Garlick: Deadline will be business as usual for Baggies
RICHARD Garlick says Albion’s approach to the transfer window won’t be altered by the decision to bring the deadline forward.
Beginning next summer, Premier League clubs will have to conduct their business before a ball is kicked; since the introduction of the window, the campaign is well under way by the time the window shuts, with clubs tending to panic buy if their season gets off on the wrong foot.
From 2018, England’s top flight will have to make do with the squads they’ve assembled in early August.
Garlick, Albion’s director of football administration, has welcomed the ruling, which was voted for by 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs, but anticipates that while preparations must be in
There are certainly plenty more wickets in him and, whether he is playing for Lancashire or England, he has that fierce competitive determination to do what he can to help his team to victory.
It was another impressive series victory for England and it sets the Ashes this winter up perfectly.
I give huge credit to the West Indies because, after their very poor showing at Edgbaston, they won at Headingley and were well in place earlier, the actual business side of the window will change very little.
“I don’t think it will change anything for us in the transfer window itself,” he said. “That will always go through three phases.
“The first is the deals you can get done at the start – the player wants to come, his club want to sell and we want to buy. Jay Rodriguez was a classic example of that this summer.
“Then you get the ‘hostile’ deals, which are the second phase... a club doesn’t want to sell, a player wants to leave, the price is the subject of dispute and so on.
“The third phase is the final two weeks when the clubs see the deadline looming and you start to get movement. I do not think that pattern will alter just because we have brought the deadline forward.
“We have a plan going through the game at various the decider at Lord’s. But you have to take your hat off to England for winning yet another series. On the subject of the Lord’s game, I would like to wish one of the voices of cricket, Henry Blofeld, all the best. Like many others, I’ve grown up listening to Test Match Special and ‘Blowers’ has certainly been an integral part of that team. He brought his own unique style, which will be sorely missed. It was the spring period; you know what you want to do for the following season. But the best-laid plans rarely survive the first engagement. I don’t see any of that changing.
“Whatever date you set, Jim White will still have his yellow tie on the day and you’ll still have all the clamouring beforehand, it’s just that we won ’ t h a v e played a n y games.” points another of disap- pointing week for everyone at Warwickshire with a Specsavers County Championship defeat to Somerset at Edgbaston.
Again, we didn’t fire 100 per cent with either bat or ball.
It left us going into this week’s home game with Essex, realistically, needing a minor miracle to stay up.
Whatever happens, we will keep pushing as hard as possible to the end of the season.
We know we need to win our last three games and hope for other results to go our way to have any chance of beating the drop.
As for my own form, it goes without saying I haven’t scored the weight of runs I would have liked over the last few months.
I’m working extremely hard to try to end the season with a flourish. Relinquishing the captaincy has given me more time to work on my batting and hopefully that will soon show in my scores.
I feel like I’m hitting the ball as well now as I have done in the best periods of my career and I’m extremely confident a really big score is just around the corner and hopefully that will help us towards winning games.
That’s certainly what I’m totally focused on between now and the end of the season.
> Richard Garlick can’t see much changing. Inset, Jay Rodriguez