Why sup­port­ers can’t com­pletely trust clubs

… the de­nials are not by chance

Soccer Laduma - - Siyagobhoza -

How many times have you heard a Pre­mier Soc­cer League team deny in­ter­est in a player or a coach? Far too of­ten, and that’s be­come the norm as ev­ery­one has got their own agenda. The stake­hold­ers, how­ever, ar­gue that their spe­cific rea­sons and agen­das for deny­ing deals are well founded as the clubs be­lieve that they are pro­tect­ing their own in­ter­ests. They nat­u­rally put that first. Clubs are al­ways look­ing to bol­ster their squads, while play­ers and agents are reg­u­larly aim­ing for bet­ter and more lu­cra­tive deals. Due to the big money in­volved in the mod­ern game, the trans­fer mar­ket has be­come volatile, where mil­lions of rand are at stake. The talk be­hind the scenes - the Siyagob­hoza, as we know it - takes place through­out the year, not just dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow. win­dow The clubs and even the agents want to con­trol the nar­ra­tive to pro­tect their own in­ter­ests, and do not want to be em­bar­rassed or lose a deal, which ex­plains why they hold their cards close to their chest up un­til the fi­nal sig­na­ture - de­spite the me­dia scru­tiny. The deal can fall apart at any point in time, even at the last minute, with some rea­sons be­ing: trans­fer fee dead­locks, salary de­mands, bet­ter of­fer some­where else and taking in ad­vice from their re­spec­tive camps. You can ex­pect the cat and mouse game to con­tinue. Clubs, agents and play­ers will nat­u­rally deny what is go­ing on, but the me­dia will con­tinue to chase the story. Watch this space!

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