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Hughes Wants to Break the Window

Blackburn Rovers manager Mark Hughes feels the way the transfer window operates needs reviewing to give teams like Rovers a fairer crack at the whip.

With Rovers hampered by injuries to key players this season Hughes think that teams such as ourselves and our visiting opponents today Newcastle United, also troubled severely by injuries this term should be given more help so a review of the system should happen.

"When anything is in place for any length of time there should be a review. If it's not working then they should look at it", said Hughes.

"Clubs and fans want the best players on the pitch. You can address that situation if players are available and you can go into the transfer market and bring in new ones. But that's been taken away."

With Ryan Nelsen, Steven Reid and Jason Roberts being the key players missing for Rovers for most, or all of this season to date with long-term injuries Sparky added:

"It does impact on teams who don't carry big squads. It's been a problem for Newcastle and us. Hopefully in January we'll get three players back - and we will look at the transfer market."

I can see what Sparky is saying but I'm not sure there are many ways round it? You can't have a mid season transfer window (halfway through the summer and January windows) as the "big boys" will just go out further and strengthen moving them further ahead.

Maybe, as is the case with goalkeepers and injuries special dispensation can be made for a club to at least make an emergency transfer or two, if only on loan? But this should only happen if you have a series of injuries to key personnel and when I say key personnel I mean regular first team starters not merely fringe players who will get little or not look-in in any case, this is where the "bigger boys" would be unable to benefitů

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday December 9 2006

Time: 10:57AM

Your Comments

I both like and hate the tranfer window but other than the possible scenario I mention if you start changing it too much it becomes a pointless exercise and it may as well be scrapped all together which will give the "bigger boys" even more chance to pull away. It's an unfair rule in a way but its the same for everyone I guess.
Hughes Da Man
The transfer window would have to be scrapped, no other way to do it fairly. Can't have a club being an exception and buying from a club who then can't go out and replace the player they've sold. I hate the transfer window, used to love the year long purchasing of players !
The Fear
Personally,i would like to see the window broken,preferably by having Nonda thrown through it.It would be the fastest he has moved all season.
boddingtonblue
If it's scrapped the the big just get bigger and the rest get left behind and the gulf becomes greater. Seemed like the only way to try and reduce this gap but if its taken away (which if enough complain and complain it will!?!?) then it will grow yet more and I think the state of football will decline... unless your club has the millions, which unless they are taken over Rovers don't!
Hughes Da Man
I think a few more should also join Nonda in going through the BIG window also boddington though!
Hughes Da Man
When the window is open,the big clubs just snap up all the talent,which is on offer,an example being swp from man city.If lucas ends up at chelsea,it will be just to stop liverpool getting him,the idea was to try and bring talent through at youth level,at our club it aint working.
boddingtonblue
I still feel it isn't working with Rovers because it isn't getting a chance for it to work, not that I'm saying you don't also feel this as maybe you do?
Hughes Da Man
well it idnt happen :( we lost
marshinrover
I think someone will become available in January,on loan,who fits sparkys profile perfectly,he even plays the same way he did.He also plays for his first love,I just wonder if Alan Smith could continue his recovery from that horrendous injury,with us.
boddingtonblue
 

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