I won't change my mind on David Pipe, says Exiles boss

South Wales Argus: HAPPIER TIMES: Justin Edinburgh and David Pipe in May 2013 HAPPIER TIMES: Justin Edinburgh and David Pipe in May 2013

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh says he won’t reverse his decision to release captain David Pipe at the end of the season.

Exiles skipper Pipe was told last month, along with midfielder Mike Flynn, that he would not be staying at Rodney Parade beyond the summer.

The 30-year-old former Wales international returned to the starting XI for Sunday’s 1-1 home draw with Exeter City and looks set to keep his place for tonight’s visit of Dagenham & Redbridge.

And Pipe has spoken of his shock at being told he has no future at the club and has vowed to do everything he can to change the manager’s decision.

“It’s a very difficult situation for me,” he said. “I’m a very proud person. I’m prouder than most and it has hit me hard,” said Pipe.

“I’ve seen a lot of things in football, but it shocked me. I’m not going to lie and say I expected it. I respect the manager’s decision, but that doesn’t mean I think it’s right.

“I’m a fighter,” he added. “I’m not saying I can change the gaffer’s mind, but I will do my best to do so.

“If I can’t, I can’t, but it will not be through the want of trying.”

So could Edinburgh change his mind on Pipe?

“I don’t think so,” said the Exiles boss. “But I expected nothing less of David.

“He’s a fantastic professional and he’s been a great servant to me and this football club.

“He’s employed until the end of June and I expect him to play like any other player.

“I thought he played very well on Sunday and he’ll play again (against Dagenham).”

Edinburgh knows that his side need to end a run of one win in 14 games as quickly as possible if they are to have any hope of catching the top seven in League Two but he is certain that the squad is still united.

“I’m fed up of talking about the play-offs,” he said. “I think everyone’s expectations have gone through the roof in terms of the start we had but all we can concentrate on is ourselves.

“We can’t look at the teams above us but it’s not only us who are having a difficult time at the moment.

“That’s why we’re only seven points off still but we have to get back to winning ways first.

“As a manager I’m confident that the wins are not too far away as long as the attitude is right, and we saw that with the goals so soon after going behind on Sunday.

“The group are still together, still have the belief, and as long as we continue to work together I have no doubt that we’ll turn this situation around.”

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9:26am Wed 19 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Very disappointing attitude Justin.
Lets get rid of someone who has his heart 100% County and is playing out of his socks
Its got to be financial and nothing to do with football despite what Pearlman reckons.
Justin will be pleased though that he has got Danny Crowe for another season!!
Think its a shocking decision
Very disappointing attitude Justin. Lets get rid of someone who has his heart 100% County and is playing out of his socks Its got to be financial and nothing to do with football despite what Pearlman reckons. Justin will be pleased though that he has got Danny Crowe for another season!! Think its a shocking decision Harps62
  • Score: 9

9:37am Wed 19 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

Very disappointing response, bordering on sheer bloody-mindedness. He is making the job of whoever replaces Pipe virtually impossible before he's even joined the club. I seriously hope he has some leaders lined up for the summer or we'll be right in the messy stuff.
Very disappointing response, bordering on sheer bloody-mindedness. He is making the job of whoever replaces Pipe virtually impossible before he's even joined the club. I seriously hope he has some leaders lined up for the summer or we'll be right in the messy stuff. ncfcr
  • Score: 10

9:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

county mad says...

Come on fans save david pipe lets get loads of pipey support going
Come on fans save david pipe lets get loads of pipey support going county mad
  • Score: 5

9:51am Wed 19 Mar 14

newport2012 says...

Ultimately its JE call on who he keeps for next season but surely this could have been handled better. Why is this still being discussed in the public domain? JE has already discussed it and it should have been put to bed! and if something is going to be issued again like this Shouldn't JE be saying that was my view and its up to Pipe to change my mind by End of season even if he has no intention of keeping him. Not saying he wont change his mind rubbing salt into a wound, causing more uproar with some fans when the county may need to call on pipe for the remainder of season! its one thing pipe being professional but players are emotional creatures this is bound to affect his performances if called upon! Poor story and added petrol to the fire once again!!!
Ultimately its JE call on who he keeps for next season but surely this could have been handled better. Why is this still being discussed in the public domain? JE has already discussed it and it should have been put to bed! and if something is going to be issued again like this Shouldn't JE be saying that was my view and its up to Pipe to change my mind by End of season even if he has no intention of keeping him. Not saying he wont change his mind rubbing salt into a wound, causing more uproar with some fans when the county may need to call on pipe for the remainder of season! its one thing pipe being professional but players are emotional creatures this is bound to affect his performances if called upon! Poor story and added petrol to the fire once again!!! newport2012
  • Score: 9

11:39am Wed 19 Mar 14

kernowkid says...

David Pipe is the heart-beat of the club, he is the one man who gives his all in every game he plays and kicks the backsides of those who don't put in a full shift. Save the Pipe, Captain Fantastic!
David Pipe is the heart-beat of the club, he is the one man who gives his all in every game he plays and kicks the backsides of those who don't put in a full shift. Save the Pipe, Captain Fantastic! kernowkid
  • Score: 6

1:15pm Wed 19 Mar 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

what a stupid statement from JE, totally demotivating Pipey while still accepting that he's more than good enough to get in the team. What the hell is going on at the club.
what a stupid statement from JE, totally demotivating Pipey while still accepting that he's more than good enough to get in the team. What the hell is going on at the club. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 1

2:10pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.
Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Wed 19 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Well if i was Dave Pipe I'd be more interested in spending between now and June looking for another job rather than put myself out for a bloke that clearly didn't want me any more.
Well if i was Dave Pipe I'd be more interested in spending between now and June looking for another job rather than put myself out for a bloke that clearly didn't want me any more. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 3

2:58pm Wed 19 Mar 14

A fan blowing hot says...

What matters now is scoring goals and winning matches in an 11th hour resurrection.

1. Newport County turn form upside down and beat D & G 4 - 3!
2. Next, Aaron O'Connor (who?) plays 15 minutes and scores 2 great goals!
3. Then County (who?) reach the play-offs and dramatically win promotion!
4. Yes, there is a football God. He's named Justin Time Edinburgh!
5. We believe in miracles: Newport County, WOW you sexy thing!

County, turn up on song, and be counted on to perform your very best for every match - just like your loyal fans do for every match home or away! Amen.
What matters now is scoring goals and winning matches in an 11th hour resurrection. 1. Newport County turn form upside down and beat D & G 4 - 3! 2. Next, Aaron O'Connor (who?) plays 15 minutes and scores 2 great goals! 3. Then County (who?) reach the play-offs and dramatically win promotion! 4. Yes, there is a football God. He's named Justin Time Edinburgh! 5. We believe in miracles: Newport County, WOW you sexy thing! County, turn up on song, and be counted on to perform your very best for every match - just like your loyal fans do for every match home or away! Amen. A fan blowing hot
  • Score: 0

3:14pm Wed 19 Mar 14

netala says...

If the Pipe debacle is financial, I may have a solution. get rid of deadwood i.e. Crowe ,Hughes and Porter result money saved on these who don`t contribute can keep a 110% player with true motivating skills. the football we have been playing [ long balls up to someone who is smaller than my bank account} we don't need him, a defender who is skinned by any half decent winger, and a midfield who likes to play across rather than forward.
If the Pipe debacle is financial, I may have a solution. get rid of deadwood i.e. Crowe ,Hughes and Porter result money saved on these who don`t contribute can keep a 110% player with true motivating skills. the football we have been playing [ long balls up to someone who is smaller than my bank account} we don't need him, a defender who is skinned by any half decent winger, and a midfield who likes to play across rather than forward. netala
  • Score: 5

3:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

sooty001 says...

Harps62 wrote:
Very disappointing attitude Justin.
Lets get rid of someone who has his heart 100% County and is playing out of his socks
Its got to be financial and nothing to do with football despite what Pearlman reckons.
Justin will be pleased though that he has got Danny Crowe for another season!!
Think its a shocking decision
Yes right again Harps, if they all gave what Pipe gives then we would not be in the mess we are. What JE is saying is that even if he is man of the match for the remaining games he will still not be here next season, sheer bloody mindedness. And when Tim announces the team tonight and I hear Danny Crow,s name up front I think I will crack up, God knows how he is going to be here next season, the guy needs to lose half a stone then perhaps he would be able to get to all those long balls we keep "hoofing " up the field.
[quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: Very disappointing attitude Justin. Lets get rid of someone who has his heart 100% County and is playing out of his socks Its got to be financial and nothing to do with football despite what Pearlman reckons. Justin will be pleased though that he has got Danny Crowe for another season!! Think its a shocking decision[/p][/quote]Yes right again Harps, if they all gave what Pipe gives then we would not be in the mess we are. What JE is saying is that even if he is man of the match for the remaining games he will still not be here next season, sheer bloody mindedness. And when Tim announces the team tonight and I hear Danny Crow,s name up front I think I will crack up, God knows how he is going to be here next season, the guy needs to lose half a stone then perhaps he would be able to get to all those long balls we keep "hoofing " up the field. sooty001
  • Score: 6

3:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Sooty
To be honest I think a stone off and he would still be overweight.
How JE has not got him on a crash diet heaven knows.
Same goes for Rene Howe as well.
Still looking forward to 19.45 though as we all are.
Everything crossed!!!
Sooty To be honest I think a stone off and he would still be overweight. How JE has not got him on a crash diet heaven knows. Same goes for Rene Howe as well. Still looking forward to 19.45 though as we all are. Everything crossed!!! Harps62
  • Score: 2

4:02pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

netala wrote:
If the Pipe debacle is financial, I may have a solution. get rid of deadwood i.e. Crowe ,Hughes and Porter result money saved on these who don`t contribute can keep a 110% player with true motivating skills. the football we have been playing
What are you talking about,have you been at Grandpa's cough medicine again,anyone would think David Pipe has never played a long ball over the top,never got skinned by anyone or even barged off the ball.
I like Pipey,but he's not Messi thats for sure.
As for your comments on the other 3 players,you need to throw in your CV when the managers job comes up,you clearly know more than him !
[quote][p][bold]netala[/bold] wrote: If the Pipe debacle is financial, I may have a solution. get rid of deadwood i.e. Crowe ,Hughes and Porter result money saved on these who don`t contribute can keep a 110% player with true motivating skills. the football we have been playing [ long balls up to someone who is smaller than my bank account} we don't need him, a defender who is skinned by any half decent winger, and a midfield who likes to play across rather than forward.[/p][/quote]What are you talking about,have you been at Grandpa's cough medicine again,anyone would think David Pipe has never played a long ball over the top,never got skinned by anyone or even barged off the ball. I like Pipey,but he's not Messi thats for sure. As for your comments on the other 3 players,you need to throw in your CV when the managers job comes up,you clearly know more than him ! Clever Trevor
  • Score: -4

4:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

So in JE's very words, David Pipe is
1. a fantastic professional
2. a great servant to me (JE) and to this football club (Newport County)

By this admission, it is clear that the Pipe's problem is definitely not football related. It must therefore be either a financial problem, a personal problem between the two parties or a tactical decision for next season.

If, as declared in the article, Pipe's contract expires at the end of next June, then it has either to be terminated or renewed. JE is steady bound on the first option.

Can it be the case that he is expecting Pipe to reduce his salary for a new contract? Or is JE envisaging to reduce the average age of County's team next season, opting for younger players?

I want to include Flynn in the equation. We are here speaking about 2 experienced and mature players, Pipe and Flynn who always gave their very best for the team but who will be over 30 next season. And what about the complete silence about O'Connor - he is also 30+. To make it clear, if it were for me, I would keep the three of them.
So in JE's very words, David Pipe is 1. a fantastic professional 2. a great servant to me (JE) and to this football club (Newport County) By this admission, it is clear that the Pipe's problem is definitely not football related. It must therefore be either a financial problem, a personal problem between the two parties or a tactical decision for next season. If, as declared in the article, Pipe's contract expires at the end of next June, then it has either to be terminated or renewed. JE is steady bound on the first option. Can it be the case that he is expecting Pipe to reduce his salary for a new contract? Or is JE envisaging to reduce the average age of County's team next season, opting for younger players? I want to include Flynn in the equation. We are here speaking about 2 experienced and mature players, Pipe and Flynn who always gave their very best for the team but who will be over 30 next season. And what about the complete silence about O'Connor - he is also 30+. To make it clear, if it were for me, I would keep the three of them. asrncafc
  • Score: 2

5:01pm Wed 19 Mar 14

llandaff says...

Just remember that according to JE 99.9% of the fans are happy with the way things are!!! Not according to the comments above.

I will say this for the umpteenth time...keep the ball on the floor, pass and pass again and cease the long hoofs up field to nobody in partichlar.

The primary objective is to get the ball into the oppostiiton´s goal.
Just remember that according to JE 99.9% of the fans are happy with the way things are!!! Not according to the comments above. I will say this for the umpteenth time...keep the ball on the floor, pass and pass again and cease the long hoofs up field to nobody in partichlar. The primary objective is to get the ball into the oppostiiton´s goal. llandaff
  • Score: 4

5:08pm Wed 19 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Pipey is going ! Oh strewth !!
O.k. so he's long in the tooth,
But he's fit and he's lean,
No past it has been,
And that is the simple 'bald' truth !!
Pipey is going ! Oh strewth !! O.k. so he's long in the tooth, But he's fit and he's lean, No past it has been, And that is the simple 'bald' truth !! jetspotter
  • Score: 3

6:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Clever Trevor says...

Pipey is mad thats for sure
JE has shown him the door
The gaffer says no,cos he was a Pro
And he knows whats best overall
Pipey is mad thats for sure JE has shown him the door The gaffer says no,cos he was a Pro And he knows whats best overall Clever Trevor
  • Score: -2

2:27am Fri 21 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.
Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games.
I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.[/p][/quote]Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games. I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now. AMBERLING
  • Score: 0

2:27am Fri 21 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.
Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games.
I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.[/p][/quote]Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games. I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now. AMBERLING
  • Score: 0

2:27am Fri 21 Mar 14

AMBERLING says...

Adrian Williams wrote:
Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.
Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games.
I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian Williams[/bold] wrote: Now I've defended JE to the hilt in recent weeks, but I can't agree with him on this one. Pipey did the professional thing the other day and said "I'll play and make him change his mind" which is the correct response you'd want from a professional. (I thought he played really well on Sunday). So for JE to then say on the back of that "I'm not changing my mind" is demotivating for the player and poor man management. Let's imagine a scenario where Pipey goes on to be one of our best performers for the rest of the season - what does JE do then, still release him ? There's a phrase for that - cutting your nose off to spit your face. Part of good management is admitting that you've been wrong sometimes.[/p][/quote]Agree, you don't say publicly that you won't change your mind, it's not good management, neither is being bloody-minded. If the players could summon up as much determination as Pipe, I'm sure we wouldn't be struggling so badly now. Yes he's been caught out and can be reckless in his tackling, which costs us one way or another, but he shows a commitment which some are sadly lacking at times. When there are others who should be shown the door on their poor performance records, makes you wonder why there is no option for a U-turn even if he plays his socks off for the remaining games. I'm sure there will be a few more joining him and Flynn,as this division has sorted out "the men from the boys" for sure, pity JE wasn't a bit more diplomatic, though. Just hope we can keep whatever goes on behind closed doors in check, so we can concentrate on survival now. AMBERLING
  • Score: 0

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