Town Face Opposition for Judge Saturday, 11th May 2013 09:19
Town are facing opposition from Blackburn Rovers and Derby County as well as Charlton Athletic for ex-Notts County winger Alan Judge’s signature. The 24-year-old, who began his career at Ewood Park, is out of contract this summer having told the Magpies he is moving on.
Blackburn are currently caretaker-managed by Gary Bowyer, the Irishman’s youth coach from his days at their academy, however, we understand that Judge is keen on a move to Portman Road.
Talks have taken place with Town but the Blues are yet to make a formal offer of a contract to the one-time Plymouth Argyle loanee.
In recent years, a story about Town facing competition for a player automatically means we will not be signing him. Will this change under Mick McCarthy? I think it will help, although it remains to be seen how competitive we become in the market.
I know for a fact that Judge wants to sign for us !! But itfc are still trying to sort out wage structure for the coming season ???? an ideal situation would be if Chopra was released it would make a lot of differance ??? because there are other signings to consider.
With FFP next season it means more about fit with manager and prospects ( this takes Blackburn out as they have no manager and the Venky's in charge ! ) of being in a challenging position . With what MM and TC have done so far with what they had it will be the chance to be part of their onwards march next season that will attract players to us .
Has MM said he actually said he wants to sign Alan judge or any of the these players the club keep getting linked with? why not wait until players actually sign for the club rather than just guessing.. just a thought??? zzzzzzzz
Derby are not without their problems. Town are a better prospect in terms of ownership and management than they have been for the last two managers. I can't see Mick paying silly money to get a target though.
Tell us something we don't know already..other clubs are bound to be interested, I'd be worried if nobody else was interested in the players we're trying to sign!
We've known we're in for this guy for a week or so. Transfers take time, for example Wordsworth's move to Town went quiet for a few weeks after our bid was accepted but it still went through. I'm sure Town will get him anyway.
Hope MM is more involved in transfer deals than previous two managers;but as Town have yet to make a formal offer according to above,will the dithering continue as it did under The Major.I am sure Mick has sold the club well in the alleged talks;but how far is he permitted to take matters,and how much is the Invisible man involved;quite a lot I presume as its his money. Despite the above however feel we will get deals tied up quicker than previously.Must bear in mind that most football contracts dont run out until June 30;so presume the same with Judge.
Derby - a fantastic stadium. It's just another one of those lifeless bowls that seem to have sprung up ie Leicester, Coventry, Reading. Its the fans who create the atmosphere in the stadia, not the shell, which is important.
I truly believe he will come to us. Look at what there is to offer. The most experienced manager of the lot, the most focussed manager of the lot, a proud history and fantastic facilities, and remember; his current boss played for town and would undoubtedly recommend us. He's fed up playing in black and white, just thought I'd throw that in. His girlfriend is pregnant and would want him to come to a county where the air is cleaner than any of the other alternatives. Lastly, he's Irish and we have a history of signing Irish players who have become fantastic servants of the club; also MM has been the republic's manager. Too many things that would give him every reason to come here...more importantly....we are the BLUES. COYB.
I think his preferred move would probably be back at Blackburn but i think out of the linked teams mentioned i think we'll finish the highest next season so i'm hopeful we might get him. Just the kind of player we need.