January Transfer Window
Taking over a club in September means missing out on the Summer transfer window and having looked through my side I knew there were positions we needed to strength. Nenad Sreckovic
left the club on a free transfer after agreeing a move even before I joined. Something I was very angry about because he was a key contributor to the team. What that meant was having to find a left winger who would be available on a free as we have no transfer budget. I also knew there was a lot of deadwood in the squad that needed to be shifted.
I sold Tim Bakens
to Tom Tomsk for £40,000 but had to release lots of players on free transfers as there weren’t any clubs willing to take them on, even when I offered them for free. It was disappointing to lose them for nothing but the fact was they were just eating up the wage bill. At the end of the transfer window I managed to reduce the deficit from over £10,000 to just over £2,000
I brought in three players for free – a defender, winger and striker.
Having joined us from PSV, Verkoelen
has come with the big club experience and hopefully will settle to become a first team player. With my releasing of a couple of defenders, this was a much needed signing.
was a pretty much perfect replacement for Sreckovic and probably a better player going forward. His abilities led to him getting five assists in his games for us as well as a goal.
is perhaps the biggest signing to join the club. He has had great experience with PSV and had a very good record with AZ Alkmaar. He’s edging to the end of his career but having him in the squad helped with his experience and the ability to hold up the ball.
is another player who is on his way out. He struggled in the Eredivisie and I felt as though he was not worth the wages being paid. He will join AS Veroia in Greece.
I definitely hope the three players will help us keep pushing for promotion. With a play-off spot sealed, automatic promotion now is the aim and I’ve got a very sneaky feeling we’re on a major turnaround from when I joined and can now go on a run to make that possible.