Deadline Day is so crazy
ONE DEAL NEEDS SO MANY PEOPLE
Transfer Deadline Day is a surreal experience. The window has been open for an entire month, but suddenly, clubs and players get a focus of immediacy and a rush of negotiations begin.
Club secretaries go on stand-by to organise last minute paperwork, physios go on stand-by to organise last minute medicals; agents create a frenzy of offers to clubs and managers. Deals that have been worked on for weeks suddenly come to a head. It is a crazy situation.
In my case, I had three bits of deadline day business to undertake. We had already moved four players out in January, and we needed to move two more out so we could finally bring one player in.
The difficulty can often be that one deal is dependant on another. If two need to depart before one can arrive, for instance. So, you can be in a position where you can’t bottom out negotiations on one deal until negotiations on another deal are completed.
Each deal has so many people involved in it: the player, the player’s agent, the chairman at the buying club , the chairman at the selling club, both clubs’ managers, both clubs’ secretaries and physios, the director of football or head of recruitment at each club... the list seems endless.
As a manager, you have the ultimate responsibility of making things happen. In my experience, you are often the man who wants a deal more than anybody else. So it is up to you to motivate everybody involved to drive things through to a conclusion. Certainly on the deals that really matter, you can make a big difference.
Bringing positions and egos together that are often poles apart is not an easy business.
I wasn’t one of those waiting for our deadline deals to happen at the eleventh hour. John Mousinho joined us on loan in the early evening from Preston after days of haggling finally came to an end. And David Gray finally moved to Burton Albion in a deal that was on the table back in the original summer window.
When the paperwork is signed but you aren’t quite sure it has reached the Football League on time, means a horrible, nervous wait while you search your inbox for a thumb’s up.
Our confirmation was nice and early, giving Mous the chance to leave the north west and travel south to join our matchday squad on Saturday. Others won’t have been so lucky; I’ll bet there were some very late motorway journeys in some cases!
A crazy crazy day; very much last minute.com!
ON LOAN: John Mousinho