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Artell: "I Would Prefer It If The Window Was Open All Season Long"

15 May 2019

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says he would actually prefer the transfer windows to be open all year round to help the financial pressure on lower league clubs. Artell believes that if another club wishes to purchase one of your players then they should be allowed to regardless of what time of year it is.

The summer transfer window for League One and Two clubs has been extended until 2nd September 2019 but the Championship have decided to fall in line with the FA Premier League and shut earlier on 8th August.

Artell told the club’s official website: “The lower leagues are open a little longer than the Championship clubs now and I think they should be open all the year round. If someone wants to buy one your players then they should be able to do so.

“That is my opinion and the longer it is open, the better it is for us. I don’t know what it happens over two windows. I would imagine that it is a European law that came over.

“We have lost a player close to the deadline and we lost George Cooper in September. The deal didn’t actually go through until January but we lost the player in September because he didn’t get his move in August and his performances dropped considerably. That can happen as well.

“There is an argument that you want players settled and sorted and I get that but clubs rely on transfer fees and it could ease a lot of problems for a lot of clubs if they do not have to wait for a four week window in January.”

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