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Are Leeds, Reading,Ipswich & Palace Picking Jackett’s Pocket

Wolverhampton Wanderers star  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is being targeted by Crystal Palace, Leeds United , Reading FC and Ipswich Town, making for an interesting first day for Kenny Jackett. Jackett’s pocket is rarely picked but Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is a talented but expensive free agent on June 30th so he will be unlikely to stay.  With Adam Le Fondre, aka ALF, already the centre of much attention and therefore costing money The Royals and Leeds could be competing on the same side of the negotiating table over SEB.

Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Our dark horse for the job almost a month back Kenny Jackett is definitely the man for the revival, as his time at Millwall proved. Wolves have suffered the post Premiership free-fall that can set a club into terminal decline, but the owners have an ambitious, yet humble and modest, manager who just needed the platform and cash a club of this stature can provide. He can rebuild wisely and emulate Norwich’s back-to-back promotion feat. A shrewd move for play-maker Richie Wellens, coming to the end of his Leicester career, could get the new midfield clicking.

Jackett will need the owners to come good, given he will need to shift some of the dead wood and that will certainly cost some money on its own.  Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes into that category, at 27,  any move for him is good news even though he is a free agent His 4 and a half year contract, signed in 2008, has become a burden that Jackett will certainly be able to utilise elsewhere. Indeed on previous experience he could probably get half a team.

The overtures of Palace, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Reading FC and Ipswich Town will hardly be seen as vultures to the incoming manager, who will want horses for courses  in League 1, a place where many a thoroughbred has been cut down to size.  Mick McCarthy, meanwhile, is now at Ipswich and has to be a favourite. He was the former manager, who gave Sylvan his current deal, plucked him from Plymouth obscurity (plus £1.5m) and made him the goal machine he can be at Championship level. Mr McCarthy will also be able to impress that Palace and the requirements of the Premiership may not be the path he should tread. The striker got just one goal in the Premiership under him, but plundered 25 in the Championship the season before and 23 in 2007/8 split between Plymouth and Wolves.

STMI Biopic
Full name Sylvan Augustus Ebanks-Blake
Date of birth 29 March 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth Cambridge,
Height/Weight 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 13st 2lb (83.45kg)
Playing position Striker
Contracted Until June 30 2013
Current club Wolverhampton Wanderers
Number 9
Youth career
1999–2002 Cambridge United
2002–2004 Manchester United
Senior Stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2004–2006 Manchester United 0 (0)
2005–2006 Royal Antwerp (loan) 9 (4)
2006–2008 Plymouth Argyle 74 (23)
2008–2013 Wolverhampton Wanderers 193 (64)
International
2008 England U21

Gateshead Sign Quality Striker

Ex Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Northampton Town and Lincoln City striker Colin Larkin. has joined Gateshead.  The free agent, who bagged 8 from 13 starts in a struggling side last term, still has plenty about him, at 31, to do a job at BSP level.  His touch,link up play and finishing is first rate. He also doesn’t miss from the spot.

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The no-nonsense Monkey-Hanger  – not goal hanger –  bagged  26 goals in 66 Stags starts, after being signed for £125,000 from Wolves. Colin had also enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers where he notched 7 in 35 games, as a babe in boots, to show he could punch above his weight against bigger and more experienced adversaries.

He has a knack of scoring on his debut which stretches back to his bow for Wolves in the League Cup, where he came from the bench as a starry eyed 17 year-old youth trainee.   The Stags released him on a free in June 2005 so that he could join up with League 1 Chesterfield.  He plied his trade at the crooked church club for two seasons bagging a not too unlucky 13 from 88 appearances in all competitions.

League 1 Northampton nabbed him on a free in June 2007, offering him another two year deal, where he scored 5 goals from 61 appearances.  The free agent has spent the last three seasons at League 1 Hartlepool aka the Monkey-hangers (they hung a monkey in the town square as a French spy during the Napoleonic war and have Angus the Monkey as a mascot) but was released after getting just 4 goals in 54 appearances.

League 1 was a step too far for Colin, but the Blue Square was a happy hunting ground for the Irish terrier last season.  He only started 13 games (16 sub) but showed technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. At just 5′ 9″ he was not going to win a lot in the air, but he took his chances when they came including a brace and a hat-trick.

Sq No NAME Starts Sub Mins Goals Shots Assists Fouls Fouled YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 16 1362 8 35 1 6 13 1 0
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Colin Larkin
DATE OF BIRTH April 27, 1982 (age 30)
PLACE OF BIRTH Dundalk, Ireland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)/10st (63.49kg)
POSITION SQ NO. Striker Number 34
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)

 

Doncaster, Wolves, Sheffield United & Millwall Manager Merry-Go-Round.

Ex- Millwall FC manager Kenny Jacket looks set for the Wolverhampton Wanderers hot-seat whilst Paul Dickov is on the verge of the Doncaster Rovers job, even though Millwall and Sheffield United are keen to secure his services. Bircham should get the Millwall job if East London sources are to be believed. STMI take a look at the credentials of the favourites to get the jobs, which in the case of Wolves has back to back promotions potential written all over it.

Thankyou for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

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Paul Dickov replaced Dave Penny, a Rovers legend it has to be said, at Oldham and went on to build a youthful footballing side.  The Latics peaked at ninth halfway through the 2010/11 season before finishing 15th. The following season saw them finish a credible 16th.  Last season his shock resignation on 3rd February came a week after beating Liverpool 3-2 in the cup. The finances at Oldham are similar to the current ones at Sheffield United. Upon taking the reigns at The Latics, he had to shift Captain and player of the season Sean Gregan as well as top scorer Pawol Abbott. Whoever takes over at the Blades must face a big budget reduction, with most of what is left taken up by those on contracts through next season at least. Will Dickov want that or a patient, financially strong club like Doncaster who love a passing attacking game?

Paul Dickov’s Managerial CV From To Record
G W D L W%
Oldham Athletic 9 June 2010 3 February 2013 141 43 37 61 30.50

Kenny Jacket was the longest serving manager in the Championship up until his resignation this week.  He cut his managerial teeth at Watford, before being relegated to assistant manager under old fox and enticer Graham Taylor.  The duo got two successive promotions before finishing bottom of the Premier League in 1999/2000. When Taylor left Watford incoming Vialli did not fancy him, but Holloway at QPR did.  Kenny spent 3 years as an assistant at Rangers, learning from another master, Holloway, before taking up the Swansea job, still warm from Flynn. He worked miracles in his first season getting promotion from League 2 and winning the Welsh Cup.  The following season saw them win the Football League Trophy, retain the Welsh Cup, but lose to Barnsley in the play-offs.

Jackett left the Swans of his own accord in Feb 2007, taking up the job of reserve team manager at Manchester City 3 weeks later.  However Millwall came knocking in the November and despite ruling himself out initially he accepted the job. The following season saw the revitalised Lions lose the League 1 play-off final 3-2 to Scunthorpe, at Wembley.  They were back the following season, beating Swindon 1-0.  Millwall finished 9th in their first season in the Championship – a tremendous achievement given the resources of the club and the unfair financial competition from ex-Premier League sides.  The last two seasons have been solid with a semi-final appearance against eventual winners Wigan.

The Wolves job is the perfect project for Jackett. He will get the backing and has the ability to get a relegated giant back into shape and fast. Wanderers relegation and League 1 footing is a travesty for a club with such a heritage. He has learned from some of the most cunning managers in the game, takes no prisoners and can make water into wine.  There are plenty of ex-Prem sides who have dropped to this level, got the right man in and been back in the Premiership with successive promotions.  Kenny Jackett is that man.

Kenny’s CV From To Record
G W D L W %
Watford 10 June 1996 2 June 1997 59 24 19 16 40.68
Swansea City 5 April 2004 15 February 2007 156 69 40 47 44.23
Millwall 6 November 2007 7 May 2013 307 130 74 103 42.35
Total 522 223 133 166 42.72

Mansfield Connections Continue to Leave Imps

Former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town , Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northampton Town striker Colin Larkin can now add the Imps to his list of ex-clubs as a consummate finisher continues to slide down the pyramid.   Could Gateshead FC come in with him looking to cut down on travelling expenses?

 

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The no-nonsenge Monkey-Hanger  – not goal hanger –  bagged  26 goals in 66 Stags starts, after being signed for £125,000 from Wolves. Colin had also enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers where he notched 7 in 35 games, as a babe in boots, to show he could punch above his weight against bigger and more experienced adversaries.

He has a knack of scoring on his debut which stretches back to his bow for Wolves in the League Cup, where he came from the bench as a starry eyed 17 year-old youth trainee.   The Stags released him on a free in June 2005 so that he could join up with League 1 Chesterfield.  He plied his trade at the crooked church club for two seasons bagging a not too unlucky 13 from 88 appearances in all competitions.

League 1 Northampton nabbed him on a free in June 2007, offering him another two year deal, where he scored 5 goals from 61 appearances.  The free agent has spent the last three seasons at League 1 Hartlepool aka the Monkey-hangers (they hung a monkey in the town square as a French spy during the Napoleonic war and have Angus the Monkey as a mascot) but was released after getting just 4 goals in 54 appearances.

League 1 was a step too far for Colin as he signed for us as a free agent in July 2012. He has shown a few flashes, but in a struggling side he has found opportunities scarce. To be fair he has taken them when they come along, with a first half hat-trick away at Dartford and a brace of penalties against Hyde, scoring 8 times in 13 starts and 18 substitute appearances. The Blue Square should really have been a happy hunting ground for an Irish terrier, who has technique and tenacity by the bucket-full.  But at just 5′ 9″ and a distinct lack of pace can he deliver at a time when we cannot afford it.

Colin currently lives in Durham and has issues with the travelling and the rising cost of fuel. Could be that a deal with Gateshead would suit him better. He leaves by mutual consent and will not be the last

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Imps stats 2012/13

Sq no Player name Starts on as sub  Mins Goals Shots Shots on Assists YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 13 18 1375 8 27 16 0 0 0
Personal information
Full name Colin Larkin
Date of birth April 27, 1982 (age 30)
Place of birth Dundalk, Ireland
Height/Weight 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) / 10st (63.49kg)
Playing position Forward
Position: Striker
Current club Lincoln City
Number 34
Senior stats
Years Team Apps
(Gls)
2001–2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 (0)
2001–2002 Kidderminster Harriers (loan) 33 (6)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 106 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 90 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 63 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 63 (4)
2012– Lincoln City 25 (8)
National team
1999 Republic of Ireland U17 2 (0)

 

Larkin Is Also Sparkin Behind the Sincil Scenes.

When the Imps signed former Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town, Northampton Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and  striker Colin Larkin as a free agent on August 24th, many an eyebrow was raised.  He is hardly beyond his sell-by-date at 30, but the early goal prowess has been replaced, rather ominously by one of one in ten.  That said most of his career has been in League 1 he averages one League goal in for, but most of all he knows the score.

Thank you for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs

 

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The two penalties against Hyde have arguably assisted him in getting off the mark here too. Yet there are so many more qualities to his all round game and influence off the pitch, than just goal scoring.  He has also plied his trade at a much higher level than the BSP.  Championship Wolves had better strikers, yet  Dave Jones still insisted on a fee of £125,000 when he sold the 20 year old to Mansfield where he delivered 26 goals from 102 appearances in League 1 as a babe in boots. That 2002 Stags side included Disley, MacKenzie, Lawrence and Williamson, who liked to play to feet. Relegation followed the following season but he still bagged half a dozen goals in a season of struggle.

A free transfer to Chesterfield saw him partner Caleb Folan as the two plundered Manchester City and West Ham to reach the last 16 of the Carling Cup. Larkin opened the scoring in both the 2-1 win over the Hammers and the 3-3 thriller against a Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink inspired Charlton side, who would go on to win the League Cup tie 4-3 on penalties and reach the quarter finals.  His additional 11 goals in 80 League appearances do not tell half the story, with plenty more in assists and another unsuccessful relegation struggle the following season. Northampton ensured Colin stayed in League 1, but he was in and out of the side, making just 23 starts plus 31 sub appearances at Sixfields. Five goals was not a great return.  Colin, was still rated high enough to earn another two year League 1 contract, as he joined Hartlepool making the bench as many times as he started – 27 apiece with just 4 League goals over a three season spell.

Not exactly inspiring reading, but that is a word that actually sums up Colin up, to our young forwards at least.  Colin was thrown in at the deep end as a migrant teenage hopeful from Ireland, as Wolves loaned him to Kidderminster, where he got 7 in 35.  Since washing ashore at Sincil Bank, he has been a real rock for our youngsters. Colin is a giving kind of guy, possesing immense inner belief and mental strength, with experience gained at a higher level, against adversaries that are physically if not technically his superior.

Amid the off-field turmoil behind the scenes, Holdsworth, for all his faults, has been keen to create a calming influence, with Colin stepping up to the plate, to quieten and educate, but also impart the belief the younger forwards in the squad need. He has been keen to pass on what makes a good target man and, what the smaller predators need to feed in the penalty box. You cannot teach instinct, but you can hone it and teach the Connors and Vadaines of this world how to play the percentages in an environment where time and space are in such short supply. Both put the icing on the cake after his brace against Hyde. That in itself was a fitting reward for a modest guy who has put in a shift and shown some great technique, in every game he has played.

Colin’s Season So Far

Player     Starts sub Mins Goals Shots Sh/on Assists YC RC
34 Colin Larkin 4 2 375 2 12 6 1 0 0

Match-By-Match

    CU NC MT Gat Ebb Alf Tel Hyd Average
34 Colin Larkin     6 7 6 6 6 7 6.3
STMI BIOPIC
FULL NAME Colin Larkin
DATE OF BIRTH April 27, 1982 (age 30)
PLACE OF BIRTH Dundalk, Ireland
HEIGHT/WEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)/10st (63.49kg)
POSITION SQ NO. Striker 34
SENIOR STATS (LGE & CUP)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)

Imps Sign Striker – Who is Colin Larkin?

The Imps have signed former Hartlepool United, you’ve guessed it Mansfield Town, Chesterfield FC, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Northampton Town striker Colin Larkin.  The free agent will take the no 34 jersey, penning a deal until May 2013.

 

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The no-nonsenge Monkey-Hanger  – not goal hanger –  bagged  26 goals in 66 Stags starts, after being signed for £125,000 from Wolves. Colin had also enjoyed a successful season long loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers where he notched 7 in 35 games, as a babe in boots, to show he could punch above his weight against bigger and more experienced adversaries.

He has a knack of scoring on his debut which stretches back to his bow for Wolves in the League Cup, where he came from the bench as a starry eyed 17 year-old youth trainee.   The Stags released him on a free in June 2005 so that he could join up with League 1 Chesterfield.  He plied his trade at the crooked church club for two seasons bagging a not too unlucky 13 from 88 appearances in all competitions.

League 1 Northampton nabbed him on a free in June 2007, offering him another two year deal, where he scored 5 goals from 61 appearances.  The free agent has spent the last three seasons at League 1 Hartlepool aka the Monkey-hangers (they hung a monkey in the town square as a French spy during the Napoleonic war and have Angus the Monkey as a mascot) but was released after getting just 4 goals in 54 appearances.

League 1 was a step too far for Colin, but the Blue Square will be a happy hunting ground for an Irish terrier, who has technique and tenacity by the bucket-full. At just 5′ 9″ he will not win a lot in the air, but then Bank Beast McCammon will; allowing him to pillage and plunder the penalty box.

Welcome aboard Colin, 30 and in his prime many would argue.  This looks another terrific signing by Holdsworth on paper – this lad is coming here to score goals, so watch out Jamie Taylor.  Or does Reg know something we don’t ?

STMI BIOPIC
Full name Colin Larkin
Date of birth April 27, 1982 (age 30)
Place of birth Dundalk, Ireland
Height/Weight 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)/10st (63.49kg)
Position Sq No. Striker Number 34
Senior stats (Lge & Cup)
1999-2002 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 aps (1) goals
2001–2002 Loan Kidderminster 35 (7)
2002–2005 Mansfield Town 102 (26)
2005–2007 Chesterfield 88 (13)
2007–2009 Northampton Town 61 (5)
2009–2012 Hartlepool United 54 (4)