Big money moves

August 31, 2013





Ken Masters


I AM interested to read that most, if not all, football club managers would prefer the transfer window to close before a bail is kicked in earnest at the start of the new campaign.

Gashead Ollie certainly thinks so because , understand it he just wants to get on with the football and not see it being dominated by activity and speculation regarding big money moves at this time.

Mind you, the Palace manager has made e football headlines already and not for transfer activity alone. Ollie has already been charged with improper conduct and bringing the game into disrepute by the Football Association and it’s only August!

It follows comments made after his side’s first game of the season at home to big spending Spurs.Palace lost the game 1-0 to a Roberto Soldado penalty, awarded by referee Mark Clattenburg after Aaron Lennon’s cross struck Dean Moxey’s outstretched arm.

BBC Sport reported on The FA statement:

“Firstly, it is alleged that Holloway’s language and/or behaviour in or around the match officials’ changing room at the end of the game amounted to improper conduct.

“Secondly, it is alleged that Holloway’s post match media comments guestioned the integrity of the referee and/or match officials and/or implied that the referee and/or match officials were motivated by bias; and/or brought the game into disrepute.”

Ollie’s season is well up and running then but back to his point about the transfer window. Looking at all of the main web players, it is Tuesday by the way, I find that the main stories are still being dominated by pending big money transfers just as they were the previous week and about the same players, notably Bale and Rooney. By the time you read this column the big money moves that are associated with this pair may have come off

There certainly has been some big money moves of late. I just went into Google and entered football transfer news and a whole host of sites came up including,,,, and many more. Not least we have a Live Transfer Clockwatch from we cannot fail to be kept up to date, true, false, mere speculation or otherwise. These were the headlines at the time of writing:

“Man Utd or Chelsea, time for Rooney to Choose”

As praise is showered on Wayne Rooney, ‘ The Wanted One’ must now decide where he wants to be, says Phil McNulty of BBCSport.

“Bale fails to show up to Tottenham training”

Real Madrid target Gareth Bale fails to report to training at Tottenham following a club authorised break in Marbella.

According to Roma have accepted a D35 million offer from Tottenham for Erik Lamela.

The Argentina international is expected to fly to London on Tuesday to formalise what will be a club record deal. !t is reported that Goal understands that the fee for the 21 year old winger is D30m plus D4.9m of performance related add ons linked to appearances and Champions League qualification. Meanwhile, Tottenham have finally agreed an D100m deal to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. True or not, it is clear that Spurs look ike using any Bale money to launch an attack on the Premier big boys this season and see that big money moves is the way to do it.

Ollie may be inthe same League in football terms but is he in financial terms? Not even close; a million miles as well as pounds away as I see it but I understand where he is coming from, he wants the season to settle down early so that he knows what he’s up against and so that he can prepare for matches. But this is my point, it is not the number of transfers that strikes me but the vast sums of money involved. The reason has got to be that certain because clubs want to stay ahead of the game, they want quick fixes and of course they want the guarantee of results; like Cardiff 3 big spending Manchester City 2. Now, that was a headline for me.

This from Cardiff manager Malky Mackay:

“We have the belief we can compete and we did that. We stuck to our game plan and the team were incredibly disciplined.”We were playing against a top team, a team of world class players, a team that only lost one game from a winning position last season.”

 On the other hand Manuel Pellegrini complained that corners cost City a win; but they didn’t win Manuel, they lost!

Fair play Malky and I can see that Ollie wants to do the same sort of pre game work on the training ground and withoi distraction as soon as possible; good luck to the both of you.

Such a shame that the big money cannot be used at the grass roots, improving or building new stadia, installing new training and coaching facilities, investing in Youth Football and so on. Just a thought, you could probably build two new 22,000 capacity state of the art stadiums for the rumoured Bale transfer fee alone. Just to put it into perspective, I know where my money’s going, well into one anyway. 

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