No New Middlesbrough Interest But Jewell Confirms Scotland Clause Wednesday, 11th Jan 2012 08:45
Town boss Paul Jewell says he’s heard nothing from Middlesbrough regarding striker Jason Scotland since the summer, despite tabloid claims at the weekend. However, the Blues manager has confirmed that there is a clause in the 32-year-old’s contract which would see him secure an additional year on his current wages once he has made 19 league starts this season, as reported by TWTD on Sunday.
Jewell said: “Middlesbrough were interested in the last window, but I haven’t had any contact with Tony Mowbray regarding Jason Scotland in this window.”
The Town boss confirmed the clause in Scotland’s contract, the Trinidadian having made 13 league starts so far this campaign, but says that won’t make a difference when it comes to picking his team: “There is clause after 19 league starts. I’m not going to not play him because he’s got a clause. There are a few players who have got clauses in their contracts at this club and other clubs.
“It can sometimes cause problems, I think it caused a problem at Portsmouth with Michael Brown, but I don’t envisage it causing us a problem.
“It’s not something where the owner has said make sure you don’t play him. He’s in the team we’re playing at Birmingham and I’ll pick a team on what I think is best. We’re not exactly in a situation to be picky and choosy, we have to pick what we think is the best team.”
Jewell doesn’t entirely rule out Scotland moving on during the window but says the clause doesn’t make his exit any more likely: “If an offer comes in for any player, whoever that player is, if we think it’s an acceptable offer and the player wants to go, that’s football. Otherwise everyone would stay at the same club for the rest of their lives.
“I’m not thinking of moving Jason Scotland out at the moment but I could get back to the office and get a phone call from a club that wants to buy him, so that might change. But as I sit here, clauses in people’s contracts don’t come into my thinking, the only thinking I’m doing is about trying to get a result.
“It’s very early in the window,” he continued. “I’m more interested in getting people in than getting people out.”
Jewell says there’s been no significant progress regarding Keith Andrews’s return to Portman Road, the midfielder’s loan having ended at the weekend: “I spoke to Keith’s agent on Friday. He’s got a lot of interest from Premier League sides and the problem is that because it’s so early in the window, they probably don’t want to dive into the first thing on offer.
“You’ve seen it before, in the last few days of the window some stuff comes out of left field. We’d like to bring Keith Andrews here, we really would. Keith did really well and he knows that we like him.”
The Blues boss appears to less hopeful that Danny Collins will return: “I spoke to [Stoke boss] Tony Pulis last week and I think Danny’s looking for something local to where he is. His wife’s just had a baby and he’s settled in that area, so I think his family situation is dictating that. But again, that could change later in the window.”
Jewell, who ruled out changes to his coaching staff, says there’s been little progress regarding new contracts for the likes of Grant Leadbitter and Josh Carson: “They’re ongoing. I think all parties are a little bit embarrassed to be holding contract discussions [at the moment].
“I said to the players on Sunday that I understand there’s a lot of uncertainty around the place because there are a lot of contracts up and we’ve had a lot of loan players, and there’s a lot of talk around the place.
“Let’s just try and focus on trying to getting some results. Let’s try to group together as one. Everyone’s battering us at the minute, let’s try and use a bit of a siege mentality.”
I would be the same, I would want to know if the club was going to offer me a new contract. I would knock on the bosses door and ask and if the boss did not say yes then i would be looking to my future too.
If the players dont know about their contracts they must be think do I look for another club or just sit and wait
Scotland has had a few good games ,lets not get carried away ,he has only scored 4 league goals and has a worse strike rate per game than Chopra .The fact he is trying so hard is probably due to the fact we are paying him so much and he realises he will not get this anywhere else . Saying that i think he has performed very well this season and Jewell has certainly got a lot more out of him than Keane could and if his partnership with Chopra hadnt been so stop start i think they both could have benefitted more ,hopefully this will happen from now on .
Has been good recently but what strange contracts have been made. You all go on about jewell having a team of old men but this is the same as edwards contract. Would appear the future for this club over a number of years has been to fill it with old men.
Blah, blah, blah - yet more indecisive dithering nonsense from our alleged Manager to follow the oh so humorous anecdotes from the A12 Service Station we had to endure on national TV yesterday. Stop waffling and: 1/ Tell us what this long term plan is (you know, the one ME is so impressed with but none of us are aware of) 2/ Sign some decent young defenders (from abroad if needed) 3/ Decide whether or not you want Scotland, Carson, Drury and Leadbitter, tell them which it is and then tell Clegg or Evans to make it happen. For what its is worth I'd have the first three and sell Leadbetter before he leaves on a free. Oh yes and 4/ Sort Bullard out!!