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Lucas Departs

David Lucas has left Birmingham City to join League Two side Fleetwood Town on undisclosed terms.

The keeper, who signed a one year contract in the summer has been made goalkeeper coach of the Lancashire side, a position he formerly held at Preston North End.

Thirty-five year old Lucas made only one appearance for Birmingham City, in the League Cup 1st round against Barnet. His departure means Academy prospect Nick Townsend becomes third choice keeper at Blues for the short term at least.

Edit: 18:45 January 1

Now confirmed by the official site – Nick Townsend given number 37.

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57 Responses to “Lucas Departs”

  • Mickey07 says:

    Let me know when pannu and yeung feck off.

  • Ade says:

    Can you tell him to take lee Clark and his team with him!

  • Art Watson says:

    It could be that Clark is reshuffling his backroom staff or clearing out deadwood off the payroll ?

    He probably needs to free up some savings and Lucas is an easy choice.

  • Chris Smith says:

    Shouldn’t Townsend have been 3rd choice from the start? Or was Lucas there as a stop gap to getting a goal keeping coach?

    • almajir says:

      No, I think Townsend wasn’t nearly good enough at the start of the season. Things have changed and he’s good enough now.

  • Ade says:

    I’m a steward down the blues and I can’t even bare to go down there it’s so demoralising

  • KeepRightcroydOn says:

    What implications does this have on our goalkeeper situation? Surely we can’t sell Butland now because that will leave very inexperienced Townsend as back up to Doyle. So does this mean Butland less likely to be sold. My guess is he’ll still.be sold at the end of the month with LC month bringing in a free transfer ir transfer as understudy to Doyle.
    Though I think LC will try to make a case to PP to hold on to Butland and move on some of the older experienced high earners who are under performing. But will PP buy that?

  • Ade says:

    2 keepers will be enough for league 1 !

  • Berkshire Blue says:

    This and the return of Ben Gordon to Chelsea are good moves I think – moving fringe players on and saving wages. Clark would clearly prefer to keep the younger players with potential and move on some of the more expensive older players if needs must, whether that is achievable or not we will see.

  • For christ sake Im not bothered about a third rate keeper I just want these hong kong dickheads out and this pratt of a manager wIth them.

  • Blueboy88 says:

    Why are we getting all these injuries ?

    Shit training methods or bad luck ?

  • Oldbluenose says:

    Berkshires thoughts are interesting, ?. Only worry I have is just how threadbare we are already, !!.

    Still, !!. If we can move out people like Gordon and lucas, then there is a strong chance that if an odd loan is neccesary, ?.

    Almajir;, When does carr’s contract end, ?. He was absolutely great for us, but it is now time for his retirement surely, !!.

    • TonyB says:

      I believe contract runs out at end of season. Can’t see any way it will be renewed unless it’s for a different role – coach, scout, etc.

  • Evesham blue says:

    Seem to be picking up far too many injuries. We are in relegation battle now and we don’t have a big enough squad with the quality to cope with the injuries either. This will only get worse. The luck never seems to go your way down at the bottom. Another valiant display but no reward when the odds were against us.

    It’s looking grim. If we can somehow avoid the drop this year that is are only hope but even Peterborough are picking up points now with Only Barnsley looking gone.

    Relegation will mean no 8m parachute pyt which will spell certain admin. Surely Zig can’t still hang around then? Surely PP & CY could see this possible scenario? They will have nothing if we go down. Should have cut their losses and run.

    How on earth can a football club be run with when there is no cash flow from the owner? Then another further delay for 6 months. Do they think we are stupid? They are not doing the right thing for the club else they would be gone now…

    Relegation is the only way we are getting rid of these owners?

    • Ade says:

      I hate to say it but maybe admin may be the best solution?

      • almajir says:

        It’s not. Believe me, it’s not.

        • Blueboy88 says:

          You;ve said that before…but outside the 10pt deduction (which granted is a biggy)
          what are the other major issues ?

          I would assume it would then be easier to find an investor in administration ?
          Indeed it is probable that is what certain parties are now waiting for .

          • Julian Glass says:

            To come out of Admin the new owner would have to pay the outstanding ‘ footballing’ debts plus take on an acceptable CVA to trade and otherwise secured creditors. Do we know if BIH and CY loans are secured?

            I hope potential buyers waiting for Admin are prepared to accept an reasonable CVA otherwise it’s liquidation

        • Chris Smith says:

          if blues avoid admin this year, how much do they get in their next parachute payment and would it be enough to pay all the non player related bills?

    • Paul Carter - The Voice Of Reason says:

      How on earth can a football club be run with when there is no cash flow from the owner?

      What about cash flow from our fans?

      14000 today if you minus Cardiffs support.

      Took a few thou less than that to Brugge.

    • Blue Steve says:

      I to find this confusing. PP and CY are gambling again that we are not relegated (Just like they were that we would go up last season). They should cut their losses and sell up, If we are relegated next season its administration and they will get big fat ZERO. KRO.

      • chris says:

        For me they seem to applying a massive dose of brinkmanship and it’s all on Yeung being found not guilty and his money returned and to then continue as owner.
        The gamble is worth it (in his eyes) because if he is found guilty he has probabaly lost everything anyway.
        Trouble is for Blues that by the time the case starts in April, we may already be down.

    • Julian Glass says:

      From what I’ve read about the PL parachute payment it follies you through the Football League. You only forgo it on return to that league. Can anyone confirm my understanding?

      • almajir says:

        Yup, you’re wrong.

        You get relegated from the Championship, you lose it – like Portsmouth did last season.

        • BhamCityJulian says:

          I refer you to @Pompeys12thMan timeline where he states that that Portsmouth have not lost their PL parachute payments.

          • almajir says:

            In the press coverage prior to the drop the press made out that Portsmouth would lose parachute payments.

            Now, either the rules have changed or the press have got it wrong – I accept that I’ve got it wrong.

            One thing though – this partly comes about due to the fact the FL don’t answer questions on this sort of thing. Trying to get hold of anyone at the FL is a nightmare…

  • These injuries are a godsend to this inept idiot of a manager, he can blame them for results, people should reember he was useless with a fully fit squad

    • Evesham blue says:

      Funny isn’t it that the heat has gone off LC and you even get slated for daring to accuse him nowadays of being inept. Get told to feck off for being too negative.

      I’m struggling to see any hope!

      As for cutting costs. How about offloading diop? He has been great value for money. Another quality signing from LC. Gordon gone back as we’ll. What do they do? Give another academy player a squad number.

  • macca salop blue says:

    So who is our goalkeeping coach now? I thought it was Lucas but I maybe wrong. If it was Lucas then surely we need a replacement and quickly otherwise Butland ain’t going to hang around without a proper keeper coach.

  • Ade says:

    We need to put lark and his gang on gardening leave and get Steve Carr in as caretaker manager

    • Ade says:

      Clark sorry

    • almajir says:

      Oh dear lord, not this nonsense again.

      a) the bloke has no coaching badges
      b) the bloke isn’t interested in coaching

      and, most importantly, c) we can’t afford to sack Clark.

      • Ade says:

        Shall we leave Clark in charge then and get relegated then no one will buy the club ,then it’s bye bye to the blues

        • Evesham blue says:

          Lol. PP gave LC his backing before he fecked off back to HK

        • dazabcfc says:

          OK imagine you wake up today and put sky sports on to see the ‘breaking news’ that Lee Clark has been sacked. Tell me who you would appoint as next manager. Remember you would need to ‘sell’ the club to him.

  • Gary R says:

    Almajir – do you think we’ll need to bring in another GK? Knowing our luck we’ll lose a GK next due to injury. I’m talking on the basis that Butland is sold. Having only two GK’s in the whole club, and one being a youth who’s not played or even been on the bench for the first team is pushing it, isn’t it?

    • chris says:

      I’m sure if Butland goes a keeper will come in on loan, plus you can always get an emergency loan for a goalkeeper even outside the window as it’s a specialised position.

    • TonyB says:

      Must be a decent chance that if we sell JB he’ll stay on as loanee to continue learning.

  • skareggae72 says:

    The ever strengthening aroma of oxy 10 must be drifting through the dressing rooms at the moment,a bit like the late 80,s & look what happened to us then.
    You can see it now,Fry,director of football at Peterborough despatching us to oblivion in lge 1.

  • RichardM says:

    Who cares about David Lucas? I live in the North West and don’t get many chances to see the Blues but today was one of them. Why no article on the Cardiff game which saw a very young and spirited Blues side make Cardiff look very ordinary? If that’s the best the championship has to throw at us then I’m feeling far more confident about staying up. Full marks to the Blues today and Lee Clarke, playing with no recognised strikers we pushed Cardiff onto the back foot for most of the game, I thought Morrison, Redmond (1st half at least) and Hall were brilliant today, and it’s a compliment to how well Blues played that Cardiff played deeper and deeper second half and decided to park the bus. Very unlucky today Blues, Cardiff got the bounce of the ball and we didn’t – otherwise we could be celebrating a victory tonight.

    • almajir says:

      Richard – patience…

      I like to have a think (and some times to rationalise and calm down) before I write match reports.

      It’ll be up around midnight.

  • RichardM says:

    Sorry Almajir, just so much negativity on this site sometimes, even when we play well no one’s bloody happy…

    • almajir says:

      Not just here my friend…

    • Blues girl says:

      Richard I thoroughly agree.Went to the game today expecting a torrid time but thought the whole team put in a really valiant performance,winning most of the 50/50’s and never giving up and the difference in points between the two teams in the division weren’t evident.We simply didn’t have that final finish but played some nice football.If we’d had King I think we could have taken the 3 points which was most definitely deserved.Well done boys,you made the league leaders look very ordinary and were very unlucky.Special mention for Gomis who I thought played very well!

  • prewarblue says:

    Among my little group I,m the one who,s the most negative regarding players and games,,,,,Admitted I dont go to games now due to ill heal;th and finances, but to knock the team after todays efforts is the height of stupidity,,,,,,,they were robbed of the draw by a slice of bad luck [ theres plenty of that at St Andrews right now with injurys ],,,,,, I follow blues on the radio and there was NOTHING negative about them today only positive action,,,,,,the team deserves credit for the way they played not criticism,,,,,,,save that for the board and the people who have put us in this mess

  • Ryan says:

    I think this is a clever move, he was never going to be more than no. 3 and frees up a wage that could go on a keeper who will contend for no 1. Of course thats if/when Butland departs.

  • jazzzy786 says:

    We’ll go down and these idiots in charge will get nothing. In one respect I hope this happens as these wankers deserve to suffer. Thoroughly depressed with the whole thing. Relegation may be the quickest way to getting new owners.

  • Letsby Avenue says:

    It’s crumbs land isn’t it :-)

    Still, every little crumb counts at the moment.
    Carr and possibly Murphy should now be off a full wage, and be being paid by our insurers—it’s 3 months isn’t it.??

    More crumbs, along with Lucas crumbs. Possibly no renewal for Papa crumbs.
    We won’t have a feast, but I think by February 1st we may have a picnic with a small loaf.

    :-)


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