Steve McClaren has called on the football authorities to close the transfer window before the season kicks-off.
Newcastle United have managed to complete a lot of their business relatively early in the summer but with less than four days to go until the window closes, some clubs are left with the very real possibility of losing their best players without enough time to replace them.
McClaren believes it is only “fair” if the drama of deadline day is over before a ball is kicked in anger.
“I think it would be fair,” said McClaren.
“What you’ve got at the minute, and Tony Pulis [at West Brom] is going through it, is so much speculation.
“To be honest, you can make speculation out of anything and upset anybody at any time.
“The window should close and then the season should start.
“Then you wouldn’t have those four games where you’ve got players who don’t know what they’re doing or where they’re going and it affects the team.
“Granted, you’ve got four games to see what you need, but I think there should be the end of the window, then your season starts,” added the Toon boss.