Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Neill Wants an Earlier Deadline

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

O'Neill Wants an Earlier Deadline

Article excerpt

SUNDERLAND manager Martin O'Neill accepts that the transfer window is here to stay. But he wants major changes to the way it operates.

O'Neill (pictured right) has managed a Premier League football club in ten of the 12 years it has been operating, and last week spent pounds 22million to beat the deadline on Adam Johnson and Steven Fletcher. "I understand why they brought the transfer window in because no one wants a top team to be buying themselves a European Cup-winning team. If one of these big teams gets into the last 16 and then buys five or six players, then you have a problem. But overall, I'm not so sure you would get too many people agreeing with how it is set out.

"I think there's certainly a major argument for ending the transfer window on the night the season kicks off - or a few days before so people have their squads together. …

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