Football: Top coaches at odds with owners, back earlier transfer window closure
NYON, Switzerland (AFP) - Top football managers on Thursday backed an earlier closing of the transfer window, given that the current rules mean they can lose players they honed to rival clubs amid European competition.
Speaking after a meeting of leading managers held by European football's governing body Uefa, Tottenham's Andre Villas-Boas underscored the coaches' differences with club financiers, who want to boost their transfer market war chests with lucrative Champions League revenues.
"The transfer market was something that was raised with big attention by the coaches, regarding the eventual closure of the transfer market a little bit early," the Portuguese told reporters.
"The discussion is big because the clubs defend the idea that the transfer market should be kept as it is, to ensure that funding from Champions League qualification arrives, which allows teams to further strengthen themselves," he added.