In a decision backed by the minimum 14 clubs needed to pass a motion, the Premier League's members decided that starting next year, the deadline for incoming transfers will be 5pm on the Thursday before the start of the new season.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace voted against the proposal; Burnley abstained.
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1 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:24:22
2 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:37:15
3 Posted 07/09/2017 at 21:49:34
4 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:23:24
Crazy way to run a business.
5 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:32:30
Needs to be replicated across Europe and make the window in January just a week long. Clubs should know who they're going to sell and who they're going to replace them with get all the deals done in a week and get on with the season...
6 Posted 07/09/2017 at 22:56:57
7 Posted 07/09/2017 at 23:07:55
8 Posted 08/09/2017 at 00:26:16
10 Posted 08/09/2017 at 04:58:15
11 Posted 08/09/2017 at 06:45:34
It might even mean if English clubs miss out on certain players late in the window, they will have to turn to their academies to plug the gaps.
12 Posted 08/09/2017 at 06:47:50
When we leave the European Union, Murdoch will dictate all government policy, so that should be okay.
13 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:22:24
14 Posted 08/09/2017 at 07:41:21
As for others closing later; I don't think it matters as much. Clubs don't have to sell. Clubs which do sell will have done their buying already so all about book balancing. So if anything it might make players settle down and shut up when they realise the only option is a couple of seasons over seas.
Thankfully we got a billionaire just in time.
15 Posted 08/09/2017 at 08:13:06
17 Posted 08/09/2017 at 11:05:18
Personally if it was up to me there would not be a January window at all. Make managers earn their crust. No buying your way out of trouble mid season. The squad you start with is the squad you finish with so you had better get the players you need in the summer.
Also it would mean players contracts don't end in January so it would end the speculation about players leaving mid-season and unsettling the player, the club and the fans.
I also thing no January window would help the young players get more games. Having only a summer window would make managers use their squad more since they couldn't afford to have a squad made up entirely of players transferred in.
18 Posted 08/09/2017 at 12:47:55
19 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:28:06
20 Posted 08/09/2017 at 18:48:38
21 Posted 09/09/2017 at 00:24:38
22 Posted 09/09/2017 at 01:08:53
And, if a key player happens to tear an ACL or Achilles in the opening match the English club can not go out and get a replacement. What an absolutely idiotic thing to do. That like one race car saying they're only going to drive up to 100 mph while the rest of the field go up to 150. Idiots.
23 Posted 09/09/2017 at 01:35:38
I'm surprised that they don't seem to have thought about that.
There needs to be a worldwide cut off date, so although I agree with the sentiment behind it, all English clubs have effectively done is handcuff themselves to the radiator for the second half of August every season letting foreign clubs approach our players whilst we can't buy anybody.
24 Posted 09/09/2017 at 02:20:55
And, if the key player tears an ACL in the first match, that's no different than this season if the key player tears an ACL in the fourth match.
25 Posted 09/09/2017 at 12:23:55
No half measures here, this really has to mean exactly what it says, the transfer window is shut.
That means shut as in locked, bolted with an electric fence and land mines surrounding it.
Both ways, no incomings, no outgoings, regardless of other countries' timescales.
Our league, our rules end of.
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