Thursday 4 February 2021

Two questions to answer on transfer window

In his latest column for the SLP, Benjy Nurick assesses the transfer window at Charlton:

He asks two questions and gives a definitive answer to one of them, hedging his bets on the other.

'"Did we improve our squad?”  “Did we do enough?”    The first question can unequivocally be answered “yes”, Charlton’s squad has no doubt improved with their January transfer dealings.  The second question is tougher to answer. Ask me in a month.'

I was talking to an Addick down in the Garden of England earlier about recruitment and appointments.  We both agreed it was the most difficult aspect of our work as managers and we has both made mistakes.  As well as making appointments in our own institutions, we also acted as external advisers to senior appointments.

That was difficult enough, albeit many candidates did a good job of shooting themselves in the foot.  However, compared with recruiting footballers, it was straightforward (although 'golden hellos' could be an issue).

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