As transfer window slams shut, Nigel Clough says the system fuels panic
NIGEL Clough is not a fan of the January transfer window and believes the system breeds panic.
The January window closed yesterday, leaving a trail of pointless and unsettling speculation, the majority of which was wide of the mark.
Will Hughes and John Brayford are still Derby County players despite constant reports linking them with moves elsewhere.
Those many bids "being prepared" for Hughes have clearly taken longer to prepare than people thought.
The transfer windows system was introduced in response to negotiations with the European Commission.
The system had been used in a number of European leagues before being brought into compulsory effect by FIFA during the 2002–03 season.
Some managers have called for transfer windows to be scrapped in favour of the previous system, where deals could be struck throughout the season until the closing weeks.
Clough saw nothing wrong with the old system.
"I think clubs should be able to do transfers whenever they want during the season," said the Derby manager.
"I am not a fan of being restricted by transfer windows.
"I think it leads to a bit of panic buying and clubs always leave it until the last minute to do business, which I don't understand.
"I didn't see anything wrong with the old system where you could buy a player throughout the season.
"It certainly helped the lower league clubs if they needed to sell somebody at any stage."
The system has been in place 10 years now and Clough accepts it is probably here to stay.
"I think it came in from Europe, I think it was forced on us," he said.
"I don't know anyone in football who actually likes the system, or agrees with it."