Seip vs Sturrock

Posted by on Oct 19, 2009 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Ever heard the one about the club who loaned their best defender, who also happened to be their ex-Chairman’s son-in-law, to their ex-manager’s club only to see him score against the employers who were still paying 90% of his wages? No? Well it happened this weekend as Marcel Seip edged a Charlie Adam free kick past Romain Larrieu, his Plymouth Argyle teammate of over three seasons.

Why the Pilgrims allowed Seip to play for Blackpool has been a cause of much debate amongst the fanbase and local press since it was announced during the international break. A now 17-page long thread, one of four or five marathon discussions on the subject on Argyle messageboard Pasoti, reflects how unhappy the Green Army were to see Seip go in the first place following a heated row after the Sheffield Wednesday home defeat in August, let alone line up against his current charges and nestle one in. Blackpool were, admittedly, well on top as Argyle struggled to shake off a marish seaside-to-seaside coach trip, but the principle of it lingers badly in a season that has been crammed full of despair.

A revealing piece in today’s Blackpool Gazette suggests that it was Ian Holloway who forced Argyle’s hand solely, whereas (soon to be outgoing) Argyle manager Paul Sturrock had implied that he was quite happy with the situation. Getting a heretical menace out of the city, which had resulted in back-to-back wins, was more important than the collateral damage that could have perhaps resulted we were told. Commentators have, predictably, rolled out the cliches since, but I must admit that I didn’t see the goal coming. While game enough for a set-piece header or a bold run forward, Seip’s scoring record at Home Park is negligible and I actually thought that it might spur us on — one of the explanations that was bandied about by Home Park Officials ahead of the game. A bit of a loner, who was outcast by Sturrock once before this bust up for frankly shoddy behaviour, Seip has never seemed to be one of the lads, and Argyle fans were virtually told that the team would look forward to kicking lumps out of him.

What next for player and club? Seip’s contract runs until summer 2011, but with Sturrock set to stay until the end of this campaign at least, a further loan or two seems likely. It’s unfortunate because he really is Argyle’s best player in the position, and with an injury-hit defence leaking goals we could really bloody do with his presence. We’re looking so desperatly vulnerable that I’d forget that ‘muted’ celebration in an instant. I really hope that, if he does depart as predicted, the destination isn’t Blackpool, though. To many a Green’s chagrin Holloway has started brilliantly, and I for one feel wretched at the thought of his small, close-knit squad with two or three players of real quality, especially when I then turn my mind to our own bloated and ill-disciplined rabble. This humble pie tastes awful.

is co-editor of The Two Unfortunates. He's 31, supports Plymouth Argyle and takes a particular interest in the fortunes of those Football League clubs west of Bristol. He tweets @lloydlangman.


  1. Liz
    October 19, 2009

    Our close tight-knit squad could be our un-doing – the dizzy heights of fifth are very nice for the minute but if the injuries and suspensions kick in we'll be in trouble.

    Having said that, Bouazza tore Plymouth apart on Saturday and with David Vaughan coming into his own and Charlie Adam oozing class, we've got the makings of a very good team.

    Plymouth struggled – and I am inclined to think travel is a bit of an excuse – it wasn't that pacy a game at times but you lacked that bit of quality to play the killer ball.

    Seip's goal was lucky but it was coming, defensively he looked good but with a new keeper behind him it was hard to tell, I was more concerned about gilks' performance!

    Sheff Utd will be more of a test for him. If he continues to do well I'm inclined to think we'll sign him.

    Good luck to Argyle for the rest of the season – you need a new forward, or to stick Gow in the starting line up.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    October 20, 2009

    “Not being one of the lads” in a football fraternity is fast becoming a description for anyone of good sense. I don't think Sturrock has long now and I can see Seip returning to the club once new management is in place – a little like Joey Barton post-Big Al has done.


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