Competition Is The Name Of The Game
Updated Friday, 26th January 2007
New faces can freshen up a side by giving the current squad a challenge to make the first team.
He said: "Naturally we want to try and bring in players but whether Hibs can bring them in just now I don't know. It is much more difficult than people think to bring in players in January. If players are playing well at their clubs then the club does not want to sell or let them go and the majority of those that are available are ones that are not playing regularly for their team. Therefore you have a problem with players who are rusty and not match fit. My scouts are constantly out on the road checking out players, some get good reports but are not available and others are available at the wrong price. Getting the whole package of right player being available at the right price in January is not easy. I am not getting over anxious about things as Hibs will not collapse if we do not get players in as we have lots of good footballers at this club."
Despite claiming he is not overly concerned about getting players in, he admits a lack of competition amongst the squad could lead to his players becoming complacent. He added: "I do not want anybody leaving Hibs in January it's as simple as that. If we want to go forward and take the team forward then you have to make improvements to the team. Every manager in the country wants to improve their team and if you are not trying to at least do that, then you start treading water. Hibs want to keep progressing and going forward."
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