On the embargo front
Posted by John Beech on August 8, 2010
A quick look at clubs and embargoes, not exhaustive, and needing qualification for the particular circumstances of each club, and obviously subject to changing reactions to the lifting of an embargo. It does however suggest that the impact of a transfer embargo varies enormously, making it a rather blunt instrument as a sanction.
The club has finally lodged its accounts for 2008/09, showing a loss of £300,000 and debts of just over £1m (1). The embargo, which had been reimposed at the end of June (2) has been lifted, and two defenders have been signed (3).
The embargo has just been lifted (4) and manager Dave Jones has two signings lined up (5). He obviously hopes for a ‘flurry of signings’ but it seems unlikely that the club’s finances will allow a great deal of activity.
The for yesterday’s match against Coventry City gave the squad thus [click on image to enlarge]:
By the time of kick-off there had been some updates. Ashdown had been cleared to re-sign, and the actual bench had but four possible substitutes. Boateng, who did not appear at the Ricoh, is up for sale, as is Utaka, but on yesterday’s performance it is hard to see the latter fetching a decent figure. Kanu is yet to agree new terms. Don’t hold your breath for a ‘flurry of activity. It’s still very much a case of ‘Pray Up Pompey:
Preston North End
The transfer embargo was lifted at the end of June (6). Trading has been constrained.
The embargo has just been lifted (7), but again a ‘flurry of activity’ is not expected.
The embargo has just been lifted (8). Seventeen (yes, that’s seventeen) players have been signed by the newly-relegated club, which was repeatedly in court last season regarding HMRC debts, and which struggled to pay its players on time. Double Nectar points all round then.