SWINDON TOWN: Chief exec says triple deal is still alive

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: POSITIVE: Nick Watkins POSITIVE: Nick Watkins

NICK Watkins has moved to reassure Swindon fans that deals for Charlton duo Bradley Wright-Phillips and Danny Green and Cheltenham’s Marlon Pack are still alive.

Town attempted deadline day loans for the trio but after agreeing switches with all three, could not obtain ratification from the Football League to complete the deals.

Chief executive Watkins has now revealed that the reason for the Football League’s course of action was because the process of selling the club is ongoing.

“We aren’t in a position to sign loan players currently, despite the fact Paolo (Di Canio, boss) worked hard to secure three players,” said Watkins.

“Regulations are such that until the transition (the sale of the club) is complete, transfers are restricted.”

Watkins confirmed that he saw no reason why the loan deals should not go through once the emergency loan window opens on February 8, adding: “It’s just a question of going through the formalities of completion now.”

The completion date is scheduled for this coming Saturday.

When contacted by the Advertiser, an official from the Football League declined to comment on why the loan deals had not been ratified.

Both Wright-Phillips and Danny Green trained with their Charlton teammates as normal yesterday and despite returning to Cheltenham, Pack trained on his own.

Meanwhile, ex-Swindon full-back Michael Rose will not face his former club in League One on Tuesday after having his contract at Colchester cancelled by mutual consent.

Rose scored the only goal of the game when the U’s beat Town at the County Ground in October, and his celebrations riled some members of the Swindon crowd.

He was subsequently subjected to vile insults on Twitter and both Swindon and Colchester condemned the behaviour of certain users of the social networking site.

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7:04am Sat 2 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

No news here rally - we knew that the loans would be cleared once the sale has been approved...provided that the players still want to come.
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No news here rally - we knew that the loans would be cleared once the sale has been approved...provided that the players still want to come. ---- For information: Predictions League posted at 10.30am yesterday - see search or use the following link: http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10200867.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__Crawley_T own_v_Swindon_Town/ SAPFanSTFC

7:19am Sat 2 Feb 13

EastleazeRed says...

Will the players still want to sign if di canio goes ?
Will the players still want to sign if di canio goes ? EastleazeRed

7:22am Sat 2 Feb 13

stfc-manila says...

What came first - takeover deal & exchange of contracts or Matt Ritchie transfer? Anyone clarify please?
PDC said he first heard about MR xfer at 5:30pm and, if I recall correctly, 3 hrs later the deal was done = 8:30pm
The 3 'loan' players were all done with deals and medicals at around the same time, from what I read in reports.
So that begs the question:
How come the MR transfer was accepted by the FL but the loanees deals were not?
What came first - takeover deal & exchange of contracts or Matt Ritchie transfer? Anyone clarify please? PDC said he first heard about MR xfer at 5:30pm and, if I recall correctly, 3 hrs later the deal was done = 8:30pm The 3 'loan' players were all done with deals and medicals at around the same time, from what I read in reports. So that begs the question: How come the MR transfer was accepted by the FL but the loanees deals were not? stfc-manila

8:09am Sat 2 Feb 13

Oi Den! says...

I fear that there IS something new in this article - ”...the Football League refused to comment on why the loan deals had not been ratified". A reply along the lines of ”The necessary formalities have to be completed firrst" would have also been news - much more pleasant news at that.
I fear that there IS something new in this article - ”...the Football League refused to comment on why the loan deals had not been ratified". A reply along the lines of ”The necessary formalities have to be completed firrst" would have also been news - much more pleasant news at that. Oi Den!

8:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

stfc-manila wrote:
What came first - takeover deal & exchange of contracts or Matt Ritchie transfer? Anyone clarify please?
PDC said he first heard about MR xfer at 5:30pm and, if I recall correctly, 3 hrs later the deal was done = 8:30pm
The 3 'loan' players were all done with deals and medicals at around the same time, from what I read in reports.
So that begs the question:
How come the MR transfer was accepted by the FL but the loanees deals were not?
Ritchie transfer was first.....even if the deal was done on the sale there was no cash available....the new owners won't put money in until they have sealed a deal and Black has no money to put in any more.
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Oi Den - Nothing new at all..The football league have probably got 1001 things to do (including lunch/dinner) then some local rag phones and as they wouldn't put the Adver through to anyone worth speaking to they have to speak to a nobody who then quotes the official line to any media which is along the lines of 'No Comment'.....pretty hollow really.
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IMHO :-)
[quote][p][bold]stfc-manila[/bold] wrote: What came first - takeover deal & exchange of contracts or Matt Ritchie transfer? Anyone clarify please? PDC said he first heard about MR xfer at 5:30pm and, if I recall correctly, 3 hrs later the deal was done = 8:30pm The 3 'loan' players were all done with deals and medicals at around the same time, from what I read in reports. So that begs the question: How come the MR transfer was accepted by the FL but the loanees deals were not?[/p][/quote]Ritchie transfer was first.....even if the deal was done on the sale there was no cash available....the new owners won't put money in until they have sealed a deal and Black has no money to put in any more. ---- Oi Den - Nothing new at all..The football league have probably got 1001 things to do (including lunch/dinner) then some local rag phones and as they wouldn't put the Adver through to anyone worth speaking to they have to speak to a nobody who then quotes the official line to any media which is along the lines of 'No Comment'.....pretty hollow really. . IMHO :-) SAPFanSTFC

8:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

Rhs Boydy says...

Transfers leaving a club can be ratified, it is only transfers in that cannot. What the fa has done is standard practice and it is just unfortunate that the sale of the club and the fa checks have come at the end of the transfer window rather than 3 weeks ago.
Transfers leaving a club can be ratified, it is only transfers in that cannot. What the fa has done is standard practice and it is just unfortunate that the sale of the club and the fa checks have come at the end of the transfer window rather than 3 weeks ago. Rhs Boydy

8:48am Sat 2 Feb 13

hornet says...

Didn't a certain sheik buy Man City at 12,30 one transfer deadline day the my midnight signed a certain Robinio for 25 million before any fit and proper completion

This is rubbish if it was standard practice during the completion of the sale of the club why not say that and not waste the players or supporters time Truth please
Didn't a certain sheik buy Man City at 12,30 one transfer deadline day the my midnight signed a certain Robinio for 25 million before any fit and proper completion This is rubbish if it was standard practice during the completion of the sale of the club why not say that and not waste the players or supporters time Truth please hornet

9:09am Sat 2 Feb 13

red_welder says...

hornet wrote:
Didn't a certain sheik buy Man City at 12,30 one transfer deadline day the my midnight signed a certain Robinio for 25 million before any fit and proper completion

This is rubbish if it was standard practice during the completion of the sale of the club why not say that and not waste the players or supporters time Truth please
thats the mad world of the premier league, its all about money
[quote][p][bold]hornet[/bold] wrote: Didn't a certain sheik buy Man City at 12,30 one transfer deadline day the my midnight signed a certain Robinio for 25 million before any fit and proper completion This is rubbish if it was standard practice during the completion of the sale of the club why not say that and not waste the players or supporters time Truth please[/p][/quote]thats the mad world of the premier league, its all about money red_welder

9:20am Sat 2 Feb 13

Med Red says...

"The completion date is scheduled for this coming Saturday".... what does that mean, today Saturday, 2nd Feb, or next Saturday the 9th Feb? If it's next Saturday, the loan players, if they're still available, won't be playing for us till after 9th, is that right? Why is everything to do with this football club so ambiguous!
"The completion date is scheduled for this coming Saturday".... what does that mean, today Saturday, 2nd Feb, or next Saturday the 9th Feb? If it's next Saturday, the loan players, if they're still available, won't be playing for us till after 9th, is that right? Why is everything to do with this football club so ambiguous! Med Red

9:50am Sat 2 Feb 13

SwindonUltra says...

Still nobody coming forward to explain why Paolo was told Ritchie was staying only to find out an hour later he had been sold!

I for one will never trust what the board says ever again!

Only in Paolo I trust!

Get down to Crawley COYR!
Still nobody coming forward to explain why Paolo was told Ritchie was staying only to find out an hour later he had been sold! I for one will never trust what the board says ever again! Only in Paolo I trust! Get down to Crawley COYR! SwindonUltra

11:16am Sat 2 Feb 13

old town robin says...

Med Red wrote:
"The completion date is scheduled for this coming Saturday".... what does that mean, today Saturday, 2nd Feb, or next Saturday the 9th Feb? If it's next Saturday, the loan players, if they're still available, won't be playing for us till after 9th, is that right? Why is everything to do with this football club so ambiguous!
I had the same thought regarding which Saturday Watkins was referring too. Assuming his interview with Sam was on friday, you would assume he meant today. let's hope that is the case and the 3 loanees can start training with us next week before the Monkey hanger game..
[quote][p][bold]Med Red[/bold] wrote: "The completion date is scheduled for this coming Saturday".... what does that mean, today Saturday, 2nd Feb, or next Saturday the 9th Feb? If it's next Saturday, the loan players, if they're still available, won't be playing for us till after 9th, is that right? Why is everything to do with this football club so ambiguous![/p][/quote]I had the same thought regarding which Saturday Watkins was referring too. Assuming his interview with Sam was on friday, you would assume he meant today. let's hope that is the case and the 3 loanees can start training with us next week before the Monkey hanger game.. old town robin

12:06pm Sat 2 Feb 13

DarrenSTFCRomain says...

STILL CANT GET IT IN 2 MY THICK HEAD..

How Pompey can do what they do and still sign players week
in week out...
But we are not able to buy a bag a nuts without Football League apovel ??
STILL CANT GET IT IN 2 MY THICK HEAD.. How Pompey can do what they do and still sign players week in week out... But we are not able to buy a bag a nuts without Football League apovel ?? DarrenSTFCRomain

4:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13

outlaw2 says...

Does anyone know if jed Clampets group were the ones put forward by PDC's agent?
Does anyone know if jed Clampets group were the ones put forward by PDC's agent? outlaw2

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