The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -



No in­com­ings, but in fur­ther dis­man­tling the in­fa­mous ‘Group Three’, Kenny Jack­ett has freed up se­ri­ous money for the loan win­dow . Jamie O’Hara can­celled his con­tract, Toulouse signed Tongo Doumbia and Kevin Doyle sealed a dead­line day loan move to Crys­tal Palace, wip­ing close to £100,000 a week off the wage bill.


The own­ers were as good as their word, re­ject­ing bids of £10m and £12m to keep hold of star striker Jor­dan Rhodes. Have to go up now, though.


Steve Evans has be­moaned a lack of goals in re­cent weeks, and his chair­man Tony Ste­wart has lis­tened, stump­ing up a club r ecord fee for Old­ham striker Jon­son Clarke-Har­ris and Cham­pi­onship veteran Lu­ciano Bec­chio. No ex­cuses now.



Hav­ing started the sea­son with 11 play­ers and four kids, it was ob­vi­ous Black­pool needed play­ers. Man­ager Jose Riga asked for four. Chair­man Karl Oys­ton de­liv­ered none. The Seasiders are in quick­sand.


After a wretched start and strug­gles in fr ont of goal, a new striker seemed im­per­a­tive. In­stead, the Trot­ters were left fend­ing off bids for Jer­maine Beck­ford and Mark Davies.


Though Por­tuguese U21 striker Bet­inho (de­scribed as “quick, strong and tech­ni­cally gifted”, by Bees boss Mark War­bur­ton) is a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion, the loss of tal­is­man Adam For­shaw to Wi­gan has ripped the heart out of mid­field. A big loan sign­ing is, you sus­pect, first on War­bur­ton’s list.

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