AS our fans will attest, it is not the normal policy of Barnsley FC to comment on transfers to and from the Club until complete and irrevocable agreement has been reached.
Given the widespread reporting yesterday that the Club has agreed terms with Sheffield United for the transfer of Brian Howard, it is necessary to make a statement.
As at 9.00am this morning, the terms offered in writing by Sheffield United for the transfer of Brian were not acceptable, most particularly in terms of proposed sell-on arrangements.
Overnight, Barnsley FC has received a further acceptable offer for Brian from another club, and as is proper, the Club has reverted to his agents to obtain formally, their client's instructions in relation to this opportunity.
We will make further statements as necessary.
Noble-Lazarus and fellow youngster Jamil Adam will both be included in the Tykes' squad for the clash at Portman Road, with Davey hinting they could start on the substitutes' bench.
Noble-Lazarus, who has just turned 15, scored a hat-trick over the weekend for Barnsley's Under-18s, for whom he made his first appearance aged 12.
Captain Brian Howard is no longer available as he looks to complete his move to Sheffield United, while Davey must decide whether to stick with Heinz Muller in goal or recall Luke Steele.
Meanwhile Davey, who has no other new injury or suspension problems, denied he had been in talks with either Sunderland forward David Connolly or veteran Hull striker Dean Windass.
The 25-year-old will initially join the Blades on loan before making his move permanent in January for a fee believed to be around £500,000.
Blades boss Kevin Blackwell told BBC Radio 'Dee Dar': "We need creativity and goals from midfield and Brian will give us that."
"He should complete his move tomorrow [on Tuesday]."
Of course, the Club was keen to retain the services of its captain who has been a fans' favourite since his arrival on a free transfer from Swindon. The club has been prepared at all times to offer new contract terms to Brian to keep him with the Reds but his representatives have declined that opportunity.
On Monday September 22, 2008, the Board of Barnsley FC met with Brian Howard and his representatives.Patrick Cryne and manager Simon Davey were also in attendance. Brian confirmed directly to the parties present that he wished to leave the Club and did not wish to discuss a new contract with the Reds.
As a consequence the Board resolved that, in the interests of all parties, Brian Howard would be allowed to leave the Club at the earliest opportunity, subject to Barnsley FC receiving compensation.
Further statements will be made as appropriate.
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Crewe coach Steve Holland hopes his men will be inspired by Barnsley's heroics when they take to the pitch at Anfield.
"We know facing any Liverpool side is going to be extremely difficult because they have fantastic players, but we'll go there with belief," said Holland. "There's absolutely no point getting on the bus if we don't have that. It's a great chance for our players to cause an upset."
Davey switched things around at Southampton and gained a point in a goalless draw, which could have been better had Iain Hume netted a sitter late on, but he has sympathy for the duo who were left out.
Davey told the Sheffield Star: "It was something that I felt I had to change, that's no detriment to Luke, he has played really well and he can feel hard done by, Jon too.
"But for a missed chance right at the end we would have won the game.
"We've got a point and it's something to build on."
French-born winger Mounir El Haimour, one of the Championship team’s top stars, was dropped for starving himself during Ramadan.
The 27-year-old has been warming the bench after suffering a dramatic loss of form during September’s holy month.
Yesterday manager Davey said the devout player’s fasting is affecting his football, as Muslims must abstain from all food and drink during daylight hours.
Haimour signed for £200,000 from Swiss club NE Xamax and Davey, 37, said: “It’s difficult for him, but as a football manager I need everyone at 100%.’’
But an angry fan wrote on an Islamic website: “The attitude of his manager is what we’ve come to expect from non-believers. He should be warned of the dangers of insulting Islam.’’
From the outset, Cardiff were an athletic force tonight. In every department they were quick, they passed the ball well and threatened Barnsley throughout the first half. It would be fair to say that they were awkward to play around, Cardiff broke down any play that the Reds could muster (of which there was very little), forcing mistakes from the Reds and capturing possession back quickly.
Cardiff's reward came early, on 14 minutes. Peter Whittingham seized on a defensive mistake by Barnsley full back Darren Moore to put the Bluebirds one-up. For the remainder of the first half, Cardiff dominated and it could have been a rout.
Had the plan been to "rope-a-dope" the opposition, you could have been fooled. In the second half, Cardiff did not play with the same intensity and Barnsley had their breaks. But tonight, the Reds were poor. Very few attacks led to any serious pressure on the Cardiff goal.
Man of the Match went to Darren Moore. I was shocked. For me, the only shining light tonight was the returning Jamal Campbell-Ryce. And whilst Jon Macken worked hard, he is bereft of a partner in the less than confident Kayode Odejayi.
The outlook is less than encouraging. There are thunder clouds in the Ponty End. Old Mac-Davey must act quickly, or this crop will rot.
Back In T' Premier Range - Now on Sale
1. A day out in Blackpool
2. Barnsley losing
Ah well, things aren't too bad. I wouldn't step foot in Blackpool, for all of Clamp's Pork Pies.
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It originally came about as an idea spawned by the Ponty End hero, Anderson De Silva . He explains, "Being out of the game for a number of months, due to a serious knee injury, has been a frustrating time. However, I've tried to use my time out of the game productively."
A lifelong Beatles fanatic, since his early years in Sao Paolo, De Silva has always had a desire to experiment with sound. "I've been locked away over many an afternoon recently, I've been recording animal noises on an old 4 track system I picked up at a car boot in Barnsley market. It's been great, I've been slicing up the tape, then re-joining it and finally I've been playing it back in reverse, with a bit of flange distortion. It's been cool".
Moments after the final whistle, when Barnsley had triumphed over Chelsea in last season's FA Cup quarter final, De Silva was blown away by the interviews given by his colleague, Kayode Odejaye, in which he stated his humble appreciation of the effort put in by his Barnsley team mates.
"That was it. In an instant, I knew we had the next No. 1 smash-hit to top the charts, and I begged Kayode to sing on my version of - With a Little Help from my Friends".
News spread quickly across the dressing room, and other kindred spirits to this classic Beatles' gem began to enquire if they could lend a hand too. "I refused to let some of the lads take part" De Silva said, "Heinz Muller was desperate to sing Getting Better, but that was always going to be my track". There's even a cheeky guest appearance from Eric Winstanley on "When I'm Sixty Four" - we're told.
The final "Fab Four" were finally assembled last week. Luke Steele sings an enigmatic rendition of "Fixing a Hole", plus an eventful version of "A day in the life" from Barnsley's defensive maestro, Stephen Foster.
Has this created a stir with Simon Davey we asked. "The Gaffer's right behind us", De Silva answered. "In fact, many of the lads have gone off to do their own thing, especially since I left them out".
Apparently, Iain Hume is busying himself along with Bobby Hassell in some re-invention of the Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks", whilst Diego Leon, Dennis Souza and Miguel Mostto are attempting to match the acoustic talents of the Gypsy Kings.
FIFA have granted his provisional clearance, leaving the FA waiting for full clearance, however this means that he is now available for selection by the Reds.
For our new arrival, it has been a frustrating few months at Oakwell. For this writer, the drama is now over. What else is there left to comment on?