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Players moan that their managers won’t let them move. Managers moan that players who want to move are acting sulkily because they can’t get their way. None of this makes football look good.


THE VERDICT: Transfer windows are a necessary evil. Clubs need to recruit players to replace those others who retire, move elsewhere or simply aren’t up to scratch. And it does make sense that the trading of players is limited to certain periods of the year, so that clubs can build stable teams and compete without having to worry whether a player will quit midseason.

Even so, that doesn’t mean that we have to like it.

Now, back to the football.


John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jleicester(at)