PNE boss wants transfer overhaul

Simon Grayson wants changes to the transfer window
Simon Grayson wants changes to the transfer window
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Preston North End manager Simon Grayson would like to see the transfer window shut before the season starts.

The PNE boss – like the rest of his counterparts across the four divisions – has until 6pm on Tuesday to make any more permanent signings until the window re-opens in January.

For all clubs below the Premier League, they do have the option of utilising the emergency loan window which usually opens the week after and lasts for two months.

Many managers have questioned why the transfer window runs a month into the new season, with West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis this week calling it ‘absolutely ridiculous’.

Grayson – who prepares his team to face Hull City at the KC Stadium today – is in agreement with the Baggies boss and would like to see all teams forced to finalise their squads before the opening day of the campaign.

“I agree with quite a few of the managers,” said Grayson.

“I think the window should shut before the season starts.

“That is because you do all your work and your preparation before the season starts and before you know it you could have a period where some of your players are taken away from you while the season is under way and is progressing.

“It does not give you any stability – you don’t know what is around the corner.

“You don’t know who is going to be coming in watching your players.

“There is plenty of time after the season has finished, starting over the pre-season weeks to get it done before the start of the season. What does this extra month actually do?

“It just causes a lot of anxiety among football clubs and it causes unrest among players.

“I have seen players being linked with moves over the last two or three weeks, who have not performed anywhere near their capabilities because they have got things on their mind about potentially moving to other clubs.”

A report published earlier this week labelled North End as the only club in the Championship, which is free of debt.

According to the article, which was produced by Insider Media Ltd, a number of clubs had run up debts of more than £100m. PNE are in net funds and that was down largely to the club’s owner Trevor Hemmings wiping more than £34m off its balance sheet during the club’s latest accounts filed at Companies House.

Grayson revealed there is money available to spend on transfer fees, but the club cannot go out and spend money for the sake of it.

Grayson said: “I saw the stat the other day that we are the only debt-free club in the Championship and that is fantastic from Mr Hemmings that we are in that position.

“We offered money for the right-back, it was available then. I’ve always tried to 
bring the right players in and not spend money for the sake of it.”