Monday 5th February.
The Ndlovu transfer saga is still rumbling on, and Lou Macari
is clearly not a happy chappy. The situation looked to be quite
promising after their meeting at Heathrow, but seemingly Trevor
Francis told the player the following day that he wouldnít be sold
to Town under any circumstances. The story goes that he wasnít interested
in any swap deal involving Steve Jenkins even though he had made
a £300,000 offer, and so there was no chance of a deal to see him
return to Town. There seems to be some bad blood between the two
managers although this doesnít particularly surprise me, because
of Francisí arrogance.
The size of the offer made for Ndlovu has never been revealed,
but letís look on the bright side Ė Barry Rubery didnít have to
put his hand in his pocket and it gave me something to write about
throughout a fairly quiet January.
Intriguingly, Jamie Vincent didnít get a game on Saturday and
seemingly Macari who felt that transfer speculation was unsettling
for the player deliberately left him out of the team. I thought
that the Portsmouth deal had been killed off, but he might still
be a potential departure as the £700,000 offer is still on the table.
I think that Portsmouth may need to up the ante a bit because he
cost us £550,000 or so from Bournemouth and this doesnít represent
much of a profit. I hope he stays because decent left sided defenders
seem to be as rare as rocking horse droppings, and Craig Armstrong
isnít the best in that position, bless him. Certainly Macari is
indicating that he wants Vincent to stay, but it might be out of
his hands and he is asking the club support him, but we all remember
Marcus Stewart donít we?