Co-Chairman Mike Garlick on the deadline day dramaGood afternoon everyone and welcome back to Turf Moor for today’s game against West Bromwich Albion.
A lot rides on today’s game, but whatever the outcome it’s important to realise there are still 14 exciting games to go and 42 points available as we look to secure our Premier League future.
Things are so tight in the lower half of the division at present, that two wins can make all the difference.
We experienced that concertina effect ourselves here last time out against Crystal Palace, when we found ourselves 12th after leading at half time, then slipped back to 17th at full time.
Who knows what the future holds, but the one thing we can guarantee is that Sean, his staff and the players will give their all in the coming weeks and months.
As you will now know, we go into the final four months of the season without any new additions. Manchester United Michael Keane became our only permanent signing in January, despite the best efforts of everyone behind the scenes to add to our squad earlier this week.
Without going into too many details, we were left frustrated on several accounts as deadline day unfolded.
Having started the day with fees and personal terms agreed for two of our main targets, decisions form their parent clubs meant neither of those deals ultimately materialised.
The difficulty then lay in believing we had our men, but then having to revisit things late in the day. It’s important to state that we discounted several players because the intention has to be to add to the existing group with quality, not just quantity.
But this can be an uncertain business at times and when you are dealing with other clubs, there are many boxes that need to be ticked.
Managers, players, agents and even directors all have to be party to a transfer and if one of those does not get sanctioned, it’s usually back to square one.
As I said earlier we felt we had two firm deals sewn up, but in one instance a failure to land a suitable replacement, and in the second a whim change from the top, left everyone at Turf Moor feeling very frustrated as we couldn’t quite get the deals over the line.
The positive side is that that we insisted nobody would leave and that never came close to being an option, whatever you might have read elsewhere.
The Board of Directors are committed to retaining the contracted players here to give us the best chance of success.
And this current squad has more than proved its worth in the first 23 games of the campaign.
The squad is together, locked down and fully focused on the task ahead, and it all started today in front of the television cameras against one of those teams in a similar situation to ourselves.
Let battle commence!