Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne has no problems with the winter transfer window but would not want transfers year round. "It's a bizarre time of the year . . . everyone who works in the game has a certain sigh of relief on the 1st of February when we have a few months to breathe before it all starts again," said Byrne.
However, on the idea of re-opening the English transfer market all year round, Byrne insisted: "I don't think it would work, there would be no stability at all.
"To shut the window here would disadvantage us against the French, Italian and Spanish leagues. I'm in favour of having both transfer windows."