It was like a dam wall breaking on the River Don outside Hillsborough on Tuesday. Three players signed and, for a blessed 24 hours at least, no talk of the takeover.
Maybe it was finally being accepted as the formality it’s probably been from the start. Ratification is a routine word that has been magnified into something sinister, probably because of the chaotic events at Leeds where Massimo Cellino – headed off by Milan Mandaric – had to fight the Football League to gain control.
For all the scare stories (and yes, I too was alarmed before Hafiz Mammadov resolved his obligations to Lens), there has been no suggestion from the French journalists driving the story that the Azerbaijani tycoon would struggle to finance his expanding football empire. Actually they have driven the story too fast for Mandaric who’ll have wanted some of the irritating red tape cleared before it broke.
And so, at last, to the football. Chris Kirkland signed up, a second keeper in Keiren Westwood now on the books and, best of all, midfielder Sam Hutchinson arriving from Chelsea, not on loan but a two-year contract. Also a link with the experienced Keith Andrews plus Loovens, Oguchi and Semedo still in the pipeline.
Can only guess what else. Scunthorpe’s prolific young striker Sam Winnall, pictured, – groomed by Stuart Gray’s old mate Brian Laws – might just be one attraction as the search switches to a couple of forwards. Luke James of Hartlepool has been another rumour.
A takeover is better late than never and so is a start to summer trading. It could be pretty hectic from here.