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Deadline Day Live

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Town do not announce any completed transfers before 11pm deadline

  • Deals for Pack and Green understood to be complete, but awaiting rubber stamp from the Football League
  • Rooney poised to join Cheltenham
  • Wright-Phillips at County Ground to discuss loan switch
  • Town yesterday sold winger Matt Ritchie to promotion rivals Bournemouth for £500,000

  • Comments


    STFCBourne98 7:33am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Any transfer gossip from STFC fans?

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    SAPFanSTFC 7:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Lets just hope that things all head the right way!
    ---
    It is still quoting £500,000 for Ritchie yet states £400,000 elsewhere, what is the correct fee?....either way it seems rather cheap unless Ritchie himself has become unsettled by the recent sale and asked to go!?

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    Chish and Fips 7:42am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Hang on to your hats - the roller-coaster is about to start ....

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    grove red 7:43am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Here we go then whos coming whos going???? is pdc staying whats going to happen roll on 11pm.

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    Since 1950 7:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Lets just hope that things all head the right way! --- It is still quoting £500,000 for Ritchie yet states £400,000 elsewhere, what is the correct fee?....either way it seems rather cheap unless Ritchie himself has become unsettled by the recent sale and asked to go!?

    SAP. He might have wanted to go for his own good reasons. However, he is under contract and we didn't have to sell him for between £4-£500k - or did we?

    For a new 'consortium' to come in and sell our prize asset for peanuts before the've taken their coats off and said 'hello' doesn't send out a good signal for what's in store.

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    Brainy_G93 7:46am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Why ask if PDC will be active in the transfer market? He'll be gone by the end of the day.
    I know it was tongue in cheek but didn't he put a 15m price tag on Ritchie.... He won't put up with his best players being sold.
    Anyway, why does he need funds to dip into the transfer market, who would he buy? Another Ritchie? Why didn't they just hang on to Ritchie?

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    Since 1950 7:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Brainy_G93 wrote…


    Why ask if PDC will be active in the transfer market? He'll be gone by the end of the day. I know it was tongue in cheek but didn't he put a 15m price tag on Ritchie.... He won't put up with his best players being sold. Anyway, why does he need funds to dip into the transfer market, who would he buy? Another Ritchie? Why didn't they just hang on to Ritchie?

    Just hope this take-over wasn't done on a shoe-string and there is little or no real money in the kitty.

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    oz ashes 7:53am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Brainy_G93 wrote…


    Why ask if PDC will be active in the transfer market? He'll be gone by the end of the day. I know it was tongue in cheek but didn't he put a 15m price tag on Ritchie.... He won't put up with his best players being sold. Anyway, why does he need funds to dip into the transfer market, who would he buy? Another Ritchie? Why didn't they just hang on to Ritchie?

    maybe theres a right winger at banbury utd we can get for nowt lol

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    LeGod 7:55am Thu 31 Jan 13

    we are a joke of a club selling him for 500k plus pompey get a % of that.

    Any more players sold from this squad will prove this club has no ambition and i for one wont renew my season ticket.

    we have the best chance ever this season to get promoted so what do we do sell one of our best assetts for mickey mouse money to a smaller club. if he was sols i could understand him going to a bigger club but Bournemouth is a joke.

    i have my reservations about the ambition of the new owners and this sale of Ritchie should never have been allowed to happen you can blame AB and the new owners but one of them should have stopped it once the deal had been done.

    I can see Paolo walking as he wont be happy.

    We have had the best manager at this club for a long time and he has been C****ED on from a big height.

    if we sell any more players in this window to me it shows we toally lack ambition. The rest of this squad need to stay if not i can see us ending up mid table.

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    Haydonender 7:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Right then, 15 hours to get through and hope we still have a manager and a squad capable of challenging for promotion at the end of it

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    EeeByGum 7:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

    It seems that it was the old owners that sold Ritchie.

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    ShearerShearer 7:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

    oz ashes wrote…


    Brainy_G93 wrote…

    Why ask if PDC will be active in the transfer market? He'll be gone by the end of the day. I know it was tongue in cheek but didn't he put a 15m price tag on Ritchie.... He won't put up with his best players being sold. Anyway, why does he need funds to dip into the transfer market, who would he buy? Another Ritchie? Why didn't they just hang on to Ritchie?
    maybe theres a right winger at banbury utd we can get for nowt lol

    Let's hope we don't sell Wes, I read on the Banbury forum that they were on their 8th GK this season!

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    grove red 7:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

    How long will it take for the FL aprovel as i think the new owners will not put cashing to club until this is done. And thats maybe why ritchie was sold??

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    Helpme234 8:00am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Can we start with a funeral service please?

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    mustard red 8:00am Thu 31 Jan 13

    This morning I feel old. I've just realised that Jed Mac is younger than me.

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    red_welder 8:02am Thu 31 Jan 13

    hopefully the ritchie transfer will become clearer today and we will have 2 or 3 new signings in.
    maybe he was pushed or maybe he was jumping off the rollercoaster we will have to wait and see

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    whizzy1978 8:03am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The reason matt ritchie was apparantly sold was because the mystery consortium wanted to reduce the wage bill before taking over & selling ritchie was it & if we didnt sell him the takeover would not have been completed, What the real honest truth is nobody knows & will we ever, Is this another set of owners who are not going to enlighten the fans to what goes on at the club.

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    LegendSTFC 8:03am Thu 31 Jan 13

    I'd take Danny Ward back.

    It won't happen but it was being banded about on twitter last night.

    I'm not entirely sure who we could get in that is good enough, sounds big headed of me to say that but I really don't see who. I'm sure most of the people on here will have 'targets' that are good enough.

    Today will be interesting, tht is for sure. I am also sure that PDC will have been looking at targets himself, readying himself for Ritchie leaving.

    Anyway, we sit and wait.

    COYR

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    whizzy1978 8:06am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Whoever replaces ritchie has to be a quality right winger who scores goals not just someone who makes up the numbers on the pitch, 2 players i wouldnt mind is danny green of charlton or dean cox of orient.

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    old town robin 8:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Since 1950 wrote…


    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Lets just hope that things all head the right way! --- It is still quoting £500,000 for Ritchie yet states £400,000 elsewhere, what is the correct fee?....either way it seems rather cheap unless Ritchie himself has become unsettled by the recent sale and asked to go!?
    SAP. He might have wanted to go for his own good reasons. However, he is under contract and we didn't have to sell him for between £4-£500k - or did we?

    For a new 'consortium' to come in and sell our prize asset for peanuts before the've taken their coats off and said 'hello' doesn't send out a good signal for what's in store.

    The new board would not have been able to sell him until the FL sanction the agreement. Pretty certain that Ritchie was sold as part of the deal to generate enough cash to keep the club running over the next month or so. Why such a low fee? because Bournemouth paid cash instead if the usual practice of paying by installments, Put quite simply we're broke and with no readies, we sold off one of our prize assets to survive, the alternative would have been administration.

    I'm disgusted the same as everyone else is that we preactically gave him away for nothing, on the bright side we got an extra 18 months out of him when he could just have easily gone at the same time as the rubbish that left before Paolo arrived. we rebuilt then and we can rebuild again. Matt was oustanding for Paolo but not so brilliant for Wilson, who knows how well he will play for the vultures, Not sure how much we paid for him, but believe we got our money back and a little bit more.

    If only we could have got more of those missing fans to attend, maybe this could have been avoided, 8000 is just not enough to sustain running a football club of our size.

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    SAPFanSTFC 8:13am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Since 1950 wrote…


    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Lets just hope that things all head the right way! --- It is still quoting £500,000 for Ritchie yet states £400,000 elsewhere, what is the correct fee?....either way it seems rather cheap unless Ritchie himself has become unsettled by the recent sale and asked to go!?
    SAP. He might have wanted to go for his own good reasons. However, he is under contract and we didn't have to sell him for between £4-£500k - or did we?

    For a new 'consortium' to come in and sell our prize asset for peanuts before the've taken their coats off and said 'hello' doesn't send out a good signal for what's in store.

    I'm still unsure if this is the new or the old selling....all is very unclear and not helped with so much rubbish spouted by 'new' posters everywhere yesterday.
    .
    It COULD be that PDC has 2 or 3 people he wants to bring in but that we had to offload a big wage earner in order to bring them in?...I'm certainly not condoning the sale but am still very confused by 'WHO' sanctioned this sale.....and it could come to light that we see a different make-up on Saturday v Crawley.
    ...
    Worst case is that PDC isn't happy either way and he goes.....I pray not & still struggle to see him leaving on the basis of selling Ritchie alone....any more of our players goes today then I may change my mind.

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    London Red 8:14am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Danny Ward would be fantastic
    .
    Henshall who has come of age could come home for 6 months - don't we have first option?
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    Danny Green at Charlton is like Matt a goal scoring winger who has done it with DR in both L1 and L2 and was linked in November
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    Any of those 3 with BWP and a new CB would be good new today
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    Hopefully the only out goings are ones PdC wants gone and no more first teamers

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    SAPFanSTFC 8:17am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sorry Old Town - Just seen your post - yep have to agree that this may all be a Ritchie and 'Ritchie alone' moving on to enable PDC to bring in a couple of new targets.
    ---
    Interesting day ahead for sure!

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    STFC-Cat 8:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sam, I think we all need to know a few facts if you can possibly find out:

    1) Why was Ritchie sold
    2) Has any contact with PDC been made?
    3) Have you managed to talk with Jed

    Like everyone else I am gutted and confused about the Ritchie sale, but hopefully it makes way for someone else PDC had his eyes on. Trying to stay optimistic. Thanks

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    Since 1950 8:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The first thing we need today is a clear statement of intent from McCrory and the so far anonymous consortium.

    Please no platitudes about getting to the Championship as soon as possible, or a 3 year plan. As Town Fans we know where that leads!

    I guess the next hours to 11pm will tell us that, though I wont hold my breath after this mornings news of the Ritchie 'fire sale'. That shows no ambition for this season at least.

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    billbst 8:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Can we have a spot Paolo update this morning. Is he in the club?

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    louiscassius 8:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Sorry Old Town - Just seen your post - yep have to agree that this may all be a Ritchie and 'Ritchie alone' moving on to enable PDC to bring in a couple of new targets. --- Interesting day ahead for sure!

    Ian,

    Bradley Wright-Phillips - RW

    Madine - AT/FW

    CB - TBC

    --------------------
    ----------

    Ritchie - Boringmouth

    Colins - Wolves

    Flint - Unamed Club

    Thats my mini prediction league done for today......

    Ooops, Paolo to make statement saying "I've got a job to do, and i'm going to do it, for the fans"!!!

    Regards

    Louis :-)))))

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    LydiardRED67 8:33am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sam just tweeted that today will be fun.....

    Fingers crossed.

    Also stated Pompey get 30% sell on of profit making it £40k. That means we payed quite a large transfer fee for him in the first place.

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    Stickshaker 8:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

    T I N P O T

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    chrystovski 8:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

    As my old man said to me last night - Boremuff in the playoffs, Ritchie plays...well I'm sure you can guess the rest.

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    aturner289 8:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Seems a very dark day over swindon today? and that was just on the way to work, Glad when the day is over and we hear more news, good news.

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    SAPFanSTFC 8:42am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The critical element today which will give us all a sign of what is truly going on will be any new signings.
    .
    I'm going to err on the side of optimism and think that this sale was encouraged by Ritchie due to the uncertainty and that it is also a way to give PDC room to manoeuvre in the market.
    .
    I'll await 2 good signings inbound and a couple of loans out for those who are not core to PDC's plans.

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    STFC-Cat 8:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Trying to think about the positives from the Ritchie sale, hmmm.. actually there are none, crazy business to sell to a promotion rival, but I expect it to come out today that he wanted out himself.

    Just constantly refreshing my screen waiting for an update from PDC himself.

    Also, anyone know anything about Madine?

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    bristol_red 8:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Shocked by Ritchie news last night. Didn't share the news with my 7 year old son at the breakfast table - didn't want to spoil his school day. Am hoping that I'll have better news to share with him when he comes home later! Not going to be a very productive day at work!

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    SAPFanSTFC 8:45am Thu 31 Jan 13

    louiscassius wrote…


    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Sorry Old Town - Just seen your post - yep have to agree that this may all be a Ritchie and 'Ritchie alone' moving on to enable PDC to bring in a couple of new targets. --- Interesting day ahead for sure!
    Ian,

    Bradley Wright-Phillips - RW

    Madine - AT/FW

    CB - TBC

    --------------------

    ----------

    Ritchie - Boringmouth

    Colins - Wolves

    Flint - Unamed Club

    Thats my mini prediction league done for today......

    Ooops, Paolo to make statement saying "I've got a job to do, and i'm going to do it, for the fans"!!!

    Regards

    Louis :-)))))

    Welcome back aboard the optimists Express Louis!!....I rejoined it this morning after given careful consideration to everything over the bottle of wine. :-)

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    Helpme234 8:48am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Wouldn't want Wright-Phillips or Modine. Neither are better than what we already have (or at least we have for the time being).

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    old town robin 8:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Don't understand why the secret of the new concortium,
    - who are they,
    - what is the name of their holding company.
    -How much of the 98% of AB's shares have they bought and what is their investment,
    -assume Fitton and Wray will remain on the board, are they involved with the concortium.
    -Assume patey is on his way out and jed is going to be the new chairman.

    Lots of unanswered questions, just hope today brings better news than Black Tuesday, (pardon the pun).

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    old town robin 8:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Wednesday even

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    louiscassius 8:54am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Helpme234 wrote…


    Wouldn't want Wright-Phillips or Modine. Neither are better than what we already have (or at least we have for the time being).

    Mate,

    It's better than s0d all. Most importantly, i want PDC to stay.

    I think we can still take optimism from the FNG.....

    We want STFC to be in the Championship at the earliest opportunity

    Thats gotta be good news....

    There was alot of wind up merchants on last night........

    Lets just wait and see what pans out today.......

    Louis :-))))

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    ChippyBOB. 8:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The sale of Ritchie is dreadful news! as reading behind the lines it does not look like he was expecting it or even wanting to move? may be he is happy with it or not, eiter way it's done the milks been spilt so to speek lets move on. (thanks to him for the goals and assists during his time here) it appears as if this was all done and dusted before the sale was confirmed, makes you think we could have waited a few hours to let the dust settle and maybe we would have got a better deal?!
    So today look as though it is going to be a bummpy ride of emotions for us all.
    Let's hope sir Paolo has got his head round the situation of it all and has a plan and BACKING to get replacements in and TODAY! (there should now be plenty of room to negociate) as if he feels he's been undermined or over ruled then he will most probably go.
    My feeling to the new owners, Welcome to Swindon please show us your commitment and you will get ours!
    But if today goes pear shaped be prepared for fallout.

    Onwards and let's hope upwards.

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    London Red 9:03am Thu 31 Jan 13

    BWP not better than we have already got??????
    .
    This guy has a proven track record and helped Charlton secure the title last season!
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    He's not just a one season wonder either -as he scored goals for them the year before and at Plymouth before that
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    I would have him in ahead of Williams anyday of the week!
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    Hadn't seen Whizzy post when I said my shortlist - agree on Cox too he would do nicely
    .
    Based purely on Tuesday so would Orients 17 he was very tricky and gave Macca a hard time all game (though that could be a one off - Cox has shown it over a longer term)

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    SouthcoastRed 9:04am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC-Cat wrote…


    Sam, I think we all need to know a few facts if you can possibly find out:

    1) Why was Ritchie sold
    2) Has any contact with PDC been made?
    3) Have you managed to talk with Jed

    Like everyone else I am gutted and confused about the Ritchie sale, but hopefully it makes way for someone else PDC had his eyes on. Trying to stay optimistic. Thanks

    Totally agree;

    Sam,.... I dont think any of us are in the mood today for 'jokes' about Victoria Beckham....

    Get down the club and start demanding some answers!

    I miss the JayWray era - it is not right that we are kept in the dark on this.

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    Helpme234 9:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

    louiscassius wrote…


    Helpme234 wrote…

    Wouldn't want Wright-Phillips or Modine. Neither are better than what we already have (or at least we have for the time being).
    Mate, It's better than s0d all. Most importantly, i want PDC to stay. I think we can still take optimism from the FNG..... We want STFC to be in the Championship at the earliest opportunity Thats gotta be good news.... There was alot of wind up merchants on last night........ Lets just wait and see what pans out today....... Louis :-))))

    Ok Louis - you are probably right but until I can find something or someone to kick i'm afraid i'll be staying negative!1

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    Ginge09 9:06am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Its not who we get - its who we keep today that will determine how the rest of the season will pan out.

    PDC is key

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    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers 9:10am Thu 31 Jan 13

    How do we know that PDC didn't sanction the Ritchie sale to free up funds. Hollands and Martin's loans are up soon (Saturday I think) and he's made it clear he dosn't want to lose them.
    We have De Vita and Roberts who can play on the wing and Luke Rooney is back as well.
    Perhaps this sale will fund the promotion push..........funds that wouldn't have been there if we hadn't have sold him, plus losing Hollands and Martin.
    We've lost better players in the past and perhaps Ritchie and his "i've been through ths before at Pompey" comment was starting to have a negative effect in the changing room!

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    grove red 9:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Ginge09 wrote…


    Its not who we get - its who we keep today that will determine how the rest of the season will pan out.

    PDC is key

    Agree wounder if luke rooney will stay now???

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    John Young's Grumpy 9:15am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just seen Bruce Forsyth with 1932 footie boots and plus four shorts heading to the training ground..........

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    billbst 9:18am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Ginge09 wrote…


    Its not who we get - its who we keep today that will determine how the rest of the season will pan out.

    PDC is key

    Agree. Has he been spotted at the club yet?

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    grove red 9:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

    wes you stay there and dont move from your tv also turn your phone of we want you to stay please.

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    southside7 9:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Selling Ritchie is very bad news, but the apocalyptic fear is losing Wes. If he is still here come 11pm this evening I will sleep easier. Hopefully just rumours without substance yesterday.

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    mallorca 9:22am Thu 31 Jan 13

    MR this move has been on the cards for a while now.We all thought he would go for big money how wrong were me.
    No doubt a few more will leave today and Pdc might just also walk away.
    I still cannot figure out how they can just wipe out 10 million pounds of owed debt to directors?????
    as for new owners we still await FL approval who know's that just might get knocked back.
    Also who the hell was this GUV on postbag last night sounded a right pain.
    We still don't know who the owners are with the exception of Jed whou buys his 280 supporters beer on home match days.
    Avoiding Administratio yes maybe but at what cost. Wage bill will be way down by 2300hrs tonight and we will have a few players in who nobody else wants
    COME ON SAM give us some real NEWS

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    madterrier 9:29am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Can't see how we will be spending any money. If we do, then why did we not hang onto Ritchie instead of selling him at a distressed, low price? It wouldn't make any sense. We needed the Ritchie money to keep the club solvent.

    It's going to be more of an issue to hang onto our other players, and the manager, today.

    None of the names mentioned move me at all. I'm still gutted about losing the best player we've had here for years. When will this club ever be run properly?

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    Wembley69 9:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    Lets just hope that things all head the right way!
    ---
    It is still quoting £500,000 for Ritchie yet states £400,000 elsewhere, what is the correct fee?....either way it seems rather cheap unless Ritchie himself has become unsettled by the recent sale and asked to go!?

    Heard it was £500k and he was unsettled by the 'uncertainty' around the club! Personally with the debts wiped out and £500k in the bank plus Benson, possibly Luke Rooney, Cox etc leaving it might have been better for him had he stayed? Still his loss to the team although disappointing is not a major blow.

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    CraftyPig 9:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

    When I explained to my 8 year old son this morning that we had sold Ritchie to Bournemouth he couldn't make sense of it.

    Then after a moment he suggested that maybe we could replace him with Gareth Bale - if only!!

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    SAPFanSTFC 9:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

    mallorca wrote…


    MR this move has been on the cards for a while now.We all thought he would go for big money how wrong were me.
    No doubt a few more will leave today and Pdc might just also walk away.
    I still cannot figure out how they can just wipe out 10 million pounds of owed debt to directors?????
    as for new owners we still await FL approval who know's that just might get knocked back.
    Also who the hell was this GUV on postbag last night sounded a right pain.
    We still don't know who the owners are with the exception of Jed whou buys his 280 supporters beer on home match days.
    Avoiding Administratio yes maybe but at what cost. Wage bill will be way down by 2300hrs tonight and we will have a few players in who nobody else wants
    COME ON SAM give us some real NEWS

    If they went into Admin they lost their £10 million (or most of it depending upon the agreement) if they wiped it out anyway and sold they may get a better return per share....albeit not a lot but may also retain clauses for the future.
    ....
    Looking at the weather forecast for today and tomorrow and given the state of the pitch on Tuesday I'm struggling to see the match on Saturday going ahead - we need that match for the players to put everything behind them.
    ....
    Let's just see a quiet day regarding outbound moves today.

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    Wembley69 9:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFCBourne98 wrote…


    Any transfer gossip from STFC fans?

    Apparently Mario Balotelli was surprised last night to find himself in an Italian restaurant in Milan and not Fratellis in Swindon, there again this is someone who tries to disguise his car with army style camouflague for driving in towns and cities!

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    Lambourn Red 9:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    Can't see how we will be spending any money. If we do, then why did we not hang onto Ritchie instead of selling him at a distressed, low price? It wouldn't make any sense. We needed the Ritchie money to keep the club solvent.

    It's going to be more of an issue to hang onto our other players, and the manager, today.

    None of the names mentioned move me at all. I'm still gutted about losing the best player we've had here for years. When will this club ever be run properly?

    Little bit over the top on the best player we have had for years statement not in the same league as Cox or Austin, but I do share your concerns on the reasons for selling him it just does not stack up someone has got a lot of explaining to do.

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    Becca84 9:40am Thu 31 Jan 13

    So we've lost Matt Ritchie, he's not irreplaceable. Ok we didn't get a huge amount of money for him but whats done is done so lets move on. With regards to the Championship why are we even talking about it? Surely we should be concerntrating on the here and now? We are currently 3rd in League 1 which for me is amazing, I love PDC and what he's done for the club and i believe once the deal is hopefully confirmed later on today we can move forward and keep going from strength to strength. This is not history repeating itself! This time we have a manager who is passionate we have back room staff and a board of officers who are dedicated in my mind this is only the beginning for Swindon and we still have bigger and better things to come! KTF people because Swindon really does count on your support, COYR :)”

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    BillyLucas4me 9:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

    please let me be wrong that we have been shafted and it is all about asset stripping

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    STFC_through&through 9:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation

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    Stilloyal 9:43am Thu 31 Jan 13

    billbst wrote…


    Ginge09 wrote…

    Its not who we get - its who we keep today that will determine how the rest of the season will pan out. PDC is key
    Agree. Has he been spotted at the club yet?

    He'll be on the training ground.

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    SAPFanSTFC 9:45am Thu 31 Jan 13

    BillyLucas4me wrote…


    please let me be wrong that we have been shafted and it is all about asset stripping

    You can rest easy - this is NOT about asset stripping and is all part of a complex financial situation and its impacts on the take-over.
    ---
    Play Raffa out wide right and Roberts on the left and it'll be business as usual on Saturday!...We only win 3-0, we only win 3-0....!! :-)

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    STFC_through&through 9:46am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Becca84 wrote…


    So we've lost Matt Ritchie, he's not irreplaceable. Ok we didn't get a huge amount of money for him but whats done is done so lets move on. With regards to the Championship why are we even talking about it? Surely we should be concerntrating on the here and now? We are currently 3rd in League 1 which for me is amazing, I love PDC and what he's done for the club and i believe once the deal is hopefully confirmed later on today we can move forward and keep going from strength to strength. This is not history repeating itself! This time we have a manager who is passionate we have back room staff and a board of officers who are dedicated in my mind this is only the beginning for Swindon and we still have bigger and better things to come! KTF people because Swindon really does count on your support, COYR :)”

    I completely agree... PDC and his staff have brought that passion into the game and it has emanated onto the players! You can see that in most games STFC play with desire and passion for the club... that is why we are where we are!

    Keep pushing up the league
    COYR

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    Wonder Strike 9:47am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Ritchie is a loss, but he was our most marketable asset. Our best player and the one we cannot afford to lose is Fodders.

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    London Red 9:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Reading Matt's comments above it does sound like he was a driving force in the move - which didn't seem likely on Tuesday as he played one of his best games for a while
    .
    I can only guess it could simply be a bridging thing - AB said no more - new guys can't takeover yet so as MR wanted out it was seen as best way to finance that gap
    .
    Hopefully that will now give PdC the room to get 3 in - a CB a winger and a forward
    .
    Granted none will be Ritchie - but as we have seen with Caddis going it might not be a bigger loss as first thought
    .
    If we strengthen other areas we could still be a better unit
    .
    With our defence we normally only need 1 goal and getting someone like BWP and or Madine dcould see that happen more
    .
    Roberts was woeful on tuesday - but has been one of the best right wingers in L1 for years - maybe he will step up now MR is not about as he is on his "preferred side"?????

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    Angolan Red 9:50am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sell one of your best assets at rock bottom price, ok may release money for some loan players but if they perform they are away at the end of the season.and if they dont like most we sign we are stuck with them. Unless Ritchie asked to leave we are showing no ambition lets hope some players come through are youth system. And if Decanio was aware of the sale and approved time for him to go to West Ham

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    The Rev W Pitt 9:50am Thu 31 Jan 13

    People post saying that if more fans turned up we wouldn`t have to sell players but I would turn that round.

    Swindon have a history of selling their best players for peanuts (Shearer, Fjortoft, Ritchie)

    I`m not surprised we don`t get good attendances when the club so often pull the rug from under our feet.

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    Med Red 9:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC_through&thr
    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation

    If we sold Ritchie to reduce the wage bill, it's very unlikely we will be signing BWP, who's reportedly on twice the weekly wage that Ritchie was on. So let's forget that red herring. If we need a replacement for Ritchie, perhaps we should look at giving Luke Rooney another chance.

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    madterrier 9:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Lambourn Red wrote…


    madterrier wrote…


    Can't see how we will be spending any money. If we do, then why did we not hang onto Ritchie instead of selling him at a distressed, low price? It wouldn't make any sense. We needed the Ritchie money to keep the club solvent.

    It's going to be more of an issue to hang onto our other players, and the manager, today.

    None of the names mentioned move me at all. I'm still gutted about losing the best player we've had here for years. When will this club ever be run properly?
    Little bit over the top on the best player we have had for years statement not in the same league as Cox or Austin, but I do share your concerns on the reasons for selling him it just does not stack up someone has got a lot of explaining to do.

    True. Cox and Austin were/are class. Forgot about them in the heat of the moment. We never know quite how much we got for Austin - £1.2 million? - and I think Cox was much lower.

    But this is a very poor piece of business, and Black/Patey's exit route has been handled very badly, with the pressure of time destroying value.

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    billbst 9:52am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Stilloyal wrote…


    billbst wrote…


    Ginge09 wrote…

    Its not who we get - its who we keep today that will determine how the rest of the season will pan out. PDC is key
    Agree. Has he been spotted at the club yet?
    He'll be on the training ground.

    Just hoping the Adver would be checking.

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    Di kanny oh 9:53am Thu 31 Jan 13

    My thoughts are like this, if football league approval takes a few days and past the 31st Jan then that leaves us in the lurch regarding funds and Black will not put any more money in and the new consortium who have funds would want football league approval first before commiting their funds because what if the FL block the move. This is why Ritchie had to be sold only concrete offer on the table. Patey has said tonight PDC and the squad can now concentrate on the football and in trying to get us into the championship. I am sure Paolo will still be here tomorrow and Ritchie was the unfortunate sacrifice which could have been any of half a dozen players. Its being said that Ritchie is buying new property in Fareham so if true may be he wanted away anyway. Fantastic player for STFC but I got the feeling he was not no where near his best in more recent games and looked out of sorts. Rafa and Roberts can certainly step up to the plate and I would now keep Luke Rooney and get this lad on the pitch and doing what he was bought here for.I would say Luke Rooney's problems are in his head. I am sure Paolo will have replacements lined up anyway and Danny Green has been mentioned from Charlton. All the best Matt you have been a wonderful servant to STFC.

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    Becca84 9:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Come on folks "It's not over until the fat lady sings" or in our case PDC and tbh if his rendition of 'Dancing in the Moonlight' was anything to go by then hold on to your hats but always KTF.

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    STFC_through&through 9:57am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Med Red wrote…


    STFC_through&thr

    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation
    If we sold Ritchie to reduce the wage bill, it's very unlikely we will be signing BWP, who's reportedly on twice the weekly wage that Ritchie was on. So let's forget that red herring. If we need a replacement for Ritchie, perhaps we should look at giving Luke Rooney another chance.

    Yes but we need to reduce the wage bill for the takeover to be completed and then can resign. Rooney speculated to go to Cheltenham for season long loan. At the minute looks like DeVita LM and Roberts RM which is supposedly his favoured side. Just need to wait and see

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    Stilloyal 9:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Di kanny oh wrote…


    My thoughts are like this, if football league approval takes a few days and past the 31st Jan then that leaves us in the lurch regarding funds and Black will not put any more money in and the new consortium who have funds would want football league approval first before commiting their funds because what if the FL block the move. This is why Ritchie had to be sold only concrete offer on the table. Patey has said tonight PDC and the squad can now concentrate on the football and in trying to get us into the championship. I am sure Paolo will still be here tomorrow and Ritchie was the unfortunate sacrifice which could have been any of half a dozen players. Its being said that Ritchie is buying new property in Fareham so if true may be he wanted away anyway. Fantastic player for STFC but I got the feeling he was not no where near his best in more recent games and looked out of sorts. Rafa and Roberts can certainly step up to the plate and I would now keep Luke Rooney and get this lad on the pitch and doing what he was bought here for.I would say Luke Rooney's problems are in his head. I am sure Paolo will have replacements lined up anyway and Danny Green has been mentioned from Charlton. All the best Matt you have been a wonderful servant to STFC.

    Most logical post and explanation so far and echo's my thoughts too.

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    STFC_through&through 10:01am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC_through&thr
    ough
    wrote…


    Med Red wrote…


    STFC_through&thr


    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation
    If we sold Ritchie to reduce the wage bill, it's very unlikely we will be signing BWP, who's reportedly on twice the weekly wage that Ritchie was on. So let's forget that red herring. If we need a replacement for Ritchie, perhaps we should look at giving Luke Rooney another chance.
    Yes but we need to reduce the wage bill for the takeover to be completed and then can resign. Rooney speculated to go to Cheltenham for season long loan. At the minute looks like DeVita LM and Roberts RM which is supposedly his favoured side. Just need to wait and see

    BWP supposedly on 10k a week, so highly doubt he will be coming to swindon anyway

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    aturner289 10:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just seen andy williams in his BMW 1 series up at foxhill this morning going into the liddington for training. i no it was him as i work across the road from the training ground and pass him most days, so lets hope things will be back to normal for tomorrows game.

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    STFC_through&through 10:07am Thu 31 Jan 13

    aturner289 wrote…


    Just seen andy williams in his BMW 1 series up at foxhill this morning going into the liddington for training. i no it was him as i work across the road from the training ground and pass him most days, so lets hope things will be back to normal for tomorrows game.

    That suggests he isnt going to BCFC then... Good news! Need more like that for rest of the day!

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    the don69 10:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC_through&thr
    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation

    Spot on ,that's what I've heard can't follow the site much today in London on business,but must hear what Paolo got to say!true fans get behind your team this is when it needs you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    old town robin 10:17am Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC_through&thr
    ough
    wrote…


    STFC_through&thr

    ough
    wrote…


    Med Red wrote…


    STFC_through&thr



    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation
    If we sold Ritchie to reduce the wage bill, it's very unlikely we will be signing BWP, who's reportedly on twice the weekly wage that Ritchie was on. So let's forget that red herring. If we need a replacement for Ritchie, perhaps we should look at giving Luke Rooney another chance.
    Yes but we need to reduce the wage bill for the takeover to be completed and then can resign. Rooney speculated to go to Cheltenham for season long loan. At the minute looks like DeVita LM and Roberts RM which is supposedly his favoured side. Just need to wait and see
    BWP supposedly on 10k a week, so highly doubt he will be coming to swindon anyway

    Why not, if he is not in Charltons plans, it makes no sense for him to be sitting around at the valley picking up £10k for nothing. If he comes to us for the rest of the season I'm sure we would only pay a percentage of that, the same as we had to for lee Cox, Benson and Risser.

    Think our relationship has been quite good with Charlton since Paolo arrived with both Benson and Holland giving good accounts of themselves and if he is not fully fit, he soon will be. lol

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    Always red 10:17am Thu 31 Jan 13

    I can't believe Andrew Black would not just see out the rest of the season. He's put millions in surely a deal could have been done by someone to help pay the wages for a few months ? We're on the brink of the championship how big is that for a club our size ? We have a fantastic passionate manager who genuinely cares about the club and it looks like it's all going to fall apart . Only at Swindon we can have so much hope one week and self destruct the other. I could not sleep properly last night worrying about our club I bet Paolo never went to bed !

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    wiki27 10:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

    One other very annoying thing is the wedge that Patey will obviously get from Black to do his dirty business. I am appalled at this mans' initial front of making sure what is done is done in the best interests of the club...and now this! It scares me witless to know he was a senior diplomat @ Afghanistan with communication skills akin to a 4 year old. No wonder Afghanistan is a mess with the likes of his involvement. BTW, am NOT comparing the war with STFC, only iterating the obvious inadequacies of our 'Chairman'.

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    SAPFanSTFC 10:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Always red wrote…


    I can't believe Andrew Black would not just see out the rest of the season. He's put millions in surely a deal could have been done by someone to help pay the wages for a few months ? We're on the brink of the championship how big is that for a club our size ? We have a fantastic passionate manager who genuinely cares about the club and it looks like it's all going to fall apart . Only at Swindon we can have so much hope one week and self destruct the other. I could not sleep properly last night worrying about our club I bet Paolo never went to bed !

    He's in bigger financial trouble than anyone could have guessed and has no liquid funds in order to bankroll us for one more month let alone 4 more...
    ....
    ........allegedly!! :-)

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    red_welder 10:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

    agree with wiki first thing he said was that board members would be taking a wage.
    hope all will become clearer today

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    Fozzystfc 10:29am Thu 31 Jan 13

    With the news of budget being available and ritchie gone maybe 2 or 3 maybe 4 signing's will make a lot of town fans happy. BWP. Madine. Danny ward and danny green rumoured.

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    the wizard 10:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The whole sale of Ritchie has been a totally mis managed media affair. If the club had come out and stated he was going and for all the truthful reasons then people would have had to accept what was going on for the greater good.

    The tin-pot statement released just before 22:40 hrs didn't really go far enough. People who roll up every week deserve more on a moral ground to know what is going on. Patey may have brought in buyers to the club, but the mans PR has been a disaster from day one, and he has no charisma for sure.

    This whole sad and now sordid affair has been handled in an abysmal manner from the out set and all I can hope for is when the deal has been ratified that Jedward can come out and put the record straight. there is no point in anybody judging him as officially he has yet to take over, and him keeping quiet right now to me is a good sign.

    I'm also looking forward to the weekly press conference where I hope most if not all issues are put straight and into perspective. We have come through darker days than this in the past and lets all now concentrate in getting behind the new owners and our team and management. We should leave all this behind us and do what we do best, support the club.

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    SAPFanSTFC 10:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just been belly laughing at the Bibatelli moment again...it is just priceless when he gets the blue one and still can't get it right.
    ----
    I'm on board 'PDC's Opimist's Express' and fully expect a decent outcome for all gong forwards - like many I think Ritchie had aided the move given the uncertainty so doubt that PDC is any more than disappointed to lose him.

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    the wizard 10:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

    10:17am

    The Advertiser understands funds are now available to manager Paolo Di Canio to add to his squad, with any deals expected to be loans.




    So, all is not lost.

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    SAPFanSTFC 10:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

    the wizard wrote…


    The whole sale of Ritchie has been a totally mis managed media affair. If the club had come out and stated he was going and for all the truthful reasons then people would have had to accept what was going on for the greater good.

    The tin-pot statement released just before 22:40 hrs didn't really go far enough. People who roll up every week deserve more on a moral ground to know what is going on. Patey may have brought in buyers to the club, but the mans PR has been a disaster from day one, and he has no charisma for sure.

    This whole sad and now sordid affair has been handled in an abysmal manner from the out set and all I can hope for is when the deal has been ratified that Jedward can come out and put the record straight. there is no point in anybody judging him as officially he has yet to take over, and him keeping quiet right now to me is a good sign.

    I'm also looking forward to the weekly press conference where I hope most if not all issues are put straight and into perspective. We have come through darker days than this in the past and lets all now concentrate in getting behind the new owners and our team and management. We should leave all this behind us and do what we do best, support the club.

    Trouble is Wiz....until the new boys are confirmed as the owners they have no basis or authority o make any announcements as they don't want to upset the FL before the deal is ratified.
    ....
    Black had to sell but as per history he and SWP just have no interest in letting everyone know what is happening.
    ....
    I was negative about SWP from day one as and whilst we've been proved right on him we are now on the verge of entering a new era in our football club.
    ----
    ....at least we still have one and not being deducted 10pts eh!?

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    STFC_through&through 10:46am Thu 31 Jan 13

    the don69 wrote…


    STFC_through&thr

    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation
    Spot on ,that's what I've heard can't follow the site much today in London on business,but must hear what Paolo got to say!true fans get behind your team this is when it needs you!!!!!!!!!!!!

    What people need to realise is what situations we have been in before. We are in a fantastic situation at the minute being 3rd in League 1 andin fantastic form. Yes we have just sold Ritchie, but he is replaceable and we have come out of worse situations fighting

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    Rebel_phish 10:47am Thu 31 Jan 13

    As Sap knows, I've got far more important things on my mind at the moment than the trials and tribulations, and the ins and outs at SN1.

    But just had to take a look at the current state of play.

    GLASS HALF FULL kinda guy at the moment.

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    STFC_through&through 10:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    STFC_through&thr

    ough
    wrote…


    STFC_through&thr


    ough
    wrote…


    Med Red wrote…


    STFC_through&thr




    ough
    wrote…


    From the way i have understood it, Ritchie was sold to release high wages at the club so that the take over can be completed. Ritchie only agreed to this as he was unsure of the future of the club, and the take over situation sealed this. This was very similar as to when he was at pompey, and lets be honest at the moment the cherries are more financial secure.

    I think the key thing is that we keep PDC... he is the major turning point that this club has had over the last 2 seasons. We have restructured, overcame and conquered situations before. We will do it again and i can still see STFC in the championship next season.

    PDC to release a statement later this afternoon - Will be interesting to hear what he says... hopefully not a resignation
    If we sold Ritchie to reduce the wage bill, it's very unlikely we will be signing BWP, who's reportedly on twice the weekly wage that Ritchie was on. So let's forget that red herring. If we need a replacement for Ritchie, perhaps we should look at giving Luke Rooney another chance.
    Yes but we need to reduce the wage bill for the takeover to be completed and then can resign. Rooney speculated to go to Cheltenham for season long loan. At the minute looks like DeVita LM and Roberts RM which is supposedly his favoured side. Just need to wait and see
    BWP supposedly on 10k a week, so highly doubt he will be coming to swindon anyway
    Why not, if he is not in Charltons plans, it makes no sense for him to be sitting around at the valley picking up £10k for nothing. If he comes to us for the rest of the season I'm sure we would only pay a percentage of that, the same as we had to for lee Cox, Benson and Risser.

    Think our relationship has been quite good with Charlton since Paolo arrived with both Benson and Holland giving good accounts of themselves and if he is not fully fit, he soon will be. lol

    We will just have to see! I would like to see BWP come to the club as think he would be a massive asset especially with the loss of Ritchie. He is also a goal scorer. Fingers crossed

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    Oi Den! 10:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

    I couldn't give a monkey's about new signings. If we get through today with the rest of the players still on board and the manager making the right noises, that will do nicely for me. I'm not optimistic on either count though.

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    sadgit 10:55am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The sound of silence..........

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    STFC_through&through 10:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Anyone know what sort of time PDC's press talk will be? I know this afternoon but is that 1? 4?

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    the wizard 10:59am Thu 31 Jan 13

    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    The whole sale of Ritchie has been a totally mis managed media affair. If the club had come out and stated he was going and for all the truthful reasons then people would have had to accept what was going on for the greater good.

    The tin-pot statement released just before 22:40 hrs didn't really go far enough. People who roll up every week deserve more on a moral ground to know what is going on. Patey may have brought in buyers to the club, but the mans PR has been a disaster from day one, and he has no charisma for sure.

    This whole sad and now sordid affair has been handled in an abysmal manner from the out set and all I can hope for is when the deal has been ratified that Jedward can come out and put the record straight. there is no point in anybody judging him as officially he has yet to take over, and him keeping quiet right now to me is a good sign.

    I'm also looking forward to the weekly press conference where I hope most if not all issues are put straight and into perspective. We have come through darker days than this in the past and lets all now concentrate in getting behind the new owners and our team and management. We should leave all this behind us and do what we do best, support the club.
    Trouble is Wiz....until the new boys are confirmed as the owners they have no basis or authority o make any announcements as they don't want to upset the FL before the deal is ratified.
    ....
    Black had to sell but as per history he and SWP just have no interest in letting everyone know what is happening.
    ....
    I was negative about SWP from day one as and whilst we've been proved right on him we are now on the verge of entering a new era in our football club.
    ----
    ....at least we still have one and not being deducted 10pts eh!?

    Morning Ian, yes I have to agree, but like many others I suspect, feeling very shell shocked and hacked off over the way things have been done.

    As for Non-Matey-Patey, well i think for somebody who has gained a knighthood he has shown little grace, understanding or passion for our corner, and it beggars the question that how can somebody who on the face of it excels in ignorance rise to such heights. He obviously has a much talent side which we have not seen. I wish I could do the away game on Saturday to show and voice my support but prior arrangements preclude that. Rest assured I will be voicing my support at the next home game and the sooner that occurs the better. Still drinking out of my STFC mug this morning and proud to do so.
    I hope we stick it up 'em, and now is the time to extend that unbeaten run to double underline we are still focused.

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    jam1 11:04am Thu 31 Jan 13

    BBC Wiltshire‏@BBCWilt
    shire

    SPORT: @BBCWiltshire understands #Swindon Town are lining up a move for Cheltenham midfielder Marlon Pack. #stfc

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    STFC_through&through 11:06am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Marlon Pack swap for L.Rooney? He is a fantastic player! Hopefully not a sign that Ferry/Miller is off though as they are both base of the team. And hollands

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    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers 11:07am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Marlon Pack..........would be a great signing. One of if not the best player in L2

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    STFC_through&through 11:08am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers wrote…


    Marlon Pack..........would be a great signing. One of if not the best player in L2

    Yes when swindon have played Cheltenham, he has controlled the game. Strong and creative

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    who am i 11:10am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just been reported on bbc wilts dicanio been told he can strengthen and marlon pack coming here also he after green from charlton and madine from weds also trying to get Martin rest of season. Fingers crossed.

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    Roy Carter 11:16am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Marlon Pack !! Well that's the first time I have smiled in the last 24 hours.

    Great player and still young.

    Like everyone else, I won't be able to relax until I hear from PDC himself.

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    Oldhamred 11:25am Thu 31 Jan 13

    One thing for certain.
    If Paolo's signing players the he IS staying.

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    ole ole 11:29am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Strange we'd be in for Pack now... I thought he and Ritchie were best mates? Or am I making it up?

    Good signing though as long as he's prepared to train hard!

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    Psychedelic Syd 11:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

    For goodness sake tie Ferry down with a new contract - you can bet there are many clubs tracking him.

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    SAPFanSTFC 11:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

    the wizard wrote…


    SAPFanSTFC wrote…


    the wizard wrote…


    The whole sale of Ritchie has been a totally mis managed media affair. If the club had come out and stated he was going and for all the truthful reasons then people would have had to accept what was going on for the greater good.

    The tin-pot statement released just before 22:40 hrs didn't really go far enough. People who roll up every week deserve more on a moral ground to know what is going on. Patey may have brought in buyers to the club, but the mans PR has been a disaster from day one, and he has no charisma for sure.

    This whole sad and now sordid affair has been handled in an abysmal manner from the out set and all I can hope for is when the deal has been ratified that Jedward can come out and put the record straight. there is no point in anybody judging him as officially he has yet to take over, and him keeping quiet right now to me is a good sign.

    I'm also looking forward to the weekly press conference where I hope most if not all issues are put straight and into perspective. We have come through darker days than this in the past and lets all now concentrate in getting behind the new owners and our team and management. We should leave all this behind us and do what we do best, support the club.
    Trouble is Wiz....until the new boys are confirmed as the owners they have no basis or authority o make any announcements as they don't want to upset the FL before the deal is ratified.
    ....
    Black had to sell but as per history he and SWP just have no interest in letting everyone know what is happening.
    ....
    I was negative about SWP from day one as and whilst we've been proved right on him we are now on the verge of entering a new era in our football club.
    ----
    ....at least we still have one and not being deducted 10pts eh!?
    Morning Ian, yes I have to agree, but like many others I suspect, feeling very shell shocked and hacked off over the way things have been done.

    As for Non-Matey-Patey, well i think for somebody who has gained a knighthood he has shown little grace, understanding or passion for our corner, and it beggars the question that how can somebody who on the face of it excels in ignorance rise to such heights. He obviously has a much talent side which we have not seen. I wish I could do the away game on Saturday to show and voice my support but prior arrangements preclude that. Rest assured I will be voicing my support at the next home game and the sooner that occurs the better. Still drinking out of my STFC mug this morning and proud to do so.
    I hope we stick it up 'em, and now is the time to extend that unbeaten run to double underline we are still focused.

    Yep agreed - everything was a bit surprising yesterday.
    .
    Fortunately my optimism seems to be being bourn out as just seen the Marlon Pack element in between a bit of DIY - I think this underlines the fact that Ritchie probably wanted a bit of stability and to return to the South Coast and that his departure hasn't put Pack off.
    .
    Don't think you can under-estimate the importance of Pack arriving despite Ritchie's departure.
    .
    Like you I can't make Saturday but still hopeful of getting to Colchester away - much as I hate their ground...fingers crossed for the rest of the day! :-)

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    grove red 11:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Things are looking up cant wait to hear from pdc today.

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    tally38 11:37am Thu 31 Jan 13

    watch this space bournmouth in play off finals at wembley who will score the winner dick heads

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    STFC_through&through 11:40am Thu 31 Jan 13

    ole ole wrote…


    Strange we'd be in for Pack now... I thought he and Ritchie were best mates? Or am I making it up?

    Good signing though as long as he's prepared to train hard!

    Yes him and Ritchie were both at Pompey together. Both fantastic players

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    tally38 11:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

    watch this space bournmouth in play off finals at wembley who will score the winner dick heads
    any one want my season ticket

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    swindonloyal 11:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

    The last time we sold our standout player we ended up relegated, yet at least we bagged a healthy £2M. Selling Ritchie for £500K or possibly less is just not good enough. He won League 2 Player of the Year last season, and is well on track to do the same again for League 1. 9 goals from RM in League 1, and now he's playing for our promotion rivals. Only at Swindon does this happen. I can only pray that Wes and Paolo stay now. They are key to any future success!

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    grove red 11:49am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Psychedelic Syd wrote…


    For goodness sake tie Ferry down with a new contract - you can bet there are many clubs tracking him.

    Agree get him a signed up now!!!

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    Fozzystfc 11:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Remember man city when they got taken over on deadline day in summer of 2008. They sold off there best player at the time corluka to Tottenham and they got taken over and signed Robinho. Today were near enough taken over and we have money to splash. In comes pack. Green. Madine and extending chris martins loan and hopefully hollands. Hope we keep ferry on a longer contract. Ritchie who????????

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    grove red 11:58am Thu 31 Jan 13

    Cant belive there is still no word from the new owners yet or another statement.

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    stfcknowitall 12:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Bournemouth lose if play-off final and we go automatically!! Matt who??...love it, fianlly feeling more positive again lets hope this new owner loves the game of football unlike andrew black...very, very excited if we do get Marlon Pack.

    If we also get Danny Green & Madine we will have a stonger squad regardless of Ritchie jumping ship. Im thinking ritchie might just regret leaving us.. at least im hoping he will come the end of the season!!

    COME ON YOU REDS..UP THE FOOTBALL LEAGUE WE GO!!

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    grove red 12:10pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Lets not forget how many points we got of bournemouth this season remind me ooooooh 4points

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    Oxon-Red 12:13pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Disappointed in the sale of Matt but given the letter going out advertising our players it seems that the club were potentially in a very precarious position if the takeover didn't occur.

    I believe we should take stock and also wait until it has been sanctioned by the FL. Not trying to scaremonger but...

    This takeover has potentially saved the club from points deductions, having to sell more pleyers, relegation and possibly turning into the next Pompey.

    Assuming all goes through in the next couple of days there are positives:

    1. Swindon Town FC still exists.
    2. STFC is in a play-off position with no danger of relegation.
    3. STFC do not owe £10M to STFC Holdings (more details required here).

    We have no details of the consortium and how much money they have but the money factor is not a huge issue IMO. More important is the survival of the club.

    At the start of the season we had money, something has happened between now and then which has more than likely forced AB to have to pull the plug and I am inclined to believe the sale of Matt is an insurance policy guarding against the takeover not being sanctioned.

    Assuming the takeover completes, it gives us a chance to restart the season not with zero points but with 50, a decent chance of gaining promotion and probably funds to bring players in on loan. I suspect Paolo was aware of the situation and that it will make him even more determined. He could go but I don't see this as part of his make-up.

    A bit of patience is required at the moment, give the new people time to settle in, listen to what they have to say and then have ours. I think we could still be in for an exciting 3-4 months.

    COYMR

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    Oxon-Red 12:33pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    tally38 wrote…


    watch this space bournmouth in play off finals at wembley who will score the winner dick heads

    James Collins or Andy Williams ?

    No, Danny Hollands !!!!

    COYMR

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    John Young's Grumpy 12:33pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    tally38 wrote…


    watch this space bournmouth in play off finals at wembley who will score the winner dick heads any one want my season ticket

    I'll have it, if you are giving it away out of disgust or doubt over the Town's ability to get out of this division.

    I have some good mates who cant afford to attend every game but get there when they can and display a little more loyalty than you seem to express. They can use your seat.

    Hope I am not misinterpreting what you say and I am not trying to be contentious - it just seems that the Club needs our support not our anger - we cant undo what is done - neither can we rant until we know the truth and who to rant at?

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    the wizard 12:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Some light relief in the terse times,

    Understand that the A12 is the main trunk road in Essex ......

    As a trucker stops for a red light on the A12 a blonde catches up.
    She jumps out of her car, runs up to his truck, and knocks on the door.

    The trucker lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Heather, and
    you are losing some of your load!"

    The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street. When the truck stops
    for another red light, the girl catches up again. She jumps out of her car
    runs up and knocks on the door.

    Again, the trucker lowers the window.

    As if they've never spoken, the blonde says brightly, "Hi, my name is
    Heather, and you are losing some of your load!!!"

    Shaking his head, the trucker ignores her again and continues down the
    street. At the third red light, the same thing happens again.

    All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the
    truck door. The trucker lowers the window. Again she says, "Hi, my name is
    Heather, and you are losing some of your load!!!!!"

    When the light turns green the trucker revs up and races to the next
    light.
    When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of the truck, and runs back
    to the blonde. He knocks on her window, and as she lowers it, he
    says,............




    "Hi, my name is Kevin, it's winter and I'm driving the bloody
    gritter......

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    Pewsham Red 12:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Good news re Marlon Pack and after last nights turmoil it is good to see some positive news as it implies that PDC will be staying and I feared the worst last night.

    We were after him last season and seems a decent player and there seems positive news on other signings, although I hope we don't let the likes of Foderingham, Collins and Williams go the other way.

    My view on Ritchie is that it was sad to see him go and that he was a bit of a pawn in the takeover business. Seems to me he was as surprised as anyone that we accepted the bid, especially at such a low level.

    Don't reckon he can be blamed for going and he had to consider the future as the takeover deal hadn't been concluded at the time he signed for Bournemouth.

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    billbst 12:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Explanation of Ritchie sale now on OS. Cash Flow.

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    Pewsham Red 12:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Statement released regarding Ritchie.

    It is as we suspected yesterday although does beg the question as to why someone (Black?Fitton? McCrory) couldn't have plugged the gap for a short time and then sold Ritchie for closer to £1m in the summer. Surely would have made financial sense in the long run.

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    Devon Red 12:42pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    At last some details and explanation from the club. It seems Ritchie has been the sacrificial lamb. If his sale means no administration etc thats good enough for me !

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    grove red 12:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    Statement released regarding Ritchie.

    It is as we suspected yesterday although does beg the question as to why someone (Black?Fitton? McCrory) couldn't have plugged the gap for a short time and then sold Ritchie for closer to £1m in the summer. Surely would have made financial sense in the long run.

    Maybe there is a concern that the FL will not approve the deal???

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    LeGod 12:53pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    My understanding is unless im totally wrong but i think they were the consortium who tried to buy Luton when they were in trouble but they got turned down by the FL. Now there could be other investors now than what they had then but McGory was definetly involved in trying to take over Luton. I also understand he is close to the footballing Stein brothers.

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    madterrier 12:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    What a crap statement, but I've got use to this stuff from the club by now.

    So the club (never mind whether it is old owners, new owners or both) have sold/given away our best player for around £800,000 less than he is worth, to a promotion rival, to cover funding for a few days because no other way of plugging that gap could be found??

    Crap.

    How much does it cost to run the club for 3-4 days, perhaps a week, on our current budget? £100,000? £70,000. Are we in that dire a position that we have to lose £800,000 and our best player just to raise that kind of money temporarily?

    I hope the Adver presses on this issue, because it suggests that the club really is in a very terrible financial position, but I guess we all knew that. They are suggesting it is just a bridging issue, but I doubt it. Andrew Black has pulled up stumps and taken his bat and ball home suddenly and we needed funds, period - it's not just a timing issue while the takeover is ratified.

    It is the sudden abandonment of plans and budget and distressed sale of the club by the old board in a compressed timeframe that has precipitated this situation. Either way, we have lost around £800,000 on Ritchie just to cover financial mis-management.

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    Oldhamred 1:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    My understanding is unless im totally wrong but i think they were the consortium who tried to buy Luton when they were in trouble but they got turned down by the FL. Now there could be other investors now than what they had then but McGory was definetly involved in trying to take over Luton. I also understand he is close to the footballing Stein brothers.

    That's the way.........
    Try and find something negative to say.

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    Pewsham Red 1:14pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    What a crap statement, but I've got use to this stuff from the club by now.

    So the club (never mind whether it is old owners, new owners or both) have sold/given away our best player for around £800,000 less than he is worth, to a promotion rival, to cover funding for a few days because no other way of plugging that gap could be found??

    Crap.

    How much does it cost to run the club for 3-4 days, perhaps a week, on our current budget? £100,000? £70,000. Are we in that dire a position that we have to lose £800,000 and our best player just to raise that kind of money temporarily?

    I hope the Adver presses on this issue, because it suggests that the club really is in a very terrible financial position, but I guess we all knew that. They are suggesting it is just a bridging issue, but I doubt it. Andrew Black has pulled up stumps and taken his bat and ball home suddenly and we needed funds, period - it's not just a timing issue while the takeover is ratified.

    It is the sudden abandonment of plans and budget and distressed sale of the club by the old board in a compressed timeframe that has precipitated this situation. Either way, we have lost around £800,000 on Ritchie just to cover financial mis-management.

    That's kind of what I was getting at in my post, as it is odd we let Ritchie go yesterday evening but now we are suddenly able to bring in 2-3 new players.

    Is this being financed by the Ritchie money? Is it new funds from the new guys? All a bit strange.

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    stigger 1:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    all i'll say is this if the sale of Ritchie stops admin and we are able to proceed with new owners then as gutted as I am (especially the price) then i can accept it. I hope PDC can and that the rest of today brings better news. Is a real shame as if Mr Black had managed to sell club and not lose Ritchie he would have been held in high regard by nearly all of us. He still has pumped loads of money into club but this sale will i expect cast a black mark on his legacy

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    stigger 1:16pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    On the calendar issue, the little one ripped it down last night and threw a right strop!!

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    davel4848 1:17pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Where's that guy calling himself "GUV" ?.
    He was all over this site last night, saying he knows this and he knows that.
    Not a word from him today. Maybe he's gone back up the A420.

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    Oi Den! 1:17pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    terrier, I fear you are absolutely right. It seems we've given a big discount in order to get the sale done quickly. No wonder the Bournemouth fans are laughing. If the old and new owners could not come up with something to cover a few days, something is wrong.
    .
    Some questions I would like our local media boys to ask:
    .
    Who are those involved in the buying consortium?
    .
    What are their motives?
    .
    Do they think they can run the club at a profit?
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    Do they intend to try to redevelop and/or buy and sell the County Ground?

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    Pewsham Red 1:19pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    stigger wrote…


    all i'll say is this if the sale of Ritchie stops admin and we are able to proceed with new owners then as gutted as I am (especially the price) then i can accept it. I hope PDC can and that the rest of today brings better news. Is a real shame as if Mr Black had managed to sell club and not lose Ritchie he would have been held in high regard by nearly all of us. He still has pumped loads of money into club but this sale will i expect cast a black mark on his legacy

    Fair point stigger. Administration would have been a disaster and a route we definitely did not want to go down and if that is avoided then fair enough.

    Just seems that it could have been done a better way that could have saved money and losing a quality player at a knock down price.

    But, lets face it, we'd all take short term pain for longer term stability (if that's what we get!!)

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    clunge_meister 1:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Everything tells me that the new consortium have no funds - which I can live with if they are up front about it, but they have not said anything.

    They also don't appear to have strong enough relations with a bank even to find a few hundred grand for a week or 2. Most homeowners could do that.

    On the face of it they are also showing very little business sense and definitely no PR skills. I hope Paolo has better news this afternoon.

    Pack and Green are decent players but it all leaves a sour taste.

    Agree that Black has pulled the rug too quick but must have his reasons as he's thrown millions away by not waiting till we were in the championship.

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    Oi Den! 1:24pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    By the way, would all those who slaughtered Chris Wise on here for his reporting now care to admit that he was spot on? It is now quite plain that we came within a whisker of administration. Unless and until the takeover receives Football League approval, that gloomy prospect is still not dispelled. Keep up the good work Chris. Some people would rather shoot the messenger than accept the bad tidings he bears.

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    madterrier 1:25pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Maybe we could have approached Wonga as shirt sponsors, because a pay day loan is what we have had to beg for to avoid the Big A, and boy have we paid a price.

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    LeGod 1:29pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    oldhamred - i'm stating a fact have you got a problem with that??? K**B

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    STFC-Cat 1:31pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    clunge_meister wrote…


    Everything tells me that the new consortium have no funds - which I can live with if they are up front about it, but they have not said anything.

    They also don't appear to have strong enough relations with a bank even to find a few hundred grand for a week or 2. Most homeowners could do that.

    On the face of it they are also showing very little business sense and definitely no PR skills. I hope Paolo has better news this afternoon.

    Pack and Green are decent players but it all leaves a sour taste.

    Agree that Black has pulled the rug too quick but must have his reasons as he's thrown millions away by not waiting till we were in the championship.

    How can they release funds or make a statement when the take over hasn't been approved by the FA yet? I expect they will make a statement once they get the approval. I don't see what a relationship with a bank has anything to do with it right now, we have no idea who the backers are or if they have funds so this is just propaganda. Not being funny just think we need to wait for the FA approval and then we should hear a lot more.

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    Oi Den! 1:31pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    stigger wrote…


    all i'll say is this if the sale of Ritchie stops admin and we are able to proceed with new owners then as gutted as I am (especially the price) then i can accept it. I hope PDC can and that the rest of today brings better news. Is a real shame as if Mr Black had managed to sell club and not lose Ritchie he would have been held in high regard by nearly all of us. He still has pumped loads of money into club but this sale will i expect cast a black mark on his legacy
    Fair point stigger. Administration would have been a disaster and a route we definitely did not want to go down and if that is avoided then fair enough.

    Just seems that it could have been done a better way that could have saved money and losing a quality player at a knock down price.

    But, lets face it, we'd all take short term pain for longer term stability (if that's what we get!!)

    Or we've taken a short-term dash for cash and lost the prospect of several hundred thousand pounds more by selling Ritchie at the right time? Don't like it at all.

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    Red1681 1:33pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Wish people would have a bit more faith in PDC not jumping ship every time there is a ripple in the waters.

    Remember "my word is more important than 1000 contracts".

    For sure, Championship football next season.

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    swinRhino 1:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    There seems to be a re-occuring question of why did we have to sell Matt and if things were/are hat dire how can we look sign 3 players today.
    There was always a time limit and Feb was always mentioned.
    Black as stated had picked up his ball and said I don't want to play anymore. That leaves a gaps in finances for Jan that he was not willing to bridge himself, the new board cannot do this until it is ratified and put in place.
    The new players being looked at will be be accountable for until next month on the books when everything will be in place.
    still not in a position to say what money the new group has, but if Matt wasn't sold it would be admin and 10 points dropped and all team up for say.
    I said in another post thanks to Matt for agreeing to move, without that it would be dire today - probably did help they still up for promotion and it's near where he is from.

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    grove red 1:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    stoke have had a bid for butland accepted wonder if birmingham will try and get caddis on the cheap???

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    topsecret 1:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Fozzystfc wrote…


    Remember man city when they got taken over on deadline day in summer of 2008. They sold off there best player at the time corluka to Tottenham and they got taken over and signed Robinho. Today were near enough taken over and we have money to splash. In comes pack. Green. Madine and extending chris martins loan and hopefully hollands. Hope we keep ferry on a longer contract. Ritchie who????????

    probably the funniest thing i have ever read , corluka best player , well done my comic friend

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    MITTED 1:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    davel4848 wrote…


    Where's that guy calling himself "GUV" ?.
    He was all over this site last night, saying he knows this and he knows that.
    Not a word from him today. Maybe he's gone back up the A420.

    I would bet money that it is the same knob who did exactly the same thing when Fitton & co took over. Too much time on his hands and no friends.
    COYR

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    Oi Den! 1:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC-Cat wrote…


    clunge_meister wrote…


    Everything tells me that the new consortium have no funds - which I can live with if they are up front about it, but they have not said anything.

    They also don't appear to have strong enough relations with a bank even to find a few hundred grand for a week or 2. Most homeowners could do that.

    On the face of it they are also showing very little business sense and definitely no PR skills. I hope Paolo has better news this afternoon.

    Pack and Green are decent players but it all leaves a sour taste.

    Agree that Black has pulled the rug too quick but must have his reasons as he's thrown millions away by not waiting till we were in the championship.
    How can they release funds or make a statement when the take over hasn't been approved by the FA yet? I expect they will make a statement once they get the approval. I don't see what a relationship with a bank has anything to do with it right now, we have no idea who the backers are or if they have funds so this is just propaganda. Not being funny just think we need to wait for the FA approval and then we should hear a lot more.

    I don't think this is an FA matter, it's the Football Legue isn't it?

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    Oi Den! 1:46pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    League

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    clunge_meister 1:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    STFC-Cat wrote…


    clunge_meister wrote…

    Everything tells me that the new consortium have no funds - which I can live with if they are up front about it, but they have not said anything. They also don't appear to have strong enough relations with a bank even to find a few hundred grand for a week or 2. Most homeowners could do that. On the face of it they are also showing very little business sense and definitely no PR skills. I hope Paolo has better news this afternoon. Pack and Green are decent players but it all leaves a sour taste. Agree that Black has pulled the rug too quick but must have his reasons as he's thrown millions away by not waiting till we were in the championship.
    How can they release funds or make a statement when the take over hasn't been approved by the FA yet? I expect they will make a statement once they get the approval. I don't see what a relationship with a bank has anything to do with it right now, we have no idea who the backers are or if they have funds so this is just propaganda. Not being funny just think we need to wait for the FA approval and then we should hear a lot more.

    The fact that we know nothing is sort of the point - their first act is to sell the family silver down on e-bay.

    If they were confident that the deal would be ratified then getting a bridging loan or short term revolving facility would be simple.

    I've been positive all season and will be again later but I've seen enough financing deals to know instinctively that something is a bit iffy

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    London Red 1:54pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day
    .
    Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account!
    .
    That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k)
    .
    The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee
    .
    We will only be paying a percentage of their wages
    .
    This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority)
    .
    Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved
    .
    Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume
    .
    The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed
    .
    After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place!
    .
    Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago!
    .
    There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?

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    Swindon1984 1:59pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?

    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.

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    LeGod 2:10pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    MK DONS also chasing Danny Green so i hear

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    Pewsham Red 2:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day
    .
    Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account!
    .
    That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k)
    .
    The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee
    .
    We will only be paying a percentage of their wages
    .
    This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority)
    .
    Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved
    .
    Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume
    .
    The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed
    .
    After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place!
    .
    Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago!
    .
    There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?

    Are you guessing players in are on loan, as I can't see it suggested anywhere. If, as I suspect, this is an assumption then it kind of blows a hole in your initial argument.

    That said, your second point is pretty valid.

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    themoonraker 2:30pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Swindon1984 wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?
    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.

    I think most of us now understand the need for immediate cash.
    I just wish we would stop knocking AB, without his (and others) money STFC would be in non-league football at best (no pun intended!)
    How he spnds his money is his choice, priorities change for all of us, perhaps other issues in his life are more important than STFC.
    We have known for a while that he was
    wanting out. maybe he needs the money from his Betfair share sale for other things more important to him.
    We should be thanking him for indulging PDC and JW and allowing us to enjoy the ride.
    I believe a big thank you is in order instead of the sniping and bad-mouthing that is creeping into some posters comments

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    Wilesy 2:31pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Suppose on the positive side the club has gained £xmillion from money it owes that has been written off.

    And if we lose Hollands Bostock Ritchie Benson Rooney Risser and get in Madine Martin Green and Pack all is not lost.

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    avo 2:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Lets hope the assembled reps from sky and the bbc get things right this time around eh??

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    Hoverish 2:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Bit of a sideways move at best for Ritchie - shame all round really.

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    Pewsham Red 2:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    themoonraker wrote…


    Swindon1984 wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?
    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.
    I think most of us now understand the need for immediate cash.
    I just wish we would stop knocking AB, without his (and others) money STFC would be in non-league football at best (no pun intended!)
    How he spnds his money is his choice, priorities change for all of us, perhaps other issues in his life are more important than STFC.
    We have known for a while that he was
    wanting out. maybe he needs the money from his Betfair share sale for other things more important to him.
    We should be thanking him for indulging PDC and JW and allowing us to enjoy the ride.
    I believe a big thank you is in order instead of the sniping and bad-mouthing that is creeping into some posters comments

    I am not sure anyone is being too critical, it is just we are not sure of the urgency and the thinking.

    My point was why sell Ritchie at less than half his value for a shortfall of a few days while the FL do their, no doubt, thorough checks.

    For a few hundred grand we could have sold Ritchie is summer for closer to £1m. Black could have been reimbursed from this or from funds from new consortium when they take over.

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    Pewsham Red 2:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    themoonraker wrote…


    Swindon1984 wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?
    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.
    I think most of us now understand the need for immediate cash.
    I just wish we would stop knocking AB, without his (and others) money STFC would be in non-league football at best (no pun intended!)
    How he spnds his money is his choice, priorities change for all of us, perhaps other issues in his life are more important than STFC.
    We have known for a while that he was
    wanting out. maybe he needs the money from his Betfair share sale for other things more important to him.
    We should be thanking him for indulging PDC and JW and allowing us to enjoy the ride.
    I believe a big thank you is in order instead of the sniping and bad-mouthing that is creeping into some posters comments

    I am not sure anyone is being too critical, it is just we are not sure of the urgency and the thinking.

    My point was why sell Ritchie at less than half his value for a shortfall of a few days while the FL do their, no doubt, thorough checks.

    For a few hundred grand we could have sold Ritchie is summer for closer to £1m. Black could have been reimbursed from this or from funds from new consortium when they take over.

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    London Red 2:42pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham - suggest you get your glasses out - it clearly says all over this page they will be loans - usually under a big red header!
    .
    11:10am
    .
    ADVER CHIEF SPORTS WRITER SAM MORSHEAD: "Details hazy regarding Pack-Rooney deal. Reports in Cheltenham suggest a fee could change hands, I'm led to believe only loans today, though."
    .
    11:05am
    .
    The Advertiser also understands Town are looking at bringing Charlton's Danny Green to the County Ground on loan as a replacement for the departed Matt Ritchie
    .
    11:05am
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    The Advertiser understands Chris Martin's loan spell will be extended today.
    .
    10:17am
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    The Advertiser understands funds are now available to manager Paolo Di Canio to add to his squad, with any deals expected to be loans

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    LeGod 2:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    so osunds like Ritchie was sold behind by Paolos back hmm - i fear the worst they have done that and think it will go down badly with Paolo.

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    ds-red 2:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    stay positive paolo
    we can still go up
    players come and go im here for life

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    themoonraker 2:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    themoonraker wrote…


    Swindon1984 wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?
    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.
    I think most of us now understand the need for immediate cash.
    I just wish we would stop knocking AB, without his (and others) money STFC would be in non-league football at best (no pun intended!)
    How he spnds his money is his choice, priorities change for all of us, perhaps other issues in his life are more important than STFC.
    We have known for a while that he was
    wanting out. maybe he needs the money from his Betfair share sale for other things more important to him.
    We should be thanking him for indulging PDC and JW and allowing us to enjoy the ride.
    I believe a big thank you is in order instead of the sniping and bad-mouthing that is creeping into some posters comments
    I am not sure anyone is being too critical, it is just we are not sure of the urgency and the thinking.

    My point was why sell Ritchie at less than half his value for a shortfall of a few days while the FL do their, no doubt, thorough checks.

    For a few hundred grand we could have sold Ritchie is summer for closer to £1m. Black could have been reimbursed from this or from funds from new consortium when they take over.

    .......perhaps he needs his''few hundred grand' for something that is more important to him???

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    wiki27 2:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Tuned in to the radio to BBC Wiltshire to listen live to Paolo and guess what...the line has gone down from the CG! Unbelievable? Nope...typical.....

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    Davidsyrett 2:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day
    .
    Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account!
    .
    That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k)
    .
    The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee
    .
    We will only be paying a percentage of their wages
    .
    This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority)
    .
    Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved
    .
    Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume
    .
    The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed
    .
    After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place!
    .
    Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago!
    .
    There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?

    LR, AB decided to stop pumping money into the club on Jan 31st. Strange that you as an accountant find it hard to believe why he would have put another £300K into the club after deciding to write of nearly £10M of investment/loans to the club, Would you? The man has lost millions over the past few years, you have to draw the line somewhere, if the sale of Ritchie keeps this club out of administration then that's fine for me. The reason why loan signings can come in is because we do not have to pay their wages until the end of next month, hence giving the new board a chance to sort out the funds. They are hardly going to put money into the club until the takeover has been sanctioned by the FA, what happens if they don't get clearance??

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    the wizard 2:55pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    so osunds like Ritchie was sold behind by Paolos back hmm - i fear the worst they have done that and think it will go down badly with Paolo.

    That may be so, but why has he chosen to buy a house in Fareham and not nearer Swindon if he was so happy here. Bournemouth and Howe individually have been chasing him for a while, so Mondays fax must have been music to their ears. Just wonder how much influence his agent had, speaking to B'muff and to STFC getting things moving along.

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    Davidsyrett 2:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    PdC seems very positive, sit back all and enjoy the ride!!

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    old town robin 2:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Leo Sayers Leather Trousers wrote…


    Marlon Pack..........would be a great signing. One of if not the best player in L2

    was a good mate of Matt when they were both at Pompey, shame they won't get the chance to play together again in the red shirt (if he arrives), If we sign another mid-fielder does that mean Danny Holland won't be returning, hope he will,m after the Doncaster own goal, he really settled in and for me has shown a very good understanding with Simon Ferry.

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    LeGod 3:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Fareham isnt that far from Bournemouth approx 35-40 miles but anyway we have to look forward from today on and the main thing is Paolo is still here.
    Players will come and go and as much as i'm hacked off about Ritchie going we have to look forward now and i think i've dwelled on it enough.

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    jillyh 3:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    so osunds like Ritchie was sold behind by Paolos back hmm - i fear the worst they have done that and think it will go down badly with Paolo.

    So do I LeGod and if that is the case then I know one person who will not renew their season ticket (my husband) and that means me as well.

    Memories are short - I remember them rueing the sale of GG saying, looking back they would not have sold. Shame JW is not there to remind them.

    Please stay Paolo.

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    old town robin 3:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    tally38 wrote…


    watch this space bournmouth in play off finals at wembley who will score the winner dick heads

    Just remember Matt is a Jonah, every club he plays for ends up in the scheite.
    Give it two years and you'll be fire selling when the Ruskie takes his money out.

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    madterrier 3:07pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    We cannot have any criticism of Andrew Black. Although we still await the details of the takeover, it is likely that he has put in/lost a lot of money in the club, while being the least football-focused member of the original consortium.

    We can be disappointed with the timing. Had he been willing to put another £200,000 or whatever it is into the club for February until the new owners took over, then the club would not have been forced to sell Ritchie at a knockdown price. But as David Syrett says, you have to draw the line somewhere.

    Even if AB had funded Swindon for another month, and we kept Ritchie, how would he have got that extra £200,000 back at a later date? The assumption is that Ritchie might be worth another £800,000 in the summer, but how do you legally bind the new owners to force him to sell him? Clubs would still know that we would be a forced seller. And how would you structure the club's finances in a takeover to ring-fence future, estimated proceeds from a summer sale of Ritchie to be returned to Black?

    It's not as easy as it sounds. And it wouldn't have been fair on Ritchie either. The club has a bank account, and as it lives hand-to-mouth, it's probably as empty as Patey's charm offensive. In all probability, Black would never have seen his money again.

    It's sad, but on reflection, inevitable. Until football in this country is restructured and administered so that it is run sustainably, STARTING AT THE TOP WITH THOSE TOSSERS IN THE PL, this situation will keep on happening time and time and time again to the other 80-odd 'smaller' clubs. But I'm not holding my breath. The football administrators in this country couldn't organise their way out of a wet paper bag.

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    Rebel_phish 3:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    My glass is still half full.

    News of possible players comming in with no one going out (well, not main squad players), Paolo still here and upbeat.

    And only 8hrs of torment to go.

    Sad that Ritchie has gone, but totally understand why. If we can get Danny Green to the club, he will be more than a replacement for Matt.

    No, at the moment the best news is that Paolo Is still here and so is FODDERS. He would be more of a loss that Matt.

    Stability and a sense of upward momentum needed now.

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    Davidsyrett 3:17pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    AB was spending £3M a year to keep our heads above water, to cover that cost we would have to have an extra 5200 (all paying full price!!) on every home gate this season, not exactly going to happen.

    We have lived above our means for the past 18mths, and it was unsustainable, something had to give, and frankly if by selling Ritchie we can balance the books & move on then I think we have come out of this pretty lightly.

    Lets not kid ourselves, we would have not been 3rd in the division 1 had it not be for the large sums of money invested by AB.

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    TheDukeOfBanbury 3:19pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    On my way back from France and will be at Crawley singing my heart out for my Club.

    Paolo is still here so not as bad as was being spouted on here last night.

    Another bumpy ride for sure but STFC we will never die.

    "Paolo Di Canio"

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    stigger 3:24pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I have been pro PDC for his reign as manager but have been critical at times of man management and thought some people could only see him through rose tinted spectacles. I now think they may have been right all along!! If he'd walked today i would've understood but what has he done he has re-iterated his commitment to the fans, his players (says they were his first thought) and said we can still challenge at the top. He has been calm and considered when surely all instincts for this fiery man must have been to go mental, i now believe that he can become a top manager and hope we get to keep him for as long as possible. Would not be surprised if he were snapped up in summer and i would not begrudge him that but also think he wants to achieve the 'plan' first. Others may have come and gone but he seems set on achieving what he set out to do. COYR!

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    BillyLucas4me 3:24pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Breaking News for Sat:-
    Hat-trick for Ritchies' replacement

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    Is that you Lovesey 3:31pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    PDC is here, we have a club, we are not in administration, we have only lost 1 player (2 if you count the excellent DH) albeit one of our best players to one of our highest rivals, but after all that we are still 3rd in the league with a great manager and a very good squad, would like to see a midfielder.... PDC has to be a bit better with his signing and not waste so much cash monies...

    Oh did I mention PDC is still here.

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    Always red 3:34pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    PDC will leave in the summer this is obvious. I hope we get promoted this year or I can see a slippery slope back to league 2 .The next few weeks will have a massive impact on this clubs future praying we can keep our form going to take us over the line

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    London Red 3:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I do understand you have to draw a line - but shouldn't that be upon completetion of the sale?
    .
    Contracts have been signed after all!
    .
    Lets not forget AB has not left STFC completely he has only sold the majority of his 98% holdings - that means he will still benefit in the future from any profits realised - which will NOT be in L1!
    .
    If selling Ritchie blows promotion he may never see a return if PdC leaves and is then followed by others in the summer - lots are here because of him and lots will go if he does
    .
    We had missed chances before remember 2003? it took until 2009 to recover from that going via L2!
    .
    Its now 2013 so 3 years since our last shot - going via L2 AGAIN
    .
    I hope this decision doesn't mean we have to wait until 2016 or 2019 for another shot at promotion back to the Championship and another trip to L2 all over one months (PRE AGREED) funding!

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    MITTED 3:35pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    themoonraker wrote…


    Swindon1984 wrote…


    London Red wrote…


    Its not that difficult to understand why we had to sell but can then sign 3 players the next day . Ritchie was our asset and went for cash - with a large amount up front (see watkins statement) - this will now be sat in STFC bank account! . That up front fee provdes funds to cover the running costs of the club over the next month (£250k-300k) . The incoming players are loanees and unlikely at our level demand a fee . We will only be paying a percentage of their wages . This combined percentage could be similar to 100% of Ritchies wage + x% of Benson's wage cheltenham are paying (which is over 50% as majority) . Plus we could be loaning out both Rooney and Cox to free up more wages - so our running costs could be flat to what they were before Ritchie and Benson moved . Then by the time March comes round the new consortium will be in place and funding of the day to day running will resume . The real question is why Black suddenly WANTED to stop funding on 31 Jan rather than cover upto 1 extra month after a deal was agreed . After all he AGREED to this budgeted loss and put us there in the fiorst place! . Revenues are ahead of busget and wages are under budget - so reality is the agrred loss is actuall smaller than sigend off only 7/8 months ago! . There is no NEED to as being reported as he made £3m from Betfair share sales this month - couldn't £300k of that been used to keep Ritchie and pay next months wages?
    As you say, something doesn't add up here. In fact a lot doesn't add up.
    I think most of us now understand the need for immediate cash.
    I just wish we would stop knocking AB, without his (and others) money STFC would be in non-league football at best (no pun intended!)
    How he spnds his money is his choice, priorities change for all of us, perhaps other issues in his life are more important than STFC.
    We have known for a while that he was
    wanting out. maybe he needs the money from his Betfair share sale for other things more important to him.
    We should be thanking him for indulging PDC and JW and allowing us to enjoy the ride.
    I believe a big thank you is in order instead of the sniping and bad-mouthing that is creeping into some posters comments
    I am not sure anyone is being too critical, it is just we are not sure of the urgency and the thinking.

    My point was why sell Ritchie at less than half his value for a shortfall of a few days while the FL do their, no doubt, thorough checks.

    For a few hundred grand we could have sold Ritchie is summer for closer to £1m. Black could have been reimbursed from this or from funds from new consortium when they take over.

    Watkins said that bormuff paid cash up front, which was more than what they offered in the £900k bid last year, that was made up of less cash and lots of if, buts and maybes.

    Still angry that this was allowed to happen.

    COYR

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    smirg kcab 3:36pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    jillyh wrote…


    LeGod wrote…

    so osunds like Ritchie was sold behind by Paolos back hmm - i fear the worst they have done that and think it will go down badly with Paolo.
    So do I LeGod and if that is the case then I know one person who will not renew their season ticket (my husband) and that means me as well. Memories are short - I remember them rueing the sale of GG saying, looking back they would not have sold. Shame JW is not there to remind them. Please stay Paolo.

    why do you want him to stay when you both will not support him next year?.
    last funny statement like that was bill clinton saying i did not have sex with that lady after she gave him a blowey lol
    downwards now upwards

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    swwindon61uk 3:40pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Oi Den! wrote…


    terrier, I fear you are absolutely right. It seems we've given a big discount in order to get the sale done quickly. No wonder the Bournemouth fans are laughing. If the old and new owners could not come up with something to cover a few days, something is wrong.
    .
    Some questions I would like our local media boys to ask:
    .
    Who are those involved in the buying consortium?
    .
    What are their motives?
    .
    Do they think they can run the club at a profit?
    .
    Do they intend to try to redevelop and/or buy and sell the County Ground?

    Seems to me that AB meant what he said about Jan 31st,no more.
    Can the new lot put money in to do that before approval?
    I guess they can otherwise we would be after players right now.
    The new owners did not want to sell Ritchie they said.
    So yes your question would be a great one to ask.

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    Oldhamred 3:44pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    oldhamred - i'm stating a fact have you got a problem with that??? K**B

    LeGod, having re-read your comment I think that maybe I was a little harsh.
    However, I am struggling to understand why you think that gives you the right to call me a "K**B"?
    I'm assuming you are not a keyboard warrior who hides behind a username so I look forward to your apologie in due course.
    Kindest Regards
    Paul

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    swwindon61uk 3:44pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Always red wrote…


    PDC will leave in the summer this is obvious. I hope we get promoted this year or I can see a slippery slope back to league 2 .The next few weeks will have a massive impact on this clubs future praying we can keep our form going to take us over the line

    Not obvious at all.
    For whatever reason i think PDC loves it here.

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    Fernham Red 3:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Rumours: I saw Thomas Dossevi outside homebase in Drakes Way, hauling a barn door into the back of a transit van. Could it be??!!

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    swwindon61uk 3:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Fernham Red wrote…


    Rumours: I saw Thomas Dossevi outside homebase in Drakes Way, hauling a barn door into the back of a transit van. Could it be??!!

    Was Pericard helping him carry said barn door?

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    grove red 3:53pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Is that you Lovesey wrote…


    PDC is here, we have a club, we are not in administration, we have only lost 1 player (2 if you count the excellent DH) albeit one of our best players to one of our highest rivals, but after all that we are still 3rd in the league with a great manager and a very good squad, would like to see a midfielder.... PDC has to be a bit better with his signing and not waste so much cash monies...

    Oh did I mention PDC is still here.

    Agree it's 1 player we still have pdc at the moment lets move on get a couple of players in and see what happens. We didn't go in to admin we are not far of the top 2 teams crowds are up lets get behind the club starting now its a new chapter of Swindon town fc.


    Swindon til I die!!!

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    vikingred 4:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I wonder if the Gaffer gave Matt Ritchie one last almighty boot up the behind as he left STFC...? lol

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    swindon69 4:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    The question going around in my mind is, if STFC had to sell Matt Ritchie to raise funds to keep the club going until the Football League ratifies the deal, how can the club afford to dabble in the transfer market?

    Does anyone have an inkling as to who the other consortium members are?

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    smirg kcab 4:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    sky sports have just said live game saturday is between crawley and charlton reserves
    onwards and upwards with more caution

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    LeGod 4:11pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    OldhamRed - i never have a problem apologising if im harsh and maybe i was but all i was stating was a fact about McGory and his attempt at taking over at Luton. Now it may well be his 5 investors could be all different people that were involved with him on the Luton bid i dont know who they are and i dont know if anyone else does but again all i was stating was a fact.

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    Oxon-Red 4:13pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    London Red wrote…


    I do understand you have to draw a line - but shouldn't that be upon completetion of the sale? . Contracts have been signed after all! . Lets not forget AB has not left STFC completely he has only sold the majority of his 98% holdings - that means he will still benefit in the future from any profits realised - which will NOT be in L1! . If selling Ritchie blows promotion he may never see a return if PdC leaves and is then followed by others in the summer - lots are here because of him and lots will go if he does . We had missed chances before remember 2003? it took until 2009 to recover from that going via L2! . Its now 2013 so 3 years since our last shot - going via L2 AGAIN . I hope this decision doesn't mean we have to wait until 2016 or 2019 for another shot at promotion back to the Championship and another trip to L2 all over one months (PRE AGREED) funding!

    London Red,

    Although the new owners have signed on the dotted line they are not our new owners until the football league have accepted them.

    At the moment we are in fact ownerless and in limbo. If the league reject the take over we will back to square one but this time with no money to pay players or bills.

    The sale of Ritchie has provided the insurance that if the worst happens and the sale is rejected we have funds to continue while finding other new owners.

    COYMR

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    Swindon1984 4:23pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Am I naive to look at bit more positively at the situation after some of the press releases today? No-one wanted to lose Ritchie but the reasoning behind it seemed sound. Possibly new faces with quality coming in. Paolo showing no indications he's about to walk and doesn't seem to be any talk of selling off our prize assets bar Ritchie which has been explained. Could be worse? Will be happier once this is all over though and we know exactly what personnel we'll have for the end of season run in and confimation that new owners are in place and what their intent is.

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    Oxon-Red 4:28pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Slightly off subject but with all the excitement it seems to have slipped under the radar that Danny Wilson sold his top scorer yesterday.

    Sound familiar ?

    COYMR

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    bushwacker 4:29pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    TRANSFER LATEST:
    Just seen Charlie Austin at Millwall...buying a retro bobble hat from the 'Wembley 2010 collection'.

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    madterrier 4:29pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    The question people really want answering is why 31 January was a self-imposed deadline, especially if Black still retains a significant holding in the club.

    We've sold Ritchie on the cheap for short-term cashflow, which is desperate stuff. Whichever way you look at it, and whoever owns the club, and whenever the instalments might have been paid, the club has lost around £800,000 through a fire sale of its best asset.

    I don't know why Watkins is banging on about not confusing the two (Bournemouth) offers. We get that. What we don't get is why Black or the club has had to give away £800,000 of value just to get short-term funding. Surely it would have been better for Black to keep going for one more month, although as I said in a previous post, had he done that, it's not clear how he would have ever got that additional expenditure returned to him. But the question should have been asked.

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    Fernham Red 4:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    If we're getting Marlon Pack, Cheltenham will want Lee Cox as a replacement for him, not Rooney, surely?

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    Fernham Red 4:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    swwindon61uk wrote…


    Fernham Red wrote…


    Rumours: I saw Thomas Dossevi outside homebase in Drakes Way, hauling a barn door into the back of a transit van. Could it be??!!
    Was Pericard helping him carry said barn door?

    I think you're right! He needed help as It was a really big barn door (about 2 metres wider and taller than a standard goal measures)

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    the wizard 4:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    The question people really want answering is why 31 January was a self-imposed deadline, especially if Black still retains a significant holding in the club.

    We've sold Ritchie on the cheap for short-term cashflow, which is desperate stuff. Whichever way you look at it, and whoever owns the club, and whenever the instalments might have been paid, the club has lost around £800,000 through a fire sale of its best asset.

    I don't know why Watkins is banging on about not confusing the two (Bournemouth) offers. We get that. What we don't get is why Black or the club has had to give away £800,000 of value just to get short-term funding. Surely it would have been better for Black to keep going for one more month, although as I said in a previous post, had he done that, it's not clear how he would have ever got that additional expenditure returned to him. But the question should have been asked.

    They only paid what they did as we were in a hole and it was a buyers market, simple as.

    You could look at it like this,

    Sell one player, pay the immediate bills, stave off administration for the 3rd time, and pave the way for new buyers, no brainer, somebody had to make a decision, and not an easy one at that.
    Take the offer or, loose what was on the table. Not Black, not Jedward but all of the interested parties had to agree to it. They may not be comfortable with it but it was a difficult step that had to be taken.
    I dont understand, because had we gone into admin this thread would probably be up to 600/700 posts asking why this decision wasn't taken.
    Its business, easy as that.

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    the wizard 4:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I mean to add, as I understand it, Black is finished , gone, history.

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    hornet 4:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Saw Paul Hart today waiting in his car outside the county Ground during PDC press conference . It's ok think he has gone now

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    35 year fan 4:47pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    i wonder why some of the new backers want to remain in the background. nothing to hide i hope?

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    RobinsTalk 4:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sorry to see Ritchie go but the club is the most important thing so the money had to be raised but I can't help wondering if these people ever watch day time TV, they could have had a pay day loan in their account within ten minutes!!

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    Oxon-Red 4:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    The question people really want answering is why 31 January was a self-imposed deadline, especially if Black still retains a significant holding in the club. We've sold Ritchie on the cheap for short-term cashflow, which is desperate stuff. Whichever way you look at it, and whoever owns the club, and whenever the instalments might have been paid, the club has lost around £800,000 through a fire sale of its best asset. I don't know why Watkins is banging on about not confusing the two (Bournemouth) offers. We get that. What we don't get is why Black or the club has had to give away £800,000 of value just to get short-term funding. Surely it would have been better for Black to keep going for one more month, although as I said in a previous post, had he done that, it's not clear how he would have ever got that additional expenditure returned to him. But the question should have been asked.

    Would it have benefitted Andrew Black or STFC ?

    It appears to me that Mr Black will receive none of the money received for Matt.

    COYMR

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    madterrier 4:56pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Wizard - the point being made is that if Black has only sold a chunk of his shareholding he is still heavily invested in the club. And even if a buyer hadn't yet been found, why did he want to cut off his nose to spite his own face? £200k to keep the club going for one more month, or lose £800k in Ritchie's value. That's a return (loss) of 400%

    If Black categorically said it must all be done by 31 January, as would seem to be the case, then clearly the club had little option. It's why Black hasn't taken a more holistic view of the situation that is baffling.

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    Oldhamred 5:05pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    OldhamRed - i never have a problem apologising if im harsh and maybe i was but all i was stating was a fact about McGory and his attempt at taking over at Luton. Now it may well be his 5 investors could be all different people that were involved with him on the Luton bid i dont know who they are and i dont know if anyone else does but again all i was stating was a fact.

    LeGod
    I am fully aware of what you were trying to highlight with regard to McCorys failed takeover of Luton.
    My point was that although you never actually used any negative words the undertone of how you presented the "facts" was and remains negative.
    An example of how you could present the same "facts" with a more positive slant could be:
    The Consortium headed by Jed McCory has experience of presenting a takeover bid with the FL. Although on that occasion it was turned down, the lessons learned will be valuable when presenting this bid.
    Not perfect I know but I'm sure you get my gist.
    With regards to the apology- If that's the best you have to offer when you call someone a K**B...Don't Bother.

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    the wizard 5:08pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    Wizard - the point being made is that if Black has only sold a chunk of his shareholding he is still heavily invested in the club. And even if a buyer hadn't yet been found, why did he want to cut off his nose to spite his own face? £200k to keep the club going for one more month, or lose £800k in Ritchie's value. That's a return (loss) of 400%

    If Black categorically said it must all be done by 31 January, as would seem to be the case, then clearly the club had little option. It's why Black hasn't taken a more holistic view of the situation that is baffling.

    Black has been trying to off load the club for nearly a year, well 8/9 months, and my guess is he couldn't keep throwing £250k a month at the club so it simply had to go, one way or the other. We don't know his commitments in business, but obviously £250k a month is a big number to find whether you have money or not. If you have millions invested its not easy to keep pulling lumps out as you will incur penalties.
    Sooner or later he had to bite the bullet, he drew the line and stuck to it.
    My own view is we should all be celebrating we still have the club to support.

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    Rebel_phish 5:12pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    The best news thats come out today is that Paolo is still here fighting for the cause

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    the wizard 5:12pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    NICK WATKINS

    "Once that’s in safe hands, once there’s a Swindon Town Football Club which can go forward - which there is and which perhaps 48 hours ago there wasn’t - then that’s the only thing that I care about.

    “I came in with the consortium that’s now going out - Andrew Fitton, Sir Martyn Arbib and Andrew Black - if the new owners wish to impose their own DNA on Swindon Town then it will be with my blessing."


    Now that sounds to me that NW wants out. Perhaps he wants to draw a line.

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    old town robin 5:13pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    madterrier wrote…


    The question people really want answering is why 31 January was a self-imposed deadline, especially if Black still retains a significant holding in the club.

    We've sold Ritchie on the cheap for short-term cashflow, which is desperate stuff. Whichever way you look at it, and whoever owns the club, and whenever the instalments might have been paid, the club has lost around £800,000 through a fire sale of its best asset.

    I don't know why Watkins is banging on about not confusing the two (Bournemouth) offers. We get that. What we don't get is why Black or the club has had to give away £800,000 of value just to get short-term funding. Surely it would have been better for Black to keep going for one more month, although as I said in a previous post, had he done that, it's not clear how he would have ever got that additional expenditure returned to him. But the question should have been asked.

    You say Black retains a significant share in the club (not the holding Co) I would guess which will probably be disolved.

    So if he had invested another £200k in the club and not the holding company, maybe it might have been possible for him to recover his money. I'm not an accountant so probably there are reasons why that was not possible.

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    Another view 5:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Whatever we think think about the Matt Ritchie sale, there is a silver lining... PDC's reaction has been impeccable.

    OK things could change over the next few days, but once again he has reassured us all, and is already planning for life after Matt. I was one who had him for bringing in lots of players, only to discard about half of them within months, but he has learned quickly, and even in the diplomacy stakes he has improved 100%.

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    old town robin 5:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Oldhamred wrote…


    LeGod wrote…


    OldhamRed - i never have a problem apologising if im harsh and maybe i was but all i was stating was a fact about McGory and his attempt at taking over at Luton. Now it may well be his 5 investors could be all different people that were involved with him on the Luton bid i dont know who they are and i dont know if anyone else does but again all i was stating was a fact.
    LeGod
    I am fully aware of what you were trying to highlight with regard to McCorys failed takeover of Luton.
    My point was that although you never actually used any negative words the undertone of how you presented the "facts" was and remains negative.
    An example of how you could present the same "facts" with a more positive slant could be:
    The Consortium headed by Jed McCory has experience of presenting a takeover bid with the FL. Although on that occasion it was turned down, the lessons learned will be valuable when presenting this bid.
    Not perfect I know but I'm sure you get my gist.
    With regards to the apology- If that's the best you have to offer when you call someone a K**B...Don't Bother.

    would a K**B be something to open a door?????

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    the wizard 5:23pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I notice that the Supporters Trust has been very quiet all through these talks, and no statement of support or whatever. I take the opportunity to increase the shareholding using the recent influx of cash hasn't been seized upon.

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    madterrier 5:26pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Yeah wizard, I'm probably clutching at straws, and said in an earlier post I couldn't anyway see how the club could ring-fence any future sale proceeds from Ritchie next summer and have them returned to Black. I just feel that everything being so pressurised we haven't been able to realise value, for club or owner. If all this was inevitable, we could have touted Ritchie round from the 1st not the 30th January and realised a much higher transfer fee.

    Anyway, as you say, we still have a club. Until the next financial crisis that is.

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    old town robin 5:30pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Fernham Red wrote…


    If we're getting Marlon Pack, Cheltenham will want Lee Cox as a replacement for him, not Rooney, surely?

    or both maybe

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    Di kanny oh 5:42pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    To be totally honest the question we have to ask ourselves is, would Matt Ritchie be replaceable. I personally think he would and the last few months we have not seen the Matt we all come to love and he looked out of sorts in many matches at home especially. The sale seemed to hinge on the Football League clearance over the sale of the club and the fact that Andrew Black stated there is no more money and seemed to give 31st January as the deadline he wanted a deal done. The new consortium will not release funds until the FL ok the deal so February's running cost were needed and fast. The fee is pants but that was getting all the money up front which affected the final figure. Danny Green is one hell of a winger and I would welcome him down here with open arms and Pack looks like he has signed according to Wikipedia. BWP would be the icing on the cake. Shame about Hollands but no use paying for a player who is injured.

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    mancrobin 5:44pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Getting tense as 11pm approaches.

    Come on Guv, put us out of our misery and name all of those in the squad due to be flogged in the next 5 hours.

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    LeGod 5:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    OldhamRed- There handles in my house.

    Perhaps you didnt get my subtle way of apologising - so if you want it spelt out

    I apologise sweetie.

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    old town robin 5:52pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Pewsham Red wrote…


    Good news re Marlon Pack and after last nights turmoil it is good to see some positive news as it implies that PDC will be staying and I feared the worst last night.

    We were after him last season and seems a decent player and there seems positive news on other signings, although I hope we don't let the likes of Foderingham, Collins and Williams go the other way.

    My view on Ritchie is that it was sad to see him go and that he was a bit of a pawn in the takeover business. Seems to me he was as surprised as anyone that we accepted the bid, especially at such a low level.

    Don't reckon he can be blamed for going and he had to consider the future as the takeover deal hadn't been concluded at the time he signed for Bournemouth.

    PR, after what was being posted yesterday, todays statement from both the town and Paolo has brought a lot of calm. Personally I was logged on until about midnight, I was awake again before 3.30. couldn't sleep with all the speculation. It might be the case we still might except an offer for one of our stars, but can't see it being at bargain price. If sam is too be believed it would be in our interest for Bournemouth to win the play-offs if we can win auto promotion and get a good percentage for Richie with the add-ons.

    I liked him very much and every goal he scores against our other rivals will be as good if he was playing for us.

    The guy that calls himself GUV had me believing what he had to say was true, how naive am I and what a sick son of a **** is he/her.

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    floodq 5:54pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Marlon Pack lives in Fareham,or at least his family does, and is apparently an oppo of matt Ritchie. So if Pack does sign I wonder if MR bigged the club up to Marlon and apart from the short term financial stability of STFC he has hopefully been instrumental in getting us a very good player. Marlon will have bettered himself in footballing terms and if he still lives in Fareham has cut down his commuting time etc.
    It's a pity that Marlons' uncle does not still work at our place as I could of bent his ears.
    DBF

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    Oldhamred 5:55pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    Oldhamred wrote…

    LeGod wrote…

    OldhamRed - i never have a problem apologising if im harsh and maybe i was but all i was stating was a fact about McGory and his attempt at taking over at Luton. Now it may well be his 5 investors could be all different people that were involved with him on the Luton bid i dont know who they are and i dont know if anyone else does but again all i was stating was a fact.
    LeGod I am fully aware of what you were trying to highlight with regard to McCorys failed takeover of Luton. My point was that although you never actually used any negative words the undertone of how you presented the "facts" was and remains negative. An example of how you could present the same "facts" with a more positive slant could be: The Consortium headed by Jed McCory has experience of presenting a takeover bid with the FL. Although on that occasion it was turned down, the lessons learned will be valuable when presenting this bid. Not perfect I know but I'm sure you get my gist. With regards to the apology- If that's the best you have to offer when you call someone a K**B...Don't Bother.
    would a K**B be something to open a door?????

    Lol-It appears I've been called door furniture.

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    Oldhamred 5:59pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Lol-It appears I've been called door furniture.

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    KojaktheWarg 6:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    You cant help feeling excited with a little bit of trepidation today on the last day of transfers.

    Its like Hogwarts 1st day of term with the Sorting Hat Ceremony for some players not knowing where they will end up ..

    Will it be Swindondor?

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    grove red 6:01pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    5 hours to go unless you are a big prem club.

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    Wilesy 6:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Agree an impeccable reaction from Paolo, superb stuff.

    As others have said the key question is why was 31st January the deadline for Mr Black?

    Could be an interesting last 4 hours of deadline day!

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    grove red 6:05pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Marlon Pack's deadline day move to Swindon Town has been delayed by circumstances out of Cheltenham Town's control.
    Personal terms have been agreed, but complications thought to be linked to Swindon Town's recent takeover have put the move in jeopardy ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.

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    mancrobin 6:14pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just told my 11year old we've sold Ritchie and she won't talk to anybody now. Devastated.

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    Di kanny oh 6:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Sheff Wed have just signed Striker Chris O'Grady from Barnsley at 5.45 this evening so does this mean the Gary Madine deal is back on. It was reported earlier that Sheff Wednesdays striker target fell through so they would not release Madine. Bradley Wright Phillips is on big wages so would he drop down to our level, may be we could get Charlton to pay half his wages. Good goalscoring record.

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    swwindon61uk 6:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    grove red wrote…


    Marlon Pack's deadline day move to Swindon Town has been delayed by circumstances out of Cheltenham Town's control.
    Personal terms have been agreed, but complications thought to be linked to Swindon Town's recent takeover have put the move in jeopardy ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.

    Sam has just tweeted "I've been that there are no issues relating to takeover. Conflicting information once more.",

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    eastmidsred 6:16pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    All these high valuations of Matt Ritchie on here are fanciful. Firstly, not many clubs have any money unless they have an owner with deep pockets (like Bournemouth) or unless they sell someone up front. Secondly, there didn't seem to be a queue of Championship teams wanting his services.
    Although we have lost a very good player, we should be grateful tonight that we have a club, we are not in administration and most of all we still have PdC and all the other players who are currently doing us proud.
    I just hope these new owners don't turn out like the 'Brady Bunch'.

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    Di kanny oh 6:17pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    grove red wrote…


    Marlon Pack's deadline day move to Swindon Town has been delayed by circumstances out of Cheltenham Town's control.
    Personal terms have been agreed, but complications thought to be linked to Swindon Town's recent takeover have put the move in jeopardy ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.

    I was thinking is this something to do with the takeover approval from the football league. If its loans then we may have to do them after next week when the loan window opens.

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    swwindon61uk 6:18pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Di kanny oh wrote…


    Sheff Wed have just signed Striker Chris O'Grady from Barnsley at 5.45 this evening so does this mean the Gary Madine deal is back on. It was reported earlier that Sheff Wednesdays striker target fell through so they would not release Madine. Bradley Wright Phillips is on big wages so would he drop down to our level, may be we could get Charlton to pay half his wages. Good goalscoring record.

    Interesting,Madine could be back on then!
    BWP was with Plymouth a couple if years ago so i think he will be ok with drop especially as we have a good chance of going up,

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    swwindon61uk 6:22pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    eastmidsred wrote…


    All these high valuations of Matt Ritchie on here are fanciful. Firstly, not many clubs have any money unless they have an owner with deep pockets (like Bournemouth) or unless they sell someone up front. Secondly, there didn't seem to be a queue of Championship teams wanting his services.
    Although we have lost a very good player, we should be grateful tonight that we have a club, we are not in administration and most of all we still have PdC and all the other players who are currently doing us proud.
    I just hope these new owners don't turn out like the 'Brady Bunch'.

    Apparently Bournemouth were the only offer.

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    London Red 6:23pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Must apologise over my valuation of Wes yesterday
    .
    Butland is only going for £3.5m not £6m - so Wes is only probably worth £5m - being a far far far better keeper!
    .
    So £750k is a 15th of his value not a tenth

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    Di kanny oh 6:25pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Where is the "Guv "when we need him, he certainly had all the answers last night.
    May be his mum has locked him in the cupboard for being a naughty boy last night..

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    tifosi 6:26pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    So let me get this straight : deals so far on deadline day :
    1. Ritchie sold to a rival club for less than his true value.
    2. er.. maybe
    3. nope
    4. ??

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    Di kanny oh 6:33pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    swwindon61uk wrote…


    Di kanny oh wrote…


    Sheff Wed have just signed Striker Chris O'Grady from Barnsley at 5.45 this evening so does this mean the Gary Madine deal is back on. It was reported earlier that Sheff Wednesdays striker target fell through so they would not release Madine. Bradley Wright Phillips is on big wages so would he drop down to our level, may be we could get Charlton to pay half his wages. Good goalscoring record.
    Interesting,Madine could be back on then!
    BWP was with Plymouth a couple if years ago so i think he will be ok with drop especially as we have a good chance of going up,

    Sky have corrected this it was Barnsley that have signed Chis O'Grady from Sheff Wed not the other way round so they will not release Madine Oh well.

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    Di kanny oh 6:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    tifosi wrote…


    So let me get this straight : deals so far on deadline day :
    1. Ritchie sold to a rival club for less than his true value.
    2. er.. maybe
    3. nope
    4. ??

    Town wanted all the money upfront which de-valued the deal. If you care to read Watkins comments you will soon realize that Bournemouth offered 900k last January but with a small upfront payment and lots of add ons. As it was this week Bournemouth were the only offer on the table. Would you rather keep Ritchie and go into administration then?? answers on a postage stamp please.

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    swwindon61uk 6:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Di kanny oh wrote…


    swwindon61uk wrote…


    Di kanny oh wrote…


    Sheff Wed have just signed Striker Chris O'Grady from Barnsley at 5.45 this evening so does this mean the Gary Madine deal is back on. It was reported earlier that Sheff Wednesdays striker target fell through so they would not release Madine. Bradley Wright Phillips is on big wages so would he drop down to our level, may be we could get Charlton to pay half his wages. Good goalscoring record.
    Interesting,Madine could be back on then!
    BWP was with Plymouth a couple if years ago so i think he will be ok with drop especially as we have a good chance of going up,
    Sky have corrected this it was Barnsley that have signed Chis O'Grady from Sheff Wed not the other way round so they will not release Madine Oh well.

    Oh well we will just have to wait until the summer then!

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    davel4848 6:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I suggested earlier that GUV had probably gone back up the A420.
    Good riddance to the t*sspot.

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    Guv 6:52pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    still no players signed what a surprise. still not up to date yet? The takeover hasn't been completed fully. Why you are all here thinking players will sign is beyond me. The hint of what I was saying has already come from Cheltenham... Problems, oh yeah problems, just sit back, the roller coaster is about to go flying down hill. But Of course I'm so wrong and we replaced the player with 3 like the advertiser says. mmmmm

    Nobody will join us, a new page will be added by the swindon advertiser later pretending everything is ok and dandy, but it's all just a day or two away from the truth!

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    donaldslovechild 7:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Di kanny oh wrote…


    grove red wrote…


    Marlon Pack's deadline day move to Swindon Town has been delayed by circumstances out of Cheltenham Town's control.
    Personal terms have been agreed, but complications thought to be linked to Swindon Town's recent takeover have put the move in jeopardy ahead of tonight's 11pm deadline.
    I was thinking is this something to do with the takeover approval from the football league. If its loans then we may have to do them after next week when the loan window opens.

    That was my concern. Can a club trade without League recognition/approval of the suitability/credibil
    ity of the new owners?
    I then thought that no professional consortium would overlook such a rudimentary condition of trade!
    When can I stop bricking it?
    Can't stand much more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!
    We're up, We're down but always Swindon Town.

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    super red 7:00pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Waheey guv's here, thank god.

    At least you can tells us what's going to happen now for the remainder of the transfer window, and maybe for the next 5 years!!

    U were amazingingly funny last night

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    Roger_Smart 7:02pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    KojaktheWarg wrote…


    You cant help feeling excited with a little bit of trepidation today on the last day of transfers.

    Its like Hogwarts 1st day of term with the Sorting Hat Ceremony for some players not knowing where they will end up ..

    Will it be Swindondor?

    So don't let the Swindondor hit your ar$e on the way out Ritchie!

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    Di kanny oh 7:03pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Guv wrote…


    still no players signed what a surprise. still not up to date yet? The takeover hasn't been completed fully. Why you are all here thinking players will sign is beyond me. The hint of what I was saying has already come from Cheltenham... Problems, oh yeah problems, just sit back, the roller coaster is about to go flying down hill. But Of course I'm so wrong and we replaced the player with 3 like the advertiser says. mmmmm

    Nobody will join us, a new page will be added by the swindon advertiser later pretending everything is ok and dandy, but it's all just a day or two away from the truth!

    Why should any of us believe a word from you mate full of sh*t last night Fods was going Paolo was gone, yeah yeah yeah mummy let you out again has she. Go and do your homework like a good little boy. Swindon fan my ARRSSE.

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    jevs 7:04pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    For anyone not listening BBC Swindon understands that deals have been completed for Green & Pack.

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    donaldslovechild 7:14pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Di kanny oh wrote…


    Guv wrote…


    still no players signed what a surprise. still not up to date yet? The takeover hasn't been completed fully. Why you are all here thinking players will sign is beyond me. The hint of what I was saying has already come from Cheltenham... Problems, oh yeah problems, just sit back, the roller coaster is about to go flying down hill. But Of course I'm so wrong and we replaced the player with 3 like the advertiser says. mmmmm

    Nobody will join us, a new page will be added by the swindon advertiser later pretending everything is ok and dandy, but it's all just a day or two away from the truth!
    Why should any of us believe a word from you mate full of sh*t last night Fods was going Paolo was gone, yeah yeah yeah mummy let you out again has she. Go and do your homework like a good little boy. Swindon fan my ARRSSE.

    Di Kanny don't get wound it's only classic attention seeking behaviour on the part of Guv and by replying you are fulfilling his need.

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    Di kanny oh 7:15pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Guv wrote…


    still no players signed what a surprise. still not up to date yet? The takeover hasn't been completed fully. Why you are all here thinking players will sign is beyond me. The hint of what I was saying has already come from Cheltenham... Problems, oh yeah problems, just sit back, the roller coaster is about to go flying down hill. But Of course I'm so wrong and we replaced the player with 3 like the advertiser says. mmmmm

    Nobody will join us, a new page will be added by the swindon advertiser later pretending everything is ok and dandy, but it's all just a day or two away from the truth!

    Town have signed Marlon Pack and Danny Green according to BBC Wilts you muppet. Now off you go and annoy someone else back up the A420.

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    Oldhamred 7:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    LeGod wrote…


    OldhamRed- There handles in my house. Perhaps you didnt get my subtle way of apologising - so if you want it spelt out I apologise sweetie.

    T******U LeGod ;-)

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    Nigel, Denver CO 7:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Guv wrote…


    still no players signed what a surprise. still not up to date yet? The takeover hasn't been completed fully. Why you are all here thinking players will sign is beyond me. The hint of what I was saying has already come from Cheltenham... Problems, oh yeah problems, just sit back, the roller coaster is about to go flying down hill. But Of course I'm so wrong and we replaced the player with 3 like the advertiser says. mmmmm Nobody will join us, a new page will be added by the swindon advertiser later pretending everything is ok and dandy, but it's all just a day or two away from the truth!

    Can you give me the lottery numbers please? Because you claim to know everything else that's going to happen in the next couple of days.

    If you give me 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 as the answer, you'd be more accurate than any of the other drivel you've posted in the last 24 hours.

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    billbst 7:22pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Just caught up with Paolo's interview today. He is good. Calm and focussed on the squad. Planning for another 3-0 win on Saturday. Not trying to apportion blame. Limiting his comments to what he knew. Still having a laugh with the questions on new faces. No doubt there will be many more problems over the next few days but tonight I am smiling again.

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    Nikki Nythe 7:32pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Hi everyone, first time poster, so please be nice :)

    I have been monitoring all of the posts of the past few days, I have been very lucky, supporting town from the age of 5 when my dad would take me to every home game and some away ones.

    Last night that Gov had me worried and although a lot of tosh appears to have come from him I am slightly concerned at how calm Palo is, he also seems to mention until Summer a lot, as if he is planning on leaving us.

    I sure hope these new owners do have what it takes to support the club (not by investing millions) just running our club correctly, I would happily get promoted and live in the real world as a decent mid table championship club for the next 5 years, I am sure most of us real supporters would, but only if we can for once have a real, loyal, board.

    I do have bad feelings at the moment, some worries and a couple of things I have heard from someone who works in the admin of the club. I am not hear to post rubbish, but I am sure all of us have one thing in mind, to move forward, so please Gov, go away unless you can prove what you are saying which I do not expect. It's hard enough being a supporter these days with the costs involced (for us fans) it's not helping if you are a true support as there are lot's of supporters who will avoid the club if they feel problems are surfacing. Please, if you support us, stand by us.

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    old town robin 7:38pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    So if BBC are to be believed, they are ahead of the adver with their sources, it would seem we replaced the Holland loan with Pack and Ritchie with Green. Think it was already announced Martins loan deal was being extended, so I would say unless a last minute deal is done for one of our key players to leave, we are still in pretty good shape, but I have to say I did like Danny Holland, but Pack would be a good replacement for sure, he is a specialist with free kicks and will be great for defensive midfield.

    Still a chance for one more offensive player, if we get Bradley-Phillips, I think we've done good business after the shock waves of yesterday.

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    grove red 7:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    South London news Thursday, 31 January 2013

    By Richard Cawley
    CHARLTON winger Danny Green has joined Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season.
    MK Dons were also interested in the 24-year-old.
    But Green opted for the County Ground.
    He is set to be joined there by Addicks team-mate Bradley Wright-Phillips.
    The South London Press understands that last season's top-scorer is on the verge of also agreeing a move to Wiltshire.
    Wright-Phillips is out of contract in the summer.

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    CraigClark 7:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    So if BBC are to be believed, they are ahead of the adver with their sources, it would seem we replaced the Holland loan with Pack and Ritchie with Green. Think it was already announced Martins loan deal was being extended, so I would say unless a last minute deal is done for one of our key players to leave, we are still in pretty good shape, but I have to say I did like Danny Holland, but Pack would be a good replacement for sure, he is a specialist with free kicks and will be great for defensive midfield.

    Still a chance for one more offensive player, if we get Bradley-Phillips, I think we've done good business after the shock waves of yesterday.

    My thoughts entirely! Im happy that the Pack loan deal is with a view to make it perm in the summer! I just want to see these confirmed by the official site.

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    swwindon61uk 7:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    So if BBC are to be believed, they are ahead of the adver with their sources, it would seem we replaced the Holland loan with Pack and Ritchie with Green. Think it was already announced Martins loan deal was being extended, so I would say unless a last minute deal is done for one of our key players to leave, we are still in pretty good shape, but I have to say I did like Danny Holland, but Pack would be a good replacement for sure, he is a specialist with free kicks and will be great for defensive midfield.

    Still a chance for one more offensive player, if we get Bradley-Phillips, I think we've done good business after the shock waves of yesterday.

    Absolutely!

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    swwindon61uk 7:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    grove red wrote…


    South London news Thursday, 31 January 2013

    By Richard Cawley
    CHARLTON winger Danny Green has joined Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season.
    MK Dons were also interested in the 24-year-old.
    But Green opted for the County Ground.
    He is set to be joined there by Addicks team-mate Bradley Wright-Phillips.
    The South London Press understands that last season's top-scorer is on the verge of also agreeing a move to Wiltshire.
    Wright-Phillips is out of contract in the summer.

    Now this would be the icing on the cake.

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    The Jockster 7:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    Oxon-Red wrote…


    Slightly off subject but with all the excitement it seems to have slipped under the radar that Danny Wilson sold his top scorer yesterday.

    Sound familiar ?

    COYMR

    Oxon talking to a blades fan at work didn't seem too bothered got 14 goals but not really a prolific scorer he said puzzled me somewhat but heg if Cathay weakens their team who am I to question Foldy's motives lol!

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    billbst 7:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    So if BBC are to be believed, they are ahead of the adver with their sources, it would seem we replaced the Holland loan with Pack and Ritchie with Green. Think it was already announced Martins loan deal was being extended, so I would say unless a last minute deal is done for one of our key players to leave, we are still in pretty good shape, but I have to say I did like Danny Holland, but Pack would be a good replacement for sure, he is a specialist with free kicks and will be great for defensive midfield.

    Still a chance for one more offensive player, if we get Bradley-Phillips, I think we've done good business after the shock waves of yesterday.

    Let's hope they are right. I agree with what you say. Green has impressed me each time I have seen him. Pack did the first time but seemed to drift in his career since. Suspect he is not too fit but if he really commits to Paolo's ways he could prove to be a star for us. Hollands is a real loss but nothing can be done about it. If we keep the rest of the core first team squad it will have been a very good day.

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    Stratton Red 7:50pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    old town robin wrote…


    So if BBC are to be believed, they are ahead of the adver with their sources, it would seem we replaced the Holland loan with Pack and Ritchie with Green. Think it was already announced Martins loan deal was being extended, so I would say unless a last minute deal is done for one of our key players to leave, we are still in pretty good shape, but I have to say I did like Danny Holland, but Pack would be a good replacement for sure, he is a specialist with free kicks and will be great for defensive midfield. Still a chance for one more offensive player, if we get Bradley-Phillips, I think we've done good business after the shock waves of yesterday.

    I've been trying to defend Martin this season but after Tue night I do not see what PDC seems in him... Free the wage bill!

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    the wizard 7:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    grove red wrote…


    South London news Thursday, 31 January 2013

    By Richard Cawley
    CHARLTON winger Danny Green has joined Swindon Town on loan for the rest of the season.
    MK Dons were also interested in the 24-year-old.
    But Green opted for the County Ground.
    He is set to be joined there by Addicks team-mate Bradley Wright-Phillips.
    The South London Press understands that last season's top-scorer is on the verge of also agreeing a move to Wiltshire.
    Wright-Phillips is out of contract in the summer.

    grove, you have worn it on your sleeve all day, and this is the best news that many of us have been waiting for.

    OTR. likewise, some good factual stuff at last, just what we wanted to hear.

    Thanks to you both.

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    Wonder Strike 7:52pm Thu 31 Jan 13

    I'm sure things are on the up. I've said all along we have the best squad in the division. So if we lose 1 player we still have enough for play offs minimum. If we add to it well autos are still on.

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