Friday 16th March.
I could hardly believe my eyes tonight when I read that Town had
made an offer for Southampton midfielder Chris Marsden. Marsden
is a former player who came to the club as a winger in the late
1980ís and was converted into a fairly skilful midfielder. He was,
however, dogged by persistent injuries, particularly his knee and
these contributed to his departure from the club in 1994 having
made just 155 appearances in about 6 seasons, which is not a particularly
good average. He is a regular in the Southampton team, and if the
reports are to be believed then a definite offer has been made for
him with the hope that he might even be able to play tomorrow.
Call me sceptical, but Iím not sure how many of these supposed
targets are genuine and how many are figments of Macariís imagination
to keep the fans quiet until transfer deadline day next Thursday,
but we have apparently been knocked back with offers to Celtic for
Tommy Johnson and Olivier Tebily. I am not convinced that any of
these will actually happen, and expect to read in next Thursdays
paper that the club tried really hard to sign players but circumstances
conspired against them. We will probably have to see out the remainder
of the season with the existing squad and rebuild a side to have
a tilt at promotion from the second division.