Date: 14th January 2019 at 8:59am
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Walsall boss Dean Keates has today confirmed he missed out on a defensive transfer target after the player decided to go elsewhere in League 1.

Keates has also confirmed he wants to replace the outgoing Russell Martin with another experienced pro but conceded that anyone with experience will cost a lot more than the going rate.

It remains to be seen whether he can finance a deal for an experienced centre half with the obvious financial constraints placed upon him.

This weekend Keates has lost Russell Martin and Jack Fitzwater leaving him with just Conor Johnson and Jon Guthrie in the heart of a fragile defence and its clear to see that experience is needed.

Speaking to the Express and Star, Keates said

“If we can add experience, we will – but with experience comes quite a big price tag”.

“I made phone calls all last week and we were a bit unfortunate not to add the ones that we wanted.”

“There’s been a few niggles going around other football clubs so more players will become available this week.

“We also missed out on a centre-half. He chose to go somewhere else in the division.”

Keates really has no chance of building a side capable of challenging has he? This is the fourth target he has missed out on due to the financial burden placed upon him by the hierarchy of the club.

 

5 Replies to “Keates Misses Out On Transfer Target”

  • As a fan since 1946, largely abroad now, I like many other fans, am appalled by the decline of WFC.

    I can only describe it’s current status as a pariah, liken unto North Korea et al, since no talented or ambitious free player would want to move to the club given it’s sub standard wages structure and
    moribund useless executive management .

    Like many fans beleive ,the rot will continue until the rotten Bonser regime departs, unfortunately

    the club is a massive cash cow, with what appears to be at little risk, so sadly I cannot see a good outcome. Thank you.

  • As a very long term supporter that has encouraged grand-children into the Saddlers fold I have to agree with the consensus that enough is enough on the Bonser issue of squeezing the football club dry over the years. Perhaps he has become immune to the concerted criticism but for goodness sake if he has any morals and he is really a “supporter” he should stop the bleeding now. It would not have taken much to get the fan base onside by drawing down some funds from his huge pension fund pot and providing an interest free loan to the Club and then writing it off. If he really wants a sensible legacy within the Club in the years to come rather than the reputation he has let fester and develop over the last 20 years he should do it NOW before it is too late.
    Perhaps I am deluded.
    There is a huge groundswell of support at present within the fan base to seek change and give the Manager a chance to survive and grow.
    Perhaps the time is right to try to seek out prospective buyers for the Club and the whole Commercial set-up on site. There are role models such as Bournemouth who have achieved this from a far worse position than we sit in at present. If we ignore the anti Bonser issues for now we now have a prime key location on the busiest road junction in Europe and a commercial operation that makes money that sits around the football club and an overall long run of managed profitability.
    We also can prove that a successful football team can potentially attract up to 10K crowds in the Championship on a regular basis and the site has potential to expand. How many did we take to Wembley for the JPT? My memory says around 30K. Discount that figure by 66% for those who went for the day out and there is an indication of a base line potential for something that works.
    Indeed, if we can take 1500 fans to Bolton for the third round FA Cup when the team is struggling and amid the off the field issues going on at present then we all know there IS a fan following that can be rekindled.
    Why not perhaps seek to approach contacts at Bournemouth who were involved in the dark days and are still involved to see if they have some ideas for change? How did they as a club attract new funders and sponsors such as currently Vitality? Could they introduce us to people?
    Why not plan to seek to draft an Investor Synopsis document that could form the basis of something to send to Investor prospects?
    Why not seek to identify individuals within the fan base who have knowledge or contacts or experience or ideas or expertise in finding prospects as Investors because we must assume that JB is NOT doing that actively?
    We have a local newspaper (Express and Star) who do a brilliant job covering the club through Joe Masi and Nathan Judah when other media outlets ignore us as being of no interest. They might be prepared through their coverage and their Blogs such as the Bescot Beat to give us some sort of airing that potential Investors might just pick up on.
    We have active supporter sites online such as Vital Walsall and Up the Saddlers and ISSA etc that shows we all care and want some positive change.
    How do we take action positively?

  • Walsall are not my first club, but I do take an interest. However, for God fine of the club, in all reality they are roughly in the position that equates to their size, aren’t they? Because they’ve held their own in the championship for quite some length, maybe people feel they belong there. It’s nice to see them there, Burton Albion made that which was a bigger surprise and achievement. But, it is correct, the football club needs rid of Bonsee, a club that size cannot afford to be paying 400k odd rent in what should have been there own ground. Bonawe stitched the club from the very start, separating the football club and ground. Love you see a decent owner with the club at heart. The way Bonser was talking and saying he could sell to someone else worse with zero interest in the club etcetera. Scandalous:(

  • Walsall are not my first club, but I do take an interest. However, for the size of the club, in all reality they are roughly in the position that equates to their size, aren’t they? Because they’ve held their own in the championship for quite some length, in the past maybe people feel they belong there. It’s nice to see them there, Burton Albion made that which was a bigger surprise and achievement. But, it is correct, the football club needs rid of Bonser, a club that size cannot afford to be paying 400k odd rent in what should have been their own ground. Bonser stitched the club from the very start, separating the football club and ground. Love to see a decent owner with the club at heart. The way Bonser was talking and saying he could sell to someone else worse with zero interest in the club etcetera. Scandalous:(

  • don’t think bonser will sell the ground and surrounding land its a sacred cash cow to keep his pension pot topped up hes never been bothered by the football side of the club

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