I'll fight for my Exiles future, says skipper David Pipe

HAPPIER TIMES: David Pipe celebrates promotion at Wembley last year

HAPPIER TIMES: David Pipe celebrates promotion at Wembley last year

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NEWPORT County AFC captain David Pipe has vowed to fight for a future at the club, despite being told he is no longer wanted at Rodney Parade.

Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh recently announced that both Pipe and midfielder Mike Flynn would be allowed to leave at the end of the current League Two campaign.

Both players had clauses in their contracts which triggered an extra year when a certain number of appearances were reached.

But Edinburgh said recently that the pair had agreed to waive the clause so they could play through to the end of the campaign.

“It’s a very difficult situation for me. I’m a very proud person. I’m prouder than most and it has hit me hard,” said 30-year-old Pipe, who dismissed rumours of a breakdown in his relationship with Edinburgh.

“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.

“But I would like to make it clear there has been no falling out at all. There’s been so many rumours, saying, ‘he did this’ and ‘he did that.’ “If I do leave, I want to leave in a good fashion. I don’t want people starting rumours that I’m not in the team because I’m unprofessional. I’m the most professional person you will meet both on and off the pitch.”

Pipe returned to the starting XI for County's 1-1 draw with Exeter City on Sunday and he is determined to change the manager's mind between now and the end of the season.

“I’ve used it as a positive, to try to drive myself a bit harder,” said the skipper.

“I’m still here at the moment and I’m trying my best for the club. If I get thrown in the gaffer knows I will do my very best for the team.

“I’ll keep trying to lead the way I have since the first day I got here.

“I’m a fighter. 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.”

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2:37pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Prove him wrong Pipey - prove him wrong. I'd love it if you were at the County next season.
Prove him wrong Pipey - prove him wrong. I'd love it if you were at the County next season. Adrian Williams
  • Score: 8

3:38pm Tue 18 Mar 14

CountyValleyboy says...

You had a great game Saturday!---------10
0% comitment as usual!-----This is one decision that J.E. has got completely wrong i think!-- Prove him wrong Pipey !!!
You had a great game Saturday!---------10 0% comitment as usual!-----This is one decision that J.E. has got completely wrong i think!-- Prove him wrong Pipey !!! CountyValleyboy
  • Score: 5

3:53pm Tue 18 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

On face value it seems a crazy decision to let him go. It would be nice to hear J.Es justification for letting go of a player of Pipe's quality who always gives of his best and is a firm favourite with the fans. Unfortunately, as with so much that goes on behind the scenes, we the fans will probably never get to know the true story.
On face value it seems a crazy decision to let him go. It would be nice to hear J.Es justification for letting go of a player of Pipe's quality who always gives of his best and is a firm favourite with the fans. Unfortunately, as with so much that goes on behind the scenes, we the fans will probably never get to know the true story. jetspotter
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Tue 18 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Having written the above I have just read Michael Pearlman's take on the story. If he genuinely being released for footballing reasons fair enough, J.E. is the boss and he calls the shots. Still seems a mistake to me to be releasing a player of Pipe's quality and experience. Let's hope I'm proved wrong.
Having written the above I have just read Michael Pearlman's take on the story. If he genuinely being released for footballing reasons fair enough, J.E. is the boss and he calls the shots. Still seems a mistake to me to be releasing a player of Pipe's quality and experience. Let's hope I'm proved wrong. jetspotter
  • Score: 1

4:28pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

Top man

After Sundays performance should be first on the team sheet.
If he carries on playing that way for the rest of the season JE would be mad to let him go.
Top man After Sundays performance should be first on the team sheet. If he carries on playing that way for the rest of the season JE would be mad to let him go. Harps62
  • Score: 5

6:50pm Tue 18 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

im wondering.....

could all the unusual un edinburgh like events be a double bluff from our manager , who has played reverse psychology before

1. could playing crap for 14 games be a clever ruse to lull our rivals into thinking we are playing rubbish before unleashing the ultimate run of 10 league wins on the trot????

2. threating to cancel the contracts of mike flynn and david pipe- could this be another ploy to get the best out of his experienced players????

remember grimspy in the league last year when we lost 3-0 away before triumphing in the play off semi finals .......... mmmmmm
im wondering..... could all the unusual un edinburgh like events be a double bluff from our manager , who has played reverse psychology before 1. could playing crap for 14 games be a clever ruse to lull our rivals into thinking we are playing rubbish before unleashing the ultimate run of 10 league wins on the trot???? 2. threating to cancel the contracts of mike flynn and david pipe- could this be another ploy to get the best out of his experienced players???? remember grimspy in the league last year when we lost 3-0 away before triumphing in the play off semi finals .......... mmmmmm COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 1

6:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mikencf says...

in my opinion we can,t afford to get rid of him. his precense on the pitch is incredible and nobody gets the fans going like pipey. Im not naming names but pipey showed more passion for the club sunday than 3 or 4 certain players have for months.
in my opinion we can,t afford to get rid of him. his precense on the pitch is incredible and nobody gets the fans going like pipey. Im not naming names but pipey showed more passion for the club sunday than 3 or 4 certain players have for months. mikencf
  • Score: 2

7:04pm Tue 18 Mar 14

welshmen says...

JE, keep David Pipe he fights for the team every time he plays....
JE, keep David Pipe he fights for the team every time he plays.... welshmen
  • Score: 2

7:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

great attitude as usual, whatever happens,all the best Pipey!
great attitude as usual, whatever happens,all the best Pipey! lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 2

7:45pm Tue 18 Mar 14

netala says...

Justin you must be bonkers if you think letting David Pipe go is a sensible option. that man as led by example every time he as graced the field. if you had another four half as dedicated as him, you could let the other deadwood go with a clear conscience. for candidates just look at our defence since Christmas. let`s start a campaign, and abolish Christmas. obviously Too much turkey
Justin you must be bonkers if you think letting David Pipe go is a sensible option. that man as led by example every time he as graced the field. if you had another four half as dedicated as him, you could let the other deadwood go with a clear conscience. for candidates just look at our defence since Christmas. let`s start a campaign, and abolish Christmas. obviously Too much turkey netala
  • Score: 1

7:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

jetspotter says...

Or too many turkeys !!
Or too many turkeys !! jetspotter
  • Score: 1

9:13pm Tue 18 Mar 14

ncfcr says...

I can only agree with the comments above. If the reasons are football related I worry for the managers sanity in all honesty. I think the more likely reason is that Pipe is on a good wage and JE thinks that he can get more value in more influential positions on the park, but that's not purely football - that's primarily finance.

I can't believe we're honestly thinking of letting him go. Pipe is obviously going to say there's been no falling out, saying anything else will mean absolutely no chance of changing JE's mind.

This is probably the first decision that JE has not had my support on - you've got it seriously wrong if you're reading.
I can only agree with the comments above. If the reasons are football related I worry for the managers sanity in all honesty. I think the more likely reason is that Pipe is on a good wage and JE thinks that he can get more value in more influential positions on the park, but that's not purely football - that's primarily finance. I can't believe we're honestly thinking of letting him go. Pipe is obviously going to say there's been no falling out, saying anything else will mean absolutely no chance of changing JE's mind. This is probably the first decision that JE has not had my support on - you've got it seriously wrong if you're reading. ncfcr
  • Score: 1

9:52pm Tue 18 Mar 14

emlynkide says...

i only hope its all a rue just so there will be a new contract drawn up, for both players
i only hope its all a rue just so there will be a new contract drawn up, for both players emlynkide
  • Score: 2

11:12pm Tue 18 Mar 14

alritebutt says...

Crazy to get rid of pipey, shows 100% commitment, gets about and has a good touch,minshull's first touch is a pass and i've seen cheese turn quicker,j.e open ur eyes.
Crazy to get rid of pipey, shows 100% commitment, gets about and has a good touch,minshull's first touch is a pass and i've seen cheese turn quicker,j.e open ur eyes. alritebutt
  • Score: 1

7:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

Brat1965 says...

It's a pity that cloning is not scientifically available as yet, otherwise we would be turning out Pipey's by the ton! He was 'magic' last Sunday. Please JE, reconsider...or at least, think about it.
It's a pity that cloning is not scientifically available as yet, otherwise we would be turning out Pipey's by the ton! He was 'magic' last Sunday. Please JE, reconsider...or at least, think about it. Brat1965
  • Score: 1

12:47pm Wed 19 Mar 14

bodffordd says...

I don't know if J E reads our comments, if he does, he will see that I, for what it's worth have given him 100% backing in all his decisions. He's the boss, and not only that a very good and wise boss, I honestly believe with all of my heart, that he will get it right on how to play Division 2 football next season, and we will not only get to the play-offs then, but automatic promotion (you heard it here first) BUT, I don't for the life of me understand how not renewing David Pipes contract is football related, I'm sorry but it cant be, just cant be! Ok so he's not a'n international player any more, but for goodness sake, in the league, and standard of football we play in, he is more than good enough, OK so he wont play for Real Madrid, or Barcelona Liverpool or Man United, (well ok maybe Man Utd) but for us more than good enough.
J E have a quiet time alone to fully work it out, try not to be influenced by anybody else, then by the man you are and readjust your thoughts, alter your ways, be strong in your new found hope in Pipey, and believe you me Newport County fans young and old will forgive you, and support you...together we will dream of great things for this wonderful club of ours. I HOPE HE IS IN THE TEAM TONIGHT!!
I don't know if J E reads our comments, if he does, he will see that I, for what it's worth have given him 100% backing in all his decisions. He's the boss, and not only that a very good and wise boss, I honestly believe with all of my heart, that he will get it right on how to play Division 2 football next season, and we will not only get to the play-offs then, but automatic promotion (you heard it here first) BUT, I don't for the life of me understand how not renewing David Pipes contract is football related, I'm sorry but it cant be, just cant be! Ok so he's not a'n international player any more, but for goodness sake, in the league, and standard of football we play in, he is more than good enough, OK so he wont play for Real Madrid, or Barcelona Liverpool or Man United, (well ok maybe Man Utd) but for us more than good enough. J E have a quiet time alone to fully work it out, try not to be influenced by anybody else, then by the man you are and readjust your thoughts, alter your ways, be strong in your new found hope in Pipey, and believe you me Newport County fans young and old will forgive you, and support you...together we will dream of great things for this wonderful club of ours. I HOPE HE IS IN THE TEAM TONIGHT!! bodffordd
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Wed 19 Mar 14

County says...

Oh yes well done brilliant captaincy tonight. Never mind turkey, headless chicken is springing to my mind.
Oh yes well done brilliant captaincy tonight. Never mind turkey, headless chicken is springing to my mind. County
  • Score: 0

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