Duo comment after missing out on Sunderland signings
Sunderland completed the signings of Luke O’Nien and Charlie Wyke this week - as well as Jack Baldwin - despite competition for the pair from Luton Town and Bolton Wanderers respectively.
After Sunderland clinched the signings, Luton’s manager Nathan Jones and Bolton’s chairman Ken Anderson both spoke about missing out on the duo.
Speaking about missing out on O’Nien, Hatters boss Jones said:
Luke was on our radar as Luke’s a good player.
He had a fantastic season, did so well under Gareth [Ainsworth] at Wycombe, and he was someone that interested us. The one that we were after we couldn’t do in time and Luke has since then moved on to Sunderland.
We wish him well, obviously not in our game, but he was someone that was on our radar as he was a good player, a very good, combative, technical player, that did fantastically well against us for Wycombe, so of course he was on our radar.
Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers chief Anderson posted an update on his club’s official website today - and he touched on their interest in Sunderland’s new number nine:
We are still working hard on bringing in some more new faces over the coming days and before the transfer window shuts next week it should of course be remembered that we can still sign loan players up to the end of August.
A player we were interested in signing was Charlie Wyke from Bradford City. We made a six-figure offer for him which we believe accurately represented his perceived value. I am led to believe that Sunderland came in and offered a fee rising to in excess of £1.2million for him and we lost out.
It is my intention to operate this football club in a sustainable and commercially prudent manner and we won’t enter into a bidding war and make the same mistakes as previous regimes. We do a lot of research in ascertaining the value of a player and we will not go over that.
Although Bradford did want around £1.25m for Wyke, the deal Sunderland agreed with the Bantams was for less than £1m in total.
Collins on Wyke
Bradford City’s manager Michael Collins also commented on Wyke’s move to Sunderland, and said the 25-year-old was nothing but professional during the entire saga.
While Wyke was completing his move to Wearside, Bradford were busy signing his replacement - Eoin Doyle of Preston North End - and Collins was happy to see both deals go through successfully:
I was aware over all of the speculation throughout the summer. We had known about the interest in Charlie for a long time.
We were prepared for all types of eventualities, as both deals were agreed. If Charlie was going to leave, we were always going to replace him.
It worked out well for both parties; both us and Sunderland. It was good to get both of the moves done in a day for both clubs. We had to make sure our own house was in order about the transfers.
I never had a problem with Charlie whatsoever. I have nothing but respect for Charlie. He always conducted himself professionally.
That is football; players will move and the club moves on.
I am not overly concerned that Charlie has gone to another League One club. Sunderland will be up there and Charlie will add to that.
Sunderland the stand-out
Ahead of the season kicking off on Saturday, Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton had his pre-match press conference, and said although League One will be wide open this year, Sunderland are in a league of their own:
Sunderland is a fantastic football club with incredible support so you would think that if we are looking at a big club in the division then they are the stand-out club.
Barton also made it very clear that he wouldn’t accept anyone pooing on his carpet, no matter how many goals they score:
I always think if your dog comes in and poos on your carpet and you don’t tell it then the dog does not know any different.
If you also reward the dog for pooing on the carpet, which managers can do with bad behaviour because they turn a blind eye to it because someone is performing and scoring goals on the pitch, then everyone thinks it is OK to poo on the carpet and, before you know it, your carpet is full of poo.