Sam, Whalley, Lee and Alan Cork in the papers

Last updated : 16 August 2003 By Michael Morris
Hammam's plea to Ninian faithful

SAM HAMMAM has called for patience from the Ninian Park public ahead of today's clash against Bradford City - the Bluebirds' first home match in the top two divisions for 18 years.

Since club owner Hammam started splashing the cash in the summer of 2000, the City supporters have been quick to jeer the players when they have failed to turn on the style.

And after yesterday unveiling his two latest recruits - striker Alan Lee and midfielder Richard Langley - Hammam fears the home crowd might be expecting too much from the Division One new boys.

But he said, "Everyone must expect the team to start the season slower than it will finish it.

"This has been our plan from the very beginning. It will take time for the players who were with us last season to adjust to the First Division.
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Whalley and club upbeat over signings.

GARETH WHALLEY meets his old club Bradford City today admitting the double swoop for Alan Lee and Richard Langley has created a real buzz at Ninian Park.

Whalley gave a players' perspective on the Bluebirds' transfer activity and believes Sam Hammam's spending will help the club make a big impression on Division One.

"The players usually hear it (transfer news) last, when the deals are done," admitted Whalley.

"But it's nice to know that the squad's been strengthened. Anything that gives us a chance of going up or getting higher up the league has got to be a bonus."

Whalley returned in the midweek Carling Cup victory over Leyton Orient after being troubled by tendonitis in his right foot.
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Hitman Lee has his eyes on that Premier prize.

CARDIFF CITY new boy Alan Lee believes the Bluebirds possess the talent and strength in depth to push for promotion.

The Irishman, who celebrates his 25th birthday next week, has joined City from First Division rivals Rotherham in a deal that could amount to £1.2m.

And the former Aston Villa and Burnley striker is refusing to accept consolidation as success, claiming his new club can figure in the promotion race this season.

Galway-born Lee also reckons his chances of playing for the Republic of Ireland have been boosted by the move to Ninian Park.

"There are a lot of teams in Division One who have a good chance of going up and we're definitely one of them," said Lee.
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Cork: I wish I was still Ninian Park boss.

ALAN CORK is ready to pit his wits against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool - but the former Bluebirds boss still wishes he was in charge of Cardiff City.

Cork was shown the Ninian Park door by City owner Sam Hammam in February 2002 after a 4-0 reverse at Wigan damaged their Second Division promotion prospects.

But Cork was not down on his luck for long and after being reunited with close friend Micky Adams at Leicester Citythe Foxes roared back to the Premiership at the first attempt.

But Cork said, "It's great to be in the Premier League, but I wish I was still manager of Cardiff. I do miss Cardiff. I've still got a house there and managing that club was a nice time in my life.
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