BRFCS Content Posted February 1, 2011 Share Posted February 1, 2011 So there you have it the end of a crazy transfer window. What of Rovers at the end of this window. Lets cast our minds back to 1st January 2011 shall we, there were rumours that players wanted to leave, with Christopher Samba in particular coming out and criticising the way the club was being run, this coupled with a great deal of uncertainty regarding the new regime/Steve Kean had many fans (myself included) casting huge doubt on what could be achieved during the window. The 30 days since have been some of the most entertaining in the recent history of the club. BRFCS constantly going down as Nicko’s 11’O Clocker’s took on almost legendary status. The month has seen Rovers strongly linked with sensational moves for Ronaldinho, Beckham and Riquelme but to name a few, which have rightly or wrongly raised the profile of the club. At the end of the month, Rovers have managed to hang onto prize assets such as Chris Samba, Paul Robinson and Phil Jones. Indeed there is talk from manager Steve Kean that these players will be offered improved deals. We have seen Ryan Nelsen, Michel Salgado and Jason Roberts sign new contracts in the last week. In addition to this Roque Santa Cruz and Jermaine Jones have arrived on loan until the end of the season. Finally, yesterday saw Rovers in action on transfer deadline day as they signed Barcelona youngster Rubens Rochina and Argentinean starlet Mauro Formica. That represents a very good transfer window for Rovers, in recent years Rovers fans have not been accustomed to transfer activity on the scale that we have seen this month. Of course there are still questions to answer about the direction that the club is heading (The Venky’s Vision needs to be explained), the roles/future of key figures such as John Williams be clarified and the transfer window has shown that the new owners clearly need to take a “crash course” in PR and learn how to deal with the British Media, but is also right to give the new owners and their advisors credit for spending money during the window. The exact amount that has been spent is hard to determine but it is clear that money has been spent. As this is the topic of the week it is also prudent to look at the concept of the transfer window. Are you in favour of the system or do you believe that it is ruining football. The system has it’s pro’s and cons. The positives are that outside of the transfer window club’s know that players are going to remain with them, therefore it aids planning. Under the old system you used to get fevered speculation all year round which often unsettled players. It allows club’s to concentrate on field matters outside of the window. The negatives are that it has led to panic buying, inflated transfer fees and club’s using the transfer window to make decisions on whether a manager will remain in the job or not. Deadline day like it or loathe has in recent years become a major event raises the profile of the game, this was examplified yesterday as Sky Sports News had wall to wall coverage of all the breaking stories, the BBC website had a transfer window update page and twitter went into meltdown. For many fans all of this made for compulsive viewing/reading. So what do you think? Good window for Rovers? or are the club still on a slippery slope? Can the current transfer window system be sustained? or is it time for change? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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