He certainly conducts his business a little bit differently with Celtic fans not falling for the charm of Barry Fry.
The ‘Poundshop Harry Redknapp’ was one comment aimed at the Peterborough Director of Football who has spend his lifetime in the lower divisions dealing in transfers with the highspot coming during the mid-nineties when he spent three years at Birmingham City.
Ivan Toney is the star asset at Peterborough with Fry trying to secure the best possible price on the striker as the clock ticks towards the end of his contract in May. Signing a pre-contract deal with Celtic in January, three months after the transfer window closes must be his nightmare scenario.
Today, in the Daily Mail Fry revealed that Celtic was Toney’s preferred option, last week he warned Celtic to stop ‘piddling about’ after rejecting an offer of £5m for last season’s top scorer in League One.
Fry’s constant mention of Celtic seems strange, with so many clubs apparently keen on Toney there must be other offers on the table.
In these unprecedented times the transfer market looks like being seriously deflated, it all boils down to supply and demand. Fry’s selling techniques are well known but negotiating through the media is unlikely to force Celtic into bidding more than they think Toney is worth.
Barry Fry isn’t a man to be trusted. He’s baiting other clubs back to the table and using Celtic to do it.
Be interesting to see where we go from here. If we bite or not.
— Cal (@__CalMc) August 5, 2020
Barry Fry doing transfer deals like he’s selling a Sierra on Gumtree
— Michael (@mharte1988) August 5, 2020
I’d prefer Toney mate just off what I’ve seen, last year of his contract. I’d be worried if we get him though that Eddy’s off before October. That Barry Fry hasn’t got the first clue how to do business. Proper clubs don’t do business through the media. In house till its done.
— Seanbhoy (@SeanDiver6) August 5, 2020
Ivan Toney preffered option is Celtic then? Barry Fry knows this and is trying some car salesman patter to force Lawwell to stump up more ha?
— Kevin Coulter (@Sustain_Fitness) August 5, 2020
Guy has a year left on his deal no way Barry Fry dictates how much we pay for him get Toney to sit tight pick him up in January? Or the offer we have for a guy with a year left is a good deal
— Scott Gallagher (@Scottytoohotty8) August 5, 2020
I like the look of Toney John, think he would do well up here. If you think Barry Fry is good at getting a good deal then welcome to Peter Lawells world. We’ve lost out on a handful of good signings because he loves keeping hold of spare change. Frustrating.
— Sam Burns (@Samburns90) August 5, 2020
Barry Fry has always been a dodgy wheeler and dealer, forever trying to wring out the last half penny from buying clubs. He probably still conducts his transfers in stuff brown envelopes. He’s a chancer, it’s change days ya greedy wee ?
— Garngadbhoy (@shamrockbhoy7) August 5, 2020
This is the Barry Fry/Darragh MacAnthony striker sale. Happens every transfer window. It’s a well oiled marketing machine.
— Killin It (@Killinit_co_uk) August 5, 2020
Barry Fry saying Celtic are running out of time to sign a player cos’ another club are interested.Once he’s finished with football there’s a job waiting for him at an online hotel booking site…
— gareth ondrak (@HackneyWolves) August 5, 2020