Window Shut and Curtains Drawn
At our level it is more about who we were likely to lose than bring in, for the smaller clubs that have had good start to the season, it is a time when their star performers and in-form players can suddenly be taken away to balance the books for those that run or own the clubs. To the supporters it can sometimes feel that those running the club are not showing the desire or belief to step up to the next level. For them it is just about staying afloat, at the level they are currently playing, which they seem happy with.
Even in the Premier League every player has a price, to some clubs it doesn`t matter what that price is as they seem to have money to burn, though most of their owners do not care about money and for me most are on an ego trip, to ensure everyone is aware that in their eyes money doesn`t matter, and they are happy to pay extortionate transfer fees and wages. This attitude will surely baffle most supporters during the world's current economic climate, for me the money offered by Manchester City for Kaka proved that football has spiralled out of control, and those that run the game really do need to be a little more accountable to what is going on, before it is to late and we see famous clubs disappearing for good.
It is well documented how much dropping out of the Premiership will cost a club, this is probably the reason why Tottenham have spent so much in the window, the question that goes around in my head, is where the hell do they get all the capital from? Can their owners really afford to continue to pump all the funds into the club, you only have to look at West Ham, to see where it can and has gone drastically wrong.
Like most supporters of Yeovil we entered the New Year with trepidation that maybe our club would try and cash in on those that had a saleable value to balance the books, especially with crowds being down so much this season. Maybe the injuries to Roberts and Peltier came at the right time and with Smith only recently returning to the first team, those that most believed we would lose failed to go anywhere. This was certainly a relief from the supporter`s point of view and maybe even the manager as well, though whether the Board felt the same, is another question, and I will leave you to come to your own conclusion.
This season we have the smallest squad for many years, which could have been even smaller, and probably weaker if we had lost any of the current players in the window, but with Luke Rodgers coming in, we certainly leave the window stronger than we started it, though the Manager once again may well need to use the loan market well, if we are to maintain our League One status, something that he seems already to have started doing.
The discussions in the pubs are whether some clubs have put their future status on the line by purchasing players they need to either save their current league status or maybe a gamble for the final push, when hopefully they will be rewarded with promotion. Only time will tell with these clubs, however I believe that the 23rd of March is a significant diary date for those that have played the roulette table.
Maybe a little controversial, but Mr Platini may want to introduce a window for the change of Managers :)