Early on Thursday it looked as though the Kuwaitis were splashing the cash with four new players set to arrive at the City Ground including one former Claret. Those due were George Boyd (Peterborough), Chris Burke (Birmingham), Danny Fox (Southampton) and Stephen Ward (Wolves).
Not one crossed the line. What happened to three of them is anyone's guess but Boyd failed a sight test although was up to driving back to Peterborough to face the Clarets two days later. McLeish, speculation suggested, was on his way after just days in charge but, for now, he's still the manager.
Just to rub salt into the wound he had to return to old club Birmingham on Saturday. Predictably he came home with no points and, just to rub it in even further, Burke scored both Birmingham goals in their 2-1 win.
Barnsley probably had the best week of all. They started in next to bottom position and they might only have moved up one place but picked up six points from wins at home to Millwall and at Blackpool.
They are only two points behind Wolves now and a further point behind Bolton who surprisingly are fifth from bottom despite, according to the words of their last manager, having the best squad in the division, the one he'd built.
The team in the worst sort of form right now are Middlesbrough. They were nicely placed at the turn of the year in third place and a comfortable ten points clear of Nottingham Forest in seventh place.
Then the wheels came off and they are still to pick up a point in 2013 having lost to Derby, Watford, Leicester and now a 4-0 reverse at Ipswich. They were tipped to make some big signings in the window but only the injury prone Kieron Dyer arrived with big target Danny Graham opting for a move from Swansea to Sunderland.
That leaves Tony Mowbray out of the running for the manager of the month for January but who are the likely candidates. Nigel Pearson's Leicester had a 100% record in the month, winning 12 points out of 12. Three other managers saw their teams collect nine points - Gianfranco Zola, whose Watford team played one game more, Sean Dyche at Burnley and Charlton's Chris Powell.
The results and usual stats are below along with this week's fixtures.The Results Tuesday 29th January Barnsley 2 Millwall 0 Bristol City 2 Watford 0 Wednesday 30th January Huddersfield Town 1 Crystal Palace 0 Thursday 31st January Leicester City 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Saturday 2nd February Birmingham City 2 Nottingham Forest 1 Leeds United 0 Cardiff City 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 Bristol City 0 Millwall 0 Hull City 1 Blackpool 1 Barnsley 2 Peterborough United 2 Burnley 2 Crystal Palace 2 Charlton Athletic 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3 Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Derby County 3 Huddersfield Town 0 Watford 2 Bolton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 4 Middlesbrough 0
The Stats Biggest Win Ipswich Town 4-0 v Middlesbrough (home) Total Goals Scored 39 (28 home - 11 away)
Player Scoring Most Goals2Chris Burke (Birmingham City)Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace)Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers)Tommy Rowe (Peterborough United)Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) Highest Attendance 22,044 - Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton & Hove Albion Lowest Attendance 6,648 - Peterborough United v Burnley Total Yellow Cards 37 Total Red Cards 2 Most Cards in a Game Watford v Bolton Wanderers (6Y) Ref: James Adcock
Leading Goalscorers (League Only) 24 Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) - includes 7 penalties 21 Charlie Austin (Burnley) - includes 3 penalties 20 Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) - includes 2 penalties, 2 with Huddersfield Town 19 Matej Vydra (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 16 Tom Ince (Blackpool) - includes 3 penaltiesChris Wood (Leicester City) - 11 with Millwall 15 Luciano Becchio (Leeds United) - includes 4 penalties 14 David Nugent (Leicester City) - includes 1 penalty 13 Marlon King (Birmingham City) - includes 3 penalties 12 Troy Deeney (Watford) - includes 2 penalties 11 Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton & Hove Albion) - includes 2 penalties 10 DJ Campbell (Ipswich Town)Sylvan Ebanks-Blake (Wolverhampton Wanderers) - includes 2 penaltiesScott McDonald (Middlesbrough)Billy Sharp (Nottingham Forest) - includes 3 penalties 9 Sam Baldock (Bristol City) - includes 4 penaltiesSteven Davies (Bristol City) - includes 2 penalties 8 Sone Aluko (Hull City)Craig Davies (Bolton Wanderers) - includes 1 penalty, 8 with BarnsleyLukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough)Theo Robinson (Derby County)
Hat Tricks Date Player & Game 01/09/12 3: Pete Whittingham - CARDIFF CITY v Wolverhampton Wanderers 15/09/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Peterborough United 22/09/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Cardiff City 22/09/12 4: Craig Davies - Birmingham City v BARNSLEY 23/09/12 3: David Nugent - LEICESTER CITY v Hull City 29/09/12 3: Emile Sinclair - Hull City v PETERBOROUGH UNITED 02/10/12 3: Charlie Austin - BURNLEY v Sheffield Wednesday 23/10/12 3: Marlon King - Millwall v BIRMINGHAM CITY 06/11/12 3: Glenn Murray - CRYSTAL PALACE v Ipswich Town 17/11/12 3: Jordan Rhodes - Peterborough United v BLACKBURN ROVERS 12/01/13 3: Chris Wood - Bristol City v LEICESTER CITY
Disciplinary Record (League and Cup) Club Y R Y R Club Y R Y R League Total League Total Barnsley 38 1 45 2 Huddersfield Town 54 4 62 4 Birmingham City 44 3 48 3 Hull City 33 1 36 2 Blackburn Rovers 40 0 45 0 Ipswich Town 36 0 38 0 Blackpool 38 1 40 1 Leeds United 47 2 57 2 Bolton Wanderers 56 1 60 1 Leicester City 31 1 33 1 Brighton & Hove Albion 43 2 48 2 Middlesbrough 36 0 46 0 Bristol City 38 0 41 0 Millwall 54 2 59 2 Burnley 54 2 62 3 Nottingham Forest 47 4 47 5 Cardiff City 51 2 54 2 Peterborough United 43 1 46 1 Charlton Athletic 43 1 44 2 Sheffield Wednesday 52 1 58 1 Crystal Palace 40 2 51 2 Watford 56 4 59 4 Derby County 37 1 38 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 2 38 2
Highest and Lowest Attendances Highest Lowest Att Fixture Att Fixture 33,010 Derby County v Nottingham Forest (19/01) 5,435 Peterborough United v Bristol City (18/09) 28,707 Nottingham Forest v Derby County (30/09) 5,633 Peterborough United v Blackpool (01/12) 28,595 Wolverhampton W v Ipswich Town (29/12) 5,997 Peterborough Utd v Blackburn Rovers (17/11) 28,582 Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (19/10) 6,188 Peterborough United v Millwall (21/08) 28,229 Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday (09/11) 6,214 Peterborough United v Hull City (19/01) 27,437 Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday (18/08) 6,348 Peterborough Utd v Huddersfield Town(23/10) 26,727 Brighton & Hove Albion v Watford (29/12) 6,600 Peterborough Utd v Bolton Wand (23/12) 26,684 Brighton & HA v Nottingham Forest (15/12) 6,612 Peterborough Utd v Middlesbrough (08/12) 26,670 Nottingham Forest v Leeds United (26/12) 6,648 Peterborough Utd v Burnley (02/02) 26,598 Sheffield Wed v Bolton Wanderers (22/09) 7,339 Peterborough Utd v Barnsley (01/01)
The Next Fixtures Friday 8th February Watford v Crystal Palace Saturday 9th February Blackburn Rovers v Ipswich Town Huddersfield Town v Cardiff City Blackpool v Millwall Middlesbrough v Barnsley Bolton Wanderers v Burnley Peterborough United v Leicester City Brighton & Hove Albion v Hull City (17:20) Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County Bristol City v Nottingham Forest Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United Charlton Athletic v Birmingham City
Source: Clarets Mad