Michael Bailey: Transfer change overdue as Norwich City boss Daniel Farke goes with what he’s got
PUBLISHED: 20:26 07 September 2017 | UPDATED: 20:26 07 September 2017
The fact there was no Big Ben chiming at 11pm probably summed it up.
Everything in life runs its course – from television shows to celebrities, bands, fashion, finances, economics… Whatever seems omnipresent will at some point come to a conclusion.
I’ve loved transfer deadline day. Even last Thursday, I was up until the bitter end – this time acknowledging just how little had been completed yet aware that on the inside people were flustered, being blown around like plastic bags in the wind.
Bleacher Report’s video following Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder on deadline day was a tale that could’ve been told at almost every club in the country. Even the ones who felt their business was done. No wonder they have pool tables around.
To have such ridiculous madness going on when the new football season is already a few weeks old has always been stupid.
If the authorities sat down right now to figure out a transfer framework, there is no way they would come up with what we’ve currently got.
That said, Norwich City are probably quite glad the current format is still around – given there would have been no chance of signing Grant Hanley without it.
Still, maybe now the realisation over what everyone’s working with is hitting home.
For weeks the genuine appetite from Premier League clubs to take the transfer window out of the football season’s opening month and get everything tied up before a ball is kicked has been well reported – and the latest Premier League shareholders meeting on Thursday gave it their approval. The EFL was willing to follow suit.
The likelihood of transfer windows disappearing altogether is another and rather different argument. Having some restriction on trade seems far more sensible than having none at all – and the tightly controlled markets that revolve around some key US sports should show it can work with football, if enough people make the right decisions.
And even if August is tweaked, we’ll always have January. Indeed, our sports editor Chris Lakey made some excellent points on how future windows could be brought to a more sensible end compared to the current bun fight.
The ideas are there – and it now seems the desire to change is too, as the deadline day novelty value finally starts to wain.
• When considering what those deadline day changes will be, surely how they impact upon Harry Redknapp will be taken into serious account.
The man who definitely doesn’t like to be known as a wheeler dealer, will clearly have to alter his routine in terms of when he is willing to appear for interviews from his car window.
The current Birmingham boss has stuck to his previously trusted path so far at Birmingham – from publicly stating how unhappy he was with the Blues squad he inherited, he made sure a number went in and out once the final throes of the window arrived.
And so Harry could declare: “I think you’ll see a very different Birmingham. It’s going to be a team worth watching.”
I’m sure Carrow Road can’t wait come the weekend.
• Of course, Norwich City’s window work was done weeks ago – with a little ‘flourish’ come the end of the line.
There should be no doubts over the link between Grant Hanley’s arrival and that shocking afternoon at Millwall. Had City been far rosier at The Den, the Scottish defender would either still be at Newcastle or snapped up by someone else.
The Canaries had to push the boat out to get him, and it’s surely the case Hanley now joins the list of players having to adjust to what his new head coach will want on the pitch.
And from here, so much rests on Daniel Farke’s shoulders.
Some of the players he now has may not be good enough, but plenty will be. Farke’s role until Christmas is to get a proper tune out of them, however much work there remains to be completed in this new Norwich City project.
• Motty’s farewell tour starts now as the great man bows out come May.
At 72, BBC football commentator John Motson has done a remarkable job for 50 years – but it was when I was growing up that the man’s voice carried so much weight.
I even remember as a teenager in the early 1990s, blaming Norwich City’s Uefa Cup exit on the BBC’s decision to replace Motty with Barry Davies for their two legs with Inter. For all I know, Motson had some other important business to deal with – but it was still his fault.
A legend of football in this country, here’s to Motty delivering a few more gems before his last season is done.