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Statement of intent

Reporter: CHRIS LYNHAM
Date online: 01 February 2013

Barnard and Obita join Latics survival push
ATHLETIC chief executive Neil Joy believes the club has sent out a message to the rest of npower League One with its double deadline-day swoop.

Hours after Watford forward Chris Iwelumo completed his switch, Southampton striker Lee Barnard joined for the rest of the season and Reading midfielder Jordan Obita signed for a month.

Athletic were this morning waiting for league clearance for the pair to play tomorrow.

The signings capped a busy week for Athletic, during which veteran Paul Murray returned to Oldham.

Joy said: “We have made some great signings - a statement of intent. Hopefully they can help to push us up the league table on the back of our FA Cup success.”

Of all the new faces, Barnard has set supporters’ pulses racing most. The 28 year old averaged almost a goal every other game during a stint at Southend from 2008-2010.

And the addition of Iwelumo and Barnard couldn’t have come at a better time.

Paul Dickov’s side has been in desperate need of reinforcement in the final third of the pitch since Matt Derbyshire’s loan came to an end.

Obita provides crucial cover for captain Dean Furman, who is on international duty with South Africa.

The player has represented England at under 18-19 level and has had loan moves to Barnet, Gillingham and more recently Portsmouth.

All four new signings are eligible for Athletic’s fifth-round FA Cup tie against Everton on February 16..

Winger Lee Croft has agreed to join Latics for the remainder of the season. His season-long loan spell was technically ended when his contract with Derby was terminated  by mutual consent  yesterday, enabling him to take up the offer from  Latics.

Tickets for  the cup tie  go on sale to season ticket holders on Wednesday from 9am (until 1pm on February 9 on production of Voucher ‘C’ from the season ticket book).

Those non season-ticket holders who pay or have already paid for the home game against Yeovil on Tuesday get priority to buy tickets for the Everton game on February 11 (9am-5pm), subject to availability and without guarantee. Remaining tickets then go on general sale on February 12 at 9am.


::Athletic’s trip to Stevenage has been rescheduled for February 19 (7.45pm).

Comments

Well done everyone at B.P. with this latest exciting news.

Good luck to all new players and thanks for agreeing to join our club which needed a change in luck, which has come about due to this amazing F.A.Cup run, which I feel is not over just yet !

The players have once again shown they are more than capable and despite the fact that they very nearly got their beloved Manager the sack, the new additions will bring strength and better balance to the side, hopefully league points will follow.

now we have a team,some great signings,esp barnard,and im really pleased croft signed today.div 2 no way how about playoffs

Just read the 'Double Swoop' item and even though I have criticized Dickov and Corney (the whole club, in general) in the past, I can only praise them for taking action on the final day.

Lee Barnard should score more than a few and Iwelumo will be as much a thorn in the side to opposition defences as is Matt Smith.

I cannot believe that some people are still griping and sniping, after the recent week's events...unbelievable!

Good luck to the new players.

WHAT!

No negative reaction from the usual doom and gloom merchants. Well done to all those involved in to trying to improve things at Boundary Park.

This town needs a successful football club

Glad to see that Latics have also signed Lee croft until the end of June. He could have easily walked away and credit to both parties for sorting it out sensibly.

He may have his critics, but he did well against Liverpool, plus, Latics need to maintain some semblance of continuity and stability in their playing staff.

Fair play to Corney 4 new signings and Lee Barnard is a proper goal scorer with a good ratio.IF PD cant get us up the table with this lot hes well out of his depth.I was at the Liverpool game and I am only coming back down to earth, then we sign 4 players!! WE need to stay in league 1 and these players will make a big difference. After years of bad news we get a great cup run and then sign 4 players pinch me someone it cant be true!!!!!!!!

Really looking forward to seeing Barnard link up with Iwelumo tomorrow. Come on Oldham. Lets shut some people up!

Good signings, Muzza, Iwelomu and Barnard won't get knocked off the ball easily. It may even be an advantage to have a new set of players against Everton, there's no point Moyes looking at the Liverpool game now. I thought Murray was cup tied, but if the other three aren't, happy days. Well done to Corney making the cash available. Excuses stop now PD. Big game tomorrow, lot's of boys talking about going tomorrow so C'mon Latics!

Great signing in Muzza, Iwelomu and Barnard things may improve now credit to oldham board in getting the deals done.

Great news and well done Mr Corney for allowing PD the money he needed to sign these 4 players and I guess that they were persuaded after watching the Liverpool game and a big thank you to Lee Croft for staying with us. He never stops running and always gives 110% on the pitch. These are top class signings for a league One outfit like us. Now it would appear that all four are allowed to play in the FA Cup ? I too thought Murray was cup tied

Well I have been one of those very critical of the goings on at Boundary Park and make no apologies for that, however I applaud last Sunday's performance and the new signings. I would be delighted if I'm shown to be wrong regarding my previous assessment of PD as a manager. Over to you PD and the players.

Well one game doesnt make a season but what a game. ( sorry simon, nothing will erase my memory of hughes' equaliser till we beat Man U in the FA cup). These signings do show confidence and ambition and Mr Corney has to be congratulated. I am an admirer of Dickov but I think he might agree if we dont stay up he might have to go. I think we will saty up and so will Paul. We just might have a bright future...but I have been supporting since 1960 ! Cmon you Latics ! and cmon all you stayaway fans!!

I can't let my fans down so here we go...
Aside from whatever qualities the players have, I fail to see how signing players on loan is a "statement of intent". Intent to do what? Let them go again when their loans are up and have to find someone else? Loans are just stop-gaps. If you are serious about building a proper team, you have to sign good players on proper contracts.

While I agree with Ammy to a extent, at this stage I would not trust PD with a transfer pot with his record to date. While signing are good Iwelumo is considered abit of a joke in Scotland. But saying that I hope they all do well for the club and prove any doubter wrong and get us a win tomoz.

Ammy; very droll. You have a sense of humour after all. But just in case you are serious – Dickov, being allowed to sign players on long term contracts at this moment in time? Even I don’t think you are that stupid. He will be gone after the cup match if he loses the next 3, IMO. What do you think?

When you take a player on loan its a chance for both player and club to see how they gel. Call it an extended trial, there have been many occasions when players have failed to fit in and left or indeed have settled well and been signed full time. Robbie Simpson being one of them.
Hopefully the addition of some seasoned pros will motivate some players whoes heads go down after 10 mins of a game. I would so love to know who people think we could attract to replace Dickove if he were sacked.

As a 'die-hard' supporter, not afraid to offer constructive criticism, I have to say that bringing in loan-players is not the answer and what will happen once the loaqns are up and WHY wait until the last day of the transfer window to strengther the squad? Is it that it's much cheaper to get those players as no one else appeared to have been interested. Good luck with the rest of the campain - it's needed. Statement of intent> Really?

It's good news that the new players are available to play in the FA cup game although Muzza played against Chesterfield in Round 1 so I assume he is ineligible. Deano may be back from South Africa by then anyway. We need the money from increased attendances to be in a position to offer acceptable contracts to these players come June - so get your pals down to BP and give PD and SC a fighting chance to get them on board.

Many comments regarding loan players and it's worth noting that Watford are fourth in the Championship and have fourteen who are loan players. We would all like to have our own players but with finances as they are all clubs throughout the English leagues use the loan system.

Cracking signings and with muzza and Iwelumo I think PD has the makings of his backroom staff. OS it is fairly well known why Iwelumo is a joke in Scotland and no doubt you thought Matt Smith was following his open goal miss the other week, bet you don't think so now after his show against liverpool!! Everyone makes mistakes, how about seeing something positive in whats going on at BP and give them a chance without being so negative. well done to all concerned in getting the players in KTF

South Africa? I have seen all but two games this season. What's your tally? If I have a VALID comment to make I will make it. As for your comments - you have a very short memory or do you think we've been winning all our league games this season? Let the new players show their worth - then we'll see where we will be playing football next season. Anyway there are far more critics than me and I take it your short memory allows you only to remember one. Get real! SC acted 'cos fans are unhappy.

 

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