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Derek to Stick to His Own Timetable

23 February 2018

THE EFL this week announced plans to bring forward the start-of-season transfer window.

Derek Adams then announced his own plans to bring it even further forward. 

The EFL want to make next season’s deadline the same as that of the Premier League, which will close on the Thursday before the Premier League starts. 

However, that Thursday is four days after the EFL season begins, and comes following two fixtures in three days, one in the league and one in the Carabao Cup. 

That is all a bit out of sync for the Argyle manager.

“My thoughts are that it should close before the first game of the season,” said Derek, who believes that the EFL should have consulted more closely with club managers in reaching their decision.

“We will try to do our business before the first game of the season. There will be no outgoings after that unless somebody comes in and gives an absolute brilliant deal for somebody, because it would make no sense to have a player in your squad and, then, four days later, he’s out of the squad. 

“It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever if you’re preparing for a season and then, four days later, you sell one of your players for small fee. 

“The football manager is then most important person at a football club because they have to deal with the consequences of a transfer-window.

“I think that maybe [the EFL] should speak to the managers more often because we have got a game on a Saturday, a game on the Tuesday; we have got to deal with getting a squad right, and they want to close the transfer window after the season starts.”


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