McCarthy: Campbell Won't Be Coming Back to Town Friday, 18th Jan 2013 14:29
Blues boss Mick McCarthy has revealed that former loan striker DJ Campbell is set to leave QPR for another club but says his new side isn’t Town. The Blues manager says no further additions to his squad are currently imminent.
McCarthy says he has talked to Campbell about his situation: “I spoke to him yesterday and as far as I’m aware he’s going to a club and if it’s not been announced I’m not going to tell you.
“There are a couple interested in him but I think he’s going to end up at one of them. Good luck to him.
“I think the case is that he’ll be getting a three-year deal, he can look after himself and his family and it will take him to 34 coming up 35.
“And best wishes to him, because he was great for us. He was such a lovely guy and a really nice man and I hope he gets what he wants for himself and his family. He won’t be coming back here."
Crystal Palace and Hull City have both confirmed their interest, while Cardiff City have also been linked.
The Town boss says his expectation always was that the 31-year-old, who scored 10 times in 17 games during a three-month loan spell with the Blues, wouldn’t return to Portman Road: “I am disappointed, but that disappointment is slightly tempered by the fact I kind of knew what the score was going to be and I went and signed two strikers the week when he left.
“I thought that having played here and having done so well and scored the goals, he would have attracted the attention of somebody else that would give him a three-year deal and probably be in a better position than us to do it.”
McCarthy says no incoming signings are currently close: “We keep looking, we keep talking, but there’s nothing happening at the moment.”
Asked about interest in Colchester’s Anthony Wordsworth and Nottingham Forest’s Lee Camp, he was keeping his cards typically close to his chest: “One’s midfield player and the other one’s a goalkeeper! I wouldn’t tell you [if there had been discussions with their clubs].”
Yesterday it emerged that Blackburn could look to recall Bradley Orr when his loan spell is at an end after the Bristol City match, having previously agreed to an extension to the end of the season.
McCarthy says the situation will become clearer once the next two matches are out of the way: “It’s to be seen yet. I’ll deal with the two games yet, and then we’ll see.
“I think [new Blackburn manager] Michael Appleton probably does want to have a look at him, but let’s get these games out of the way. If I was him I’d be wanting to do it because I’d want all the players in. I want Bradley focused on our games, whatever happens.”
The Town boss confirmed that neither of the trialists involved in Monday’s U21 game at Charlton, Moldovan international defender Petru Racu and Banbury United winger Kynan Isaac, have been kept on.
There is nothing new regarding Josh Carson going out on loan or Jason Scotland moving on, either on loan or permanently.
Elsewhere, former Blues striker and coach Chris Kiwomya has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth.
Fair play to him i'd imagine it's palace. he's a london lad and got a chance to play for a manager who he likes and a chance of promotion so can't blame him for going there. Without him we'd be deep in trouble now so thank you for everything DJ!
Not that disappointed, we shouldn't be offering lucrative deals to players in their thirties and we have enough strikers at the club. We've also seen before that a player who looks great while on loan can struggle to recapture that form once they have a nice juicy deal.
Was fantastic for the time we had him, best of luck DJ!
I'm glad this has been put to bed now; we've got some decent forwards in the club and if we can't survive/thrive with them then we don't deserve to. Would just like to see us get a bit of creativity in the middle and i'd be happy with this window.
Pims#1 - no club should just give players what they want; it would be financial suicide as some have already found out.
Unlike PJ reading above confirms that MM moved quickly as he was doubtful that he would get DJC permanently,also it would appear that contract on offer was less than 3 years not surprisingly. Again shows that we now have an astute Manager as PJ didn't act until he was certain player wasn't coming which resulted in panic buys as window was due to close followed by loans. However still not completely free of relegation worries yet which could be banished if we get return of 6 points from next two matches,lets hope some one can replicate DJ's wonderful scoring record.
Well he was great and showed what we have lacked for so long in a consistent goalscorer but I'm More pleased that we are looking at the younger alternatives. The three recent signings, one permanent one with a view for permanent and another possible is exciting when you look at their age and reputation already. I would have had Campbell but I prefer the way we have dealt with it and am happy with the line MM is taking.
Not at all surprised at the out come of this situation it was always going to happen that DJ would mot be back at PR, however thanks for the goals and effort DJ without them we would really be up the creek without a paddle now.
In some respects its a pity but we have got some younger and talented (according to MM) replacements. Hardly any of us have yet seen McLean, McGoldrick or Nouble perform in a Ipswich shirt. A few goals from these guys and DJ will be a distant memory. Yes, DJ j gave us a real boost both morale and position wise and thanks to him for that, but long term future wise I think what we have maybe better. Really hoping that we can get in a midfield playmaker to feed these guys.
How to deal with transfer speculation PJ - Opened his mouth at every available opportunity. Alerted everyone to who his targets were. Mentioned a load of people who were apparently joining very soon. Looked stupid when they don't materialise. [Well actually looked stupid full stop].
MM - While remaining polite and friendly, and answering questions honestly whenever he can without giving his plans away, keeps his cards close to his chest. Gets players in and then we hear about them when the deal is done. Clearly has a Plan B wherever possible. No doubt they won't all work out, but seems to be taking a far more professional approach.
Another reason why we have a much better future with MM.
Reiterate what most have said on here. Great loan signing that has gone a long way in helping us towards securing our Championship status. MM is very astute and probably knew we had little chance in securing DJ in the long term hence the arrival of Nouble, McLean and McGoldrick. Desperately need a craftsmen in midfield now to supply the aforementioned.
Thanks for your goals DJ were so key to our revival but new fowards and new direction now - I think we have goals in the guys MM has bought in and possibly offer more all round play - Good Luck in your next move - just dont come and score and against us !!!
Had we not have signed AMac, Eddie and Frank I'd have been more disappointed, I think we have enough there to compensate, all the best Dudley Junior we've a lot to thank you for, you will always be well thought of here, and welcome back anytime