UK time is: 18:16:19
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Hatters plight worsens

Just as things started to look up vaguely for Hornet's fierce rivals Luton Town, gaffer Kevin Blackwell has resigned.

Despite slipping into administration and past the cut-off point for any takeover bids, things were looking up for our M1 rivals who were sought after by former Golden Boy Graham Taylor hack, Matt Lorenzo and lifelong fan, Nick Owen.

However, they have today been hit by the news that Kevin Blackwell and his coaching structure of Sam Ellis and John Carver are resigning with a months notice. A months notice they didn't have to give considering the terms of their contracts at this time.

Luton are plunging dangerously and are heading towards a black hole, although there have been plans to re-form as 'Luton Town 2020 Football Club'.

Blackwell has cited the way the administrators have behaved with player sales as one of the reasons for his imminent departure:

'We [Blackwell, Carver and Ellis] came to Luton in the spring with a clear mission and it revolved around ambition, adequate investment for growth and real promise of a new stadium.

'It is now our belief that no possible future scenario for this club can match in any way shape or form what we came here to do

'Very quickly we found out that Luton Town Football Club did not do what it said on the tin.

'We have ended up managing a squad of players who do not know if they are being paid or have a future with the football club. This is becoming more relevant as we speak.

'It is not our role or intention to blame anybody for the state the club are in but we have face reality for ourselves.

'It is now our belief that no possible future scenario for this club can match in any way shape or form what we came here to do.

'Ironically we no longer have contracts that would require us to give notice but we are acutely aware that just to walk away would simply add to the short-term problems.

'We will therefore continue work under our basic terms and conditions for approximately one month, leaving the club after home game against Bournemouth on February 9.'

BBC 3CR sports editor Simon Oxley said: 'The club's in a state of chaos.

'[Blackwell, Ellis and Carver] don't want to walk out but they've had enough of players leaving.

'They had been assured players wouldn't be sold before the FA Cup replay against Liverpool but they've had the rug pulled from under their feet.'


To worsen this blow, the administrators have now accepted a bid for Dean Brill whilst young strike duo Calvin Andrew and Drew Talbot are in talks with Plymouth Argyle.

This on top of the departures of David Edwards and Chris Coyne yesterday.

One hopes that GT, Nick Owen or Matt Lorenzo are successful, and soon, it was funny to see them going into administration, but now it is clearly not a laughing matter.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: wfc123 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 5:46PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
It Was Always On The Cards...Wasn't It..???
horseworrier
Report Abuse
11/01/2008 18:51:00

There is only one way to go and thats down the table for you lot
ozanne park rangers
Report Abuse
11/01/2008 19:20:00

Probably, a shame really, we don't want to loose our rivals, and yes horseworrier, it was likely to happen, I can understand why he wants to leave, what control does he have anymore?
wfc123
Report Abuse
12/01/2008 09:16:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Watford Articles

Ighalo Gets Four As Watford Come Back (Saturday January 24 2015)

Stats: Watford v Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)

PREVIEW: Watford v Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)

Opposing View: Blackpool (Saturday January 24 2015)

Ben Watson: Q&A with Vital Wigan (Friday January 23 2015)

Ikpeazu Set To Extend Crewe Stay (Wednesday January 21 2015)

Archived Watford Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Watford 7 - 2 Blackpool
Watford 5 - 0 Charlton
Huddersfield 3 - 1 Watford
Cardiff 2 - 4 Watford
Watford 0 - 1 Wolves
Reading 0 - 1 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Ipswich 27 14 8 5 19 50
3. Brentford 27 15 4 8 8 49
4. Derby County 26 14 6 6 23 48
5. Watford 27 14 5 8 25 47
6. Middlesbrough 26 13 8 5 23 47
7. Wolves 27 12 8 7 -2 44
8. Norwich 27 12 7 8 16 43

Breaking League News

Powell - Everyone Deserves Praise
Huddersfield : 25/01/2015 18:01:00
Boss reflects on good second half
Reading : 25/01/2015 17:59:00
Bent Hoping He Impressed
Derby County : 25/01/2015 17:24:00
Experimental Day Pays Off For McClaren
Derby County : 25/01/2015 17:15:00
Mattock Seeks First-Team Return
Sheff Wed : 25/01/2015 16:58:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who should come in for Angella against Wolves?
Suggested By:  Editor
Joel Ekstrand 13%
Tommie Hoban 70%
Lloyd Doyley 17%