Man­agers back trans­fer win­dow change

Premier League clubs to make fi­nal de­ci­sion on early close in Sept

Global Times - Weekend - - SPORTS -

Premier League clubs will vote next month on a proposal to en­sure the trans­fer win­dow closes be­fore the sea­son starts, with the plan al­ready win­ning the back­ing of sev­eral man­agers.

A vote will take place at the Premier League share­hold­ers meet­ing on Septem­ber 7 and clubs from the lower di­vi­sions in the English Foot­ball League are set to fol­low suit next month.

Cur­rently, the win­dow closes on the last day of Au­gust, but the Premier League sea­son be­gan on Au­gust 11 with the lower di­vi­sions kick­ing off a week ear­lier.

This means that matches can be un­der­way be­fore teams are prop­erly set.

Burn­ley man­ager Sean Dy­che said the cur­rent sys­tem can se­ri­ously dis­rupt the work of a man­ager and his team.

“You don’t want to start the sea­son and lose three of your play­ers when you’re three games into the sea­son. That could be re­ally hard to take. And that hap­pens,” he said.

“So I think if you could get that done as well, it means that once the foot­ball starts, the man­agers, coaches and teams can just get on with the foot­ball. “And the fans. They can just get on with what they re­ally want to be look­ing at, and that is foot­ball matches.”

Last week, Burn­ley sold striker An­dre Gray to Wat­ford three days be­fore their open­ing game.

Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp, Swansea boss Paul Cle­ment and Stoke’s Mark Hughes are among those who have backed a change.

“From a man­ager’s point of view I would be in favour of the win­dow clos­ing be­fore the sea­son starts be­cause of the dis­rup­tion it causes,” Hughes said on Fri­day.

West Ham United’s Croa­t­ian man­ager Slaven Bilic sup­ports the idea but has high­lighted one po­ten­tial pit­fall to a change – the risk of a dif­fer­ent win­dow dead­line from Euro­pean leagues.

“For me it is has to be across the leagues. Oth­er­wise there is no point,” he said.

“Iron­i­cally, it would put the clubs in a worse sit­u­a­tion that you would still lose play­ers if clubs abroad want them and you can’t re­place them. It would only pro­tect us in that no other Premier League clubs can take your play­ers.

“The [Philippe] Coutinho sit­u­a­tion, it would not stop Liver­pool los­ing him but would stop them find­ing a re­place­ment. It’s a great idea, first one I’m def­i­nitely like ‘yes.’ Some teams are los­ing like 30 per­cent of their teams.”

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