TWENTY places are up for grabs at the Kenna League auction next month.
The 11th Kenna auction will take place on Saturday 8 August in The Hoop and Grapes on Farringdon Road.
Due to the second-earliest start to the season in Premier League history, Kenna HQ has taken the unprecedented decision to hold the auction on the opening day.
Bidding will begin at 12.45pm to coincide with kick off of the opening game – Manchester United v Spurs.
Managers will have to cope with the added dynamic of events on the pitch influencing events in the pub.
“The venue has a large balcony with a TV screen and a retractable awning. The good old days of sitting around a table covered with pints, player lists and brimming ashtrays are back. Hashtag pressure cooker,” said the chairman, who made the announcement at a launch event alongside the league treasurer (pictured above).
Potential managers are urged to reserve their place by contacting the treasurer to transfer the £25 entry fee.
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Rules will adhere to the accepted Titus Bramble conditions, but there are a few tweaks.
Players to be introduced to auction will be picked at random using cutting-edge technology devised by the chaps in charts and graphs.
Managers not completing their team in the allotted auction time will have the gaps filled at random afterwards, and receive a remaining budget decided by the committee. Most likely this will be the average remaining budget of everyone else.
For those who can’t attend there are two choices:
- You can make arrangements with a second to bid remotely.
- Applications are open to submit silent bids (see below). Whether your application is accepted will depend on auction attendance numbers (no more than 20) and your commitment to the league.
Silent bidding must be seen as a last resort by managers who cannot attend next month. Anyone submitting silent bids must attend at least one transfer window this season to qualify for next summer’s auction, which they must attend in person.
Successful applicants will pick 11 desired players, attributing a bid to each one. The total bids must not exceed £100m. Bids for individual players can range between £0.5m and £50m. The Titus Bramble ruling will be enforced.
The manager submits the bids confidentially to charts and graphs. When a player with a silent bid attached is introduced to auction, the reserve price and interested manager will be announced, and bidding will start from there.
A silent bidder is unlikely to fill a team. See the paragraph above about non completion.
Contact the chairman for application details.
Silent bidding is for the auction only. It will not be run for transfer windows.
If you cannot attend a transfer window and cannot bid remotely through a second, any gaps in your team will be filled at random.
The first window will be held on Friday 16 October, the eve of the Premier League restart after the international break.
As tradition dictates, the first Friday after the January window shuts will hold the second Kenna transfer window – Friday 5 February.