Re­strict win­dow cheats: Hill

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT -

KEITH Hill would like to se tougher sanc­tions im­posed on clubs spend­ing be­yond their means in the trans­fer win­dow.

The Rochdale boss be­lieves clubs are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sys­tem, ac­cept­ing a trans­fer em­bargo long af­ter they have spent be­yond their means in put­ting to­gether a squad of play­ers.

Hill feels any club un­der such an em­bargo should be banned from field­ing play­ers bought dur­ing the open win­dow.

“I want a squad of 24, with 22 out­field play­ers and two goal­keep­ers,” said Hill.

“It’s im­por­tant that I get that to with­stand the pres­sures of a closed win­dow. I think the closed win­dow has been su­perb, it’s led to some great work on the coaching side of man­age­ment in keep­ing a squad to­gether.

“The one thing I am a bit re­served and ap­pre­hen­sive about is the fact that dur­ing an open win­dow, clubs will start to spend money and then go un­der a trans­fer em­bargo, a fi­nan­cial em­bargo, once the win­dow closes.

“There should be leg­is­la­tion on re­cruit­ment that if you do go into fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties or you have an em­bargo placed upon you, then you can’t play any of those play­ers that you’ve re­cruited dur­ing the open win­dow.

“It’s one way of cheat­ing the sys­tem.

“I know that you can­not cheat the fi­nan­cial sys­tem over a pe­riod of three, four, five years with­out hav­ing to pay penance, but you can do it over a win­dow or two win­dows, and that can, over a pe­riod of 46 games, se­cure you ei­ther pro­mo­tion or League One status.”

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