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Town Linked With Cardiff's Kennedy
Town Linked With Cardiff's Kennedy
Thursday, 11th Feb 2010 22:04

Welsh reports are linking Town with a loan move for veteran Cardiff City left-back Mark Kennedy. The 33-year-old is a regular in Dave Jones’s side, but the Bluebirds are in financial trouble and may be forced to allow players to leave.

Just before the January transfer window closed, Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale confirmed that Blues boss Roy Keane had been in touch about a player who wasn’t rumoured target Michael Chopra.

Kennedy is a player well-known to Keane, the two having played together for the Republic of Ireland, for whom the Dubliner won 34 caps, scoring four goals.

The 5ft 11in tall left-back or winger played youth football at Home Farm where the likes Owen Garvan, Shane Supple and Alan Lee also played as youngsters and where Garvan’s father is a coach.

Kennedy’s first English club was Millwall, who he joined in 1992, moving on to Liverpool in 1995 for £1.5 million. After three years at Anfield, during which time he went on loan at QPR, Kennedy joined Wimbledon for £1.75 million.

A year later he made a switch to Manchester City for £1 million, then after two years at Maine Road Kennedy moved on to Wolves for £2 million.

In 2006 after five years at Molineux, Kennedy joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer, moving on to Cardiff in the summer of 2008, again on a free.

Since his move to Wales, Kennedy has made 56 starts and five sub appearances but is yet to score.

Town boss Roy Keane has been looking for a left-back for some while having failed to settle on a regular left-sided full-back this season. In recent weeks David Wright, Jaime Peters, Pim Balkestein and Jack Colback have all played in the role.

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Blueknight85 added 22:16 - Feb 11
Better than a kick in the teeth will definitely rival David Wright.
cue the Keane bashing anti Irish comments though... most likely from canary or rangers fans that have nothing better to do
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rayman_10 added 22:35 - Feb 11
Hmm does'nt sound so convincing but i haven't seen him play much so i'm willing to give him a shot. Don't know whats happened to David Wright thought. Is a quality defender IMO but losing his form so maybe this guy could do better or at least give Wright a kick up the backside. KEANO!
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dudlydog added 22:57 - Feb 11
mark kennedy is a forward left back is not his position what is keane doing
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Pablue added 23:08 - Feb 11
Yes, what is Keane doing? After all, it's signed and in the bag isn't it, not just a rumour, let's not rule out the possibility it could be complete BS no?

A regular from a team that's doing well, yet again, he must be having a poor season, I see where you're coming from Dudly.
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Sir_Bob added 23:10 - Feb 11
It's one of the few positions we haven't got an Oirish player!!!!

No probs with this, he's prob better than what we've got at Left back.
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Skip73 added 23:17 - Feb 11
Hmmmm, on the Cardiff website it say's he's a midfielder, but before we all start spitting our dummies out we are only LINKED, again!!! It doesn't mean we even interested.
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buryblue77 added 00:05 - Feb 12
Well, we could do with a left sided midfielder too!
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mightytown added 00:38 - Feb 12
good addition to the squad if we get him, cheap loan, can play left midfeild or defence, two of our problem areas. allows keane to use the likes of peters, colback and garvan in their more favoured positions and perhaps creates competition on the left for players in need of form, martin and edwards and david wright?

good thinking keane...if there's any truth to it!
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blueoveru added 01:04 - Feb 12
I'm not saying he's too old but wasnt he the president of America once
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tractorgirls added 06:37 - Feb 12
I think David Wright is available as well, we should try him...
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bennyblue added 07:29 - Feb 12
ancient irish forward who never done much for the republic as far as i can remember.
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dirtydingusmagee added 08:10 - Feb 12
Thought Colback did well in the position,but whatever. Dont know enough about Kennedy to comment,alright he,s 33 but at least its not Nigel Kennedy !.
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Suffolk_n_Good added 08:22 - Feb 12
We haven't got an O'Irish tea lady?! or an O'Murphy coach driver!

You've got to watch that Nigel Kennedy, he's always on the fiddle!!!!
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bedsitfc added 08:45 - Feb 12
a loan move would be ideal as we can see if he fits in with the team would be nice to have extra left footers in the squad. dont care if he is irish or from sunderland or from scum as long as he wants to play for ipswich, but on saying that i would like us to spend a bit more money on our youth setup.
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pauliejaz added 08:52 - Feb 12
I'm not sure why everyone goes on about David Wright, at left-back he has been awful, a better right back, but I'd prefer someone with a left foot at left back, Colback did a much better job
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PlymptonBlue added 08:53 - Feb 12
Too slow i'm afraid. I seem to remember his career has been very injury prone, at 33 yo surely this is not going to improve.....
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italiano added 08:55 - Feb 12
Well Civelli played at left-back many times in Argentina, yet you wouldn't think it after seeing his superb (and sorely missed!!) left-wing performances for us would you?

David Wright isn't good enough for our first team anymore. Even Colback was better than him when he played there against QPR, and he's a midfielder!
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MaySixth added 09:04 - Feb 12
I think Kennedy would be a good signing. Doesn't matter where he HAS played in the past or is a listed as playing on a website. The fact is he is a left back at the moment, in form, and we need a decent left back.
I think Wright is a good player but he needs some competition and always best to have a naturally left footed player playing in a left sided position.
Thatcher must be well out of the picture. Does his contract expire in the summer?
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My_Left_Foot added 09:23 - Feb 12
so one past-it Irish left back replaced by another past-it irish left back
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jas0999 added 09:43 - Feb 12
Can't believe people are already moaning! We have only been linked! Anyway, a resular in a play-off / promotion chasing side - can't be bad surely?
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PimsNumber1 added 09:47 - Feb 12
Thatchers contract is up this year, I think ! He has been in the reserves playing , so cant be totally out of favour. Still got a niggling injury.
Capaldi is no great player but also a Cardiff LB . Maybe its him as he is their reserve and younger.

What about Joe Mattock . Young talented player fallen out of favour at WBA and doing nothing.
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dubblue added 10:52 - Feb 12
Can we pass on this one....next please.
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james1989 added 10:56 - Feb 12
2 old !!!! we need some1 with pace that will take on players and create chances!!!
cardiff u can keep him!!
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tractorgirl2 added 11:17 - Feb 12
as an ipswich fan living in cardiff i have seen kennedy play a few times he's not abad player would be quite happy with him
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ITFCNO1FAN added 12:14 - Feb 12
He's been there, done it so will bring in good experience to help us maintain our Championship status if we can get hold of him till end of season.
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