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No Decision On Carson

No Decision On Carson

With the season drawing to a close, Martin O'Neill has said he has made no firm decision on the future of Scott Carson.

There's no doubt that Carson has talent and potential and it's a well known fact that goalkeepers generally come on in leaps and bounds as they mature. Problem is, especially since the Croatia game, his confidence has seemed very shot and he's let in way too many goals that you would expect a keeper of his quality to keep out.

The reported fee of £10 million has made plenty of fans nervous, so it'll be interesting to see how this pans out.

Speaking to the Beeb, O'Neill said:

"We have Scott until the end of the season and when we talked about it in the first place, there was no decision going to be made one way or another until the end of the season.

"Now, of course, if someone does very well then there is talk about 'can you hurry this on?' or if someone is not doing so cleverly then the talk is 'well, what are you doing about it?'

"That is a natural question for people to ask me - but an unnatural one to answer.

"I will wait until the end of the season. Liverpool are heavily involved now in competitions so we will wait and then all parties will sit down."

To prove the point, O'Neill added:

"With all the hullabaloo surrounding Liverpool at the moment, I would have been surprised if they were sitting down to have a discussion (about Carson). At the end of the season we will decide - all of us.'

Writer:Mike Field
Date:Monday April 28 2008
Time: 3:20PM


I think you should keep him.
Fan of Blues
28/04/2008 15:25:00
No Decision yet, sounds like Carson in his box
28/04/2008 16:01:00
Canat see us splashing out £10m for the lad, dirty reds can either half their price or ***** off. Id take him for £5m but bring someone else in to for him to compete against. Not convinced me that hes there YET to be a top prem keeper, concentration lacks and half the time looks like hes thinking of something else. But he's young and plenty of things to learn, i dont see as ***** keeper, i see a young keeper who, with the right tweaking, could be very good for us! but £10m no way.....if they ask £10 for carson we should say £30m for barry.
28/04/2008 16:03:00
Yep,i agree and 5-6m would be a fair price plus that is what MON is edgeing towards i reckon.
28/04/2008 16:50:00
To be honest, I rather carson in goal next season then the other folk we are looking at. Yes I'm not confident in him at all at the moment but I've got a good feeling next year he will improve dramatically. I feel he'll be a solid keeper and if we let him go we'll be kicking ourselves later. I agree 10 million is too much and I wouldn't want to pay that either. Do you think any team would pay that much for him? But I agree, 10m for Carson is equivallent to 30m for Barry.
28/04/2008 18:11:00
Well I'd like to see Carson go back to Liverpool. 5-6 million is too much for a portentially good keeper when we need someone who can do it now. Do we really want to pay 5-6 million for him to sit on the bench for the next 3-5 years whilst he matures? Not me anyway. If Guzan has the potential people have spoken about he could be the business as he is about the same age as Carson but cheaper and more likely to accept sitting on the bench whilst learning his trade. Americans do tend to make decent keepers too, I guess it's the fact that they are allowed to use their hands, far more natural for a septic :oP
Villan Of The North
28/04/2008 18:13:00
Carson is not worth £10mil at the moment. We know that, MON knows that, and I am sure Liverpool know that, so for that reason I am not gonna believe the papers on this one, as i reckon the people who matter - us and liverpool, probably have a better idea of how much he is worth, probably the 5-6mil mentioned above.
28/04/2008 18:59:00
Not convinced about all this 'can only get better' talk. There's absolutely no guarantee of that. Its possible of course, but to me he just doesn't have the basics right, basics upon which he can develop and improve. 3-4 million maybe, but I'm convinced we could get more for our money by looking elsewhere - and looking elsewhere doesn't mean Paul Robinson!!
28/04/2008 20:33:00
I agree that in the long term Robo is not the answer but could he be a stop-gap for a couple of years whilst we bring someone like Guzan on? Robo has had a severe dip of form this season but he is a quality keeper and he is pretty much the finished article. If Guzan has the potential that MON and his staff seem to think he has I'd persevere with getting him in with a view to him being the number 1 choice in 2-4 years with an affordable keeper filling the gap until then, someone proven at prem level and good enough even if not the superstar we would all like to see between the sticks at VP.
Villan Of The North
28/04/2008 20:42:00
No one knows how good Guzan is so let`s get Carson and him and roll with it.
28/04/2008 20:58:00
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