The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

THE Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow is a dif­fi­cult time to be a lower league man­ager, es­pe­cially at a club like Posh. Our squad has been care­fully and ex­pen­sively as­sem­bled, with the em­pha­sis on buy­ing young tal­ent that can re­al­is­ti­cally be de­vel­oped to play much higher.

Buy­ing pace is one key fac­tor in that equa­tion.

It’s in­evitable that bright tal­ent is go­ing to be sought af­ter, es­pe­cially once that tal­ent be­gins play­ing win­ning foot­ball.

The trou­ble is the stars will inevitably leave your win­ning team. The up­side is play­ers will al­ways want to join you.

I’ve had to get my head around los­ing key play­ers sev­eral times this sea­son al­ready. Joe Gorm­ley, Gabby Zakuani, Jer­maine An­der­son and Calum El­der have all gone un­der the sur­geon’s knife and be­come longterm ab­sen­tees. So, you get used to los­ing key as­sets. What you have to do is plan well, re­cruit well, de­velop well and gen­er­ally be ready for play­ers to de­part your scene.

So, while I’d love to keep my en­tire squad to­gether in this win­dow, I would never deny a player the op­por­tu­nity to move his ca­reer sig­nif­i­cantly for­wards if our club’s rea­son­able re­quire­ments were met.

Al­low­ing lads to move to the higher lev­els is what their fan­tas­tic ef­forts de­serve.

You just have to have been pro-ac­tive in the mean­time, to make sure that de­par­tures are seam­lessly de­liv­ered.

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