Transfer window closes as a busy January ends
After a spell on trial with the club both Sammy Ameobi and Jordan Rhodes signed for us this month. Rhodes joins us after six years of struggles in the Premiership and Championship which results in us only offering him a deal until the end of the season, such as the risk he poses. Ameobi had a poor season with Nottingham Forest last year but at twenty-eight he has it in him to resurrect his career and he could do it here as we've signed him on a two year deal. Aaron Muirhead and Callum Nicell departed having already agreed moves prior to the window opening but they weren't the only departures. With Rhodes joining the club it became clear that we weren't going to need both of Fidel O'Rourke and Virgil Gomis. We decided to sell O'Rourke and managed to get an excellent offer from Burton who clearly saw potential in the former Liverpool youngster. He had made just ten sub appearances for us and never looked like making much of an impact. On the contrary, Gomis looked impressive and took his chances when he was given them, like his hat-trick against Curzon Ashton and most recently his double which saw us overcome Colchester in the FA Cup. Soon after that Colchester game Gomis voiced his displeasure as we signed Jordan Rhodes and I was disgusted by his attitude. Another fantastic fee was arranged and this time we'd receive £115k from Chesterfield and although they are in the same league as us and he's a good player I really think we got the best part of that deal.
We pulled off another major coup this month by adding the vastly experienced David Lee to our coaching staff. Lee comes with great pedigree and adds great knowledge and experience from a much higher level. After fearing that we'd have to lose one of our other coaches to bring him in I requested that we be allowed another coach and our managing director obliged this time around. With incoming fees totaling £275k and our recent cup runs and subsequent prize money, gate receipts etc.. Finances were looking good as we reached the £1m mark, a great achievement for a club at this level and a clear indication why David Johnson is willing to let me add some more staff.
It appeared that Colchester didn't see us coming in our FA Cup match as they failed to turn up as we outclassed them and ran away with a three nil victory. That win set up a fourth round tie with Birmingham which didn't got as well for us despite Kgosi Ntlhe equalising for us before the break. Dion McGhee's sending off after receiving two yellows knocked the stuffing out of us as Birmingham piled on the pressure and got a couple of goals soon after. To go all season with no red cards to then getting two in one game is quite unthinkable but that's what happened in that game. James Wallace joined McGhee in getting sent off, only Wallace' red was much worse as a two footed lunge led to a straight red and a two match ban in the FA Cup. We fared better in the FA Trophy this month as we took Dover to a replay before knocking them out in order to face Maidstone in the next round. It looked like we were heading out at one point as Dover led throughout the first tie before a late, late goal from Ameobi, courtesy of an attacking overload, sent the match to a replay. Our league form was pretty mixed this month with our form reading LWLW which doesn't make for good reading at all. Still, with us ending the month on a high I'm hopeful that we can rediscover some fine form and wrap up a second consecutive title win.
Thank you mate, as you can see I added both so here's hoping we can go on another one now.