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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Updates: Holloway Hopeful re Kevin Gallen...Gregory on Nardiello...Nardiello on Barnsley...Mark Stein to Barnet

Plymouth Evening Herald -ARGYLE MAKE GALLEN OFFER
CHRIS ERRINGTON - 28 June 2007

Plymouth Argyle manager Ian Holloway is confident of completing the signing of striker Kevin Gallen.Gallen, 31 (pictured right), has been offered a one-year contract by the Pilgrims this week and they are awaiting his response.
It follows his release by Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.
Gallen spent the final four months of last term on loan to Argyle, making a total of 16 appearances and scoring twice.
Holloway hopes a deal can be agreed with Gallen before Argyle start pre-season training on Monday.
But, if not, the Pilgrims' boss believes Gallen could still report back with the rest of the first team squad.
Holloway told Herald Sport: "I'm very, very hopeful indeed that Kevin will sign for us.
"I talked to his agent a couple of days ago and then spoke to the board of directors. I'm delighted they have agreed to support me in this.
"Kevin has been around a bit, and been to other clubs and not done as well as he should have, but I still believe he could add a lot to us.
"Hopefully, we can come up with a deal which Kevin agrees is right and the club agrees is right."
Meanwhile, Holloway has still to decide whether to add another defender to his squad after the £50,000 transfer of centre-back Hasney Aljofree to Swindon Town last week...One defender Holloway has been linked with is Watford's Clarke Carlisle...
Evening Herald

TEAMTALK - John Gregory on Nardiello and Blackstock
QPR boss John Gregory believes new signing Daniel Nardiello can form the perfect strike pairing with Dexter Blackstock.
Nardiello agreed a two-year deal with Rangers earlier this week after turning down Norwich and former club Barnsley, and Gregory is confident the 24-year-old will be the ideal foil for Blackstock.
Gregory said: "He might just be what we are looking for in terms of a long-term partner for Dexter.
"No-one really expected (Colchester striker) Jamie Cureton to score the goals he did last season, but he struck up an interesting relationship with Chris Iwelumo, and I am hopeful we will see something similar from Danny and Dex.
"Danny is an intelligent player, who is capable of playing anywhere in the attacking third. His goalscoring record is impressive at this level, so it is an exciting signing for the club." Teamtalk

BBC - Nardiello upset with Tykes chief
Nardiello joined QPR on Wednesday after rejecting Barnsley's offer
Striker Daniel Nardiello has expressed his disappointment at comments made by Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd over his recent move from Oakwell to QPR.
The 24-year-old had a change of heart over Barnsley's offer of a new deal.
Shepherd had criticised Nardiello, claiming he had given assurances that he would only leave the Tykes for a club closer to his Midlands home.
"It's not as black and white as he's trying to make out," Nardiello told BBC Radio Sheffield.
"I' suppose I have to take his comments on the chin, but I'm disappointed with what the Barnsley chairman has said.
"He's made promises to me in the past and not kept them, but I never made a fuss and just got on with things.
"I didn't like the way he treated my mate Chris Shuker a couple of seasons ago either."
Shuker left Oakwell for Tranmere last summer under something of a cloud.
The winger was offered a new contract, but the offer was withdrawn after he failed to respond within a set deadline, and he later moved to Prenton Park.
QPR head of youth Joe Gallen has left Loftus Road, having served the club since October 1998. BBC

[BBC] - Mark Stein becomes new Barnet physio
Barnet have appointed much-travelled former Chelsea striker Mark Stein as their new physiotherapist. Stein, whose brother Edwin managed the Bees in the early 1990s, stood in as physio at Underhill last season after a stint at Grays in the same role.
As a player, Stein scored nearly 250 goals for nine different clubs.
He served Luton, Aldershot, QPR, Oxford, Stoke, Chelsea, Ipswich and Bournemouth before finishing his playing career at Dagenham & Redbridge. bbc

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