Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Spec singing the Blues

Jonathan Spector penned a two-year deal with Championship side Birmingham City yesterday, his fourth English team.

With only three days to go before the Blues' season begins, the Illinois-born defender/midfielder put pen to paper on his free transfer.

The 25 year-old US international will be now be hastily leaving his London Docklands pad after seven years playing for Charlton and then West Ham, for pastures new in England's second city, 100 miles to the north.

Coaching Spec at St. Andrews is East Londoner Chris Hughton, a defender for Eire as a player, an assistant manager for the Republic and Tottenham and most recently coach at Newcastle.

Whether Spector will be able to maintain his midfield ambitions, which came to the fore for West Ham last season, or will play as a centre-back or full-back under Hughton, remains to be seen.

His new teammates include striker Cameron Jerome, 6'7" Serbian ace Nikola Zigic, badboy Marlon King, skipper and ex-Ireland stalwart Stephen Carr and Californian-born Wales international Boaz Myhill. Relegated along with West Ham and now with a new man in charge, Birmingham's second team are very much in a rebuilding period and the former Man United defender is their sixth free capture of the summer.

Although dropping a division, Spector will have the chance of European soccer with the Blues, who won last season's League Cup against Arsenal at Wembley. Spector had a brief taste of European football playing for West Ham against Palermo in 2006's UEFA Cup.

The Europa League Play-Off Round draw is on Friday, with the first leg on August 18th.

The Blues kick-off their domestic campaign away to Derby on Saturday.

- Sean O'Conor


Grant said...

anything on freddy?

Greg Seltzer said...

For now, I'll say the same as before: some interest in France and Turkey, I cannot confirm the reports of Mainz interest. He has stuff going on, though.

AdamTheRed said...

Anything on Alejandro Guido...

Greg Seltzer said...

He's on trial at Vitesse, which I unfortunately did not notice until just after close of business today. I'll be calling them tomorrow.