Thursday, June 30, 2011


Silly season is in full swing. The most desperate and horrid time of year is here again……and this summer with no international tournaments to occupy time, the rumour mill is in overdrive, overheated and pumping out 90% rubbish, 5% half truth and 5% facts. With little or no actual play, the papers and TV have to find filler....and if there is none, they make it up. I can see people getting really worked up about it. But why bother? Can you change anything? No you can’t, you can fret and vent your spleen on the web all you like, but it won’t change a thing….so my thinking is that “Que será, sera”....whatever will be will be. In Murcia we seem to be in some kind of parallel universe, working on “Samper-time” where a day is a week of normal time. It’s slow-cooking on a low gas.

Of course during this time there are no end of names of players who we are supposedly interested in. But in segunda most teams seem to be on a level plane (except Deportivo La Coruña) that half are in serious financial trouble or directly in administration, so there is no money to pay transfers, so clubs have to be inventive in how they attract the players on offer. Contract length is one thing, but it carries risk if things don’t work out, and we have been burnt before. And while we have yet to confirm a signing, around us it seems as if deals are being closed, and frustration grows – especially when you see that our noisy neighbours down in Cartagena (under whatever denomination they play under now) have been on a shopping spree.

But, as with the story of the Hare and the Tortoise, being quickest is no guarantee of success. I am confident Real Murcia are working well, and that in the end everything will fall into place. In the meantime, we have to have patience. We may be very hungry...but sometimes slow cooked can be extremely tasty and worth the wait.

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