Hull City boss has Phil Brown has criticised the current transfer window system after failing to add to his squad so far in January.
The Tigers are in need of some fresh faces after just one win in 12 Premier League games and four defeats on the spin.
But turn the clock back two years and Brown was one of the major beneficiaries in January after snapping up striker Dean Windass on loan from Bradford.
Under-pressure Brown certainly wasn’t branding the system ‘a farce’ then when the veteran hitman plundered eight goals to keep Hull in the Championship before signing him permanently in the summer of 2007.
Windass went on to sign a two-year deal and scored 13 goals including the play-off final winner the next season to send the Tigers, against the football odds, into the Premier League.
But two years down the line Brown has slammed the January window saying:
It is an opportunity, of course it is, but also it’s a cornered market that’s in favour of the seller.
We have valuations of players and are then valued out of the market by the player’s demands or fee.
I’m not in favour of these transfer windows at all. The agents and sellers have created a really false market.
We’ll be looking to tweak the team with getting in one or two in the window this time but we plan long-term and it seems to me that the window is all about short-term fixes.
And the fact there is a countdown to it all, day by day, makes it a complete farce; the game suffers because of the excitement of it all.
Windass ironically left the KC Stadium last week and joined Oldham on loan so don’t rule out the striker firing the Latics to promotion as well.
By Phil Tomlinson