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Dyche On Transfer Window Change

Boss prefers early close but sees benefit of unified approach

8 September 2017

Sean Dyche remains a supporter of the transfer window closing before the Premier League season kicks off.

But the Burnley boss understands the club’s stance in abstaining from the vote to bring the move in before the start of next season.

Premier League clubs agreed that the domestic window will close on 9 August – two days before the start of the 2018/19 season.

But overseas sides will still be able to buy from British clubs until the end of the month.

And the Clarets took the view that they would like to see whether a more widespread agreement – involving European Leagues and potentially the English Football League ­– could be reached before going ahead.

Dyche said: “For me as manager, I’ve always made my views clear; you want to get on with the football, so get it done before the season starts and once it’s done, that’s your group, you focus on the football.

“From a business point of view and the club’s point of view as a business, it can be tricky, because that extra little period gives you more time to recruit, more options possibly with what might arise.

“I think the big thing, from the club’s point of view, is if the whole of Europe comes into line, and all different windows, that would be favourable.

“Really, it’s just combining the two. I think generally the club backs the idea, it’s just the idea was if others come into line, of course, it makes it a lot, lot easier.

“Everyone wanted change, but there’s always going to be something you’re not quite sure on.

“If all the other main markets in Europe come into line that will be helpful for all."

The amendment to move the deadline forward from 31 August was carried at a meeting of the Premier League clubs on Thursday, with the necessary 14 clubs giving their backing to the proposal.

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