. We’re at home, which is great. I’m thrilled about that. We’ve got a good Hibs crowd. I’ll prepare the team as I do every week and give them a game-plan with how we want to play and can affect the opposition.

“Then we’ll speak about the discipline and how you carry yourself and behave on the day. It’s really important to keep 
everyone on the park.”