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SC: January deals harder than normal

1 January 2015

Manager's transfer update

Now that the January transfer window has opened, manager Steve Clarke has spoken of his plans for the month ahead - and admits that as a new boss it is arguably more difficult for him to make decisions about his squad.

First of all, he wants time to fully assess the players at his disposal, and Saturday's game at Huddersfield will be key in him forming a clearer picture in his mind.

In addition, he is well aware of the difficult nature of the January window, and also that we must be very mindful of the Financial Fair Play regulations because the club will be close to the acceptable limit for losses this season.

Clarke said, "January is a difficult month, and for me it's even harder because I've only had ten days to work with this group. Some of them will play on Saturday in the FA Cup which will help me in terms of knowing the squad.


"I'm pleased with what I've got, there's quality here and there's more to come from them. Obviously if there's more we can do to add to the squad, we'll try.

"But I'm not going to make promises about big business in January because it's not a good window.”

And speaking upon his arrival at the club, Steve said, "You have to understand the restrictions of Financial Fair Play, which the club have explained to me. It's a club that two years ago was in the Premier League, so you have to adapt from that period.

"There's not millions to spend because only the top clubs in the Premier League can do that now. You have to be prudent."

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