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Blackburn Fans 'Gutted' At Brad Friedel Departure

Blackburn Fans 'Gutted' At Brad Friedel Departure

1) As a fans favourite, are you surprised that Brad Friedel appears to be Villa bound?

I was gutted when I heard news that he had requested to leave Rovers, couldn't believe it as I didn't see it coming at all. Having said that as soon as Paul Ince took over there was speculation that Ince was “looking at other goalkeepers”. I'm not surprised now, but at first I was maybe surprised that Aston Villa would be his destination, as if he went anywhere I thought it would be to work with Mark Hughes again at Manchester City, but he will be the undisputed number one at Villa Park.

2) Do you think he'll regret moving from the club where he appears to be worshipped by the fans or was it time for him to go?

Definitely NOT time for him to go!!! He still has a good two or three-years left in him yet. Villa fans probably do not appreciate just how good he is, so for his sake I hope he doesn't see things go wrong. But I feel you'll see the best of him as we have anyway.

3) What is the fans reaction to not only his departure but also the fact he apparently said he wanted to leave and put in a transfer request?

We were shocked, most, like myself were gutted!!! But maybe there was more to the talk that Ince was looking at other goalkeepers than at first appeared?!?! David Bentley going was always likely to happen, but the only time we really thought Brad would leave Rovers would be when he retired.

4) What reception will he get if he does return to Ewood Park this season in a Villa shirt?

He'll get a superb reception, as he's been a great servant to the club. If ANYONE gave him a bad reception I would expect them to be shown the door by those around them!!!

5) Who do you expect will replace him at Rovers?

I'd not mind Jason Brown given a crack, people will say he isn't ready for it but he is a Welsh International and isn't exactly a youngster, not that he's old either. If he doesn't get a chance now I don't think he ever will with Rovers. However, despite the criticism he gets I think Paul Robinson is a very good goalkeeper and will become our new goalkeeper. A move to Ewood would rejuvenate his career so I think it will probably be him as part of the David Bentley to Tottenham Hotspur deal.

6) In a nutshell, what are we getting, a top keeper who'll do a great job or an old keeper looking for one final pay day?

You're getting a great goalkeeper who I personally believe is ONLY bettered by Petr Cech in the Premier League (although others on Vital Blackburn disagree, they think he is better than Cech!)

Good luck Bradders, I (and ALL Rovers fans) are gutted you're going but we wish you well.

With thanks to Walker from Vital Blackburn

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday July 24 2008
Time: 9:00AM


Well, no one better placed to rate the player than a Blackburn fan who has seen him play week in and week out. Looks like we've got a gem, 37 or not. Cool !
The Fear
23/07/2008 21:39:00
I agree Friedel is right up there with Cech, in fact Cech hasn't really been that consistant since the kick on the head thing.
23/07/2008 21:48:00
Thanks Walker the vital fans opinions on a player are generally the best gauge of a players ability/value. Note to GB. See how Freidal has asked to leave and managed not to upset the fans.
Mister Mick
24/07/2008 09:31:00
See how Blackburn are getting in replacements before letting players go?! They must be mental!
24/07/2008 09:34:00
According to the Vital Spurs page, they say a £3.5 mil deal for Robbo by Blackburn is due to be announced any time soon...Brad Snr could be with us very soon (maybe in time for Saturday?!)
24/07/2008 09:48:00
Ouch great signing for you guys, Walker (or HDM), is right, we do believe he is better then Cech, look after him for us lads
24/07/2008 09:53:00
GB has tried to play poker for high stakes and it's backfired. Liverpool can't afford him.
24/07/2008 10:21:00
This is the best signing of the summer so far, a real leap forward for us compard to Carson, Friedel is the real deal, a great commander of is box and defence, I feel for the Blackburn faithfull because there's no other keeper out there at the moment to rate along side Friedel, but we have the same problem with Barry, so all in all great signing for us.
24/07/2008 10:26:00
Im sure he will fit in here, hes a great bunch of lads
24/07/2008 10:39:00
Well said Mister Mick. Chuffed with this signing, welcome to AVFC Brad.
24/07/2008 10:49:00
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