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Move for Neill best for whom?

In the wake of the recent Panorama Investigation: Football's Dirty Secrets I started thinking for whom is a Lucas Neill move from Blackburn Rovers really best for?

Having being unable to watch the programme when it originally aired I have now had a chance to view it and despite it being interesting enough and providing an insight into the seedy underbelly of football corruption it would prove somewhat of a damp squib compared to what we had been believed to witness...

One man, Peter Harrison, agent to both Lucas Neill and Andy Todd, both of whom have been heavily linked with moves away from Ewood Park in recent times, would come out of the programme in a, shall I say less than flattering light.

With Harrison having openly admitted to the undercover Panorama informant Knut auf dem Berge (a fully licensed UEFA qualified freelance coach of over twenty years, having played at semi-professional level for Germany) prior to his meeting with Harry Redknapp that he would "tout" Todd's services to him as he certainly did makes you think is Harrison putting ideas in his players heads?

Previously Harrison would say on Lucas Neill, and I quote:

"He has enjoyed his time there, he loves the club and the fans and he is happy there, he just feels it is time for a change in career. If he has to stay he will have to stay, but this is not about money at all."

Todd's thoughts that "things had gone stale" for him at Rovers coupled with Harrison`s claims that Neill "just feels it is time for change" seem too similar in reasons really, and lead you to thinking, rightly or wrongly are his clients really being guided to their best interests?

The point being here, despite some fine performances for Rovers and Australia in recent years, his showings during the World Cup for the Socceroos only raised his profile, and should he genuinely feel that a move will further his career and be in his best interests you could understand why Neill would want to move on, but is it him or an outside influence persuading him?

The players mind is probably already made up, and despite Brad Friedel's hopes that an extended UEFA Cup run might change Neill's mind, which I doubt it will, with all that was shown one can't help but think is a move from Rovers really in Neill's or Harrison's best interests...

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 6 2006

Time: 8:55AM

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I think Lucas Neil is a great player so i think you should keep him .
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06/10/2006 08:58:00

I think that most if not all want to keep him, it's just a case of being able too. Is he being influenced to move on. If he really thinks he'd be better off, or better used elsewhere then you have to respect that but I'm not sure he'd get the regular game time with a Liverpool type club?
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 09:01:00

There is just too much co-incidence around. Liverpool cam in with a let offer in attempt to see where it would go their derisory 2mill offer was just to test the waters. Lets hope Lucas sees sense, but I agree with Hughesy - let's make him play out his contract and not be letting him wallow in the reserves - he still playing great and again he'll captain the socceroos...
Ex Ewood Resident
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06/10/2006 09:09:00

would be a bit of a disaster if you lost him in my opinion , you should keep him !
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06/10/2006 09:09:00

Your are right Ex Ewood Resident. Make the most from him, and although they'll not want to lose him with his help Rovers can more than earn what could have been a sizeable transfer fee for him from the UEFA Cup and a high legaue position.
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 09:12:00

I think it would be bad to lose Neill dazednconfuzed, but not sure it would be a disaster. Rovers have other options at left and right back, many of whom are talented Academy products, but old enough to play now. We'd rather keep him but we'll be covered if he goes.
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 09:14:00

Hughes Da Man - was there some insight before osting this... Unless Lucas read this web site! all of a sudden it's kicked off and Neill looks like he is the one determined to go... so goodbye Lucas, so long and thanks for all the fish, he'll be a small one in a big pond. At least Mikey Gray will get his place back.
Ex Ewood Resident
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06/10/2006 11:35:00

I wrote this article weeks ago, but kept holding onto it as wasn't sure there would be a right time. Decided to go for it and things have taken a bad turn... His comments were made before this was posted so it wasn't my fault, honest! There are plenty of left-back options, Neill may well find out like Bellamy, as Clint said elsewhere, the grass isn't always geener on the other side!
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 11:58:00

From comments announced today, Lucas I feel should play no further part. He wants to leave, we all know that but I feel a tail wagging the dog senario is occuring. He should keep his mouth tight lipped, leave with the dignity he would have deserved for his services. Liverpool next game, should he be Captain??????? Should he play?????? NO to both (what do you think)?
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06/10/2006 15:27:00

Good point govtpros, I feel a poll coming inspired by you! He should have kept quiet, why highlight something that is already known? He hasn't done himself any favours really has he except maybe turn some fans on him? He and his agent has already done this, but he redeemed himself, you can argue he's undone this good work by talking too much?
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 15:32:00

Spot on !! Bring on the Poll............
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06/10/2006 15:38:00

Suggest it to me govtpros, by clicking on the suggest a poll link, with options you'd like to see and I'll make it happen ASAP.
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 15:43:00

if he leaves it will be a blow but maybe it is for the best we will never know unless it gows through
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06/10/2006 20:15:00

It will be a blow but do you really want players playing for you that want out? Ryan Nelsen is a FAR better footballer than Neill and if he feels the club are big enough, and good enough for him why can't Neill? His lifestyle is obviously not suited to Lancashire. The rumoured interest from AC Milan and Barcelona went to his head... they would never sign him, he's no where near good enough for them.
Hughes Da Man
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06/10/2006 23:44:00


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