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  • REPORTING BY SAM MORSHEAD
  • January transfer window is closed
  • Swindon Town's January transfer business complete
  • Crawley show interest in N'Guessan but no move to happen today
  • Town target Ngoo joins Walsall on loan
  • McDermott sacked by Leeds
  • Kallstrom makes switch to Arsenal from Spartak, Berbatov joins Monaco
  • Zaha and Fabio join Cardiff from Manchester Utd
  • Bridcutt moves from Brighton to Sunderland
  • AC Milan confirm Taarabt loan signing, Chelsea nab Zouma off St Etienne
  • Holtby makes loan switch to Fulham, Cottagers beat West Ham to Mitroglou

11:07pm

While many deals may come through over the coming hours, none will be relevant to Swindon Town, who have enjoyed a quiet deadline day.

Given some of the manic deadline days we've had in the past, it's been a refreshing change. No star players lost, business done early, the stage set for a play-off charge.

Thanks for joining me throughout the day. This is the Adver's 14-hour Deadline Day Live blog coming to an end. 

Town entertain Oldham Athletic at the County Ground tomorrow, subject to an 8.45am pitch assessment, and the Adver's Matchday Live service will be in operation, as usual, from 1.30pm.

Enjoy what's left of your evening. Speak soon. Goodnight Jim White.

11:01pm

Remember, deals can still come through over the coming hours if the relevant paperwork is all kosher.

11:01pm

DONE DEAL

Jack Baldwin, Hartlepool Utd to Peterborough Utd (£500,000)

11:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW IS NOW SHUT.

10:59pm

Tick...tock...tick...tock...tick...tock...etc

10:59pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 60 SECONDS.

10:55pm

DONE DEAL

Emile Sinclair, Crawley Town to Northampton Town (loan)

10:55pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN FIVE MINUTES.

10:55pm

DONE DEAL

Jack Rudge, Manchester Utd to Torquay Utd (loan)

10:52pm

DONE DEAL

Will Keane, Manchester Utd to QPR (loan)

10:52pm

DONE DEAL

Thievy Bifouma, Espanyol to West Brom (loan)

10:50pm

So, with 10 minutes left until the transfer window closes, let's reflect.

Swindon Town have signed George Barker from Brighton, Michael Smith from Charlton and Jamie Reckord on loan from Wolves.

The Robins missed out on Michael Ngoo but kept hold of Alex Pritchard, Massimo Luongo and Wes Foderingham.

Dany N'Guessan and Lee Cox were listed for loan but didn't get the chance to move on.

All in all, that's a pretty productive, positive month of business I'd say. The next three months in League One should be interesting.

10:47pm

10:45pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 15 MINUTES.

10:43pm

It's getting nervous for those clubs still trying to get deals over the line. 

10:30pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 30 MINUTES.

10:29pm

DONE DEAL

Johnny Heitinga, Everton to Fulham

10:25pm

DONE DEAL

Danny Graham, Sunderland to Middlesbrough (loan)

10:19pm

DONE DEAL

Kortney Hause, Wycombe Wanderers to Wolves (undisclosed)

10:18pm

DONE DEAL

David Gray, Stevenage to Burton Albion (undisclosed)

10:16pm

DONE DEAL

Marvin Emnes, Middlesbrough to Swansea City (loan)

10:14pm

Here's Rob Dorsett being haunted by the ghost of Jon Voight at Stoke.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

GHOST

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

JON VOIGHT

10:10pm

There appear to be a lot of Lost Boys hanging around behind Sky Sports' Aiden Magee outside Craven Cottage. Rob Dorsett, meanwhile, is being haunted by the ghost of Jon Voight.

Got to love deadline day.

10:07pm

DONE DEAL

Christian Dibble, Barnsley to Stockport County (loan)

10:06pm

DONE DEAL

Oliver Torres, Athletic Madrid to Villareal (loan)

10:02pm

Less than 60 minutes to go then, ladies and gents. Not long left, you can do it. A few major transfers still to go through across the country, though in Swindon it's very, very quiet and that's the way it will remain.

10:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN ONE HOUR.

9:59pm

Oldham have been busy today and Jon Stead is their third signing of the day.

Latics manager Lee Johnson has been on Twitter to say that the striker will go straight into the squad to face Swindon Town at the County Ground tomorrow.

9:57pm

DONE DEAL

Jon Stead, Huddersfield Town to Oldham Athletic (loan)

9:56pm

DONE DEAL

Philippe Senderos, Fulham to Valencia (undisclosed)

Amazing.

9:55pm

DONE DEAL

Hernanes, Lazio to Inter Milan (undisclosed)

9:54pm

DONE DEAL

Sam Johnstone, Manchester Utd to Doncaster Rovers (loan)

9:45pm

LEAGUE TWO RESULT

Southend Utd 0 Newport County 0

Bet that was a thriller.

9:42pm

A quick reminder, before we enter the final hour of the window, that Swindon Town face Oldham Athletic at the County Ground tomorrow, subject to a pitch assessment at 8.45am.

You can keep up with all the very latest from the game, including build-up, in-play updates and reaction from 1.30pm via the Adver's Matchday Live blog.

9:34pm

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

9:32pm

It's getting late in the day so will we start seeing erratic behaviour behind the Sky Sports News reporters' backs?

A prime example (viewer discretion advised)...

9:30pm

You've got to love this time in the transfer window, when the daft late rumours start rearing their scarcely believable heads.

So far I've seen a bid from Swansea for Raphael Van Der Vaart and Valencia's interest in Philippe Senderos. Surely not.

9:21pm

9:18pm

DONE DEAL

John Mousinho, Preston North End to Stevenage (loan)

9:13pm

DONE DEAL

Stephen Dobbie, Crystal Palace to Blackpool

9:12pm

DONE DEAL

Tom Ince, Blackpool to Crystal Palace (loan)

9:10pm

Jimmy Spencer has left Huddersfield Town after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

9:09pm

Back to Swindon Town quickly and, with Troy Archibald-Henville, Tijane Reis and Alex Smith set to be involved in the matchday squad against Oldham Athletic tomorrow, manager Mark Cooper is looking forward to having increased competition for places.

“It gives you problems as well. Some people don’t get on the bench so we have to make sure we deal with that in the right way. It enhances the competition for places all over the pitch," he told the Advertiser.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Tijane Reis, left, blocks a clearance from Posh's Craig Alcock

FIT AGAIN: TIJANE REIS

“Hopefully that will spur the boys on that do get a shirt because they’ll have to do really well to keep it."

9:02pm

DONE DEAL

Scott Dann, Blackburn Rovers to Crystal Palace (undisclosed)

9:01pm

We're almost there, ladies and gents. Twelve hours in and two to go, business is still to be completed at clubs up and down the country.

Not at Swindon Town, though, where we're told there will be no more transfer activity. Never mind, we'll get on with it.

9:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS IN TWO HOURS.

8:57pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

8:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jayden says

Rocking Robin in a swap deal for Flint.

8:57pm

DONE DEAL

Dimitar Berbatov, Fulham to AS Monaco (undisclosed)

8:49pm

Amazingly, amidst of all this transfer "madness", there's a League Two match taking place this evening.

Southend United and Newport County are locked at 0-0 at half-time.

8:42pm

I'm sure none of you need any education in the ways of the January transfer window but, if you do, this little video will tell you all you need to know...

8:38pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

8:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

umpcah says

BREAKING NEWS : After noting Smith`s signing for The Town , Messi wants more time to make up his mind about following suit. He likes to be in every starting eleven. Cant blame him he`s showing great potential !

8:35pm

It was around this time 12 months ago that I realised everything was about to go wrong at Swindon Town. It's a pleasure to be in such a serene place this evening.

8:34pm

DONE DEAL

Ed Upson, Yeovil to Millwall (undisclosed)

8:31pm

The second, and final, instalment of the Advertiser's special report on the world of football agents is out tomorrow.

Given the quiet day we're having, however, I thought I'd treat you to a sneak preview.

I've caught up this week with an agent who has a decade's experience in the industry and currently works for a leading sports management agency. He's going to remain anonymous but he speaks well about the role of agents in modern football.

So does he think his profession is unfairly represented to the general public? Yes, as it happens.

“Agents get a bad reputation because a lot of them are faceless," said our secret agent. "The club will moan because the agent has been touting their player around but then the club will certainly say to us ‘can you find out the details about a certain player, like what he might cost, his current salary’.

“I just think we’re the easy ones to blame."

Read tomorrow's Swindon Advertiser for the full interview.

8:24pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

Have you spotted Maradona trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout? Is Lionel Messi enjoying a shopping experience at the Outlet Village? Was that really Ronaldinho tucking into a Big Mac at Greenbridge?

Deadline day is always full of ridiculous rumours and we want to hear your best concoctions. At 11pm we'll announce the winner, who'll earn themselves a Swindon Town-related prize.

Send your submissions in by commenting in the box below, using the #stfcadver hashtag on Twitter or emailing smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

8:20pm

Fairly compulsive viewing on Sky Sports News right now following Leeds United captain Ross McCormack's call to the live studio.

Interesting views being shared by former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan - advocating a club's stance - and the journalists, who are understandably lapping up the fact a player has been honest and open on national TV.

8:16pm

Away from the deadline day circus, Cirencester Town's trip to Paulton Rovers tomorrow is subject to a 9am pitch inspection.

8:11pm

YOUR SAY

8:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

andy5364 says

Pritchard still here !!! Makes me laugh reading some of the nonense people claim to know . Looking forward to tomorrows game . Just hope it is on . Happy so far with this season and our young team . Coyr

8:08pm

Another reminder of the state of play at Swindon Town - and as far as I understand it the Robins' business is done for this transfer window.

I'm told Crawley Town have shown interest in Dany N'Guessan but no deal will be done for the Frenchman to move anywhere this evening. He could still move on, on loan, when the emergency window opens on February 8.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Goalscorer Dany N'Guessan in action

NO MOVE TODAY: DANY N'GUESSAN

Manager Mark Cooper said on a BBC Wilshire fans' phone-in earlier that there have been no solid enquiries for Lee Cox, while after missing out on Michael Ngoo Town are not looking to make any further signings.

8:05pm

Neil Redfearn is to take temporary charge of Leeds United following the sacking of Brian McDermott, say the Daily Mail.

8:04pm

Reports in Ukraine suggest deal to bring Yevhen Konoplyanka to Liverpool has been completed.

8:02pm

DONE DEAL

Tyler Blackett, Manchester Utd to Birmingham City (loan)

8:01pm

DONE DEAL

Federico Macheda, Manchester Utd to Birmingham City (loan)

8:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN THREE HOURS.

7:58pm

Here he is. Mr Deadline Day. Volume's getting turned down on the telly for the next three hours...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

7:49pm

Those reports that Brian McDermott has been sacked by Leeds United have now been confirmed. All sorts going on at Elland Road.

7:45pm

Jim White will be appearing on our TV screens in a little over 15 minutes' time. Joy.

7:42pm

Reports suggest that Brian McDermott has been sacked by Leeds United.

7:41pm

That's probably the biggest deal of the day to date, which says more about the day than Kim Kallstrom.

7:40pm

DONE DEAL

Kim Kallstrom, Spartak Moscow to Arsenal (loan)

7:28pm

7:27pm

One nugget of information I forgot to mention earlier, mainly because it's totally irrelevant, is that Swindon Town had two French trialists training with them this week.

Mark Cooper's not keen on them and Town won't look to give either an extended run at the club.

7:25pm

DONE DEAL

Leigh Griffiths, Wolves to Celtic (undisclosed)

7:24pm

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

7:18pm

DONE DEAL

Jack Hobbs, Hull City to Nottingham Forest (undisclosed)

7:09pm

Michael Ngoo has been speaking to the press in Walsall after turning down a move to Swindon Town to link up with the Saddlers on loan.

He told the Express & Star: "It’s a good opportunity for me. I want to do well and help the club and help myself. I’m looking forward to it.”

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Michael Ngoo is understood to be a loan target for Swindon Town

MICHAEL NGOO

“The team is doing well and that’s what I like. I like playing around hungry players and at Liverpool there are a lot of hungry players. That is what brings out the best in me."

7:06pm

Mark Cooper's fans' phone-in has come to a close. Let's get back to deadline day.

7:05pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper's been asked whether Dany N'Guessan could move out on loan in the emergency window (February 8)

"I've spoken to Dany today and if nothing happens tonight he's still with us," he said. "If we need to use him we will. He's a really good lad, he just suffered a loss of form and there's no reason we can't get that back."

7:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN FOUR HOURS.

6:55pm

Darcy Blake has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent.

6:52pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

A quick update on Lee Cox and Alan Navarro, courtesy of Mark Cooper:

"Lee Cox was circulated for loan but we've not had any enquiries. He's a great lad and trains hard. Alan Navarro is more or less maybe done in terms of his retirement."

6:47pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper has been asked if the Spurs players may come back next season.

"It remains to be seen," he said. "It's a long time until the end of the season. Tim's taken a big step up so there is potential for that relationship to remain."

6:42pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper on the chances of Wes Foderingham, Massimo Luongo et al moving on in the summer.

"They're under contract," he said. "I think they really enjoy it, they're keen, they want to learn, they work hard and I would think they'd want to stay at Swindon."

6:37pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper's been asked whether he feels Alex Pritchard could ever be signed permanently by Swindon Town.

"I know there was quite a bit of interest from Championship clubs earlier in January and fees spoken about with Tottenham," he said. "I don't think it's in the realms of what we can play at the moment."

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Alex Pritchard

ALEX PRITCHARD

6:34pm

Jamar Loza has extended his loan with the Leyton Orient from Norwich City.

6:30pm

DONE DEAL

Tom Lawrence, Manchester Utd to Yeovil Town (loan)

6:28pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Is Mark Cooper's relationship with Lee Power similar to that he endured with Darragh MacAnthony at Peterborough? No, it seems.

"It's totally different," said Cooper. "Lee Power has been brilliant since I've been at the club. He doesn't want to interfere with team selection and tactics. He'll try to help us recruit the best players we can for what money we've got available.

"That takes a huge weight off my shoulders. It's a totally different situation to Peterborough."

6:27pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

A question has been put to Mark Cooper regarding why Miles Storey has struggled to get a look-in of late.

"There's no secret Miles favours playing in a 4-4-2," said Cooper. "The way we play at the moment doesn't quite suit his game. It's something we're working on with him. He's got plenty of time, Miles, he'll come again."

6:25pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Jenny in Wootton Bassett has asked why Mark Cooper doesn't seem to her to be giving Nile Ranger the necessary support.

"It was me that gave Nile the last chance," explained Cooper. "Nile would have gone and I led the march in terms of getting Nile another chance. I spoke to the players and gave them the opinion that we are a better team with Nile in it.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Nile Ranger challenges with Coventry's Dan Seabourne

NILE RANGER

"You have to behave properly every day like the rest of the young boys do. Nile struggles with that and it really starts to grate and get in your nerves. If I didn't want to give him a chance I wouldn't have him anywhere near the team.

6:21pm

DONE DEAL

Dani Osvaldo, Southampton to Juventus (loan)

6:20pm

Jay McEveley won't feature against Oldham but Tijane Reis and Alex Smith are both in the Swindon Town squad tomorrow.

6:19pm

Troy Archibald-Henville will be part of the Swindon Town matchday squad tomorrow, Mark Cooper has revealed

6:19pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper has answered a question asking why Swindon Town don't have any players with bite in midfield.

"I think we've got one in the making in Louis Thompson, we're trying to teach him. The players like McCormack and Douglas cost an awful lot of money," said Cooper.

"We're trying to get yojnger players and try to teach them. I think Louis Thompson can do it and I think Massimo Luongo can do it to a certain extent."

And next, do on-loan Spurs players have to play as part of their deals?

"It's not set in stone but when you're taking players from the Premier League and they do you very good deals on the wages they really like them to play otherwise you run the risk of calling them back," said Cooper.

6:12pm

DONE DEAL

Jose Campagna, Crystal Palace to Nuremburg (loan)

6:10pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper on Alex Pritchard's suspension: "What it does is gives somebody else an opportunity to stake a claim. George Barker looks a promising young player and we've got some good footballers.

"We'll give somebody else a chance and all we said to Alex is 'you've got 10 bookings and not made one tackle yet' so he needs to start working on his talking-back to referees."

6:07pm

BBC WILTSHIRE - FANS' PHONE-IN

Mark Cooper on deadline day activity: "It's very quiet. I've just left and there's nothing happening, as far as I'm aware.

"We thought we'd done one on Monday but that player's chosen to go elsewhere.

"We've had one or two little sniffs for a couple of boys on the available list but nothing concrete."

6:02pm

Bradford City have extended Aaron Jameson's loan until the end of the season.

6:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS IN FIVE HOURS.

5:59pm

I've spoken to sources close to Dany N'Guessan and they're confident the striker will not be moving on today. A loan move could be in the offing when the emergency loan window opens on February 9, however.

5:57pm

Bournemouth's Joe Partington has extended his loan spell at Aldershot Town until April 26.

5:56pm

The Advertiser understands Crawley Town have shown an interest in Dany N'Guessan but the striker will not be making a move before tonight's 11pm deadline.

5:54pm

DONE DEAL

Hayden Mullins, Birmingham City to Notts County (loan)

5:47pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

 

5:47pm

DONE DEAL

Gael Kakuta, Chelsea to Lazio (nominal)

5:46pm

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper is due on BBC Wiltshire for a fans' phone-in in less than 15 minutes.

If you can't tune in, don't worry, we'll relay everything that's discussed right here.

5:45pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

5:43pm

Swindon Town's County Ground will be the subject of a pitch assessment early tomorrow morning following the recent inclement weather.

The Town groundstaff have told the Advertiser that they remain optimistic the game will go ahead and the assessment is for the benefit of Oldham Athletic, whose fans and players are due to make the long journey down from Manchester.

5:32pm

REJECTED

It seems Coventry are trying to replace Leon Clarke with Rotherham's Alex Revell, but have had their approach knocked back.

5:29pm

DONE DEAL

A bit of European flavour now as Solomon Rondon moves to Zenit from fellow Russian club Rubin Kazan. The striker was once scoring a lot of goals for Malaga in Spain.

5:21pm

Ryan Tunnicliffe had his loan at Ipswich terminated by Manchester United earlier today and is expected to move to Fulham on a permanent deal.

5:13pm

Yep, I read that wrong at first, too. Would have been a strange move for Charlie Adam to drop to the Conference. But he hasn't, so we can concentrate on more important issues.

5:13pm

DONE DEAL

Charlee Adams, Birmingham City to Lincoln City (loan)

5:02pm

DONE DEAL

Will Keane, Manchester Utd to QPR (loan)

5:01pm

Six hours left then, ladies and gents. Every 60 minutes seems to be passing by with increasing velocity. 

As I've been reporting throughout the day, Swindon Town are not expected to be busy at all in the remaining hours of the January transfer window. Obviously late bids can happen but it looks like a quiet one in SN1. No bad thing.

5:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS IN SIX HOURS.

4:58pm

What could have been for Swindon Town. Michael Ngoo is introduced to Walsall's press pack...

4:57pm

DONE DEAL

Bjorn Sigurdarson, Wolves to Molde (year-long loan)

4:56pm

Time for another daft video? Why not, it's all very quiet...

4:46pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

4:42pm

YOUR SAY

4:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Since 1950 says

Off subject, but more pertinent. It's been hammering down here in Stroud. Can't think Swindon would be any different. Is the game in danger tomorrow? Don't want another wasted journey like a few weeks ago!.

COYR!

See our update from 2.24pm - groundstaff remain fairly confident game will go ahead but will review at around 9am.

4:39pm

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

4:36pm

A reminder that Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper will be the guest on a BBC Wiltshire fans' phone-in from 6pm tonight.

If you can't tune in, don't worry, we'll relay what's discussed right here.

4:35pm

The missus has come home and she's only gone and nicked the second laptop. It feels like a year ago when Matt Ritchie went to Bournemouth. Robbed. Time to relocate to the office.

4:32pm

Another Football League club showing a sense of humour on deadline day...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

4:30pm

AFC Wimbledon have extended Charlie Wyke's loan stay from Middlesbrough until April 4.

4:26pm

Premier League clubs have shot through the £120million spending barrier for this window. Just think about it - £120million. How many Yaser Kasims could you get for that money?

4:24pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

4:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

interyournan says

Emile Heskey spotted scabbing roll-ups at Swindon bus station. Destination unknown...

4:23pm

DONE DEAL

Pablo Amero, Napoli to West Ham (loan)

4:23pm

Blimey, the laptop just had a minor fit. Seems to be throwing a strop, possibly due to an abundance of internet windows open at once. It's not getting its own way, however, we're with you til the bitter end.

4:20pm

All day we've been bringing you snippets of our special interview with the Advertiser secret agent - a man in the know, whose worked in the football industry for a decade at one of the country's top sports management agencies.

So, with the transfer deadline of 11pm nearing, what would our man rather be doing this evening. Last-ditch deals or a quiet pint?

“The public seem to think we want to do the last-minute deal and be that guy at the Tottenham training ground,” he said.

“I’ve been involved in one and got texts from people saying I don’t have legs on widescreen TV when I was filmed coming out of Sunderland’s training ground.”

Don't forget to pick up tomorrow's Adver for part two of our special report with the secret agent.

4:16pm

DONE DEAL

Gary Borrowdale, Gillingham (free agent)

4:05pm

Harry Redknapp has taken until 4pm to give Sky Sports News an interview out of his car window. And he's just admited to having signed a player who he's never seen play and isn't currently fit. Excellent.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Harry Redknapp passed on some wisdom over the phone

DEADLINE DAY VETERAN: HARRY REDKNAPP

4:03pm

Winger Toby Ajala has left Bristol City by mutual consent.

4:03pm

So, believe it or not, we're halfway through the Advertiser's Deadline Day Live blog. 

Everyone still with me? No?! Never mind, I'm sure the drama that's to come in the remaining seven hours will have us all gripped.

I'm still not expecting any movement on the Swindon Town front but I'll be here with you right up til deadline at 11pm. Just in case, you know. Anything could happen.

4:01pm

Enda Stevens has extended his loan spell at Doncaster Rovers from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

4:01pm

DONE DEAL

Nicky Adams, Crawley Town to Rotherham Utd (undisclosed)

4:00pm

DONE DEAL

Mitch Brundle, Bristol City to Cheltenham Town (loan)

4:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN SEVEN HOURS.

3:55pm

DONE DEAL

Samba Diakite, QPR to Watford (loan)

3:52pm

DONE DEAL

Tom Thorpe, Manchester Utd to Birmingham City (loan)

3:52pm

DONE DEAL

Martyn Waghorn, Leicester City to Wigan Athletic (loan)

3:51pm

DONE DEAL

Craig Davies, Bolton Wanderers to Preston North End (loan)

3:49pm

So nothing is happening at Swindon Town. Let's fill the time by looking back on the Robins' season to date with a bucket load of Town goals all rolled into three glorious minutes.

I'd never noticed the Preston goalkeeper's tap tackle on Nicky Ajose before this afternoon (see 0.38sec)...

3:47pm

There's always a big fuss made over the old fax machine on deadline day. But does anyone use fax to communicate any more.

No, says our secret agent.

We asked our man, who's had a decade of experience in the industry and is now part of a major sports management agency, whether the fax machine is just a myth in football.

He said: “Of course it is. You just scan and email but people like the idea of a fax,” said the agent. “None of us know how to use our fax machine, it’s all scan and email now.”

You can read more from our extensive interview with the agent right here.

Tomorrow, he defends his peers in the wake of criticism of agents from clubs and the general public.

3:39pm

DONE DEAL

Mohamed Sissoko, Levante (free agent)

3:38pm

DONE DEAL

Piotr Parzyszek, De Graafshcap to Charlton (undisclosed)

3:35pm

Here's the centre circle at London Road. Posh ought to be hiring it out to the local pig farmer. Mud, glorious mud...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Picture: Joe Dent/Peterborough FC (via Twitter)

3:32pm

Tom Hitchcock has extended his loan spell at Rotherham United from QPR until the end of the season.

3:31pm

Blimey, this is the state of the Peterborough pitch. Reckon Town's JPT game on Wednesday could be in serious doubt...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Picture: Joe Dent/Peterborough FC (via Twitter)

3:28pm

YOUR SAY

3:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

old town robin says

Weather is shocking, thinking of building an ark, 12 hours of this and game could be in doubt.

See our update from 2.24pm - groundstaff still fairly confident and plenty of extra preparation has been done to try to help surface drain.

3:27pm

DONE DEAL

Kostas Mitroglou, Olympiakos to Fulham (£12.5million)

3:25pm

There's a bit of a lull on deadline day at present, as clubs up and down the country take a breath from the pandemonium.

Swindon Town have been taking a breath since the start of play. No one is set to join the Robins today, while any deals to take the likes of Lee Cox and Dany N'Guessan away from Wiltshire seem to be a long, long way off.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Dany N'Guessan celebrates his opening goal against Port Vale

STAYING PUT?: DANY N'GUESSAN

With that in mind, it's a real pleasure to still have you with me. I'll do my best to keep you entertaining until 11pm tonight.

3:19pm

Peterborough United aren't having much luck with the weather at the minute. Their game against Colchester United at London Road, which was due to take place tomorrow, has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Swindon Town are due to visit Posh in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern section are final first leg (and breathe) next Wednesday. Let's hope it dries out by then.

3:16pm

DONE DEAL

David Moberg Karlsson, Sunderland to Kilmarnock (loan)

3:15pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

Have you spotted Maradona trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout? Is Lionel Messi enjoying a shopping experience at the Outlet Village? Was that really Ronaldinho tucking into a Big Mac at Greenbridge?

Deadline day is always full of ridiculous rumours and we want to hear your best concoctions. At 11pm we'll announce the winner, who'll earn themselves a Swindon Town-related prize.

Send your submissions in by commenting in the box below, using the #stfcadver hashtag on Twitter or emailing smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

3:11pm

The Advertiser's secret agent has revealed that he and his agency colleagues will spend transfer deadline day on call in a secret lair...the pub.

“What we tend to do as an agency on transfer window night, we will invariably be ready to go somewhere,” he said. “We’ll try to meet up back in London and have a drink so we’re in and around the office, just in case.

“We’ve been up the road in the pub and squeezed in a deal because as long as you’re near the office and a fax machine it will all pretty much get done.”

Read more from our secret agent on transfer deadline day right here.

3:08pm

DONE DEAL

Alfie Mawson, Brentford to Welling Utd (loan)

3:07pm

DONE DEAL

Liam Trotter, Millwall to Bolton Wanderers (loan)

3:07pm

DONE DEAL

Solomon Taiwo, Luton Town to Aldershot Town (loan)

3:06pm

Ipswich Town defender Frederic Veseli has extended his loan stay at Bury until February 22.

3:05pm

Comedian Jason Manford once told a Live at the Apollo audience about his transfer deadline day rituals...

3:01pm

DONE DEAL

Ross Atkins, Derby County to Crawley Town (loan)

3:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN EIGHT HOURS.

3:00pm

Former Swindon Town favourite Jan Aage Fjortoft has been on Twitter reminiscing of his experience of a late transfer. Town fans don't have fond memories of this day...

2:58pm

Crawley Town are getting into the spirit of things...

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

2:48pm

When was the last time Swindon Town weren't involved in a deadline day fracas of some kind? It seems ages ago. Anyone else feeling a bit lost?

2:44pm

Elliott Hewitt has extended his loan stay at Gillingham from Ipswich Town until the end of the season.

2:43pm

DONE DEAL

David Rodriguez, Brighton (free agent)

2:32pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

2:31pm

Michael Ihiekwe has extended his loan stay at Cheltenham Town from Wolves through until the end of the season.

2:29pm

SWINDON MAKE DEADLINE DAY SIGNING

Yeah, well, Swindon Supermarine anyway. They've drafted in goalkeeper Sam Warrell from North Leigh.

That's probably your lot when it comes to transfers into Swindon today.

2:28pm

DONE DEAL

Josh O'Keefe, Hereford Utd to Kidderminster Harriers (undisclosed)

2:27pm

How many of the following deadline day cliches have I managed to spew out over the course of the past five-and-a-half hours?

2:25pm

Remember our secret agent? You should, he was only on 15 minutes ago. Well, here he is talking about how much action actually goes on in the January transfer window.

“Our financial year runs from the beginning of July until the end of June so it’s the last time we can earn money," he said. "Most of your work is done in the summer so however you negotiate your fees you negotiate them from the summer through the year.

“January is another opportunity to earn some money and see if you’ve got a job next year.”

2:24pm

Some non-deadline day news new and I've had word from the Swindon Town groundstaff that they remain confident tomorrow's League One clash with Oldham Athletic at the County Ground will go ahead.

There's been a lot of rain falling on the pitch today but the necessary precautions have been put in place to help it drain as quickly as possible and, with a dryer forecast tomorrow, we're taking the glass-half-full approach.

2:21pm

DONE DEAL

Ben Whitfield, Guiseley to Bournemouth (undisclosed)

2:21pm

DONE DEAL

Gareth Roberts, Notts County (free agent)

2:19pm

DONE DEAL

Duncan Watmore, Sunderland to Hibernian (loan)

2:12pm

With the football world caught up in the media's pomp and circumstance around transfer deadline day, the Advertiser caught up with an agent to discuss exactly how over-hyped it is.

He remains anonymous but our secret agent works for a major sports management agency in the UK and has a decade's experience in the game.

Here's what he had to say: "You only have to look at Sky Sports, they really try to fill. I think they drag it out a bit myself.

“I find it reasonably entertaining but it’s a bit like waiting for the royal baby.

“We don’t always know the deals but most of the deals aren’t going to come out of left field, that no one would have heard about."

2:10pm

DONE DEAL

Alfred N'Diaye, Sunderland to Real Betis (loan)

2:09pm

DONE DEAL

Modibo Diakite, Sunderland to Fiorentina (loan)

2:07pm

DONE DEAL

Charni Ekangamene and Sam Byrne, Manchester Utd to Carlisle Utd (loan)

2:03pm

DONE DEAL

Jason Puncheon, Southampton to Crystal Palace (£1.5million)

2:02pm

I've been on the blower to Swindon Town and the update is...well, there is no update.

The club are still not expecting much by way of activity in or out today - although on deadline day that can change in an instant.

2:01pm

DONE DEAL

Danny Livesey, Carlisle Utd to Wrexham (loan)

2:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN NINE HOURS.

1:56pm

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

1:55pm

That's a cracking piece of business by Wolves. Flogging a keeper from League One for £3million, regardless of pedigree, is no mean feat.

Having also shifted some of Kevin Doyle's wages onto QPR and brought in Leon Clarke, it's been a great couple of days for Kenny Jackett.

1:54pm

DONE DEAL

Wayne Hennessey, Wolves to Crystal Palace (£3million)

1:50pm

DONE DEAL

Paul McCallum, West Ham to Hearts (loan)

1:48pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

1:48pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

1:46pm

A quick reminder that Swindon Town have missed out on Michael Ngoo, who has joined Walsall.

You can read the full story by clicking on this convenient link.

1:39pm

Undisclosed fees. They are the order of the day today, but why do clubs seem unwilling to divulge the amount of money changing hands?

Former Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow has been explaining on Sky Sports News why the undisclosed fee is so common.

"For two reasons. Firstly, selling clubs and buying clubs are sensitive on both sides and so the selling club often wants to say they've done superb business and overstate a selling price and a buying club likes to show they're prudent and bought well," he said.

"Of course, what is the real price itself is unclear - what do you include, what don't you include?

"We might be seeing a sea change with increasing transparency and most fans would like to see how much goes."

1:36pm

Craig Reid has had his contract at Southend United cancelled by mutual consent.

1:35pm

DONE DEAL

Yann Kermorgant, Charlton Athletic to Bournemouth (£400,000)

1:29pm

Here's what Walsall fans can look forward to, and what Swindon Town fans may now never see, from Michael Ngoo...

1:28pm

DONE DEAL

Jindrich Stanek, Sparta Prague to Everton (undisclosed)

1:26pm

Ian Dunbavin has extended his loan spell at Chesterfield until the end of the season.

1:25pm

1:25pm

DONE DEAL

Jonathan Mubela, Chelsea to Bournemouth (undisclosed)

1:21pm

DONE DEAL

Craig Conway, Cardiff City to Blackburn Rovers (undisclosed)

1:20pm

DONE DEAL

Michael Ngoo, Liverpool to Walsall (loan)

1:20pm

Thanks to Andy Warren for filling in for me while I grabbed some lunch. Hungry work, this deadline day business.

And look what happened while I was away... Michael Ngoo, who has been pursued by Swindon Town for some time, has joined Walsall on loan.

Given the recent signing of Michael Smith, this is not really the blow it could have been for Town but it's a shame nonetheless.

1:17pm

Here's what Town boss Mark Cooper had to say after Town's game with the Saddlers on Tuesday night, when he revealed a target was set to join another club.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Michael Ngoo is understood to be a loan target for Swindon Town

MICHAEL NGOO

“We were chasing somebody but I believe that person will now be joining another club,” Cooper said.

“We had a list and we’ve tried our hardest.

“What we’re not going to do is bankrupt the football club and put it in the same situation it was in the summer. I’m content to keep working with the guys we’ve got."

1:12pm

It seems Swindon Town target Michael Ngoo has signed for Walsall on loan.

1:05pm

1:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 10 HOURS.

1:00pm

DONE DEAL

Swansea's Northern Ireland Under-21 international Rory Donnelly has joined Coventry City on loan for the rest of the season.

12:59pm

DONE DEAL

Kilmarnock have signed winger David Karlsson on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season.

12:58pm

DONE DEAL

Non-league wonderkid Duncan Watmore has joined Hibs on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season. Former Town boss Paolo Di Canio signed the youngser Altrincham in the summer. He has a bvery big reputation.

12:53pm

They couldn't afford his wages. Plus, he doesn't support Leicester.

12:50pm

This becomes less funny when you've seen it for the 10th time.

12:50pm

DONE DEAL

Chelsea has completed the signing of St Etienne defender Kurt Zouma for around £12million. Zouma will be loaned back to the French club until the end of the season.

12:45pm

DONE DEAL

Arsenal's Emmanuel Frimpong has joined Barnsley on a deal until the end of the season.

12:45pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS
New Adver sportsdesk member Tom Bassam has his eye to the ground.....and the sky.

12:39pm

So, Dimitar Berbatov looks set to move to big spenders Monaco rather than returning to Tottenham. Genius or lazy? You decide.

12:31pm

DONE DEAL

Guilherme Dellatorre, QPR (loan)

12:27pm

The done deals are drying up a bit while those involved in negotiations have a spot of lunch, I presume.

Still all very serene down at Swindon Town. That's very strange to say after the year we've had.

12:25pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

Have you spotted Maradona trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout? Is Lionel Messi enjoying a shopping experience at the Outlet Village? Was that really Ronaldinho tucking into a Big Mac at Greenbridge?

Deadline day is always full of ridiculous rumours and we want to hear your best concoctions. At 11pm we'll announce the winner, who'll earn themselves a Swindon Town-related prize.

Send your submissions in by commenting in the box below, using the #stfcadver hashtag on Twitter or emailing smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

12:20pm

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

12:18pm

A quick reminder that Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper will be taking fan's questions on a BBC Wiltshire phone-in from 6pm-7pm this evening.

If you can't tune in, don't worry. We'll be relaying everything that's discussed on Deadline Day Live.

12:16pm

DONE DEAL

Waide Fairhurst, Lincoln City to Macclesfield (loan)

12:15pm

Ivan Ramis has failed a medical at Crystal Palace. He won't be leaving Wigan Athletic for the Eagles now.

12:10pm

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

12:06pm

DONE DEAL

Gary Alexander, Crawley Town to Burton Albion (loan)

12:05pm

DONE DEAL

Yannick Bastos, FC Differdange 03 to Bolton Wanderers (undisclosed)

12:05pm

There's the confirmation of James Tarkowski's move to Brentford from Oldham Athletic.

That's a timely boost for Swindon Town, who face Tarkowski's former club at the County Ground in League One tomorrow.

12:04pm

DONE DEAL

James Tarkowski, Oldham Athletic to Brentford (£150,000)

12:03pm

Blimey, where did those three hours go?!

We've got 11 hours left of the transfer window - that's enough time to watch Das Boot twice and have time to make a full dinner, fly out to Los Angeles or listen to the full version of Bohemian Rhapsody on repeat 110 times in a row.

But you don't want to do any of that, now, do you? No, of course not. Stay right here for all the latest transfer news from up and down the country.

12:00pm

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 11 HOURS.

11:57am

Portsmouth have handed a new contract to Marcos Painter. Pompey have also extended the loan stay of Daniel Alfei from Swansea City.

11:56am

DONE DEAL

Joseph Mills, Burnley to Shrewsbury Town (loan)

11:55am

DONE DEAL

Jack Marriott, Ipswich to Woking (loan)

11:54am

DONE DEAL

George Moncur, West Ham to Partick Thistle (loan)

11:53am

DONE DEAL

George Porter, Burnley to Rochdale 

11:52am

DONE DEAL

Lewis Holtby, Tottenham Hotspur to Fulham (loan)

11:52am

So, Swindon Town's opponents tomorrow, Oldham Athletic, have already been busy on deadline day.

Latics manager Lee Johnson has drafted in striker Rhys Turner from Stockport County and defender James Wilson, following his release from Bristol City.

Oldham could still lose James Tarkwoski, however, with Brentford reported to be interested.

11:50am

More deadline-day YouTube nonsense next, and a satirical take on Jim White Day courtesy of comedians Farley & Reid...

11:47am

DONE DEAL

James Wilson, Bristol City to Oldham Athletic 

11:44am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

11:44am

As we enjoy a rare quiet deadline day at Swindon Town, here's a flashback to another busy Jim White Day.

Back in September the summer transfer window closed and on its final day Town rejected a bid for Yaser Kasim from QPR, drafted in Dany N'Guessan and sold Paul Caddis to Birmingham City.

Take a look back on events that day with the Adver's live blog right here.

11:41am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

11:41am

YOUR SAY

11:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

Townend80 says

Deadline day is not deadline way without Harry Redknapp being interviewed hanging out his car window #fact

11:40am

DONE DEAL

Rory Donnelly, Swansea City to Coventry City (loan)

11:39am

DONE DEAL

Marvin Bartley, Leyton Orient (free agent)

11:30am

DONE DEAL

Adel Taarabt, QPR to AC Milan (loan)

11:26am

YOUR SAY

11:26am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

11:25am

A quick update, then, on how things stand at Swindon Town. Let's face it, it's all very quiet - as expected.

No word on any movement for Lee Cox or Dany N'Guessan just yet and it's so quiet that the club's press department aren't picking up the phone. In the meantime, let's enjoy other clubs being busy and minimal drama at the County Ground.

Makes quite a refreshing change.

11:23am

DONE DEAL

Tony McMahon, Sheffield Utd to Blackpool (undisclosed)

11:15am

11:13am

DONE DEAL

Erik Cikos, Slovan Bratislava to Ross County (undisclosed)

11:08am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

11:06am

How about a coffee break. Put aside three minutes of your day to see a parody of Nicklas Bendtner and Ju-Young Park's amazing stays at Arsenal, put to the music of P Diddy/Puff Daddy/whatever you want to call him...

11:04am

DONE DEAL

Kevin Doyle, Wolves to QPR (loan)

11:03am

SUAREZ JOINS TONBRIDGE

Yes, really. Only it's Miken Suarez and he's made the move from Dartford.

11:01am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

11:00am

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 12 HOURS.

10:57am

YOUR SAY

10:56am

DONE DEAL

Aaron Hughes, Fulham to QPR (loan)

10:52am

Ishmel Demontagnac has left Northampton Town after having his contract terminated, the League Two club have confirmed.

10:51am

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

10:50am

DONE DEAL

Danny Haynes, Notts County to Hibernian

10:45am

Liverpool youngster Ryan McLaughlin has extended his loan stay at Barnsley until the end of the season.

10:39am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

10:38am

Football finance experts Deloitte have been handing out their traditional deadline day analysis.

They are saying that at the start of play today Premier League sides had shelled out £95million in the transfer market, £10million more than last year at this stage.

Total spending by top-flight teams has passed the £700m accrued last year - it's already at £725million - and it's set to get even bigger over the coming hours.

10:34am

Burton Albion have recalled Jake Dyer from his loan spell at Kidderminster Harriers.

10:30am

DONE DEAL

Milos Jojic, Partizan Belgrade to Borussia Dortmund (undisclosed)

10:25am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

10:23am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

10:23am

Mark Cooper isn't one for leaving his transfer business until late in the window.

“It always amazes me why everybody waits til the last day,” he said. “You’ve got a month to do it and you’d have thought the groundwork would be done. It makes it more exciting for the viewers and the listeners and the readers all to be happening at five to whatever it is.

“I’m sure it will be good fun but I’m sure it will be pretty quiet here."

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Mark Cooper

MARK COOPER

10:21am

Fancy watching a daft video about deadline day featuring Marouanne Fellaini, Arsene Wenger, Darren Bent, Roman Abramovich, Harry Redknapp and Jim White, set to the music of Les Miserables?

No? Tough luck...

10:15am

YOUR SAY

9:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Graham8181 says

Cooper signs a decent defender .... DREAM ON !!!!

10:15am

DONE DEAL

David Connolly, Portsmouth to Oxford Utd (loan)

10:14am

Tottenham youngster Ryan Fredericks has signed a new contract at Tottenham, taking his stay at White Hart Lane through until 2016. Fredericks has also extended his loan spell at Millwall until the end of the season.

10:13am

DONE DEAL

Andy Keogh, Millwall to Blackpool (loan)

10:12am

DONE DEAL

Liam Bridcutt, Brighton & Hove Albion to Sunderland (undisclosed)

10:01am

DONE DEAL

Seydou Keita, Dalian Aerbin to Valencia (undisclosed)

10:00am

THE JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW CLOSES IN 13 HOURS.

9:57am

Want to see a video of a footballer crying in his car, unable to cope with the adoration of fans as he leaves a club for the final time?

Okay then...

9:54am

DONE DEAL

Faris Haroun, Middlesbrough to Blackpool (loan)

9:52am

Former Swindon Town youngster Matt Bulman has been released by Forest Green Rovers.

9:51am

DONE DEAL

Wilfried Zaha, Manchester Utd to Cardiff City (loan)

9:51am

DONE DEAL

Fabio, Manchester Utd to Cardiff City (undisclosed)

9:50am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

9:50am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

9:49am

DONE DEAL

Curtis Good, Newcastle Utd to Dundee Utd (loan)

9:46am

Anyone remember the most bizarre deadline day ever? It only happened 12 months ago.

Bradley Wright-Phillips, Marlon Pack and Danny Green all agreed to join Swindon Town before the club realised it was under an embargo and couldn't, in fact, sign anyone.

Now that was a day for a live blog - and you can click here to relive it.

9:44am

DONE DEAL

Jay Faulton, Falkirk to Swansea City (undisclosed)

9:41am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

9:41am

A quick aside from the deadline day circus and an update on the fitness of Ryan Mason and Jay McEveley ahead of the weekend clash with Oldham Athletic.

Manager Mark Cooper is not expecting Mason to recover from his side strain in time but McEveley could feature.

“Mason will struggle for Saturday and Jay McEveley has got a good chance of being fit,” said the Town boss.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Swindon Town's Ryan Mason makes his return

STRUGGLING: RYAN MASON

9:39am

YOUR SAY

9:36am Fri 31 Jan 14

swindonjason says

Lets just sit back and watch the big clubs splash and waste their cash and pay over-the-market prices for their wanted players, something quite rightly will not be entertained at Swindon.

I will have a keen eye on our existing players both permanent and on-loan and hope the key players remain at the club

9:37am

DONE DEAL

Ben Alnwick, Charlton Athletic to Leyton Orient (undisclosed)

9:37am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

9:36am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

9:35am

RIDICULOUS RUMOURS

Have you spotted Maradona trying to navigate the Magic Roundabout? Is Lionel Messi enjoying a shopping experience at the Outlet Village? Was that really Ronaldinho tucking into a Big Mac at Greenbridge?

Deadline day is always full of ridiculous rumours and we want to hear your best concoctions. At 11pm we'll announce the winner, who'll earn themselves a Swindon Town-related prize.

Send your submissions in by commenting in the box below, using the #stfcadver hashtag on Twitter or emailing smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

9:31am

I've had a few worried messages on Twitter over the past 48 hours asking if Wes Foderingham will be leaving Swindon Town today.

He won't. I've spoken with sources close to the goalkeeper this week and it's pretty clear Foderingham will be staying put until the summer at least, as we reported back on January 6.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Football player image for Wes Foderingham

STAYING PUT: WES FODERINGHAM

9:25am

YOUR SAY

9:23am Fri 31 Jan 14

Rebel_phish says

Morning Sam.

I'd be quite happy if there is no activity at the County Ground today. Michael Smith seems a good acquisition. If Nile behaves himself and remains in a red shirt, then two big men up front could be the turning point for the Town and make the run in a little more exciting.

I would like to see some of the fringe players off loaded though to help with cash flow, but don't suppose that will happen until the summer.

Morning. Predictions League up and running for your, Mr Rebel.

9:25am

DONE DEAL

Rhys Turner, Stockport County to Oldham Athletic (undisclosed)

9:24am

To reiterate, Swindon Town are not anticipating a busy deadline day, with Mark Cooper advising the local press yesterday that activity at the County Ground would be at a minimum.

“I’ve heard nothing different from Tuesday night. I was asked on Tuesday and I’ve been told nothing different from then,” he said.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Town caretaker boss Mark Cooper

MARK COOPER

“I didn’t think we’d do loads and loads either way but we’ve got one or two in and they’ve been good ones. We’ve said all along that we want to make sure the people we bring in are the right type."

9:19am

The Advertiser isn't blessed with the gadgets, gismos and armies of reporters of our friends at Sky Sports. 

Today, this is how Deadline Day Live is being lovingly put together...

9:14am

9:10am

DONE DEAL

John Johnson, Leek Town to Crewe Alexandra (undisclosed)

9:10am

YOUR SAY

How have you viewed Swindon Town's business in the January transfer window? Are the Robins now well equipped to make a play-off charge or has owner Lee Power missed a trick?

Let us know your opinion by getting in touch via the methods listed below:

Twitter - Use the hashtag #stfcadver to have your say

Comment - In the box below, but keep it clean

Email - Pop your thoughts across to smorshead@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

9:05am

Busy or quiet, you'll be able to keep up to date with events from SN1 and from further afield right here throughout the day. 

I'll be with you right up until the 11pm deadline tonight with regular news from Town, memories of transfer windows gone by, updates from other clubs, your transfer rumours and the opinions of those in the game.

Happy Jim White Day, everyone. Enjoy!

9:04am

Lee Cox and Dany N'Guessan could still make loan moves away from Town and Swindon will be hoping there are no late approaches for Tottenham winger Alex Pritchard.

9:03am

However, there is always a chance that something dramatic might still happen at the County Ground with last-ditch bids and rushed negotiations a feature of deadline day.

9:02am

Swindon Town are not expecting a particularly busy day, with their January business all but done following the signings of George Barker, Michael Smith and Jamie Reckord.

9:01am

It's transfer deadline day and late deals are expected to be concluded up and down the Premier League and Football League.

9:00am

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the busiest day in football.

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9:23am Fri 31 Jan 14

Rebel_phish says...

Morning Sam.

I'd be quite happy if there is no activity at the County Ground today. Michael Smith seems a good acquisition. If Nile behaves himself and remains in a red shirt, then two big men up front could be the turning point for the Town and make the run in a little more exciting.

I would like to see some of the fringe players off loaded though to help with cash flow, but don't suppose that will happen until the summer.
Morning Sam. I'd be quite happy if there is no activity at the County Ground today. Michael Smith seems a good acquisition. If Nile behaves himself and remains in a red shirt, then two big men up front could be the turning point for the Town and make the run in a little more exciting. I would like to see some of the fringe players off loaded though to help with cash flow, but don't suppose that will happen until the summer. Rebel_phish
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9:36am Fri 31 Jan 14

swindonjason says...

Lets just sit back and watch the big clubs splash and waste their cash and pay over-the-market prices for their wanted players, something quite rightly will not be entertained at Swindon.

I will have a keen eye on our existing players both permanent and on-loan and hope the key players remain at the club
Lets just sit back and watch the big clubs splash and waste their cash and pay over-the-market prices for their wanted players, something quite rightly will not be entertained at Swindon. I will have a keen eye on our existing players both permanent and on-loan and hope the key players remain at the club swindonjason
  • Score: 0

9:57am Fri 31 Jan 14

Graham8181 says...

Cooper signs a decent defender .... DREAM ON !!!!
Cooper signs a decent defender .... DREAM ON !!!! Graham8181
  • Score: -3

11:19am Fri 31 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

Graham8181 wrote:
Cooper signs a decent defender .... DREAM ON !!!!
Who did DREAM play for :-)

Cooper signs Cheque to pay his leccy bill !

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]Graham8181[/bold] wrote: Cooper signs a decent defender .... DREAM ON !!!![/p][/quote]Who did DREAM play for :-) Cooper signs Cheque to pay his leccy bill ! COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 1

11:38am Fri 31 Jan 14

Townend80 says...

Deadline day is not deadline way without Harry Redknapp being interviewed hanging out his car window #fact
Deadline day is not deadline way without Harry Redknapp being interviewed hanging out his car window #fact Townend80
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

Are your refering to D REAM ?

If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-)

COYMR
Are your refering to D REAM ? If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-) COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

2:33pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

Done deal, Coke to Old Etonians fee undisclosed #hashtag
Done deal, Coke to Old Etonians fee undisclosed #hashtag Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

2:40pm Fri 31 Jan 14

the don69 says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
Are your refering to D REAM ?

If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-)

COYMR
Have we signed Tony Blair? heard his mate Ed Balls thinks he can play a bit! they'd wouldn't know what the score was cause they can't count!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: Are your refering to D REAM ? If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-) COYMR[/p][/quote]Have we signed Tony Blair? heard his mate Ed Balls thinks he can play a bit! they'd wouldn't know what the score was cause they can't count!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: -2

3:03pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Oxon-Red says...

the don69 wrote:
Oxon-Red wrote: Are your refering to D REAM ? If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-) COYMR
Have we signed Tony Blair? heard his mate Ed Balls thinks he can play a bit! they'd wouldn't know what the score was cause they can't count!!!!!!!!
We haven't signed Tony but a few on here think we need a defender that can Ead Balls so maybe his mate would be a good signing :-0

Done Deal: Jimmy Cricket (Forest Green) to Grasshoppers (Zurich) initial fee £10,000 jumping to £20,000 after 30 appearances #junglesounds

COYMR
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: Are your refering to D REAM ? If that is the case then "Things can only get better" :-) COYMR[/p][/quote]Have we signed Tony Blair? heard his mate Ed Balls thinks he can play a bit! they'd wouldn't know what the score was cause they can't count!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]We haven't signed Tony but a few on here think we need a defender that can Ead Balls so maybe his mate would be a good signing :-0 Done Deal: Jimmy Cricket (Forest Green) to Grasshoppers (Zurich) initial fee £10,000 jumping to £20,000 after 30 appearances #junglesounds COYMR Oxon-Red
  • Score: 0

3:26pm Fri 31 Jan 14

old town robin says...

Weather is shocking, thinking of building an ark, 12 hours of this and game could be in doubt.
Weather is shocking, thinking of building an ark, 12 hours of this and game could be in doubt. old town robin
  • Score: 0

4:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

interyournan says...

Emile Heskey spotted scabbing roll-ups at Swindon bus station. Destination unknown...
Emile Heskey spotted scabbing roll-ups at Swindon bus station. Destination unknown... interyournan
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Since 1950 says...

Off subject, but more pertinent. It's been hammering down here in Stroud. Can't think Swindon would be any different. Is the game in danger tomorrow? Don't want another wasted journey like a few weeks ago!.

COYR!
Off subject, but more pertinent. It's been hammering down here in Stroud. Can't think Swindon would be any different. Is the game in danger tomorrow? Don't want another wasted journey like a few weeks ago!. COYR! Since 1950
  • Score: 2

4:55pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Since 1950 says...

Thanks' Sam. Missed that. I don't mind the game being off so much. I just couldn't stand another B********G off her indoors because I spent the afternoon in the Tap n Barrel!! :-(

COYR!
Thanks' Sam. Missed that. I don't mind the game being off so much. I just couldn't stand another B********G off her indoors because I spent the afternoon in the Tap n Barrel!! :-( COYR! Since 1950
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Fri 31 Jan 14

wobble-o-3 says...

Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus!
Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus! wobble-o-3
  • Score: 1

6:10pm Fri 31 Jan 14

umpcah says...

wobble-o-3 wrote:
Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus!
Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.
[quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus![/p][/quote]Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town. umpcah
  • Score: 0

6:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

wobble-o-3 says...

umpcah wrote:
wobble-o-3 wrote:
Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus!
Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.
Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-)
[quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus![/p][/quote]Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.[/p][/quote]Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-) wobble-o-3
  • Score: 3

8:07pm Fri 31 Jan 14

andy5364 says...

Pritchard still here !!! Makes me laugh reading some of the nonense people claim to know . Looking forward to tomorrows game . Just hope it is on . Happy so far with this season and our young team . Coyr
Pritchard still here !!! Makes me laugh reading some of the nonense people claim to know . Looking forward to tomorrows game . Just hope it is on . Happy so far with this season and our young team . Coyr andy5364
  • Score: 3

8:28pm Fri 31 Jan 14

umpcah says...

BREAKING NEWS : After noting Smith`s signing for The Town , Messi wants more time to make up his mind about following suit. He likes to be in every starting eleven. Cant blame him he`s showing great potential !
BREAKING NEWS : After noting Smith`s signing for The Town , Messi wants more time to make up his mind about following suit. He likes to be in every starting eleven. Cant blame him he`s showing great potential ! umpcah
  • Score: -2

8:31pm Fri 31 Jan 14

smirg kcab says...

Bloke from the undatables has got the Leeds managers job
Bloke from the undatables has got the Leeds managers job smirg kcab
  • Score: -6

8:44pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jayden says...

Rocking Robin in a swap deal for Flint.
Rocking Robin in a swap deal for Flint. jayden
  • Score: 0

9:17pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

So, verdict overall on Fredi's predictions? I think it rhymes with Michael Ballack, give or take a few o's and an s.
So, verdict overall on Fredi's predictions? I think it rhymes with Michael Ballack, give or take a few o's and an s. mancrobin
  • Score: 8

10:25pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

wobble-o-3 wrote:
umpcah wrote:
wobble-o-3 wrote:
Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus!
Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.
Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-)
He did knuckle down. He just had a disagreement with a manager who thought he was bigger than the club. Di Canio knew how good Clarke was. Unfortunately his own ego was more important than that.
[quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus![/p][/quote]Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.[/p][/quote]Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-)[/p][/quote]He did knuckle down. He just had a disagreement with a manager who thought he was bigger than the club. Di Canio knew how good Clarke was. Unfortunately his own ego was more important than that. Oi Den!
  • Score: 1

11:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

sp1dersw3b says...

So - what has happened to Foderingham, Pritchard, Luongo, one or both of the Thompsons going that was peddled as fact by the usual suspects on here that was a 'done deal' in this window?

Work it our for yourselves those that in my opinion only remain the majority of balanced Town fans - not these forum bullies that try and force their ignorant point of view by 'what they have heard' or 'their well informed contact has said' that tries to reduce and erode a gullible Town fan to question the running, direction and management of our club.

The forum bully will normally also back-up any derogatory statement on a player or general STFC prospect by the cowardly, in my opinion only, statement of 'Of course, I hope I am wrong' (in whatever their bad opinion was).

Look out for this in the future and dismiss such stuff as gossip only as best and ignore and just do not bother to debate as you will be wasting your time!

Fingers-crossed the game is on tomorrow and hoping, as always, and not demanding, a win for the lads.

COYR's
So - what has happened to Foderingham, Pritchard, Luongo, one or both of the Thompsons going that was peddled as fact by the usual suspects on here that was a 'done deal' in this window? Work it our for yourselves those that in my opinion only remain the majority of balanced Town fans - not these forum bullies that try and force their ignorant point of view by 'what they have heard' or 'their well informed contact has said' that tries to reduce and erode a gullible Town fan to question the running, direction and management of our club. The forum bully will normally also back-up any derogatory statement on a player or general STFC prospect by the cowardly, in my opinion only, statement of 'Of course, I hope I am wrong' (in whatever their bad opinion was). Look out for this in the future and dismiss such stuff as gossip only as best and ignore and just do not bother to debate as you will be wasting your time! Fingers-crossed the game is on tomorrow and hoping, as always, and not demanding, a win for the lads. COYR's sp1dersw3b
  • Score: 7

11:19pm Fri 31 Jan 14

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
wobble-o-3 wrote:
umpcah wrote:
wobble-o-3 wrote:
Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus!
Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.
Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-)
He did knuckle down. He just had a disagreement with a manager who thought he was bigger than the club. Di Canio knew how good Clarke was. Unfortunately his own ego was more important than that.
I think the problem was Den that they both thought they were bigger than the Club, both with big egos. As you know, I was not a PdC fan but I did back him in that spat and still do. We don't know all the ins and outs but Clarke was totally out of order expressing his views so publically. Ironically, as PdC was on many other occasions. I'm glad we're shot of the pair of them.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]umpcah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wobble-o-3[/bold] wrote: Leon Clarke sold for £750,000 .... Jesus![/p][/quote]Probably worth it ! Look how he`s banged `em in since he left Swindon Town.[/p][/quote]Agree, I know what is past is past, but if had just knuckled down he could of been a town legend, and we could have made a tidy profit. Never mind, no one is bigger than the club .....except Ruddock and his xxxxxxl kit ;-)[/p][/quote]He did knuckle down. He just had a disagreement with a manager who thought he was bigger than the club. Di Canio knew how good Clarke was. Unfortunately his own ego was more important than that.[/p][/quote]I think the problem was Den that they both thought they were bigger than the Club, both with big egos. As you know, I was not a PdC fan but I did back him in that spat and still do. We don't know all the ins and outs but Clarke was totally out of order expressing his views so publically. Ironically, as PdC was on many other occasions. I'm glad we're shot of the pair of them. mancrobin
  • Score: 1

11:52pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Oi Den! says...

Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.
Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:15am Sat 1 Feb 14

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.
Yes, point well made up to the last few lines.

Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North.

Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors.

I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears.
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.[/p][/quote]Yes, point well made up to the last few lines. Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North. Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors. I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears. mancrobin
  • Score: 0

9:40am Sat 1 Feb 14

the don69 says...

mancrobin wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.
Yes, point well made up to the last few lines.

Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North.

Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors.

I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears.
It will not end in tears at City Manc,Lansdown and his son are fans like Walker they love their club,they have blown £35m on p1ss poor management though and Lansdown has said they must cut back, I see all the doomsters were wrong again, no star players have left and Smith looks a very good signing,as for PDC he could only manage with loads of dosh, he'd be cr@p running a budget like Coops has to end of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.[/p][/quote]Yes, point well made up to the last few lines. Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North. Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors. I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears.[/p][/quote]It will not end in tears at City Manc,Lansdown and his son are fans like Walker they love their club,they have blown £35m on p1ss poor management though and Lansdown has said they must cut back, I see all the doomsters were wrong again, no star players have left and Smith looks a very good signing,as for PDC he could only manage with loads of dosh, he'd be cr@p running a budget like Coops has to end of!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the don69
  • Score: 0

10:42am Sat 1 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

Don, I think you might have the wrong City - the clue is in manc's name!

manc, I'm not naive enough to think money would turn us into a big and successful club. But equally I don't think there's any doubt that it's a major help. We had five good years under the Fitton consortium - and that was with a lot of mistakes being made. Imagine what we could have done if it had been managed properly.

The great thing about having money is not necessarily the ability to splash it around. It's more that it can provide the security to help us hold onto our better players, which in turn means we can build a team of our own. Although every club is a selling club, it's the ones with the least money that are forced to do the most selling - and it's often at under value.

I will always believe that Andrew Black gave our club the best opportunity it's ever had to establish itself in the Championship. Sadly, PDC was allowed to run amok and wreck that perfectly reasonable ambition.

If Black or anyone else was to walk into our club now and give it £10m, while also agreeing to fund operating losses for the next five years, would you really turn that away? I certainly wouldn't - and I find the lack of gratitude (not from you) towards Black absolutely amazing.
Don, I think you might have the wrong City - the clue is in manc's name! manc, I'm not naive enough to think money would turn us into a big and successful club. But equally I don't think there's any doubt that it's a major help. We had five good years under the Fitton consortium - and that was with a lot of mistakes being made. Imagine what we could have done if it had been managed properly. The great thing about having money is not necessarily the ability to splash it around. It's more that it can provide the security to help us hold onto our better players, which in turn means we can build a team of our own. Although every club is a selling club, it's the ones with the least money that are forced to do the most selling - and it's often at under value. I will always believe that Andrew Black gave our club the best opportunity it's ever had to establish itself in the Championship. Sadly, PDC was allowed to run amok and wreck that perfectly reasonable ambition. If Black or anyone else was to walk into our club now and give it £10m, while also agreeing to fund operating losses for the next five years, would you really turn that away? I certainly wouldn't - and I find the lack of gratitude (not from you) towards Black absolutely amazing. Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

10:52am Sat 1 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up?
manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up? Oi Den!
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Sat 1 Feb 14

candlestrobe says...

Where's fredi? Seems to have disappeared since the Adver / Town debacle.
Where's fredi? Seems to have disappeared since the Adver / Town debacle. candlestrobe
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Sat 1 Feb 14

mancrobin says...

the don69 wrote:
mancrobin wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.
Yes, point well made up to the last few lines.

Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North.

Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors.

I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears.
It will not end in tears at City Manc,Lansdown and his son are fans like Walker they love their club,they have blown £35m on p1ss poor management though and Lansdown has said they must cut back, I see all the doomsters were wrong again, no star players have left and Smith looks a very good signing,as for PDC he could only manage with loads of dosh, he'd be cr@p running a budget like Coops has to end of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Manchester City Don.
[quote][p][bold]the don69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: Manc, I think PDC proved over a long period that he thought he was bigger than the club. Yes, both of them should have known better but Di Canio was supposed to be a manager of people and he was supposed to have the best interests of the club at heart. He threw away a lot of money by ditching Clarke. He didn't care a jot about that because he thought the tap could be turned on whenever he wished. What he was really doing was chipping away at the patience of the club's benefactor. PDC delivered charisma and excitement in abundance but a quieter manager could have achieved as much with a lot less fuss and expense - and we might still have had strong financial backing, which I would have liked but which is apparently not what many people want.[/p][/quote]Yes, point well made up to the last few lines. Rich benefactors either get taken for a ride or get bored and then meltdown normally follows. It happened with Black. My benchmark is Jack Walker. He loved Blavkburn Rovers so much that he put huge sums in to the club and went to great lengths to organise his succession. You don't get better benefactors than that. Look where Rovers are now. Not much different from when I went to see them in 1988 when I moved up North. Sustainable growth comes from sustainable business models, not rich benefactors. I've a lot of mates who are City fans. It will end in tears.[/p][/quote]It will not end in tears at City Manc,Lansdown and his son are fans like Walker they love their club,they have blown £35m on p1ss poor management though and Lansdown has said they must cut back, I see all the doomsters were wrong again, no star players have left and Smith looks a very good signing,as for PDC he could only manage with loads of dosh, he'd be cr@p running a budget like Coops has to end of!!!!!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Manchester City Don. mancrobin
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Sat 1 Feb 14

mancrobin says...

Oi Den! wrote:
manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up?
Den, I take your point about how the wealth is managed being important but it can only be sustained if the scale of the wealthy benefactors ambition is matched by the scale of the ultimate commercial sustainability of the Club.

I know this sounds depressingly fatalistic, but just look at the top 6 finishers in the 1stDiv/Premier League over the past 100 years. There is an amazingly durable pecking order throughout the football league and we are top half, 3rd tier.

That doesn't mean to say that, well managed, we couldn't achieve higher but if that is overly propped up by external wealth and not generated from within the club, a cliff will eventually be fallen off. Blackburn proved that point. And look at Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool compared to Man City and Chelsea. I predict that the first 3 will still be up there in 10 years time. Wouldn't guarantee it for the other 2.

Let's have a fiver on it Den :)
[quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up?[/p][/quote]Den, I take your point about how the wealth is managed being important but it can only be sustained if the scale of the wealthy benefactors ambition is matched by the scale of the ultimate commercial sustainability of the Club. I know this sounds depressingly fatalistic, but just look at the top 6 finishers in the 1stDiv/Premier League over the past 100 years. There is an amazingly durable pecking order throughout the football league and we are top half, 3rd tier. That doesn't mean to say that, well managed, we couldn't achieve higher but if that is overly propped up by external wealth and not generated from within the club, a cliff will eventually be fallen off. Blackburn proved that point. And look at Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool compared to Man City and Chelsea. I predict that the first 3 will still be up there in 10 years time. Wouldn't guarantee it for the other 2. Let's have a fiver on it Den :) mancrobin
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10:37pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Oi Den! says...

mancrobin wrote:
Oi Den! wrote:
manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up?
Den, I take your point about how the wealth is managed being important but it can only be sustained if the scale of the wealthy benefactors ambition is matched by the scale of the ultimate commercial sustainability of the Club.

I know this sounds depressingly fatalistic, but just look at the top 6 finishers in the 1stDiv/Premier League over the past 100 years. There is an amazingly durable pecking order throughout the football league and we are top half, 3rd tier.

That doesn't mean to say that, well managed, we couldn't achieve higher but if that is overly propped up by external wealth and not generated from within the club, a cliff will eventually be fallen off. Blackburn proved that point. And look at Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool compared to Man City and Chelsea. I predict that the first 3 will still be up there in 10 years time. Wouldn't guarantee it for the other 2.

Let's have a fiver on it Den :)
No fiver manc - because I don't disagree with you on that. There is a pecking order. I haven't done any research but I'd say it's largely identifiable by size of home crowd. All the more reason for a small club with small crowds to benefit from well managed funding.

If we were all presented with 2 options - sensible business plan backed by capital/donations or sensible business plan with no financial support, I'm pretty sure we'd all choose the same one.
[quote][p][bold]mancrobin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oi Den![/bold] wrote: manc, one last thought... you suggest very clearly that wealth and a sustainable business model are mutually exclusive. It seems to me that the opposite is true. Put the two together and do you not have the perfect set-up?[/p][/quote]Den, I take your point about how the wealth is managed being important but it can only be sustained if the scale of the wealthy benefactors ambition is matched by the scale of the ultimate commercial sustainability of the Club. I know this sounds depressingly fatalistic, but just look at the top 6 finishers in the 1stDiv/Premier League over the past 100 years. There is an amazingly durable pecking order throughout the football league and we are top half, 3rd tier. That doesn't mean to say that, well managed, we couldn't achieve higher but if that is overly propped up by external wealth and not generated from within the club, a cliff will eventually be fallen off. Blackburn proved that point. And look at Man U, Arsenal and Liverpool compared to Man City and Chelsea. I predict that the first 3 will still be up there in 10 years time. Wouldn't guarantee it for the other 2. Let's have a fiver on it Den :)[/p][/quote]No fiver manc - because I don't disagree with you on that. There is a pecking order. I haven't done any research but I'd say it's largely identifiable by size of home crowd. All the more reason for a small club with small crowds to benefit from well managed funding. If we were all presented with 2 options - sensible business plan backed by capital/donations or sensible business plan with no financial support, I'm pretty sure we'd all choose the same one. Oi Den!
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