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9th January 2004 22:52


Curle will not be signing Chris Armstrong from Leeds as he didn't think he would add enough to help gain promotion this season. Curle said we live in the "here and now" age.

Curle was at Man City with Greenacre and knows his capability but said that "financially he is well out of price range".

There's been no agreement between Curle and the chairman about loan players coming in. Curle has not been to the chairman to ask to bring any players in.

Curle said that Swansea have requested 750 tickets for their fans. The chairman plans to offer the Bishop Street stand only and have the North Stand and Quarry Lane End for home fans. However this will depend on whether home fans fill the Quarry Lane End for the Kidderminster game. It would be difficult to argue to the Football League that they'd turned down Swansea's request if they weren't going to fill the Quarry Lane End.

Regarding player contracts, Curle said: "We don't want to offer player contracts on third division wages when hopefully we might be in the second division. Also we can't offer second division wages when we might still be in the third. We can't put clauses in because a lot of players wouldn't sign contracts like that. I can't guarantee that there won't be a mass exodus, but I am hoping that I will be able to offer the players I want to keep at the football club enough of an inducemnet to stay at the football club."

Curle said: "Jason White will be given the opportunity if Kevin Pilkington has a dip in form or an injury. He wouldn't be at the football club if I didn't think he would be able to go in and give a good account of himself. We've got a new goalkeeping coach who thinks highly of Jason. He'll be coming in 4 days a week now." (Curle did not name him).

Transcribed by Martin Shaw
It was an excellent show this evening. Jason announced that Sportstalk will now be every 3 weeks instead of every week.


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