We've lost about 4 players who were earning decent wages. We now have to replace them but we don't have the money to spend on huge transfer fees, so we'll be relying on Bosmans and picking up some players that our scouts have saw in Europe. We need 2 decent strikers a couple of midfielders and a left back. We cannot now compete with even the English Championship teams in terms of wages paid. The Sky money in the English game is killing us.
We've been linked with 2 French players from Nancy. Marc-Antoine Fortune and Landry N'Guemo. I hope we get a young Scottish born player, James McCarthy from Hamilton. There are a lot of teams in for him, but I hope he comes to us. Because he chose to play for the Republic of Ireland, like Aiden McGeady, he will be subjected to abuse wherever he goes in Scotland, so I fear he will say f*** it, who needs this hassle and go South.
If there is an upside to the lack of income, it is that our youth set up has been totally transformed in the past 5 years.
We now have scouts picking up young players from all over Europe and we are hoping to develop them so they can play for us, then we can sell them on for a profit. We have a young African boy who, at 14, is the youngest player to ever start for the 1st team, even though it was only a friendly. High hopes for this lad, even though in an interview he said his 1st love was Manu!!
. We also have a young American GK, a couple of Latvians, a couple of Slovaks, etc. There are very few decent Scottish players coming through. We have recentley linked up with a Hungarian team, Ujpest from Budapest. Our youth coach in now in charge of their first team, and we will be sending players over there for the exeperience.
My club is now no more than a Uefa cup team. It is a blessing that we will be avoiding the CL this year. We would get torn to shreds by any decent team.
With the new manager in place, all that I wish for is some attacking football.