So it’s upon us again. Transfer Deadline day and all the media frenzy that surrounds it.
There are so many things that annoy me about the whole transfer window.
Sky Sports reporting, with the countdown clock, the transfer totalizer, and one of any number of on the street (or outside the ground) reporters reporting live none events and events from Liverpool/London/Manchester surrounded by slightly sad replica shirt clad kids and fully grown men, who should be in bed getting a good night’s sleep before school/work/signing on, on the first day of September. (There was even one guy who twittered today that he’s taken the day off of work to watch the live time deadline day coverage by the hour!)
Besides these facts that essentially it can completely bugger up a managers plans if one of the ‘money’ clubs come in and unsettle their star player and make a ‘too good to refuse offer’ right at the eleventh hour, leaving no time to find and do a deal with a worthy replacement/s.
We saw it happen ourselves when Chelski came and did exactly that to us with Scotty Parker. This post isn’t sour grapes or about what might have been. (Although I would cite the Parker scenario as being the very catalyst precipitating the dramatic and rapid decline we have seen at The Valley).
It just simply is nuts! (As a fellow Charlton supporting ex colleague of mine would say). If we do have to have this transfer window, it really should shut promptly when the first competitive league match of the season kicks off. That way you’ve got what you’ve got, and you don’t get the ridiculous frantic negotiations where clubs pay clubs over the odds and players get their ridiculous demands (in perspective) met. And more importantly, the smaller clubs don’t get left high and dry and with a weakened squad they can do nothing about.
Just one final thought/moan. I just turned on Sky Sports News and the first thing that greeted me was (a very attractive) young lady reading the following words from the Auto Que ‘this is most possibly the most exciting day in the football calander’. What about the first game of the new season (for supporters of at least 92 league clubs?, not to mention supporters from the lower leagues, FA Cup final day?, The World Cup Final ?, All of those grudge local derbies up and down the country ? Come on Sky TV, Talk Sports and The Red Tops, get a grip!
Rant over, I’ll check in tomorrow morning to see if we’ve managed to add the central defender and striker that we’re in need of.