Ian RoyalP!ssed OffIan Royal Absolutely Cypry. Everything said is about intent. It is not a concrete prediction of the future that sets it in stone.
We intended to sign more players, we didn't intend that our business was done. We failed in our intention. It's that simple.
To show intention he could/should have said "We would like to sign at least one more player" or "We will try to sign one more player"
"It is not the end in terms of signings" is a categorical, not conditional, statement.
If someone at the club is foolish enough to make a categorical statement, then I will hold them to it.
If he's not 100% sure that the club will make another signing, which obviously he wasn't because we didn't, then he shouldn't say "It is not the end in terms of signings" .
Some people don't decide to caveat absolutely every statement they make with get out clauses and loop holes, just so that if something unexpected goes wrong, they don't have to expect people to realise the blindingly obvious.
Christ that would be a long winded and tedious world to live in where all statements were delivered by lawyers with full qualifying debrief on the simple message trying to be given.
There are certain situations where anyone with half a brain cell knows to be careful what they say and not give categorical statements if they're not 100% confident of delivering.
Talking to the press, whether on the radio, or for a newspaper article, is one such situation.
Another situation might be when talking to a superior at work, for example.