Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside defends summer transfer business
PHIL Gartside has urged Wanderers fans to view the transfer window as a whole rather than focus on the lack of signings on deadline day.
Dougie Freedman made nine permanent transfers at a reported cost of £1.3million over the course of the window, with 12 players leaving the club at senior and under-21 level.
But many fans were left feeling frustrated on Monday night after the club failed to do any business in either direction.
The chairman reckons Wanderers should be judged on what they have done since July 1 rather than in the pressured climate of the final day.
“This probably proves that we are not panicking,” he told The Bolton News. “If we had signed Jay Spearing at 10.59pm and 59 seconds then people would have been praising us. We didn’t, we did it a lot earlier on.
“We did our best early on in the transfer window and made six, seven, eight signings – some younger ones, but at the right time in the window.
“We spent a fair amount of money which is comparative with other clubs around us.
“Just because we didn’t bring one in on transfer deadline day people are saying it was an unsuccessful window.
“But I would tell people to just reflect on the last transfer window as a whole, look at what we have spent and what we have brought in.”
Wanderers boss Freedman wants reinforcements but could not free up space in his budget by moving players on in the aftermath of Saturday’s defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
And that most likely put paid to late loan moves for Crystal Palace’s Peter Ramage and Stoke City’s Michael Kightly in the final couple of hours before Monday’s 11pm deadline.
Wanderers now have the option of loaning players when the emergency window opens on Monday but the chairman kept tight-lipped on whether Freedman would be granted the license to add to his squad.
“Of course he would like to,” he said. “But we have never revealed anything about things like that.”