Common Sense (Almost) Prevails But Swans Vote Against
Thursday, 7th Sep 2017 19:20 by Planet Swans (follow us on Twitter @swansnews)
Premier League clubs have finally voted to kill of the farce that is the summer transfer window with the agreement now being that it will close before the season starts from 2018-19.
It has long since been detrimental to most clubs that the window doesn't close before the season starts causing disruption as teams wait to see which of their players will leave and almost being on a knife edge for the first three weeks of the season.
You only have to look at the long drawn out saga that was Gylfi's move to Everton to realise how bad it was and why it should change.
And thankfully the clubs agree although it seems a little fruitless with the window closing against Europe meaning that clubs can still players but not buy...
From next season, the window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the Premier League campaign begins.
The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.
Fourteen Premier League clubs voted in favour of the amendment, which was the minimum total needed for the plans to be approved. Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace voted against the proposal while Burnley abstained.
Speaking before Thursday's announcement, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he hoped the rest of Europe would follow the move.
"If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don't do this, still we have a problem," said Koeman. "The best is before starting the competitions, stop the transfer window because it's very silly."
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