The big news this weekend is that former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has been interviewed for the vacant manager job at St Andrews. Hughton is the first person to be interviewed although it is unknown at this moment how many others will be contacted in the next few days. Looking at our poll it appears that he would be a popular choice. The other main story concerns the club’s insistence on pursuing their compensation claims from Alex McLeish’s move to Aston Villa. That looks like one argument that will drag on for a while.
On the player front most of the news is predictably about those leaving rather than joining. There are unconfirmed reports that Stoke City have made a £12m bid for Scott Dann but this is short of the club’s £15m valuation. Dann has also been linked with Liverpool and Arsenal and there are also rumours of Villa putting in a £20m combined bid for him and Ben Foster. Other stories today link Liam Ridgewell with a move to West Brom and Roger Johnson interesting Wolves. Seb Larsson’s move to Sunderland should be completed this week.
The only story I cound find concerning a player arriving is in the Sunday Mercury and concerns a move for Morgano Gomis’ freind from Dundee United Prince Buaben. I’ll admit to knowing very little about him but at 23 he is at least in the age range of players we should be looking at. I expect there won’t be a lot of activity until the new manager starts so hopefully that will be sorted out this week.
Still a while to go until the season starts so expect many more comings and goings over the next month.