It was a great tv show and theres a wee town of that name about an hour away but thats not the type of deadwood that Brendan is being held guilty of collecting . It has been stated and opined in various places that he has bought mostly fillers despite promising quality over quantity and when he went to Peter this was pointed out .
Do I agree we have far too much deadwood ? Absolutely we do , tons of it .
Is that to be laid at Brendans feet ? Yes and No
Should you be a domestic based player the chances are moving to Glasgow Celtic is the pinnacle of your career and with that pinnacle I think we can all assume would come the peak pay packet of your earning days . When it comes to money everyman is different , some players will not leave that club and wage under any circumstances if asked / wanted to leave ,, and some will say I have enough in the bank I just want to play games at this stage .
Theres probably a few layers in between those two polar opposites also , for instance I will move but only for X , Y or Z for instance.
If a manager is stuck with players he did not sign and doesnt want , and those players refuse to move on , he should have our sympathy .
If he signed the players he is now stuck with , well thats his own issue isnt it .
Unfortunately the information vacuum surrounding the PLC’s actions and intentions leaves us uncertain as to who exactly signs the players . My belief is its a mix, when you start you get mostly your own picks and when bedded in getting handed players becomes more frequent . Just a guess though , no information reached these ears or anything like that .
Its possible the gaffer okayed every player but the list of players to ok isnt the quality he wanted but its better to have someone than no one . Thus “ he okayed them “ would be a very unfair statement , in my opinion anyway.
So now it seems we are unable to pin the blame for the squad fillers on anyone as we don’t know who is buying the players , we must move onto who is deadwood and how much exactly do we have ?
I consider deadwood non youth / promoted players that are not near or in the first team when fit . As we arent a Spurs type club that use their entire squad rather than have a first 11 , then I think its fair to say if youre not in the match day squad at all for a prolonged spell when fit you are deadwood .
Sinky ? I will state right now he’s a great player when on form , but it seems getting him to hit that form is the issue. Hes on top first team player wages I believe so if he’s not a top first team player then theres a problem. Hopefully he’s being rested and not just dropped but Peter could well see him as deadwood if he’s not a top performing player. Could go either way this one I feel.
Jozo is probably biggest piece of deadwood we have . When we signed him I was delighted . Fitted the bill , to me at least ,,, like Croatian players , seemed a big strong boy , I thought we had stole a march and then when you later hear him linked to Lazio I was thinking so he does have the goods or they wouldn’t take him right ?
After 4 years or so the fact he is not the first name on the teamsheet when fit should tell us all we need to know , and he must be on a decent wedge no ?
“ Marvellous “ Marvin Comperr could take on Jozo for that second spot but loses by virtue of not being around that long . I dont know if I actually want the full story of just what exactly and who exactly to come out in this case as it would probably be bad for the ol ticker but if the blog ever compiles a biggest waste of money article then I will eat my hat if he’s not in there , along with Scheidt of course .
Kouassi,,,he came from Russia and surely a pay rise was involved yet we have got basically nada in return . Waste of money so far I would have to conclude.
Gamboa is an International and its nice to have 2 International player vying for the right back slot but even with Mick on the wane he is not getting the opportunities that would accompany recognition that he is in the frame to take over the slot . Looks to me like we need both right backs replaced .
Benyu , I have yet to see him play and I remember bloggers raving about his first few appearances. No way he joined for less dosh , why would he ? Doing jack at his loan clubs theres another whack out the door with nought in return.
Mulumbu,,,rumour is he leaked to Boyd there is unrest in the dressing room and has been told he wont play again for his sins . If true we must file under deadwood also.
Scotty Allen , Johnny Hayes , Arzani could be added to the list while Bitton might get added to it . If Griff is out of the picture due to a behind the scenes fall out ( thats whats being rumoured isnt it ? ) then he may as well be added to that list even though I would never consider one of our two strikers anything but essential right now .
So yeah we have a lot doing not much at all , and shifting them isnt proving easy and thus the wage bill has never sat higher . It could be argued the wage bill needed to be raised anyway .
In this event you can buy out contracts but that sets precedent you might not like , or just bide your time and let the contract run down and have nada to show at all . A cut price fee is another option as is loaning with the loan club picking up some of the wages.
But hopefully management learnt a ( expensive ) lesson or 10 .
Lets hope we do see what was promised , quality over quantity . Starting in January .
If no significant January signings arrive I personally will assume Brendan will be leaving in the summer and the board , being aware of that fact , are holding back for the new man.