Tuesday 2nd January.
Lou Macari was today busy in discussions with Trevor Francis of
Birmingham City hoping to get clearance to extend Peter Ndlovu’s
tenure by a further 2 months. It is hoped that Town can play off
Birmingham’s desire to keep Steve Jenkins for their 3rd round FA
Cup game this weekend against their wish to recall Peter Ndlovu
who is clearly in good form at the moment. Seemingly, because Ndlovu
is out of contract at the end of the season there is little prospect
of Town parting with a fee to make him a full squad member, so an
extension to the loan arrangement would be the next best solution.
The last game of his present loan period would be on Saturday, but
that is provided Birmingham are prepared to allow him to become
‘cup-tied’, and that is beginning to look an increasingly unlikely
Meanwhile, unbeknown to me on Saturday Chris Lucketti suffered
a broken nose and has undergone an operation to have it re-set.
Apparently he could have played against Crystal Palace if necessary,
but the postponement has allowed him to have his second bout of
facial surgery in five weeks. At least we have the reliable Kevin
Gray and new signing Adie Moses as cover so hopefully we will be
able to cope once again with his absence, especially with Jon Dyson
seeming to be an automatic choice under Macari.