Although I’ve had many years experience in sales, I’ve only ever experienced selling football players within Football Manager.
I appreciate that I may have a distinct lack of experience in this area however I do feel that our lack of activity this pre season may be having a detrimental effect on our selling tactics.
I use Johan Mjallby’s comments regarding Ki Sung-Yueng’s imminent departure (Quoted from Chris McLaughlin so MAY not be accurate lolz)
“He is keen to move on and the club is in discussion with another club,” said Mjallby.
“He has not really been a part of the season so far so we have shown that we can live without him, but on the other hand it would be nice to get someone else in if he goes away.
Although I appreciate Johan’s honesty, I feel that by admitting a players desire to leave, by reducing the players value to the club these are factors that can affect a players sell on value.
It may be argued that many clubs are after Ki, that such comments won’t have an impact on a transfer fee however I’d rather see our coaching team come out with something along the lines of “Club has had discussions, will only sell if club meets our valuation, Ki is a vital, important member of the team etc etc”
Again, I’m in no way offering this as criticism, who am I to tell anyone at the club to deal with transfers, I just feel that words such as what has been used can be vital in gaining additional funds.