Posts Tagged ‘ Wolves ’

King Forced To Replace Duo For German Clash

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REPUBLIC of Ireland U21 Head Coach Noel King has been forced to make two changes to his squad for Monday’s UEFA U21 Championships qualifying round clash with Germany in Sligo.

QPR’s Frankie Sutherland and Bristol City defender Derrick Williams both suffered injuries on club duty in midweek and King has drafted in Derry City’s Barry McNamee and Aston Villa’s Graham Burke.

“It’s unfortunate to lose Frankie and Derrick but Barry and Graham have been in with us before and are very good players whose versatility is important,” said King.  Continue reading

Busy Transfer Window For Pat Fenlon

 

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It’s been a busy summer period for Pat Fenlon, with an incredible 26 players leaving or arriving at the club.

Of last year’s squad, fans’ favourite Leigh Griffiths returned to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers where he has since signed a contract extension after making an impressive start to the season, whilst striking partner Eoin Doyle has joined Chesterfield. Continue reading

Creating Paradise : The Jock Stein Story

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It was the September 10th 1985, Scotland had just earned a valiant one all draw with Wales at Ninian Park in Cardiff, securing a vital play off with Austria which would eventually lead to Scotland’s qualification for the 1986 FIFA world cup.

The game was rendered meaningless, however, after the news filtered through about the tragic and sudden death of legendary Scottish boss Jock Stein. Continue reading

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

Leigh Griffiths Named Clydesdale Bank Player Of The Year

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Within the space of 24 hours, Leigh Griffiths scored his 100th career goal which helped Hibs beat Hearts at Tynecastle for the first time since May 2009, was named Hibs’ Player of the Year at the clubs end of season dinner, won the club’s Goal of the Season for his stunning right foot volley against Dundee United in November AND won the Clydesdale Bank Player of the Year.

 The 22 year old now hopes to cap an excellent season with a Scottish Cup Winners medal against Celtic on Sunday 26th May, but before that he is determined to help Hibs grab two victories against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night then Dundee this weekend.

 After the Cup Final however, Leigh’s future is still in doubt. His parent club Wolves have indicated that they wanted to take advantage of the one year option and that would mean that he would start next season in the third tier of English football after the Midlands’ Club were relegated at the end of the season.
To make matter even more uncertain, last season’s manager Dean Saunders was sacked and the club are currently looking for a replacement.

 Manager Pat Fenlon insists that Hibs are doing everything within their power to keep the lifelong Hibs fan at Easter Road; however he concedes that that final decision is out-with the club’s control.

 After the ceremony, Leigh said: “It’s down to consistency, even when the team’s not been playing well, I’ve still managed to score goals. I’ve been working on the training park on my link up play and my touches and other things I can add to my game and thankfully it has paid off. I didn’t even know it was my 100th goal, but it was not a bad way to get it. We want to get as much momentum as we can, going into the cup final. There are two important league games to go, we want to get six points and finish in seventh place.

 I’ve spoken to Wolves but I just want to concentrate on the here and now. There’s a lot to play for, and a lot to be decided as well.

Leigh Griffiths Wins Young Player of the Year Award

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Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths won the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year at an awards ceremony in Glasgow last night.

The 22 year old who is currently on loan from Wolves has scored an impressive 27 goals this season and hopes to reach the 30 goal mark, with four games remaining.

This weekend, Leigh visits Tynecastle for the final derby of the season, hoping to overtake Hearts in the SPL, then the game against Kilmarnock which was abandoned yesterday in tragic circumstances will be replayed nest week before the final league game of the season against relegated Dundee at Easter Road. With the SPL out of the way, all thoughts will turn to Hampden for the Scottish Cup Final against Celtic.

Griffiths joins illustrious company, by becoming the fourth Hibs player to win the award, following in the footsteps of John Collins, Kenny Miller and Derek Riordan.
He was also on the shortlist for Player of the Year however Motherwell centre forward Michael Higdon won that award.

Afterwards, Leigh revealed that he will be discussing his future with Wolves manager Dean Saunders this week, and the Hibs fans are hoping that he could return to Easter Road next season following Wolves’ relegation at the weekend.

Leigh will be hoping that Hibs do better in the Cup Final than the great Eddie Turnbull’s team did 41 years ago today when they lost 6-1 to Jock Stein’s Celtic on 6 May 1972.

Doyle Dropped By Text Message

kdIreland striker Kevin Doyle has expressed his disappointment at the manner in which he was dropped from the Ireland squad after Giovanni Trapattoni and the FAI acknowledged his omission by text message.

Doyle, an ever present in the Ireland squad for the last seven years, was placed on standby for the crunch World Cup qualifier double header with Sweden and Austria.

The Wolves striker, who scored in Saturday’s crucial 2-1 win over Bristol City revealed that he found out he had been dropped via text message and he feels let down that the powers that be hadn’t the decency to phone him. Continue reading

Fenlon Delighted With Transfer Window

Pat-FenlonFor the past month, Hibs boss Pat Fenlon has insisted that his objective for the transfer window was to retain the services of three loan stars, Leigh Griffiths, Ryan McGivern and Jorge Claros for the remainder of the season. That was achieved after considerable negotiations between the clubs, and in an added bonus, a further two midfielders have arrived. Scott Robertson has moved to Easter Road on a two and a half year deal from Blackpool and Hibs also completed a last minute swoop to sign Matt Done on loan from Barnsley. In addition, St Johnstone’s Liam Craig has signed a pre-contract and will join the club in the summer. Continue reading

Fenlon Holds Off On LOI Raid For Now

Pat Fenlon has put potential moves for League of Ireland duo Ronan Finn (24) and Chris Forrester (19) on the backburner as he seeks to tie down three loanees this January.

The Hibernian supremo has revealed he is more concerned with securing the permanent signatures of Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern before making a move for the duo, who still remain contracted to their current clubs.

Finn and Forrester both played key roles for Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic this season and have been the subject of much interest abroad. Fenlon is a known admirer of both, having worked with the latter at Bohemians.

However such is the state of the game in Scotland that Hibs transfer budget will only allow them to tie down the three loanees, with freescoring Griffiths the main priority. Fenlon may bide his time and move for the duo when their contracts run out next November although it may be too late by then as other clubs are circling the widely coveted duo.

PFAI player of the year nominee Finn is known to have spurned interest from Championship leaders Crystal Palace while Forrester is currently being headhunted by Sunderland, with Mick McCarthy also keen on taking the Dubliner to Ipswich Town.

But just how good are the duo and can they cut it abroad?

Here, ex League of Ireland star Alan Cawley reveals his thoughts on Ireland’s most wanted.

“I think both of them are very good, potential wise I think Forrester has a lot more to come considering he is much younger.

Finn needs to take control of games now that he’s maturing. He is at the age where I think he needs to move now.

If he is to make an impact across the water he can’t leave it any longer. How far do I think he can go?? Championship level is probably his best fit.

Forrester on the other hand can afford another year in the League of Ireland to get more experience and develop physically.

The most important thing for him next season is nailing down his preferred position. I don’t think he’s a winger.

His best position for me would be the point of attack in a midfield three. He is excellent technically and needs to be involved in the heart of the game, when out wide he drifts in and out of games. I think he could play in the Championship and maybe higher if with the right club.”

Fenlon Plans LOI Raid

Pat Fenlon is plotting a double raid on the League of Ireland this January as he seeks to bolster his Hibernian side.

The former Bohemians supremo is expected to launch a bid to take Chris Forrester from St Patricks Athletic and Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers. Both players remain under contract to their current club and will command a fee.

Hibs have enjoyed a great start to the Scottish Premier League this season and currently sit top, putting last year’s relegation dog fight and cup final heartbreak firmly behind them in the process. A source close to Hibernian revealed that the move for the duo is firmly in the pipeline.

“Pat obviously has great connections in Ireland and it is something the club have been working off. We have been examining numerous videos of players throughout the season and both Forrester and Finn excelled”.

Hibs will face a battle from Sunderland to net Forrester’s signature, with Martin O’Neill having watched the fledgling youngster in the Supersaints recent FAI cup final defeat to Derry City. It is also believed that new Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy may be considering a bid for the former Bohs ace, who he previously had on trial at Wolves.

However it is believed the Dubliner would favour a switch to Easter Road, where he would be re-united with Fenlon with the source adding “Pat’s knowledge and past experience of working with Chris will be crucial in his final destination”.