Edinburgh lays down challenge to unwanted duo

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NEWPORT County manager Justin Edinburgh has challenged defender David Pipe and midfielder Mike Flynn to “prove me wrong,” after telling the duo they will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

As exclusively revealed by Argus Sport yesterday, both players were five appearances away from triggering clauses in their contracts that would have them offered an automatic extension for next season.

However, the duo have been somewhat on the periphery this season and boss Edinburgh informed the players last week that they weren’t going to be kept beyond May.

He asked both players to remove the clause in their deals regarding terms for next season in order to keep them available for selection this term and both have agreed.

However, while praising their professionalism, Edinburgh also made clear he doesn’t expect either player to be complaining or feeling sorry for themselves in one of his frankest interviews to date.

“I believe Pipey has told one or two of the supporters that he isn’t happy and I understand that, but as far as I am concerned, we all have to move on now and get on with our jobs now,” he said.

“I know where the rumours came from to get this story started (Newport fans were speculating the club had told Edinburgh he couldn’t pick a number of first team players) and unfortunately, it’s our own dressing room this time and I don’t expect to hear any more of that.

“I can’t have it and I expect Flynn and Pipe to still play a part for us this season. It’s up to them to prove me wrong if they want to stay.

“But the fact is, we are looking ahead to next season and I’ve had to make tough choices. It’s very similar, the conversation I had with Flynn, to the chat I had with Tony James earlier this season.

“They’ve both been absolutely vital players for us, local boys who helped the club to get promoted, but in terms of what is left in their legs, they are coming towards the end.

“It’s not a nice chat to have, but we have to think about the future.”

Edinburgh insists where Pipe is concerned, it is simply about his personal call as manager.

“This season, Ryan Jackson has really impressed everyone and we are talking to him about extending his deal,” he said.

“I can’t promise Pipey a start and that’s about it really. It’s a football decision and while I appreciate some people won’t agree with me, I am the one who lives and dies by results and I’ve got to think carefully about my squad for next season.

“David was upset, but we need every player in the squad now to be focused on the task in hand.”

Edinburgh is pleased the matter is now resolved.

“Both players have agreed to take the clause out of their contracts so they are very much in my plans and could both start on Saturday if that’s what we decide is best,” he said.

“And the rumours about any other players not being picked are nonsense.

“Tom Naylor isn’t even our player and Danny Crow is already contracted for next season.

“Everyone is available apart from the injured ones, so that is that really.”

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11:04am Thu 27 Feb 14

ncfcr says...

I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help?

Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related.
I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help? Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related. ncfcr
  • Score: 5

11:20am Thu 27 Feb 14

ohc says...

Danny Crow contracted for another year. Now thats good news
Danny Crow contracted for another year. Now thats good news ohc
  • Score: -2

11:28am Thu 27 Feb 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

ncfcr wrote:
I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help?

Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related.
Agree with every point you make, what the hell is going on?
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help? Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related.[/p][/quote]Agree with every point you make, what the hell is going on? lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 0

11:45am Thu 27 Feb 14

Harps62 says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
ncfcr wrote:
I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help?

Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related.
Agree with every point you make, what the hell is going on?
So Ryan Jackson has impressed so much Justin?
That comment is spot on so why has he been continually left out of the team.
This is a total joke and nothing to do with Pipey being told he is not wanted.
Danny Crowe got another year with us. Who thought that was a good idea?
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: I'm not one to doubt the manager usually, but if Ryan Jackson has really impressed, would it not be possible to let us know why he isn't featuring? We don't seem to have much of a cutting edge at the minute and off-ball movement up top has been non-existent; can we not use Wilmott further forward in his more natural position which might help? Also, I don't agree with the decision to release either Pipe or Flynn. With James not featuring either, we have no leaders out there at the moment. My guess is that it isn't football related.[/p][/quote]Agree with every point you make, what the hell is going on?[/p][/quote]So Ryan Jackson has impressed so much Justin? That comment is spot on so why has he been continually left out of the team. This is a total joke and nothing to do with Pipey being told he is not wanted. Danny Crowe got another year with us. Who thought that was a good idea? Harps62
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Thu 27 Feb 14

NakedDancer says...

I like Pipe and Flynn but understand JE is making space in the squad for next season and thats his call to make these hard decisions and assist with the financial constraints in the club. There will be others cut at the end of the season. The manager stands and falls by those decisions and JE mostly gets it right with the players he brings in.

The lesson here is not to put those automatic renewal clauses in contracts. Footballers, like anyone else, have commitments and families to support. You can understand the upset of anyone (Pipe in this case) agreeing a contract on one basis and the rug being pulled through no fault of their own - then he's being asked to play on to the maximum of his ability in an underperforming side. I know football at this level has serious financial pressures but moral obligations still need to be applied or falling morale will quickly spread through the squad. Please lets not have these clauses in future.

As for Jackson - no-one can fathom why he's not playing.
I like Pipe and Flynn but understand JE is making space in the squad for next season and thats his call to make these hard decisions and assist with the financial constraints in the club. There will be others cut at the end of the season. The manager stands and falls by those decisions and JE mostly gets it right with the players he brings in. The lesson here is not to put those automatic renewal clauses in contracts. Footballers, like anyone else, have commitments and families to support. You can understand the upset of anyone (Pipe in this case) agreeing a contract on one basis and the rug being pulled through no fault of their own - then he's being asked to play on to the maximum of his ability in an underperforming side. I know football at this level has serious financial pressures but moral obligations still need to be applied or falling morale will quickly spread through the squad. Please lets not have these clauses in future. As for Jackson - no-one can fathom why he's not playing. NakedDancer
  • Score: 3

1:10pm Thu 27 Feb 14

andy83 says...

If anyone's leaving it should be Danny crow he bragged how out of shape he was in pre season and hasn't looked fit up to now ok he's scored a few lucky goals but he can't run with the ball if he was to run he would end up falling over his own feet
If anyone's leaving it should be Danny crow he bragged how out of shape he was in pre season and hasn't looked fit up to now ok he's scored a few lucky goals but he can't run with the ball if he was to run he would end up falling over his own feet andy83
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Thu 27 Feb 14

jetspotter says...

The problem here is accountability. Because the machinations going on behind the scenes are opaque the paying supporters, the lifeblood of the club, are bound to speculate about what's really going on. When we see the team playing good constructive adhesive football one match only for a different squad to be picked for the following game it is no wonder we shake our heads in disbelief. Of course there needs to be some squad rotation but what we are seeing makes no sense. Accountability and total transparency are the only way to stop rumours and divisiveness undermining the whole structure. As long as the paying supporters are fobbed off with half-truths and lame excuses discord will prevail and the club will fail to thrive. Tell the truth, however unpalatable, and shame the devil !
The problem here is accountability. Because the machinations going on behind the scenes are opaque the paying supporters, the lifeblood of the club, are bound to speculate about what's really going on. When we see the team playing good constructive adhesive football one match only for a different squad to be picked for the following game it is no wonder we shake our heads in disbelief. Of course there needs to be some squad rotation but what we are seeing makes no sense. Accountability and total transparency are the only way to stop rumours and divisiveness undermining the whole structure. As long as the paying supporters are fobbed off with half-truths and lame excuses discord will prevail and the club will fail to thrive. Tell the truth, however unpalatable, and shame the devil ! jetspotter
  • Score: 1

5:19pm Thu 27 Feb 14

NakedDancer says...

Rotation is a red herring. After a decent performance against Oxford (at least first half) there was only 1 change for the Cheltenham match (Hughes for Pipe) - but a poor performance. Only 3 understandable changes for Wimbledon (Worley returning from suspension for Hughes, Porter/Jolley replaced Minshull/Howe) ...but an even worse performance. There's something more fundamental wrong.
Rotation is a red herring. After a decent performance against Oxford (at least first half) there was only 1 change for the Cheltenham match (Hughes for Pipe) - but a poor performance. Only 3 understandable changes for Wimbledon (Worley returning from suspension for Hughes, Porter/Jolley replaced Minshull/Howe) ...but an even worse performance. There's something more fundamental wrong. NakedDancer
  • Score: -1

8:50pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Tony Soprano says...

Danny Crow already contracted for next season? WOW how inspiring is that?? :( as for Ryan Jackson, I've heard that we have to pay Macclesfield a chunk of cash if he makes many more appearances for us which we obviously don't have so that would explain why he's getting splinters in his backside on the bench.
Danny Crow already contracted for next season? WOW how inspiring is that?? :( as for Ryan Jackson, I've heard that we have to pay Macclesfield a chunk of cash if he makes many more appearances for us which we obviously don't have so that would explain why he's getting splinters in his backside on the bench. Tony Soprano
  • Score: 0

2:18am Fri 28 Feb 14

sooty001 says...

jetspotter wrote:
The problem here is accountability. Because the machinations going on behind the scenes are opaque the paying supporters, the lifeblood of the club, are bound to speculate about what's really going on. When we see the team playing good constructive adhesive football one match only for a different squad to be picked for the following game it is no wonder we shake our heads in disbelief. Of course there needs to be some squad rotation but what we are seeing makes no sense. Accountability and total transparency are the only way to stop rumours and divisiveness undermining the whole structure. As long as the paying supporters are fobbed off with half-truths and lame excuses discord will prevail and the club will fail to thrive. Tell the truth, however unpalatable, and shame the devil !
Could not agree with you more jetspotter, they treat the supporters like mushrooms, and then wonder why the rumours are flying around,and don't even get me started on the JE quote " I'm impressed with Ryan Jackson "
[quote][p][bold]jetspotter[/bold] wrote: The problem here is accountability. Because the machinations going on behind the scenes are opaque the paying supporters, the lifeblood of the club, are bound to speculate about what's really going on. When we see the team playing good constructive adhesive football one match only for a different squad to be picked for the following game it is no wonder we shake our heads in disbelief. Of course there needs to be some squad rotation but what we are seeing makes no sense. Accountability and total transparency are the only way to stop rumours and divisiveness undermining the whole structure. As long as the paying supporters are fobbed off with half-truths and lame excuses discord will prevail and the club will fail to thrive. Tell the truth, however unpalatable, and shame the devil ![/p][/quote]Could not agree with you more jetspotter, they treat the supporters like mushrooms, and then wonder why the rumours are flying around,and don't even get me started on the JE quote " I'm impressed with Ryan Jackson " sooty001
  • Score: 0

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