Premier League clubs have voted to close next summer's transfer window before the start of the season. With most European leagues starting a week (or two or three) later than the Premier League, they have little incentive to shorten their own windows, which control when newly acquired players can be registered to play.
Europe's other major leagues - Spain's Liga, Italy's Serie A, the German Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 - now face a decision about whether to fall into line with England.
"The transfer market has to be limited, you can't have players moving when the leagues have already started". Get the app and get the game.
However, it also means Premier League clubs will not be able to sign players when their season is under way, while other European leagues will continue to permit transfers until 31 August.
"It wasn't unanimous but nobody was pathologically angry about the situation".
Further, with rumors and speculation running rampant the change will certainly ease some of the tension that the English sides face around deadline day, giving them an opportunity to best train with their squads.
The decision to close the window before the season doesn't actually shorten the period in which clubs can conduct business, with the window now beginning earlier to ensure clubs still have a 12-week period in line with Federation Internationale de Football Association rules. "It just meant they couldn't support it". Fourteen clubs voted in favour of the amendment, Five voted against and there was one abstention.
"The answer is I think is very obvious", he said.