Fleetwood boss wary of deadline day ‘circus’

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler

There is one bid on the table for a Fleetwood player this transfer deadline day and a possible huge windfall heading Highbury’s way, but boss Uwe Rosler admitted he is not a fan of the ‘circus’ surrounding the closure of the window.

Rosler revealed on Tuesday that Town had received a bid from a Championship club for four-goal striker Devante Cole.

And if Cole does depart today, then it is understood Fleetwood will look to replace him ahead of the 11pm cut-off.

But Rosler is dubious about doing business today, saying some of his worst transfer decisions have been made under the pressure of the deadline.

Town hope speculation about their former frontman Jamie Vardy’s Leicester future sees them land a sell-on payment believed to be 25 per cent but Rosler said: “At the moment all coaches are waiting for the transfer window to be closed. Any manager is probably happy it is closing soon.

“I am not a fan of transfer deadline day. Especially in England it has created a circus in the last one or two days and as a coach I did my biggest mistakes on transfer deadline day, when you get sucked into that hype. You make decisions you regret later.

“We have done our business and we don’t try to bring anyone more in as long as nobody goes out.

“Obviously I hope that nobody goes out because I am happy with the squad. I am happy with the numbers.

“We have the youngest squad in the league – average age 23.1.”

Bobby Grant at 27 is the third oldest player in our squad.”

And Rosler says he is happy with Town’s business so far, especially tying Kyle Dempsey, Conor McAleny and Harvey Rodgers down to three year deals – something new for Town.

And he says such long-term deals protect the club from another summer like this one, when Town lost three big players in Conor McLaughlin, Jimmy Ryan and David Ball for nothing as their contracts expired.

Rosler said of this window: “There are still one or two things that can happen, that might happen. But if it stays like this, I think I am very happy.

“I think we are competitive. We are young, hungry and will get better and better as the season goes on.

“Conor McAleny’s (injury) is not as bad as people thought. I feel we have a really good team at this moment in time.

“The final target I have to give you when we know who is available throughout the year.

“We have young, talented players who have natural interest from the Championship.

“I will get measured on winning football games but I also will be measured on what we eventually sell.

“For me, the football club made a massive step this year as I am aware we can sign up players on long-term contracts, so big compliment to the chairman, to Gretar (Steinsson, technical director) and to Steve (Curwood, chief executive).

“In the summer we lost three players on a free transfer and one loan player (Ben Davies), four players who had played 95 per cent of the games or more for us, so were big players. That cannot happen in the future.

“The chairman needs to get something back in return and we know every player for next year, apart from Amari’i Bell (whose contract runs out at the end of this season), is secure.

“I think that is a massive improvement for us as a football club. That excited me because it means I do not need to build a team each year. We can continuously build with the foundation we have in place.

“When we are doing what we are supposed to do and are successful, that means our players will get the recognition and we will sell at least one player each year.

“That is for me the vision going forward and the target will be decided after the transfer window closes.”