Millwall's Harris wants transfer window closure before season

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NEIL Harris says he would prefer if the transfer window closed prior to the start of the season.

Millwall concluded four permanent deals before August 8 and Harris believes clubs would be able to complete their transfer business were the deadline to be moved forward.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis recently called the timing of the transfer window “absolutely ridiculous” after Spurs’ protracted efforts to tempt the Baggies into selling Saido Berahino, and Harris has backed his fellow manager.

He said: “I have thought for a long time the transfer window should be shut before the season starts. I think there are grey areas, obviously, because often you have new managers coming in, but I think you should be able to conclude your business over the summer.

“I think the only reason it’s not done in the summer is because clubs are able to do business up until the start of September.

“If it was until August 7, for example, then business would get done before that date.

“Yes, you start the season and there are a couple of players you might want to move on or a few you may want to bring in, but you can do that with a loan window anyway.

“I think you should have your squad before the start of the season and that should be your squad until the loan window opens or the transfer window opens again in January.

“I would certainly back Tony Pulis and a lot of other managers in saying that the transfer window should be shut before the start of the season, open for a period, and then shut again.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

26 thoughts on “Millwall's Harris wants transfer window closure before season

  • September 10, 2015 at 13:26
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    Is this a joke? It doesn't matter when the transfer window opens or close for us now - spending money on players is another world to us now. Despite the hype back in May, the kitty is bare under Berylson and its down to the usual free transfers or loans.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 13:38
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    I had to laugh at this.
    As if a transfer window makes any difference to us !
    We do not spend money or get any players in.
    Get rid of 16-18 and bring 4 or 5 in ????

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    • September 10, 2015 at 17:58
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      @Longfield Lion: would you rather we only got rid of 4-5 players at the end of last season and keep the rest of those w******, or bring in 16-18 useless old and crippled players to block the youngsters' path to first team football, no matter how talented they are?

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  • September 10, 2015 at 13:48
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    Of course Neil because we've been so busy in the market!

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  • September 10, 2015 at 14:15
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    ... And no signs of activity since the loan window opened yesterday

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  • September 10, 2015 at 15:59
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    I think this squad is it for the season, Harris being a young manager and still learning will not want any 'big ego' loan players coming in, and if you listened to ambler on lions live the other week, Harris is the man they will stick with whatever.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 16:05
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    Not sure why he come out with this! Not like we have had any major targets in the summer anyway! Don't look like anything on the horizon either! Basically NH wishes that all business should be done in the summer because other clubs are still bringing people in we have no money to buy anyone so in essence we are being left behind!

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  • September 10, 2015 at 16:11
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    just give harris a chance till jan then let him have both barrels ... its no good slagging off all and sundry....I do believe we have as much talent coming thru in the youngsters as whats available on loans etc.....and what sort of player would want to sign up having read the NAD website where all we do is s*** off everyone

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    • September 10, 2015 at 16:39
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      @blue thruandthru: I'm not slagging Harris off - he's been handed a poisoned chalice with the club in it's current state. I just think Berylson and the board take most of us Millwall fans for complete mugs. Forget all this 'faith in the youth' baloney - Berylson has lost interest in us and we have no future whilst his current shambles of a regime stays in control.

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      • September 10, 2015 at 16:47
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        @Micky Lions: That's my thoughts .Neil has been given a difficult/impossible job.Total mis-management by JB and the Board has got us to this position and looks like getting worse.
        I have said for a while that JB has lost interest since the Regen has gone against him.

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      • September 10, 2015 at 17:17
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        @Micky Lions: Got that right. Bomber has had the baton passed to him but it's rotten to the core.
        This what I reckon happened at a board meeting some time ago...
        JB-" So, Andy, have you managed to sign anymore players all by yourself like Hoyte or do you need the manager's input now?"
        Ambler- "Not sure. I'm also not sure what happened to Hoyte. Haven't seen him around for a while but I'm still sticking my nose into the scouting areas."
        JB- " Right. Well we f***** up royally with Coco and Lomas and we need to reduce the wage bill , any chance you could f*** off too?"
        Ambler- " No. I think I do a good job talking about mathematical quotients".
        JB- " Personally, I think you could f*** up a cup of coffee."
        Ambler- " Got it! Let's give the job to Bomber and save all our skins. The fans love him. That way I can hang on until 2016 and masquerade as a CEO and you can tell everyone that you're in it for the long run."

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    • September 11, 2015 at 07:41
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      @blue thruandthru: Im right behind NH, don't get me wrong! I just feel sorry for the bloke! He has nothing to work with. Theres nothing in the pot. What's he supposed to say in the media other than he's focussing on youth. Its part of his job to represent the club and be positive in the media! Of course he has to focus on youth because there is no other option!

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  • September 10, 2015 at 16:17
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    Little acorns

    https://www.facebook.com/bobby.thompson.79/videos/10207762657368964/

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  • September 10, 2015 at 17:36
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    Cant comment on this one cos i'am unclear on what a transfer window is...can someone please clarify

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  • September 10, 2015 at 17:50
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    Even the coke fridge in the back ground looks empty.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 19:07
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    If Neil believes he can get the team through this season with the squad he has then he needs to get into the real world. If the club cannot even find a decent loan player than it shows the dire straights it is in.

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  • September 10, 2015 at 21:43
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    Didn't make a blind difference to us when it closed could still be open and we would still not be doing any business.
    Frustrating but we are Millwall and no one likes us and we don't care.

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    • September 11, 2015 at 00:10
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      @ken@cbl: there's always the jan window..cos we got relagated there's no embargo

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      • September 11, 2015 at 01:21
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        @Jim28: won't make any difference with andrex ambler counting our money. f****** leech

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