Gar­lick: Dead­line will be busi­ness as usual for Bag­gies

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - Joseph Chap­man Foot­ball Writer

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.

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Richard Gar­lick can’t see much chang­ing. Inset, Jay Ro­driguez

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