Former QPR, Coventry City, Fulham, AFC Bournemouth and Cambridge Utd midfielder John Beck was a superb footballer – according to Huddersfield Town & Lincoln legend Big Colin Alcide – so it is wrong for the papers to slate his appointment as an FA coach due to his long-ball tactics as a manager. So says legendary Imp Colin Alcide who took him from obscurity at Emley for £15,000 in December 1995 by Beck in the The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
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Following his appointment by the FA to a Level 2 and UEFA B coaching role, John has been pigeon-holed by the red tops and broadsheets alike based on stories and tactics from 20 years ago that fly in the face of his superb technique and vision. I saw him as a lad at QPR with my late father operating within the passing midfield of QPR, before he moved to Fulham and Bournemouth. Yes he might have make a few shudder at Lincoln but as the first to use icebaths in English football he was ahead of his time.
According to big Colin Alcide.
“The other interesting thing was that while his tactics might have been predominantly long passing, he had fantastic technical ability from his times as a player (with QPR, Coventry, Fulham, Bournemouth and Cambridge). Some of the things he could do were amazing.”
Colin’s full interview in The Huddersfield Daily Examiner is HERE
Despite a leg injury that will see him miss the start of the season, Leeds United, Hull City, Crystal Palace Leicester City, Middlesbrough FC and Crystal Palace are in for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who is now a free agent after his release from Wolves. Norwich City free agent Vaughan is also up for grabs and Crystal Palace have bid £4 million for Blackpool FC winger Tom Ince. Hull are strengthening their muscles with former Imp Jack Hobbs set to move to Birmingham in exchange for Curtis Davies as well as a move for SEB and Pennant.
hold on to your hats the agents are greasing the grapevine, grenades and all, oh lordy lordy its Joyous June oh month of rumour……………
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s representative, is said to be already in discussions with Middlesbrough and Leicester, although Leeds are yet to formalise an approach given Noel Hunt is fit well, raring to go and already known by McDermott through the Reading connection. As for Ince junior, Blackpool will want substantially more for one of the games most exciting and emerging talents, although seasoned but evergreen Jermaine Pennant will cost substantially less. Hull City chase him and monitor the Ebanks-Blake situation with baited breath. Jermaine is a free agent although Stoke may come back with a one year deal for the well travelled winger who would make a terrific Thomas Cook rep. Settled Steve Bruce is looking to offer a much longer deal, now he has been given ambitious assurances that have killed any overtures for his services from Wigan. That said free agents, such as Jermaine and West Ham’s Gary O’Neill are still very much on the wish list of an under-rated clever manager who could peel an orange in his pocket and not offer nor waste a drop.
Pearson of Leicester City has also needed to be frugal at a club that now looks set to challenge. Gone are the forks in the Foxes sugar bowls with them being linked left right and centre. Looking to strengthen all over, experience and firepower are on the menu and an avenue for winger Lloyd Dyer to ensure he is not tempted by the bright lights of London club QPR. A move for Ebanks-Blake and the experienced Matthew Upson (loan Keane is now back at Man Utd remember) could help show some ambition, as could a season long loan for Villa midfielder Barry Bannan. Another forward in the form of a permanent deal for Canary striker James Vaughan is doing the rounds. The Foxes will face competition from Leeds United for SEB and Upson, whilst Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday are both interested in Vaughan. He banged in 14 goals whilst on loan at the Terriers last term and after survival they will be looking to more than make up the Championship numbers.
Nat Brown has been told he can now leave on a free transfer despite having a year left on his contract. Question is will this alert The Spireites after their interest cooled or could he end up joining someone nearer home. Mansfield or York may also step in for the popular ex-Imp, who was a hero at either end for the Silkmen.
At 30, Nat Brown still has plenty to offer and is certainly good enough for League 1 or League 2 as ex-Imp Scott Kerr at newly promoted York would attest. He is the sort of brave talismanic figure a side needs and his presence in either box has seen him pop up at vital moments with heroic results. Brown was an unsung hero at the Imps and always gave it his all after joining us from Huddersfield.
He enjoyed play-off success with the Terriers in 2003/04 and did well at the Imps under KA, who resigned him at Macclesfield. A wrist injury saw him drop down Schofield’s pecking order before Jacko agreed a by mutual consent deal that allowed him to move to Wrexham in June 2008. He was the life and soul at Macclesfield under Keith Alexander and then Simmo.
If the raffle went well or Gowling were to leave Nat would be someone we could really use next season. His spirit alone keeps a dressing room bubbling and his wage demands would not be huge.
|Full name||Nathaniel Brown|
|Date of birth||15 June 1981 (age 30)|
|Place of birth||Sheffield, England|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Position||11 st 9lb (73.92kg)|
|Position: defender / forward|
|Current club||Macclesfield Town|
|Senior career (Lge & Cup)|
|2008–2009||Macclesfield Town (loan)||33||(6)|