WELL that really was the calm before the storm. Just over two weeks ago the Citizen broke the news that Peterborough had made an offer to sign Sam Baldock, and after several quiet days, arguably Dons’ most fascinating transfer saga once again exploded into life.
Posh’s original £600,000 bid for the striker was the start of the story, and yesterday (Thursday) we got the middle and, probably, the end.
But while the story has been fantastic for those lucky enough to report on it, you can’t help but feel the whole thing could – and probably should – have been dealt with better.
Seemingly no sooner had he made the call to Dons chairman Pete Winkelman, Posh director of football Barry Fry was telling the world about it. In fact he’s been extremely open about many of the London Road club’s transfer targets for the summer, and you wonder why? Is it mind games? Did he really hope it would unsettle Baldock and get Dons to agree a fee?
That was the start of the story and yesterday we were informed of a second Posh bid for the 22-year-old. Not only that, but the Championship new boys also made an offer for midfielder Stephen Gleeson. You really couldn’t make it up!
Not content with trying to lure Dons’ top scorer and home grown hero – plus the man who scored against them in the League 1 play-off semi final – away from stadium:mk. But Posh also made an audacious attempt to sign Gleeson, who was wrongly sent off in the same game before justice was done and his red card was rescinded. It’s almost like they were trying to stick the knife in!
Of course no club would be willing to throw money away on just getting one over on their rivals, and Posh’s reasons for trying to buy the duo are obviously because boss Darren Ferguson thinks they can do a good job at the next level.
Is that really the end of the tale though? Hardly an hour had gone by between Dons confirming they had rejected offers for both players, and Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony getting on Twitter to announce he was no longer interested in the pair. Is this more mind games, or are we reading too much into it?
Either way, Posh need to look at how they do their business. The whole situation has been unfair to the players involved, and unfair on Dons for having to field questions related to what Fry and MacAnthony have said in public.
Although we may get frustrated at the lack of information coming out of stadium:mk at times, you can’t argue that Dons go about their business in a far more professional and mature manner.
Whether we’ve heard the last of it or not, this particular transfer story will be one we’re telling for a very long time.