The first time I said ‘no’ to a player that Simon wanted to buy was last Thursday when he wanted to sign a player who was going to cost us £600,000 a year. I said ‘but you’ve already got six centre-backs, all of who you signed’.
But the face of the matter is, we’ve conceded more goals than almost any other club in the Championship and we’ve got three teenagers in the back four. Therefore we’ve reached as far as we can and the present system isn’t working.
Ken Bates programme notes, 11th February 2012:
…Simon wanted to sign a midfielder on a permanent contract on January 28 which would have cost the club nearly £1.5m over the length of his proposed contract. We already have nine midfield players, so I refused - the first time ever! LOST THE PLOT SENILE OR JUST PLAIN STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPID!