No Ronnie Schwartz tonight in the Pizza Trophy at The Valley against Crawley Town. Nigel Adkins has changed the whole team from Saturday, and includes Elliot Lee, Corey Blackett-Taylor and Nathan Harness and is captained by Jason Pearce.
We don’t know whether there are some personal issues, more serious than being homesick, but clearly we should be getting some kind of explanation, especially if Schwartz is still with the club tomorrow, and as is the case so far, we don’t sign a replacement for one of the team’s highest earners in the squad.
It is good to remember that this was a signing singularly chased and sanctioned by Thomas Sandgaard, and for all of his good intentions it is another abstract lesson in what happens when non-football people let their excitement and ego get the better of them.
We are still four plus hours away from the deadline, and I can’t help but think that, despite having hands tied and getting no support whatsoever Steve Gallen did a much better job when he was in control of the club’s transfer strategy.
Meanwhile Harry Artery did complete his season-long loan move from Nottingham Forest and young striker Wassim Aouachri signed on loan with Aldershot for an initial 3 months. Good luck with The Shots Wassim and welcome back Harry.