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Monitoring The Market Closely - McNulty

21 June 2023

Jimmy McNulty says Dale are monitoring the market closely, as he looks to add more to his squad over the summer.

Dale have added three new faces so far in Harvey Gilmour, Kairo Mitchell and Cody Johnson.

The Head Coach insists there are areas that need strengthening, but that there needs to be patience, especially with no transfer window in place in the National League.

“It's a little bit different to what we’ve been used to in the Football League [with no transfer window],” commented McNulty.

“Sometimes we dictate to the market what we want, but in some moments the market dictates to us.

“Identifying the players is genuinely the easiest part. Even though there is quite a few of us that have to agree on it, it’s the easiest part.


“A number of other things then have to fall into place. We have to agree with the club, agree with the player, agree with the agent – these things have to fall into place.

“That’s the difficult part and where patience is key. The fans need to be patient and I need to be patient, which I find difficult. I am impatient on these things.

“The work is continuing right now. We have to continue to scour the market and really watch players. Once we get past a stage where we initially like them, we have to delve deeper again.

“Our budget is the most humble since I’ve been here. The club are unhappy with how some of the money has been spent in the last two years – however many windows that is. They’re guarded against making mistakes, or what they feel is making mistakes, down that road again.

“Nobody can get everything right, but we have to do as much diligence as we can. That’s going to continue.

“We still have areas of the pitch we need to strengthen, but we have to be patient. Some people reject us straight away based on wages.

“Some players are interested but are hanging around in the market longer to see what they can get, or they might want to play a level higher but there isn’t an offer yet.

“There’s loads of situations that are live right now and we’re monitoring them hourly.”


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