Summer of Change!
In my summary update, I stated quite clearly that I would not be looking to disrupt the harmony of the squad but instead look for consolidation with a few new players being brought into the club. Despite how good my intentions were, I knew all too well that this was never going to happen and that I would undertake a big shake up of the backroom staff and playing personnel. I did this for two reasons; the first being that despite having made a profit at the end of the season, we were well over our wage budget, which meant that there was no leeway in terms of a transfer budget. I had to get rid of numerous players, who were on ridiculous wages, in order to free up funds to bring in my own transfer targets. The second reason was down to my aims for the coming season. I have told the board that I only expect the team to avoid relegation but in the back of my mind, I have bigger aspirations! I can see this club, with the correct changes being made and decent players being brought in that we could at least finish in a mid-table position.
Playing Personnel Out
A huge number of these players who left were simply demanding too much in terms of contracts than I was willing to give them. The club is already struggling with the finance side of things so increasing wages for players who had been part of a team that just about avoided relegation was never going to happen under my watch! The biggest result of the out-goings was the £54k Portsmouth was willing to pay for Danny Haynes. I couldn’t believe that I got so much for him to say he had played 20 games last season and not scored a single goal...more fool them for buying the striker. To be honest, I have to thank Portsmouth for taking Dean Gerken off my hands as well. I already have Fabian Spiess in the ranks who is a promising German goalkeeper and news of a new goalkeeper coming up in the update, so Gerken was simply not needed.
All of the players that have gone out on loan are from the under 21’s or under 18’s which will be of a great benefit to them as they will not get any game time this coming season. The money that we have brought into the club from the two sales I feel I have invested wisely and have the making of a decent League One side.
Since writing this update I have managed to sell Daniele Bazzoffia to Avellino who play their trade in Serie B. I managed to bring in £160k from this deal and that money has been put straight into making the wage budget even more comfortable.
Playing Personnel In
It will sound pretty big headed but I do feel that I have been a strewed business man while also looking at things from a manager point of view. With the club’s finances being in a very poor state, it was important that I simply did not blow all the money that I had brought in from selling players on new talent. I have managed to do this and will walk away with a profit of just below £200k for this summer transfer window. There are a few players that may stand out from the rest; I managed to sign Jak Alnwick on a permanent transfer and we will now boast one of the best goalkeepers in the league. I also raided his former club, Newcastle United, for experienced centre back Mike Williamson who will bring yet more Premier League experience to the club. Even more experience has been added by the arrival of David Bently who is a player I felt never lived up to his expectations as a player but I am confident I can get the best out of him in last couple of seasons as a player.
Stand Out Players
Gozie is a player who we had on loan and he failed to make much of an impression on me. However, I feel that he has very good attributes for a League 1 player and that he will come of good now I have signed him on a permanent transfer. He will be given a lot of game time in order to prove his worth and repay the faith I am showing in him. He will also have to score a fair few goals to pay back the ridiculous wage that I have given him; bit of a spoiler here but he has already got off the mark in the first league game of the seasons (he helped himself to a brace).
With bringing in Ugwu, it was essential to bring in a player to join up to lead the Notts County attack. I simply couldn’t believe my luck when I saw Karim Rossi did not have a club. I may be talking as if I knew who he was but I didn’t. I simply couldn’t believe my luck because of the great potential this player has and the potential of a lethal pairing in him and Ugwu that could materialise. He is another player on quite a high wage but already, as has Ugwu, he has got off the mark in the first league game of the season.
Our parent club, Manchester City, have come up trumps with this brilliant young Belgian defender who is need of game time, which I can definitely provide him with. I have managed to sign him on a season long loan without the option for City to recall him if they so wish. What is even better is that I will not be paying a penny for his services for the duration of his time at our club. I already possess a lot of centre backs so instead I will be looking for him to learn to play right back and this will be accommodated in his training schedule. He is a player with a lot of promise and I wouldn’t complain if I could sign him on a permanent transfer come the end of the season.