AS if life in the lower division of the Football League wasn't already difficult enough we now hear that the transfer windows operating in the Premiership will apply to us from next season.
The League has written to all clubs confirming it has been unable to secure any further concessions from FIFA over the future implementation of transfer windows.
League officials have met with FIFA officials on a number of occasions and have argued that the introduction of transfer windows would place additional financial pressures on clubs that have traditionally traded players to enable them to continue in business.
The League are to set up a meeting with all its member clubs for sometime in March to discuss the situation, but it seems we are going to have to face the fact we will soon have to deal with a problem which may affect the future of many clubs.
By necessity most clubs in the league, particularly in the two lower divisions, have to operate with small squads. We have been forced at Chester City this season to bring in several loan players and to sell others and it is worrying to think how we could operate successfully once we are subject to the transfer restrictions which currently apply to Premiership clubs.
On the face of it, it seems we would have to sign more players than usual in the summer to make sure we have enough players to see us through to January.
But that would mean an enormous financial burden being placed on the club and it is difficult to envisage being able to operate successfully under these circumstances.
It has always been my belief that clubs like Chester must rely heavily on producing its own players through the academy system and if FIFA insist on the transfer window being implemented in the Football League this will become even more vital than it is now.
Personally, I enjoy working with youngsters and there is no doubt they are the key to the club's future success. I am not afraid to give youth its chance if I feel it is merited. I have already given chances to youngsters this season, including Michael Walsh, Rob Booth and Sean Whalley and I will continue to do so even though we are becoming embroiled in a relegation dogfight at the moment.
Youngsters always seem to give you 100% commitment and that's all I ask of any of my players. I will always be honest with players as long as they are honest with me and during these difficult times at Chester City it is important that we pull together for the sake of the club and the supporters.