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Flitcroft: Making Progress in the Transfer Market

15 January 2016

As January rolls on and clubs start to make their deals David Flitcroft believes that his Bury side are making progress in the transfer window going into the second half of the season.

Shakers boss David Flitcroft believes he is making progress in the transfer market and believes it is only a matter of time until his Bury squad gets stronger, but the gaffer has kept a cool head about things and refuses to go rushing in just for the sake of things this January.


He also spoke about the possibility of losing players in the window but says that contingency plans have been put into place so that the club are prepared for almost every situation that could unfold until the last second of deadline day.


Speaking to Shakers PlayerHD David Flitcroft said “It’s slow (transfer recruitment) but we expected that. Again teams don’t let good players go, they want to hold on to them and they want to keep them for their path to success so it’s a difficult window.


“It’s sometimes a waiting game, It’s sometimes a game of patience and sometimes it’s like a stack of dominos as soon as one falls the others fall into place so at the minute we’re going through those scenarios with the targets we’re after, but it’s a waiting game and if you show your hand too quickly and delve into the market in desperation you can get the wrong sort of players.


“We’ve got a policy of what the type of player we’re trying to recruit looks like and we won’t veer off that. We have various criteria the player will have to meet and certain keystone values that we have here at training every day. They’ve got to meet this criteria and if they don’t we will look somewhere else until we find that criteria.


“There are certain players that you just can’t lose on deadline day because you can’t replace them so we are planning ahead for if a team does come in for one of our players. Some clubs spook you towards the last day of deadline day, but we try to be ahead of the game and we continuously discuss those scenarios because you have to do that.”


The Gaffer also spoke about Saturday’s opponents Walsall and believes that they are an ideal model for the philosophy they have plus the way they have been run as a club and he believes that they will be difficult opponents to face.


“They’ve allowed a football philosophy and a plan to flourish and develop; out of the last 22 years I think 19 of them the club has made a profit. They are a fantastically well run football club and It’s a fantastic model - they’re probably the best footballing team in the division.


“They’ve got a great balance from the team that plays out on the pitch in the first team to the youth academy and 4 or 5 of the players have been under the eye of Championship clubs and they’re looking at potentially getting good money for these players.”

Watch the full interview with David Flitcroft below: -

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