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Glad the window is closed: Coley

6 September 2018

John Coleman says he's glad that the loan window has shut and that he can focus exclusively on football.

Stanley brought in three loanees on 'Deadline Day 2', with midfielder Daniel Barlaser and striker Luke Charman joining from Newcastle United and frontman Connor Hall signing from Bolton Wanderers.

"They're good lads," said the Stanley boss. "They're good characters and the type of players we want. Hungry and with a point to prove.

"We'll get a chance to see them over the coming weeks and hopefully they'll prove to be valuable additions to the squad.

"I was delighted for the window to shut because it feels like I've spent the majority of my life on the phone and it gets you down after a bit to be honest.

"We've got what we've got now so we'll just get on with it. We made the signings that we did and I'm pleased with what we got in the end."

The manager feels that there were problems with the transfer window closing at the start of August but the loan window not closing until the end of the month and suggested the issue needs to be looked at.

Coleman said: "What do you need a window for in the first place?

"They don't have a window where you can't sack the manager, or bring another manager in.

"One of the big problems is that the transfer window shut early so clubs were keeping their players because they knew the loan window wasn't going to shut for a few more weeks.

"The downside to that is that you take players on loan who you'd then like to convert to permanent deals, and you can't do that until January.

"If the transfer window had gone right to the end of August we could have had a fair idea of who we could've had on a permanent basis.

"You're only allowed to name five loan players in the matchday squad and we've got seven, even though I swore I wouldn't do that after having eight last year, but it was a case of needs must."


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