Nigel Adkins has given his assessment on Rotherham United manager Paul Warne’s claim that this transfer window has been slower for most League One clubs – unless “you want to throw ridiculous money at people”.
Warne spoke of the difficulties of this period after landing former Millwall winger Shane Ferguson earlier this week.
“Everything seems to take longer unless you just want to throw ridiculous money at people,” said Warne. “I think a lot of transfers for a lot of clubs in this window – although there are a few in our league recruiting really fast and aggressively – are taking longer.”
Asked about Warne’s comments, Adkins said: “Paul’s obviously experiencing that. I’m sure a lot of other managers would say the same too.
“What you’ll find is that a couple of clubs have spent a hell of a lot more money with players and agents than other clubs have done, to attract players.
“You’ve still got players who will be out of contract and still get paid until the end of the month, so they aren’t in a rush to go anywhere. But next month, when they are not getting paid, all of a sudden they might commit themselves. Agents’ fees might come down a little bit and players’ wage demands might come down a little bit in line with where clubs can cut their cloth accordingly.
“You’ve got to remember that as well. To use our football club as a prime example, nearly going out of existence and saved by the owner and the supporters – [it’s about] making sure we don’t put ourselves in that position moving forward, because we’re still in a very delicate position across world football, especially in the lower leagues.
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