Washington FC welcomes their new signing, former Tottenham, Sunderland and Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda to the club. The signing has been described by Washington manager, James Clark, as a real ‘statement of intent’ by the club.
Chimbonda had been in attendance to see Washington’s 1-1 draw away to Whitley Bay on Tuesday night and his signing was completed two days later. We caught up with Pascal shortly after he signed on the dotted line to welcome him to the club and ask both Chimbonda and Clark some questions on Pascal’s new role with the Mechanics.
“I’m very happy to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing. I spoke with the manager and we had a good chat and we started from there.
I think the team need more character, like when you’re winning one-nil and there’s three or four minutes of extra time you have to be solid and don’t concede a goal. So I think we have to learn about this and I think the more you play games the more confidence is coming and the players are more focussed on the football pitch.
I never stopped playing. I’ve always been a part of the football, always training myself or training with a team. It’s going to be good to play a proper game, a normal game and we’ll see where we come from; if I play or sit on the bench with the manager, we’ll see.”
The signing comes after weeks of hard work by Mechanics Manager Clark and when the Committee were given the opportunity to bring in a play of Chimbonda’s quality they gave Clark their full support.
Clark said on his new addition
“It came through a third-party contact. We’ve had associates that we’ve known for a long time so when the opportunity came up to sign Pascal it was something I couldn’t turn down.
Since the start with the new board they’ve looked to help me as much as possible and support everything I’ve wanted to do and this really is a statement of intent for the league from Washington.
He [Pascal] has come in to be a player and he’s come in to step up the level as a player for the squad and as he’s stated he can help those players, the younger ones that we do have in the squad, to grow. They have great technical ability and a lot of will and a lot of heart “
When we asked Clark about Chimbonda’s experience including PFA Team of the Year [2005-2006 season], a League Cup, 2006 [France] World Cup squad playing with some of the greats; Zidane, Henry, Thuram…
Clark replied “We’re signing them next week.”
Supporters will get their first look of Chimbonda as he is expected to start this Saturday (7th October) as Washington host Penrith Town in the Ebac Northern League. Timing couldn’t have been better for both player and club as focus falls on Non-League football due to the International break.
Washington are offering half price entry for Adults and free entry for all Children and concessions.
Details can be found on the Washington Football Club website www.washingtonfc.co.uk