I felt depressed when the club’s statement said the transfer embargo had not been lifted even though it was just confirming what I had thought for some time. And the post on almajir.net describes a sobering situation. I have been trying to cheer myself up by looking for some positives.
I mentioned one good outcome of the transfer ban in a post on the Blues Trust website: that it would increase the opportunities for our young players to step up to the first team and show what they can do. I also said that I would prefer to know the truth even if it is bad news. So, I’m glad the club has made a statement even though they took so long to do it.
Eventually, I hope they will understand that it would help if they would be more open with us. They could have told us at the end of last season that the Financial Fair Play regulations might mean they couldn’t sign players. They could also have said they were going to develop our own young players and, given Wes Harding’s impressive performances in the team, fans probably would have welcomed that. Whatever we think of the current situation, I think most of us want to support the players on the pitch.
My main hope is that Garry Monk will realise that he is in a no-lose situation. If we don’t get some new players and do poorly then it is obviously not his fault. If we do better than last season, it will show what a good manager he is. If Monk stays, then I think we could have a reasonable season and not be in danger of relegation on the final day.