Managers breathe a sigh of relief
THE transfer window that seems peculiar to football was closed very firmly last night - and thank goodness.
Dozens of managers breathed a sigh of relief and newspapers will now have to show a little more imagination in choosing back page headlines.
A thousand players have been linked with a thousand clubs - and as is the case throughout the season a very small percentage of suggested transfers never went through.
By narrowing down to 31 days the period in which Premiership clubs can buy and sell the game succeeds only in encouraging panic buying and causing unnecessary angst between clubs and fans.
Greedy chairmen, and in fairness those that need to raise cash to chip away at the debts owed to them, will always sell if the price is right.
The poor old manager has to make do and mend even though it is invariably his job that's on the line if fortunes take a dip.
Scunthorpe United, Chesterfield and Bradford City are just three clubs who have been forced to offload their prize assets - but will the expectations of the fans be the same? Of course they will.
Supporters are interested only in seeing their team winning and no matter Dean Windass, Caleb Folan and Andy Keogh have gone the fans will assume that someone else will come in and score the goals.
If only it were like that in real life. Once my club Bradford (Park Avenue) sold Kevin Hector, a fantastic goalscorer, to Derby County, we were on the road to oblivion.
The money that comes into a club is essential to keep the bank manager happy but it would be naïve to think it corresponds with team improvements.
Rotherham United haven't won a match since grabbing Watford's hands off for offering £1.2m for Lee Williamson and Will Hoskins - and they could be headed in the same direction as Bradford (Park Avenue).
The man or the money?
It's been an age-old problem in the game and the transfer window has only exacerbated that problem.