Archive for July, 2004

Kinsella and Dakinah sign

roger6 @ 9:46 am Tuesday 27 July 2004

Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella today signed a two year deal with Walsall. The 31 year old began his career at Colchester before becoming a key figure in Charlton’s rise to the Premiership. He signed for Villa – where Merse and Jim Walker were part of the set up – in 2002 for £750 000 but was allowed to join West Brom last season, and helped them to promotion to the Premiership. He has 48 international caps.
“Mark is an international player of real quality” said Merse, “He is going to be one of the best players at this level.”
Also putting pen to paper was Danish defender Kofi Dakinah. The former Herfoelge man has signed a one year deal after a successful trial spell. “Kofi is a talented player and I was pleased with his attitude when he was over here with us recently.” said the Walsall boss, who then revealed “We have another signing in the pipeline.”

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Merson statement

roger6 @ 9:46 am Monday 05 July 2004

Following reports in certain tabloid newspapers over the weekend concerning the private life of Paul Merson, the club has issued the following statement:
“Walsall Football Club are extremely satisfied with the way that Paul Merson is carrying out his role as Player Manager. He has assembled a good team around him, and the club are looking forward to a successful 2004/05 campaign with Paul at the helm. The personal addictions with which Paul has had to deal with in recent years are well documented, and the material included in newspaper articles over the weekend contain little not already known. Paul has worked hard, and continues to do so, to overcome the addictions he has had to face. He works closely with Walsall Football Club Owner/Director, Jeff Bonser, and has the full support of everyone at Bescot Stadium. Paul has lifted the atmosphere at the club. He has created the kind of positive attitude that, if translated into ‘on-the-field’ performances, will produce an entertaining and successful season.”
The tabloid had alleged that Merson is “losing up to £200,000 a month betting on virtually any sports event, plunging thousands every day on bizarre punts such as who will take first corner or free kick in a soccer match and facing financial ruin as he racks up debts that will total over £2 million in one year if he continues like this.”
Also announced today were next season’s squad numbers. Mark Paston (1) looks set to be first choice keeper ahead of Richard McKinney (27). Michael Standing (7) takes Simon Osborn’s shirt, with the player coach wearing number 4. Iffy Onoura has been registered as a player and wears 29. Skipper Neil Emblen moves to number 5 and Gary Birch to number 8.

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