With Jan Kirchhoff (Bayern Munich), Dame N’Doye (Trabzonspor), Lamine Kone (Lorient) and the “unattached” Steve Harper in, Wabi Kahzri‘s concluded deal from Bordeaux awaited and the exit door shown to Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United), Will Buckley (Birmingham City), Charis Mavrias (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) and Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon) all loans – plus Costel Pantilimon off permanently (Watford) Big Sam has been busy.
Sadly, none off those ushered out will be greatly missed – all tried and all, with the exception of Pants frequently and Coates sometimes, failed – and we have yet to see whether the squad available to Allardyce when the deadline arrives at 11pm GMT on Monday will be good enough to keep us up.
@JHunterChron Whoever invented ‘undisclosed’ fees needs an ASBO. Some say £5m. Clubs owe it to fans to be open
— Colin Randall (@salutsunderland) January 27, 2016
Meanwhile, here are some the most memorable moments of transfer deadline day as identified in a poll of 2,500 supporters conducted by DocuSign. Polls like this show the great impact that Docusign integration can have when applied appropriately. The text that follows comes from Mitch Lowes, of Chameleon PR, who says the fax machine and old school technology were to blame for the nation’s dashed fears on deadline day [not sure SAFC fans cared that much – Ed].
David De Gea’s transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid falling through due to paperwork at the last minute in August 2015, has been voted the most memorable transfer deadline day moment according to a poll from DocuSign, with almost a third of football fans citing this as the thing that sticks in their head.
The top three also included Peter Odemwingie driving 120 miles from West Brom to QPR, then having to turn around and drive back up to Birmingham and Robinho signing for Man City when Chelsea were already offering replica Robinho shirts.
In third place with one in 10 stating this as their most memorable transfer deadline day moment was when Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano looked like they had landed on another planet as they signed for West Ham.
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In 2016, when referees and players on the pitch have the most cutting edge technology, it is shocking that these transfer gaffes could’ve been easily avoided by using better technology in the back office, saving the nation’s football fans all the emotional turmoil that comes with a failed transfer.
The poll also asked fans how much they really know about how transfers are worked out between clubs and agents. A third thought transfer agreements had to be physically signed, while just under 30 per cent believe they have to be done face to face. One in five believe the deals are done over email, however many believe old school communication is still the way it’s done, with one in five saying deals are done over the phone and one in ten by fax. A similar number think they are completed with a letter in the post or even cash stuffed in brown envelopes!
“With deadline day being such an emotional time for fans, why aren’t clubs making sure that their hopes for the season ahead aren’t ruined by an outdated piece of technology.
— Dan (@dj85ftm) January 27, 2016
The football back office needs to catch up with the technology that is used on the pitch. Quite simply, we need to kick the fax out of football. No one wants to see another failed signing ruining a clubs hope as the window slams shut this February 1,” said Owen Quennell Head of Strategic EMEA Alliances & Partnerships EMEA at DocuSign.
* The survey was conducted by Censuswide on behalf of DocuSign, and consisted of 2,505 total respondents. The sample contained 1,156 general consumers, 830 football fans aged 18+, and 519 fans under 18.
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