At the end of December I wrote:
"According to Gold we are tracking 15 players. That would be Beckham, Pugh, Pugh, Barney, McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb plus seven others! Never mind fire sales, we need a fire brigade and a living legend!
We can forget Becks for a starter. I don't want us paying for him and Posh to stay over at the Dorchester, only for Beckham to sign for 'Arry at the end of the week. Let's keep things realistic this time shall we?
Hopefully there are no fat Egyptians floating around in the Dead Sea to be scooped up next time Avram pops over to Israel. And any player coming with a booklet of Burger King vouchers should also be given a wide berth, or girth for that matter!
Sidwell seems like a reasonable first signing. True he is ginger. True he isn't good enough for the Villa team - and Villa are in the bottom 5 - but he has an engine, is full of enthusiasm and scores goals. I'd take him over Spector, Kovac, Behrami and Boa.
Who else? Keane? I doubt he will come, even on loan. Luke Young? Got to be better than Faubert. Bridge aint coming apparently so name me a left back, any left back! And a left winger too. Why exactly did Zola sell Matty?
Anyway, whoever we sign, we have to sign early. The relegation clock is ticking and we can't afford to fart around and pounce at the end of the month. If they are coming, then get them in and get them playing, with the Barnsley game a useful match to stitch a new team together. "
And what has happened subsequently? Well Bridge has signed short term but, based on his only performance to date, it would have been better if he hadn't! And apart from that nothing, zilch, nowt, not even Sidwell thanks to Brady's interference. We have been hammered against Newcastle and Arsenal and now face Everton with a team still hamstrung by injuries and with morale and our chins on the floor. We know what happens when these players have to travel even when spirits seem high, so the prospects don't look great do they, even though Everton are without Saha, Cahill and Pinnear. Fellani is still available sadly.
There's still plenty of talk of course, but as we know, Sullivan & Gold talk mostly out of their arses. So much time has been wasted. Relegation is stalking us like a predator stalking his lame prey and as each day and game passes, so the chances of survival diminish further.
But there's no need to worry, there's still all those Irons in the fire apparently. Expect a great bargain signing soon as Gold asks Sulllivan who he has lined up and Bruiser replies, "I have heard that Talk is cheap!"