Dead­line Day is so crazy


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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!

ON LOAN: John Mous­inho

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