13 February 2013

Hello, goodbye

Firstly, I would like to apologise for not posting anything here for near enough the last two weeks. I am coming up to the end of an IT course at college, so I've spent much of the last fortnight focussing on that, but I can reassure you that The Daily Transfer Request is not dead. As soon as the course is finished, TDTR will be back in full swing, and will be updated with more regularity.

Bury's new signing Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo has left the club after one day.

The 13-day break that The Daily Transfer Request went on was 12 days longer than Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo's stay at Bury.

It was only on Monday that Bury announced that they had signed Yulu-Matondo, a Congolese-born Belgian striker, on non-contract terms.

This was a player who had represented his adopted country Belgium at Under-21s level and scored in the UEFA Champions League during his time at his first professional team, Club Brugge. He then went on to join Dutch top-division outfit Roda, where the winger became a cult icon between 2007 and 2010.

You can understand, then, why I was intrigued when I came across this news. Bury were struggling in the League One relegation zone, and surely someone of Yulu-Matondo's class would help them keep their place in the top-tier. Er, maybe not...

Manager Kevin Blackwell saw Yulu-Matondo play in a reserve game against Bolton Wanderers on Monday, and was so impressed with the 27-year-old that he said, "If he had shown something in that game, I might have been able to throw him on the bench [against Sheffield United on Tuesday], so he's on the next flight to Brussels."

Today, Bury announced their candidacy for the Guinness World Record for the shortest amount of time a footballer has spent at a club.

Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo is far from the first professional footballer in England to arrive at a club, only to leave in double-quick time. I've compiled a list of some other players (a non-starting eleven, if you like) who were shown the door before the chairman could say, "Welcome to Southampton, Ali Dia!"

JOEY BEAUCHAMP (West Ham United)
Beauchamp is an Oxford United legend, but at West Ham United, he is remembered for more infamous reasons. The Hammers signed the young midfielder for £1.2million in 1994, but 58 days later, Beauchamp had grown tired of the long car journeys from Oxford to London and back each day. Having not played a single competitive fixture for West Ham, Beauchamp signed for Swindon Town before returning to Oxford a year later.

MARCO BOOGERS (West Ham United)
In 1995, Harry Redknapp still hadn't learned from the Beauchamp saga. The West Ham United manager signed Dutch forward Boogers from Sparta Rotterdam, despite having never seen him play. After being sent off against Manchester United in just his second game as a Hammer, Boogers buggered off back to Holland. The myth goes that he was discovered several weeks later living in a caravan.

Northerner Unsworth was homesick at West Ham United, so in 1998, he signed for Aston Villa to be closer to his Merseyside home. A month on, though, his family still couldn't settle in Birmingham, so he returned to his original club Everton for the £3million fee that Villa had just paid West Ham. He made a grand total of zero appearances for the Villans.

ROBERT JARNI (Coventry City)
Coventry City fans couldn't contain their excitement in summer 1998 when Jarni, a FIFA World Cup 'bronze medallist' with Croatia, signed for them in a £2.6million deal from Real Betis. Barely a month later, Jarni had not so much pulled on a sky blue shirt when European champions Real Madrid came calling. Rob had a tough decision to make - no, not really! Coventry made an £800,000 profit on someone who had never played for them, but Betis in contrast were far from pleased.

Argentine defender Taricco signed for West Ham United in November 2004, only to tear his hamstring 27 minutes into his debut against rivals Millwall. Mauricio then asked for his contract to be terminated after just one week, and manager Alan Pardew swiftly praised the former Tottenham Hotspur man for his honesty. Although the injury was originally thought to be career-ending, the now assistant manager of Brighton & Hove Albion is still registered as a player at the age of 39.

JOHN OBI MIKEL (Manchester United)
In April 2005, Manchester United proudly announced that they had agreed to sign 18-year-old Nigerian midfielder Mikel, with the transfer from Norwegian club Lyn Oslo due to go ahead in January 2006. Chelsea disputed this, claiming that THEY had reached an agreement for Mikel, but Lyn denied their claim. The youngster later went missing from Lyn for three months, claiming that he had been pressured into signing a contract with United.
Eventually, after much legal wrangling, Chelsea won the battle to sign Mikel in July 2006. United agreed to terminate their agreement with Mikel in return for £12million compensation, while Lyn received £4million. Morgan Andersen, a Lyn executive who claimed that Chelsea had kidnapped Mikel, was convicted of fraud over the transfer saga, along with making false accusations, and received a suspended jail sentence.

DIETMAR HAMANN (Bolton Wanderers)
In the summer of 2006, Hamann verbally agreed to leave Liverpool for Bolton Wanderers. However, the Trotters were left incensed when the German midfielder went back on his promise and signed for Manchester City instead. He was a Bolton player for less than 24 hours.

Another transfer before the start of the 2006/2007 season saw Livermore swap recently-relegated Millwall for Championship giants Leeds United. He said at the time, "This is a huge club, this is where you want to be playing - at the right end of the division." Ten days afterwards, Leeds thought that he wasn't a huge enough player for them, and sent him to Hull City instead.

SOL CAMPBELL (Notts County)
In 2009, the year when Notts County went nuts and became a mini Manchester City, Campbell signed for Sven Goran Eriksson's Magpies on a five-year contract. He lasted 29 days, during which he played one game, before walking out over their lack of high-profile signings.

RICHARD WRIGHT (Preston North End)
This is a corker - last July, former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Wright signed for Preston North End, only to leave them a week later. The reason for his departure was not their crackpot manager Graham Westley (who left Deepdale today, I might add), but homesickness. But if he wanted to be closer to his family in East Anglia, why did he sign for Manchester City a month later when Eastlands is only 30 minutes closer to Ipswich than Deepdale?

Bristol Rovers agreed a deal to sign Faroe Islands international defender Baldvinsson in late July 2012. Two weeks later, he tweeted, "To all the Rovers fans: you've been brilliant so far and I wish the Gas all the best, but this is sadly not the place for me. Going back to Norway." He quickly returned to his old club Algard in the Norwegian second division, having made not a single appearance in the English fourth tier.

"What the hell have I let myself in for?" asks Sol Campbell.

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