Those of you who were not around in the 90s, when the Fergus McCann regime was in place, might be unfamiliar with the stories around Giorgos Giakoumakis and Josip Juranovic. We are told by the ‘popular’ media that both players are disappointed that unwritten agreements to significantly improve their contracts have not been met.
Peddling this line was an industry back in Fergus’ day. Players and agents were figuratively battering journalists’ doors down with the fine print in unwritten contracts. We had no new media then, so all we could do is complain to each other, while a significant portion of the support took everything said about the board hook, line and sinker, backed the players and opposed Fergus.
Now, as then, these players have expensive agents and lawyers. Nothing is agreed that is not in the contract. Contracts can contain clauses with bonuses or uplifts based on appearances, goals, club success or pretty much any metric you can think of. If it remains unwritten, it is not an agreement.
As far as Josip (27) and Giorgos (28 next week), honestly, you don’t even need to ask. Those of us who have ambitions to kick on, move beyond our European cannon fodder status, will want to Asset Manage both of them. The recruitment operation that brought them to the club in 2021 has only grown in resource; throw the dice without a moment’s hesitation. Greatness was never achieved by being conservative.