Date:Thursday June 10 2010
That nugget of hope that points might not be docked from us next season, whatever happens with the CVA meeting next week, raised hope a little - even, if in all honesty failure to secure the CVA makes our battle even harder than it would have been anyway - this hope has been dashed by the news that our transfer embargo WILL remain in place until AT LEAST 1st July.
Lets face it, this staying in place anyway is not really a 'surprise' is it?
What is more worrying is the news that even the out of contract players offered new contracts CANNOT sign these until an embargo is lifted!
Doing his traditional 'talk to the media' Admin Andy told The News: 'everything is primed for this club - we just need the CVA to set it all off.
'Our embargo target is July 1, subject to the Football League's approval, of course.
'The Football League have told us to get the CVA and then we will talk about getting it removed.
'But once we have got the CVA, there should not be too many reasons why not to lift it. We have played by the rule book and after next week there is no need to keep it in place.
'In the meantime, those players out of contract are effectively free agents. They would have to re-register with the club, which means they are affected by the embargo.
'As it stands, they cannot sign their contracts, but hopefully we can get this CVA.'
The CVA is of course the most important thing, and THIS is what he should be putting all his time, effort and energies into.
After this, then we can work on the manager and players - and this is NOT something he should be doing, but are we actually going to be able to put out a team of 11 players, let alone a match day squad of 17 at this rate?
We only have something like a little over a dozen players under contract, and a number of these will be sold anyway!
Whilst I understand, and even appreciate why players cannot be 'registered', but surely those that were under contract cannot be considered as new signings? That seemed crazy! With these players becoming free agents are they really, even if they would have signed, going to wait around until they can sign these contracts - will we even be in a position for them to do this at any point?
What we ALSO have to remember is, and this is probably even more alarming, many of us have said we will 'use the kids' next season, but even though they are our players if they have not been registered as 'professionals' then I do not think that we cannot even register them can we...
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Date:Thursday June 10 2010
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