• Sami Hyypia's Birmingham Pre-Match Press Conference Round Up

    After a dramatic Thursday that saw Will Buckley depart Albion for Premier League Sunderland, and Stephen Ward’s expected move from Wolves fall through, what manager Sami Hyypia had to make of it all in his press conference ahead of the sides trip to Birmingham was highly anticipated.

    Top of the bill when talking to the press ahead of the visit to St Andrews tomorrow was Buckley. The winger links up with former Seagulls boss Gus Poyet at the Stadium of Light on a three-year deal, for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2.5m.

    Whilst he gave very little away in terms of emotions, it was clear from what he said that the Finn was far from impressed with how the 24-year-old had performed during the build-up to the new Championship season

    “I have an idea that when somebody doesn’t want to play for you or doesn’t want to be there, it’s better to move on.

    “Before I came I had heard about some of the players here, and I had heard that Will was one of the best rated at the club. I don’t know if something was wrong during pre-season, but he didn’t show me why everybody was raving about him.

    “I don’t know if somehow he knew something was going to happen but I don’t think I’m the only one who saw he wasn’t same player. I would have liked to have Will Buckley in top form helping us to get points in the league, but that wasn’t to be.”

    Another transfer issue that was touched upon during Sami’s chat with the media was the Stephen Ward saga.

    Albion and Wolves have been trying to broker a deal for most of the summer for the Irish international, and seemingly an agreement had been put in place between the two when Kenny Jackett announced that Ward would be heading to the south-coast during his pre-match press conference yesterday.

    That announcement seemingly triggered Burnley’s attention, and the 28-year-old never showed for his medical with the Seagulls, and looks to be heading for the recently promoted Premier League club.

    Whilst rumours suggested last night that Hyypia was furious at the Left Back’s decision to spurn the club at the last minute, that wasn’t the case today.

    The former Liverpool defender’s response to the U-turn was very measured.

    “It’s disappointing, but that’s football - worse things have happened.

    “If Stephen Ward wants to play in the Premier League and doesn’t want to come here, that’s okay. Everyone has their own opinions about what they want, and if that’s the case then so be it.”

    With Hyypia hinting that Adam Chicksen still has work to do to break into the starting lineup, the club’s focus will now likely turn to other targets to fill the left back position, however the Finn wouldn’t be drawn on targets.

    Albion secured their first win of the season under their new boss on Tuesday night with a win over Cheltenham in the Capital One Cup, and Hyypia felt it was important for them to have gotten off the mark.

    “When you win it always gives you confidence going into the next game. Tuesday’s performance was a professional performance, and in these games the mentality is important and the effort was there from everyone on the pitch.

    “We need to look at a few things from that game which we have to do better tomorrow. We need to be more dangerous in the final third and try to create more chances.”

    Thoughts turned towards tomorrow’s game at Birmingham. With the Blues also looking to get off the mark, Hyypia is not expecting picking up three points to be easy. Whilst winning is the goal on Saturday, he is also expecting his players to show him they are continuing to progress under the style of play he is instilling.

    “When you are involved in sport it’s all about results, but when you have an idea of how you want your team to play then obviously you work every day on the things you want them to do better. We’ll see if we manage to do that tomorrow.”
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. SeagullsT0m's Avatar
      SeagullsT0m -
      Good to have a manager that says how he really feels
    1. Napper's Avatar
      Napper -
      whos was asking the questions.

      Suprised no one got stuck in and tried to understand better WTF is going on above him. He will know more than us after all
    1. East Preston Gull's Avatar
      East Preston Gull -
      I ****ing love sami.He seems like a proper nice gent but could turn any minute and snap you in half.
    1. blue'n'white's Avatar
      blue'n'white -
      Good report
    1. clippedgull's Avatar
      clippedgull -
      Quote Originally Posted by Napper View Post
      whos was asking the questions.

      Suprised no one got stuck in and tried to understand better WTF is going on above him. He will know more than us after all
      Unfortunately the local paper and radio station are restricted in what they can ask due to needing access to the club. If they were to step off the party line then doors would close.
    1. smudge's Avatar
      smudge -
      I'd like to know what he sees in Kemy. If he's selected against Brum especially.
    1. EddieReader's Avatar
      EddieReader -
      he must be disappointed in how it has gone since his appointment, it seems his hands are tied. A victory today will lift all of us.
    1. trueblue's Avatar
      trueblue -
      Quote Originally Posted by clippedgull View Post
      Unfortunately the local paper and radio station are restricted in what they can ask due to needing access to the club. If they were to step off the party line then doors would close.
      That's a poxy excuse. It's almost par for the course that any local journo worth their salt gets barred at some time. If it happens, they just keep making the point that they're banned and the club loses a lot of face with the fans, providing the story that caused the fall out was fair and accurate.
    1. clippedgull's Avatar
      clippedgull -
      Quote Originally Posted by trueblue View Post
      That's a poxy excuse. It's almost par for the course that any local journo worth their salt gets barred at some time. If it happens, they just keep making the point that they're banned and the club loses a lot of face with the fans, providing the story that caused the fall out was fair and accurate.
      The Argus can't afford to get banned! It's the only thing that keeps the paper afloat! Naylor hasn't got the balls to ask probing questions anyway.
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