9:15am Tuesday 5th January 2010
By Derek Bish
IAN Hutchinson knew nothing of the signings of Pierre Joseph-Dubois, Stephen Reed or Scott Bennett until they had joined, chairman George Rolls has admitted.
The news came out after sources close to the club revealed to the Echo that Hutchinson had not been informed about a four-figure cash bid for Cambridge United striker Danny Crow.
But talented forward Crow will not be leaving the Abbey Stadium to join up with the Terras at this stage after Rolls’ bid was rejected.
“Ian wasn’t privy to us signing Dubois, Reed or Bennett until we had done the deal,” said the Weymouth chairman. “Reed was man of the match against Dorchester and Bennett and Dubois scored so I don’t see what the problem is.
“Not just one person deals with football matters if you have contacts and I know what positions we are looking for.
“Stephen Reed and Dubois were signed because I knew their quality would improve our side.
“If the manager is not happy he would have to come and speak to me.”
Crow has formed a deadly partnership with free-scoring Chris Holroyd at the Abbey Stadium, netting eight goals in 24 Blue Square Premier outings.
The Terras made the audacious bid to sign the 23-year-old forward but Cambridge, who Rolls was chairman at previously, rejected the offer with the Terras yet to follow up their initial interest.
“It depends what comes about,” said Rolls. “Ian is looking at players, which he didn’t manage to get in last week but we are on the lookout.”
Cash bids for players have come as a surprise to some supporters considering the Terras are around £700,000 in debt but Rolls revealed he has had to inject more money into the club.
“There is money available for the right players,” he said. “All the money is mine that goes into the club – there is no club money because it’s in major debt.
“We’ve got to see on a board meeting how it happens but there is money going into the club, which is good news.”
With cash available for transfers, Rolls expects to have a busy January and is looking at permanent as well as loan options.
“You are only allowed to have five loan players in your squad at any time,” he said. “We can’t get too many more because we already have three with Jamie McGuinness, Scott Bennett and Stephen Reed.
“But their deals are up so we will have to see if we can extend those as well.
“I’m sure Ian is happy with what all three have brought to the club.
“I’m going to be down speaking to Ian tonight, letting him know what players there are available and he needs to have a list ready for me so we can try and get some players in because the squad isn’t strong enough.
“It was a great win against Dorchester and we have to kick on now.”
With regards to the 2,392 crowd at the Wessex Stadium for the derby match with Dorchester on New Year’s Day, Rolls added: “Everybody said they would be happy to get 2,000 there but it’s all about how many turn up against Chelmsford.
“We want to turn those casual once-a-year supporters into coming back time and time again – if we keep winning on the pitch that will help.”
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