Hunt for new signings continues
CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant admits he is being forced to play a waiting game before he can strengthen his squad - on the pitch and in the dug-out.The City boss is hoping to add “two or three” new players, as well as a first team coach to replace Martin Hunter, now at Watford.
Peter Grant admits he is being forced to play a waiting game before he can strengthen his squad - on the pitch and in the dug-out.
The City boss is hoping to add “two or three” new players, as well as a first team coach to replace Martin Hunter, now at Watford.
But he has drawn a blank on both fronts - for now.
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As far as players are concerned, it's a case of waiting for other managers to make a move - and then being first on the phone.
“You are constantly watching everything that is going on, that is what we are doing,” said Grant. “We have inquired about certain people to see if they are available, but they have still not made decisions, and that is all we can do.
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“I would still like to have two or three bodies in. We are all looking for the same players, we are all trying to get them. A couple of gems you are looking for - you phone up thinking you are the only one who is going to be involved then you find there are about 10 on the list as well.
“I am no different from the rest of the managers who are trying to make their team better. We will keep knocking no the door.
We have to be better.”
Until someone comes in, the chances of a fringe player leaving on loan are slim with Grant reluctant to leave himself short of options.
He said: “Last week I wasn't able to help anybody out and now we are just looking about the squad and thinking if we get one or two injuries would we be able to cope with it? I think not, not until I get two or three in would I allow that to happen.
“But if I felt somebody was so far out of the picture and wasn't going to get games I would allow it to happen.”
Grant insists a new coach will be appointed, when he finds the tight man to complement his and assistant manager Jim Duffy's approach.
“I have spoken to a few people, it is just a matter of making sure I cover every aspect of it,” he said. “There will definitely be somebody coming in. There are pros and cons for everybody, some are very good at certain things, but we want somebody who has got all their licences and shown a willingness to do that.
“But also I am sometimes a moany faced type, so I have to have someone who is going to be a wee bit lighter. I have to make sure that the balance is right. It is not just the football side you have to take into context, it is everything.”