Writer: J P Fear
Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
Martin O'Neill will enter into talks with several players to see where their futures lye.
Players such as Thomas Sorensen, Olof Mellberg and Gavin McCann have contracts expiring in a years time. Then we have Lee Hendrie and Jlloyd Samuel who are both out of contract and both very likely to be shown the door.
O'Neill is looking to sit down with them and explained on the official site:
'I haven't had a chance to do anything about that, mainly because the boys had a couple of days off after the Sheffield United game. But this week and in the early part of next week, I'd like to do something about that. While our season finishes on Sunday, it's not as if some of the players involved in international matches will be racing off next morning. So I've got a wee bit more time and it's something I'll be discussing with a few of them. It is pressing and I would like to get a few things in motion between now and the end of the season.'
Adding 'Gavin has a year left and any players with a year left to run, you need to speak to them, because people need to know. Thomas has a year left to run, Olof's got a year left to run, Gavin's got a year left to run and I need to speak to them. We'll be talking about things. I don't mind speaking to agents at all, but I should still be able to have very normal conversations with players about careers and how people are doing. I don't need an agent for that.'
'I need an agent eventually when we're talking about contractual stuff, but I'm not so sure I always need to be talking to agents whenever I speak to the players. Of course I do accept that when you're sitting down and talking about the nitty-gritty of contracts, that's when the agent comes in.'
So who would you keep? For me, to build a squad, we need to keep as many as possible at least until the end of next season.
It is obvious Hendrie and Jlloyd are off, but would you keep Sorensen, McCann and Mellberg?
I'd tie Mellberg to a long contract, have McCann on a year extension and bring in extra competition for Thomas Sorensen! There, problem sorted
Date:Wednesday May 9 2007
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