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Pato a Terrier!

Huddersfield Town have won the battle to sign Burnley striker Martin Paterson. The Terriers have beaten off the challenge from Wigan, Birmingham, Charlton,Ipswich and Middlesbrough in the Championship as well as League One, Wolves.

It had been hoped that Sean Dyche might have been able to persuade Paterson to stay but a combination of a significant pay cut and the inability to guarantee a pure striker's role up front looks to have scuppered those plans so Pato departs Turf Moor after five years with the club. The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international has signed a two-year deal with Huddersfield and the contract also includes an option of a further year.

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The Journalist

Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday June 25 2013

Time: 6:27PM

Your Comments

Best of luck Pato!
Claretdale
Bloody Huddersfield? You are having a laff!! Gutted
turfmanphil
Presumably Patto thinks he will achieve more at Huddersfield, doesn't say much for us!
pjohng33
I just hope we know what we are doing, are there that many players of his calibre available on a free? 5 other Championships sides didn't seem to think so.
8clarets8
Sad news. I am afraid there will be much more to come. Good luck Pato.
cornwallclaret
The statement by the Terriers boss made a lot of sense to me. Pato wants to start regularly up front. At Burnley he has been 3rd= in line for that role. He MIGHT have gone up to 2nd= next year... or not. So he's gone elsewhere (to a club a bit down the current pecking order) to achieve his goal. I'm sad to see him go, wish him well, thank him for the memories, and hope he doesn't score against us. But, especially given that many of us have had anxieties about his form and fitness for some time, I cannot see how this news reflects badly on Bfc. Though, probably, those who see all player moves as about nothing but money will lean towards portraying it as parsimony and Board failure. VB is the messageboard of free speech..
Couch Potato
I doubt Huddersfield have offered the same salary (significantly reduced) that Burnley did so although he might get his wish and play up front more he will no doubt also be taking a bigger salary. On that basis, we cant even compete with Huddersfield! Are we seriously saying Pato would not have played up front more with Austin and maybe other strikers leaving? Burnley lose out again, its all so very depressing and so very predicatable!
turfmanphil
'No doubt' Pato will be 'taking a bigger salary'? Can you clarify the facts that support that statement? Or at least identify media sources saying the same thing, even if they aren't actually publishing any details? I'd agree it's POSSIBLE Hudds are offering one player - Pato - more money than us, even if their overall salary bill may be lower than ours. But 'no doubt'? As for playing time, Pato may well have played SOME more time up font if Charlie leaves, but how much if SD puts Vokes and Ings ahead of him (which I would too) for a lone striker spot that worked much better for us than 4-4-2 against champions Cardiff and subsequently, for example.
Couch Potato
I would be absolutely astonished if he isnt on more than he was offered in the summer by Burnley! We are paying one of the smallest salaries in the Championship and basically we now have to because of this absurd FIFA Fair Play ruling which is based on turnover! Which club has one of the lowest turnovers? Yes little old us and if we not careful it will get worse because fans will continue to desert the club as they begin to see we can no longer compete,not even against the likes of Huddersfield and Bournemouth. Two keepers brought in so far and other clubs mopping players up like the clappers..3 at Huddersfield now! We have lost the plot bigtime
turfmanphil
Repeating one's anxieties, no matter how deeply felt, doesn't make them facts. Though, of course, if sharing them decreases fan support they could become self-sustaining. That's a worry for me! Are that many players being signed by other clubs in our division? I can't say I've noticed. Mostly it seems like a very slow market with most clubs biding their time. Fancy a side bet on whether our total wage bill this season is bigger or smaller than Hudds and Cherries? I'll buy you a ticket to an away game if ours is smaller than both, if you're willing to do the same for me if it's bigger than both.
Couch Potato
It is an interesting one. I wonder how much of this is down to salary and how much is down to 'footballing reasons'. I suspect SD will play one up front next season with one or two supporting ( ie Pato/Ings at Wolves supporting big Sam). It may be Pato's wish to play in the Vokes role, whereas SD doesnt intend to use Pato in that manner. This might be a big contributing factor too?? I would expect that Hudds will have at least matched our salary offer - how much higher it will be, I am not sure.
Claretdale
We are now one striker down with no money received, another is likely to go for a pittance (Austin) and its not even clear if Ings will stay with Bournemouth now being such a big club (cough)! Who are we going to bring in to replace them? Some aging old has beens at a free/cut down salary? Nothing for McCann and talk of Trippier off. Somebody for heavens sake smell the coffee before its too late (although it probably already is!)
turfmanphil
Look at BBC Championship site and go through each club one by one, players are being snapped up,left,right and centre and it not even 1st July yet! What have we got to show for it? Two keepers off,two keepers in and nowt else with Pato,McCann and Austin gone or about to!
turfmanphil
Personally, I wouldnt class in the region of 4-5m a pittance for a player with no premiership experience and only one year left on his contract. Buy in any case - this story is intended to be about Pato. Having read a few things on twitter and LET today, it does appear Pato has gone for footballing reasons as much as ( if not more than) financial. If we dont intend to play Pato as central striker . . . .
Claretdale
Jay Rodriguez 7 million was it? It strikes me we could have easily have held onto Paterson if they weren't blinkered by salary cuts! Now we get nowt for him, whearas a new contract on a going-rate salary and letting him play more up front which I have always agreed was his best position, was surely not that far beyond the realms of possibility was it? Not when we have a potential striker crisis on our hands?
turfmanphil
Jay was not in the last year of his contract and he is also a better footballer ( not goalscorer) than Charlie. It is not a like for like comparison. This season is the first season since the promotion year that Pato has been largely injury free. If we had given Pato a pay increase/contract extension during last season/the season before when he was largely injured - What we would have been saying if he had last season injured? We would have been paying a high salary for a player we cant use - not helpful. You believe Pato should play more up front - I would agree with you if it was part of a two. However, I believe SD will probably play 1 up and I am not sure Pato is the correct player to play in that role as first choice ( I assume this is the opinion of SD also). I like Pato - but if he wants to play as the main striker, and that is not how SD sees him . . .
Claretdale
The fact is had Austin not been in his last year of his contract he would have been worth 7 million at least so that is his true WORTH,letting him go for 4-5m is a joke and therefore in my mind a pittance! If this Board had not been so transfixed with showing no ambition these last few years, we might have been abe to retain players and paid them the going rate. season ticket sales might have been up too and therefore turnover with FIFA Fair Play having less effect. They are simply reaping what they sowed and the fans and club will suffer [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Why wasn't Pato offered some sort of deal in January, this kind of thing makes us looks amateurish, what sort of message does it send to not only our current players but players we are trying to attract.
8clarets8
What a shambles. I am 95% sure the loss if Paterson will come back to bite us. We're starting to look a laughing stock here and I am seriously beginning to have big concerns about Dyche, despite giving the benefit if the doubt up till now. Plan A seems f***ed. bring on Plan B , if there s one. I'm assuming there was slightly more than one man and his dog at training...
Mike Mada
By all accounts 8c8 all we had to do is play him more up front and he would have accepted the much lower salary offered by Burnley (Yeah right!!)
turfmanphil
We knew ages ago McCann and Pato were going. For months before that, people were saying McCann and Pato were not what they used to be, and both are gambles for their new clubs if there was truth in what many Clarets have been saying for many, many months about them being injury liabilities. Both said they're going for personal and footballing reasons. Perhaps we shouldn't have tried to persuade them otherwise. Anyway, now they're off the payroll we can allocate that saving on new players. Up the Clarets!
Couch Potato
Too much conjecture on this thread being packaged as truth.
Couch Potato
I am not sure what the truth is,but it would appear to be a little foolish to let too many experienced leave without substantial replacements and ok if players really want to leave I agree you must let them, but again surely replacements must be in sight.
pjohng33
Agree CP.
Claretdale
Apologies for all this conjecture! Since our promotion I was wrong to suggest that our lack of ambition would return us to being a midtable club back in the Championship,punching above our weight with revenue and gates falling again with no parchute money to fall back on, having to sell our key players to avoid debt and not being able to attract the right quality of players to compete at this level Oh hang on a minute....mmmm maybe conjecture is preferable to pie in the sky misguided optimism as we spiral down into League 1!?
turfmanphil
At what point in the season did you feel we should offer a Pato a new contract?
Claretdale
The fact is Sean Dyche wanted to keep him and bearing in mind he was playing on the wing most of the time, I thought in the second half of the season, his spirit and tenacity seemed to return at least. I could probably live without Pato and McCann if I am honest but both have left on a free, money is tight and no doubt they are waiting to sell Austin before they spend owt!!
turfmanphil
If we had sold both McC and Pat Xmas, given how critical some folk are saying now think they were for us (based on the current levels of keaning and wailing) their logic would be that we'd be in L1 already. Not being so is worth more than any money we'd have got for them. And if no-one offered us any money then, we couldn't sell. Anyway, just to check this pattern of low level of new signings, as wage deflation tries to take hold, I have just been through the BBCwww daily log of transfer activity and have counted up Cship club signings. I did this at speed so may have made mistakes, and stand ready to be corrected. But from what I counted, in the lead on 3 signings it's a tie between H'field and Yeovil. In second place at 2 each are Bfc, Reading (who released 11) Forest, Barnsley, and Ipswich. In a tie for 3rd with 1 signing each are Bmth, SW, Wigan, R*vers, Boro, Bham, Mwall, Donny, Noblot, Derby, Leeds and Charlton. The rest don't seem to have got going yet. Much gnashing of fans' teeth everywhere?
Couch Potato
I would say Burnley replacing the two keepers we lost with a couple more is not exactly an endorsement of our squad rebuilding programme considering we are now also light by two more with Patoi/McCann having left. Thats before we even talk about the remote possibility of keeping Austin! Apparantly we have signed four, another keeper, Liversedge and Mills!! Say no more
turfmanphil
Does any business survive if it does not invest in the future? I am worried.
cornwallclaret
It is a far cry from all the club statements at the time of our promotion that we would now be financially secure for many seasons to come! Looking over our shoulder trying to avoid League 1 is a sign of how badly the ambition/investment angle has been handled since we were in the top flight for the first time in 33 years! Just hope it isn't going to take another 33 years. Let's be honest we will never progress with this current mindset so either we get in foreign investors or accept our lot
turfmanphil
Let's be honest? What is presented here could honestly be presented as being less than honest by: its failure to take into account the realities of the current marketplace as attempts are made to curb runaway and ruinous salary inflation; as well as by teh failure to take into account the evidence that our investments, as measured by numbers of new signings, are at the moment (while players hope against hope that owners are all of a sudden going to panic and double their offers) keeping up with those of all other clubs in the division. We're all doomed?
Couch Potato
I guess its the same situation for all the Championship clubs but who dares wins!
pjohng33
We haven't 'dared' in the 50 plus years I have supported them!! lol
turfmanphil
 

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