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West Brom chairman Peace wants season to kickoff after summer market

West Bromwich Albion chairman Jeremy Peace has revealed they made a proposal to the Premier League to kickoff the season on September 1.

Peace believes the season should not start until after the summer market closes.

"Sometimes if you get a big club early then it can help - but I'm not in favour in what is in place," Peace told the Sunday Mercury.

"Personally, I'd rather the season starts on or after the September 1 - once the window has closed - rather than have three or four games before the window closes when people don't have their squad completed.

"That can be a difficult period, especially for a promoted club still trying to play catch up in the Premier League.

"We did look at that when we put this forward to the Premier League. We raised it by putting a paper together.

"We presented a proposal to the Premier League. We sent it in, asked 'what are your views?', but they said it was discussed last year and that was that. From talking to them it was about the international breaks, how they'd fit the fixtures in and, sadly, there is very little wriggle room.

"Plus we had the two domestic cups. Ok, so how about if you have a different format for those competitions, like no replays in the FA Cup?

"But, no, the integrity of those competitions is what they're keen to protect."

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