Thursday 15th February.
Things are starting to make sense now. Jamie Vincent who has been
conspicuous through his absence in the last 2 games looks almost
certain to be heading down to Portsmouth after all. After a few
weeks of will he, wonít he speculation it seems as though the offer
of £ĺ million has proved irresistible to Mr Rubery and last seasonís
player of the season will almost definitely be packing his bags
and saying bye-bye to the circus.
Once again it seems that a player is going to be allowed to leave
for a value below his true worth, simply because a firm offer happens
to be on the table. We all know what happened last season in a similar
situation, and although we are aware of the financial mess we are
in, I canít believe how easily the board are tempted by a few quid.
Apart from Craig Armstrong we donít have any left-backs in the first
team squad, and we look unbalanced with defenders playing out of
position. How much of this sum is made available to Macari remains
to be seen, but I suspect he wonít see so much of it.
The player himself alluded to family reasons for wishing to move
back down south, saying that they have not settled in the north.
We had the same situation a number of years ago with Craig Maskell,
and these southern nonces donít seem to be able to stick it out
up here for a few years. I really cannot understand this attitude
because football is a short career, and if they just grin and bear
it up here for a few seasons they can then clear off back down south
with a few quid in their bank account. Anyway, heís as good as gone
now and weíll just have to muddle through without a proper left
back (sorry Craig) for the time being.