Nigel Pearson has summed up the big advantages Newcastle United had over the likes of Derby County this summer, particularly with Financial Fair Play (FFP) being a big factor.
Rafa Benitez was under no pressure to sell any player, whereas Pearson was under pressure to make sure Derby stayed within FFP rules and avoided penalties such as a ban on future transfers.
Newcastle’s past chaotic transfer spending ironically meant that a host of players could be moved out this summer and NUFC still post a profit of around £30m on the dealing.
However, in Derby’s case they lost star players Jeff Hendrick and Chris Martin, banking over £10m from Burnley for their international midfielder and a sizeable loan fee and significant saving from Chris Martin joining Fulham.
One thing that both Pearson and Rafa Benitez do agree on, is the crazy fact that the transfer window stays open for almost four weeks after the season had kicked off.
As for the final transactions of the window, including Moussa Sissoko moving for £30m. the Derby manager says it ‘becomes a bit of a circus’.
“I am not someone who particularly likes to operate late in windows and so that is something to look at here on in.
“It was a case of we needed to freshen up and whether people like it or not we do have to meet Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations as well, so there is an element of balancing the books for sure.
“But all in all our focus at the club has been about how we strengthened the squad we already had.
“What goes on is an absolute nonsense, the final week becomes a bit of a circus which in my mind, and this is just my personal opinion, I think it is just farcical.
“Even the biggest clubs in the world get sucked into what has become a sideshow, and a very big one. It has become a huge part of the industry and I don’t think it is a particularly healthy situation.
“I don’t see transfer windows are healthy especially the summer one when the season has already started. I don’t think it is very good at all.”