Kevin Keeganâ€™s thoughts have no doubt turned to the summer and which players to bring in and which to move out, but he still wants 5 wins in the last 5 games of this season.
Peter Ramage – contract runs out in June
With relegation almost assured Kevin says there will be some departures in the summer. Four players have their contracts run out. They are Ramage, Carr, Diatta and young James Troisi and it will be interesting to see if any of the four will have their contracts renewed.
Kevin talked to the Journal this morning:
â€œWe are safe, I think, but weâ€™re not mathematically safe yet,â€ â€œWhen we are, weâ€™ll talk about Stephen Carr and Peter Ramage, thereâ€™s also James Troisi (out of contract in the summer). â€œ
â€œWeâ€™re aware of that but, with the greatest respect to those players, theyâ€™re not the priority when weâ€™re fighting for survival. Theyâ€™ll come up over the next week or two. Weâ€™re doing everything stage by stage.â€
â€œBut thereâ€™s no point strengthening your squad and then letting your best players go. None of those players have come and knocked on my door and said they want to leave so, until that happens, I will just assume they want to play for this club and fulfill their contracts.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think you will find any of them coming in front of the cameras or in front of the Press and saying it is not a good club to be at.â€
We think Kevin will move out Carr, Ameobi, Rozehnal and maybe Ramage. James Troisi seems too young at 19 years old to move out, but that may happen. Peter Ramage may get another contract since he’s been out most of the season with his ACL knee injury, and since he’s a local lad, Kevin may want to keep him for a couple of years.
Kevin’s talked about the local lads being like gold dust, in that they give their all for their home town clubs.
After today’s games we could be mathematically safe and be able to see which players Keegan is moving on. If you haven’t yet voted in our poll on who Kevin will move out this summer please do. You have 3 votes each.