Are the Football League about to follow suit and move transfer window?
PUBLISHED: 07:01 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:23 21 September 2017
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The chairmen of the 72 clubs in the English Football League (EFL) will provide some joined up thinking in our domestic game today.
When Premier League clubs voted, with a little reluctance, to close the summer transfer window before the start of the season, it made a bold statement. But it had to be a decision which set the ball rolling on an across-the-board agreement through European football. From little acorns and all that.
What the Premier League perhaps needed was domestic parity – and common sense – and they are expected to receive that today when the EFL votes on whether to follow suit. Or not.
The two organisations may be poles apart, certainly in financial terms, but the show of solidarity is necessary, even if it has its complications.
Premier League clubs are concerned that the decision will leave them at a disadvantage over their major European rivals, who will still be able to sign players after the English deadline.
The EFL’s problem is a little more home-based – the two leagues start their seasons on different dates, so who budges?
Of course, clubs like Norwich City have a major financial interest given they need transfer income to survive; it’s part of the business plan.
Rather cryptically, EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “There are a number of checks and balances we need to take to make sure this decision doesn’t lead to some unintended consequences.”
At Crawley, manager Harry Kewell believes the system needs a complete makeover: the deadline for Premier clubs would be followed, a week later, by that for Championship teams, with the League One window shutting a further week on and the League Two market the last to close.
Kewell told The Argus in Brighton: “Closing the transfer window before the season starts could actually work for top clubs. But as we go down it could help if the Championship has one extra week, League One had two weeks and we had three weeks. Options can happen for us because we obviously can’t compete at the highest level. We could just filter down as well so we can actually compete as well at the later stage.”
Whether that’s a goer remains to be seen, but at least someone is trying to make it more workable.