Pardew keen on permanent Remy deal

first_img Press Association “It was interesting to read Harry Redknapp’s comments that he probably won’t be going back, but we will have to see.” For his part, Remy insists he is not thinking about whether he will remain with the club beyond the end of his loan, but admitted he had appreciated Newcastle reviving their interest in him during the summer. “For the moment the question is not in my head,” he said. “We have time and I will go game by game. It is a good question but right now I am not focused on that. “I don’t regret not joining in January. I decided to join QPR in January, but it was a choice (to join Newcastle) after QPR went down. “I was happy to see Newcastle come back to me so now it is down to me to do the best I can for the club because they came back for me.” Cardiff’s defeat came in the wake of reports of a dispute between Bluebirds’ players and owner Vincent Tan over end-of-season bonus payments. Manager Malky Mackay confirmed the matter had been resolved, although he did not state whether Tan has been banned from the dressing room on match days as a result. The issue put Mackay in an unenviable position, but the Scot claims he played no part in solving the disagreement. “They (the players) deal with the football club and the chief executive (Simon Lim). That’s something that can’t really come under my brief. “It did not have an effect on our performance. It’s certainly not an excuse our guys are giving.” Rs’ boss Harry Redknapp said earlier this week he would be happy to see Remy join the Magpies permanently at the end of the season and does not expect the forward to return to Loftus Road. His current form may mean Pardew finds he has competition for his signature, but he made his appreciation of the player clear. “I wish he had joined in January,” he said. “I still remember the night clearly when we thought we had done the deal. “We had a nice glass of wine, gave ourselves a nice, hearty, warm handshake and the next day he wasn’t there. “But sometimes in life you have to wait. If you wait long enough it comes around. “We are really pleased to have him, I thought he was excellent. Not just his two goals, but his work-rate and everything he did was competent. “He is a player on our books and we are pleased to have him, but at the moment he is a QPR player. Remy’s brace at Cardiff City Stadium took his tally to five goals in his last three games and he has made an instant impact since moving to St James’ Park from QPR on a season-long loan. Pardew had attempted to bring in Remy in January, but the France international eventually joined QPR’s failed bid to avoid relegation to the Championship. Alan Pardew will hope not to miss out on a permanent move for Loic Remy for a second time after the in-form striker fired Newcastle to a 2-1 victory at Cardiff.last_img read more

Dino Babers gives injury updates, says Mahoney will likely start if Dungey can’t on ACC teleconference

first_img Published on November 16, 2016 at 12:20 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) plays its last home game of the season at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday when it takes on No. 17 Florida State (7-3, 4-3). The Orange is coming off a 35-20 loss to North Carolina State, while the Seminoles crushed Boston College, 45-7, last Friday.Here are three things SU head coach Dino Babers said on the ACC coaches teleconference on Wednesday.Injury updatesThe Orange missed two key starters on offense last week when both quarterback Eric Dungey and wide receiver Steve Ishmael sat the game out. Additionally, center Colin Byrne — who has been the starter since Week 3 after senior Jason Emerich hurt his shoulder in the second game of the season — had to leave last week’s game with an injury.Dungey was knocked out of the Clemson game in the first quarter and never returned. He was listed as questionable last week, and then after the N.C. State game Babers called him doubtful to play this week. He is getting a second opinion on the injury but that hasn’t happened yet, per Babers.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIshmael was a surprise scratch last Saturday, and Babers said that it was a nagging injury that slowed him down as the week went along. Quarterback Zack Mahoney said that Ishmael was a full-go in practice yesterday, but Babers refuted that today saying that he started yesterday’s practice but didn’t finish it.Babers declined to expand on what Byrne was dealing with. Byrne took a shot to the head was lying on the ground for several minutes before he was be helped off the field.“Well,” Babers said, sighing, “I think we’ve gotta leave that stuff all up to the ACC thing. We’re not supposed to be talking about injuries.”“You saw the tape, you saw the game. I’m just gonna leave it there and you can see the (injury) report on Thursday.”Mahoney will probably start if Dungey is outLeading up to last week’s game, the quarterback situation for SU was murky. It was unclear if Dungey was going to play, and which of the two backups — Mahoney and Austin Wilson — would start in his place was also a mystery. Mahoney was second on the depth chart all year, but it was Wilson who came on in Clemson when Dungey left.Mahoney started last week, but both were listed as backup options on this week’s depth chart. Babers said that based on last week’s performance, Mahoney would probably get another shot.“Well I think right now, based off of how well Zack played, Zack should be the guy that goes up first,” Babers said. “But we haven’t decided yet, have to still see how everything fits in the game plan.”In his first start of the season, Mahoney went 14-for-25 for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.Dalvin Cook is better than Babers thoughtFSU’s junior running back currently ranks second in the ACC and ninth in the country in rushing yards per game, with 124.2. In the conference, he trails only Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Heisman favorite who torched SU’s defense in Week 2.After seeing Cook on tape though, Babers saw that the star running back is even faster, and better, than he first realized.“I thought he was really, really good, but I didn’t know how fast he was until I saw the Clemson game, and I saw him run away from the Clemson secondary people,” Babers said.“We couldn’t run away from the Clemson secondary people. He’s probably one of the fastest, or the fastest, back we have in the conference.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more