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Bluebirds back in player market

BARROW AFC were back in the market today after their transfer embargo was lifted by the Football Conference.

The Bluebirds have been unable to sign any new players since last week after their failure to pay a National Insurance bill.

The restrictions prevented them bringing in Stockport centre-half Danny O’Donnell ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster, but the outstanding payment has been made and the embargo was lifted last night.

Chairman Brian Keen said manager Dave Bayliss was now free to dip his toe into the transfer market to sign the players tasked with pulling AFC out of the Blue Square Bet Premier relegation zone.

“It is all done and dusted – Bayliss has been told to get on with it, get the players in that we need and let’s get this blip behind us,” said Keen, who has come under fire from some sections of the club’s supporters since revealing the embargo after the loss at Aggborough.

“This blip has happened because of a lack of communication from us within the board, but it has all been done now.”

News of the end of the embargo broke less than a day after Bayliss revealed assistant boss Ashley Hoskin had offered to pay the outstanding bill – the exact size of which has not been revealed – himself.

Hoskin confirmed he had made the offer, but that the Bluebirds chief would not let him do it.

He said: “We realised we were in trouble on Friday when we tried to fetch these players in.

“Me and my missus sat down and said, if it was guaranteed to come back to us, we’d pay it.

“At the end of the day, I come home grumpy when we lose games and going down to Luton on Tuesday night with three or four players who possibly wouldn’t have played if we had had the players in that we want, it was lambs to the slaughter and that proved to be the case.

“It was a gesture that was meant. It was genuinely going to be done if it was needed.

“If it (the bill) had been paid, we could have taken the lads we’d have been able to sign to Luton, but Bayles wouldn’t let me!”

Hoskin promised there would now be significant activity in the transfer market from the bottom-of-the-table Bluebirds, suggesting more than one player was set to come in and a handful could find themselves on the way out of Holker Street.

“We’ve got confirmation that whatever was outstanding has been paid and we can now go ahead with getting the players in who we have targeted and want to fetch to the club,” he said.

“Things look bad on me and Dave – people must think we don’t do anything on the training ground – but the bottom line is, and it is a harsh reality, some of the current players just aren’t good enough.”

He added: “We’ve not spoken about relegation. If you start talking in negative terms, it reflects on everybody.

“But we are in the position we are in and we feel that, given the players we have targeted and the feedback we are getting from them about wanting to come to Barrow, we will get out of it.”

Keen would not reveal the size of the unpaid bill which caused the club their problems.

He did say it was not substantial and added: “The bill wasn’t a lot. It was a small NI bill and if it wasn’t for Christmas and such it would have gone through.

“We haven’t had any sort of threats, the NI have been very good to us.

“It’s business, you go over a day or two at Christmastime. We haven’t had any income and it’s swings and roundabouts, you wheel and deal and you get through.

“Nobody has been hurt and there has been no intent, which is why the NI have been so cooperative.”

The issue of the transfer embargo is almost certain to be raised at the club’s AGM next week.

Keen and his fellow directors will talk supporters through the overall financial position of the club, as well other matters.

He knows there are some fans who will not be behind the board after recent goings on – which have included the transfer embargo, allegations of racism against both spectators and a player and the side slipping to the bottom of the Conference.

The chairman said: “The abuse I am getting, I find it hurtful and unacceptable – but that’s life. It’s a good job I have thick skin.

“I am hoping people do ask the questions. We are prepared for these one or two who might.”

Have your say

Ah,so Wally and Flooky are one and the same,or at least friends,maybe? And I suspect there are more.It matters not,they're in the tiny minority,and will never achieve their dastardly aims.DB and AFC will make it.

Posted by captain bluebirdseye on 12 January 2013 at 20:56

Good point, well made, Yet again Flooky!

Posted by wally ! on 11 January 2013 at 19:15

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