The rapidly-approaching transfer window means a tin-pot guide to bringing in new personnel is in demand.
Transfer nights work in the same way as auction nights, but take a lot less time.
Here are the key points:
A manager should submit the players they wish to release by midday on Tuesday (18 October). They can do this confidentially by emailing the Chairman (either personally or through email@example.com) or messaging him on Facebook. The manager recieves the amount paid for each released back, which goes towards their transfer night budget.
Example: the Vasco De Beauvoir manager releases Sneijder (£0.5m), Ebanks-Blake (£2m) and Sh1ttu (£0.5m). He gets a total of £3m back.
Forced transfer submissions
If a player has moved Premiership clubs since the pre-season August, so that a manager has two players from the same club in their team, they must release one of those players. Managers unable to attend the transfer night must still release one of these players (see ‘Attendance’ below).
Example: because Luke Young moved from Villa to QPR, the Vasco manager has two QPR players (Young and Sh1ttu). As manager he must release either one. In this case Sh1ttu.
The amount received for released players is added to the amount the manager had left over after auction night. This will be their transfer night budget.
Example: the Vasco manager adds the £3m for the released players to the £22m leftover from auction night. This leaves a total transfer kitty of £25m.
The released players will be added to all the players not signed at the August auction night.
Transfer night auction
Managers attend the transfer evening next Thursday (20 October) and take part in an auction of the available players to fill the spaces in their teams. Bramble rulings
Example: having released Sneijder, Ebanks-Blake and Sh1ttu, the Vasco needs to sign a midfielder, striker and defender the transfer auction.
Usual auction rules apply. Managers going over budget or buying two players from the same Premiership club will be penalised under the Bramble Ruling.
Managers unable to attend the transfer window can still release and acquire players. However, managers attending the transfer window will always successfully outbid absent managers.
Absent managers must release illegal players (as per ”Forced transfer submissions’ above).
Example: the Lokomotiv Leeds manager cannot attend the transfer night, but can still get back £20m for releasing Wilshere. He may leave some preferred choices of replacement with the Chairman, but he cannot outbid a manager present at the auction unless he makes a phone bid.
Hopefully, this makes sense. Any managers not attending but wishing to do business, should contact the Chairman to the discuss their options.