Steve McClaren gave his press conference for the Arsenal game today and started with the very sad and untimely death of Pavel Srnicek – Steve said he and the club were absolutely devastated at the terrible news.
Steve didn’t know Pavel personally, but he said he was a very good goalkeeper and a great personality and various people now at the club knew him extremely well.
The club is devastated at the sad news – and these tragedies put things into perspective.
Steve McClaren – gave press conference today for the Arsenal game
Steve went on to mention that Rob Elliot had to be sent home today from training and still has not recovered from what Steve said was a stomach bug.
That’s got to work itself through Rob’s system but Steve was hoping Elliot would be fit to take his position back in goal at the Emirates.
If Rob can recover he can go straight into the side without much training this week.
Karl Darlow is being prepared for the game and McClaren again said he has every confidence in the new goalkeeper and pointed out he had made some good saves on Monday afternoon at The Hawthorns.
There was no new update on either Papiss Cisse or Vurnon Anita, but some good news that both Emmanuel Riviere and Rolando Aarons are now back in training.
So we may see one or both of them on the bench on Saturday in what is going to be a very difficult game for us in north London.
Steve McClaren was again unwilling to be drawn into any discussion at all on transfers and said it would all be done in private, but it seems some of the names being mentioned in the press are way off the mark.
Steve said he didn’t know where the information was coming from and that their sources on transfers were not very good – and he said he had never even heard of half the players we are being linked with.