The January Transfer Window has now Closed and Keane was Left to Reflect upon his Work

Sunderland manager Roy Keane has had a good month. The January transfer window has now closed and Keane was left to reflect upon his work. Sunderland signed six players before the end of the window including goalkeeper Marton Fulop, winger Carlos Edwards, strikers Anthony Stokes and Stern John and defenders Jonny Evans and Danny Simpson on loan from Manchester United.

The Sunderland boss admits he lost out on a handful of targets over the last few weeks but said that overall he was delighted with the business he managed to complete during the window.

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“If you look over the last few months, we’ve had a few targets, we’ve managed to get most of them. Just two or three slipped by,” he said. “Money has been made available – Niall (Quinn) and Pete (Walker) have been working hard in the background. After the game (Palace) we were relaxed, we’d done our bit of business. It was different when I first got the job – we only 48 hours to tie a few players up. As long as you get your business done two or three days before the deadline, then it’s OK. I haven’t found it too much of a problem, I have to say.”

Keane also understands the reasons behind losing out to the other targets. “You could have £100m to spend, but it’s difficult in terms of lots of these players want to play in the Premiership,” he said. “A few of these players have signed for Premiership clubs that we were speaking to a couple of weeks ago. But I understand that – these players give 100 per cent and they want to play in the Premiership. It wasn’t to be. But generally speaking I’m delighted with lads I’ve got. Hopefully we can have a good end to the season.” Load more……

Darlington Attempted to Sign the Chester Player just Before Christmas but their Offer was Rebuffed by the City Board

Quakers completed their long chase to land striker Gregg Blundell. Darlington attempted to sign the Chester player just before Christmas but their offer was rebuffed by the City board. Darlington has had to wait four weeks to complete the deal but the deal was ratified by the league late last night.

However, manager Dave Penney it seems would have waited longer if he had too. Blundell was out of contract is the summer and could have moved for free under the Bostman ruling. When Penney revealed that he would wait until the end of the season to capture his target the fellow League Two side decided to accept the offer.

“It is one we’ve been chasing for a while. We tried before Christmas and it wasn’t quite right for them at the time. Wright (Chester manager) has players running out of contract in the summer,” said Penney. “Once we’d made it known that we would go back in the summer and try to do some sort of deal with under the Bosman ruling they decided to take our offer.”

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Blundell has already enjoyed a good spell under Penney. The Darlington boss signed him from Northwich Victoria in 2003 and during Doncaster’s League Two title-winning campaign he netted twenty-goal along with a further eleven a division above after the Rovers’ surprise double promotion.

“We are happy to get him. I did a similar thing when I took him to Doncaster,” said Penney. “We got him for a nominal fee out of Northwich Victoria and he was the top goalscorer with twenty-goals in this league. Hopefully, he can do a similar type of thing here – bring him in for a low fee and score twenty-goals.”

Darlington now has an abundance of forwards to draw from. Gaetano Giallanza, Simon Johnson, Julian Joachim, Alun Armstrong and recently recruited Tommy Wright. Penney revealed he will have very little trouble in switching things around during the match should he need too and with the added bodies in the final third he now has the ability to do that.

“We can afford to rest somebody now or if the two who have started are not doing it we can take them off and put the other two on,” said Penney. “I always try to play with two recognized strikers on the bench. Alun and Julian have been in the game long enough and Tommy Wright is still a young lad. We feel we have a good mixture of the people we are bringing in, there is a good blend of experience and youth throughout.” Load More

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