Man Utd, Man City, Watford, Swansea, Crystal Palace voted against transfer window changes
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 08/09/17 8:37am
Manchester United and Manchester City were among the five clubs that voted against bringing the transfer deadline forward, Sky Sports News understands.
Swansea, Crystal Palace and Watford were the other Premier League sides to go against the two-thirds majority, with Burnley abstaining from voting altogether, according to Sky sources.
But it appears that at least three of the five that went against - United, City and Swansea - voted in contradiction to their own managers Jose Mouinho, Pep Guardiola and Paul Clement.
Premier League executive chairman told Sky Sports News on Thursday that the Premier League's managers were overwhelmingly in favour of the changes, and all three of the above spoke out in support at some point during the summer.
Mourinho said in August: "As a football manager and not a market man - somebody who wants to work with the team and the players - I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible.
"Of course I will meet with Mr [Ed] Woodward [the United executive vice chairman] because I know that he will want to share my opinion, so I think very soon we are going to have a decision."
Guardiola said in July: "Unfortunately the market finishes on August 31. I think that's a huge mistake from UEFA. "I think the market should finish when we start the season.
"It's too long, too large. We are playing here with guys who maybe will not continue, or with players who are coming but are not here."
After being forced to leave out wantaway star Gylfi Sigurdsson for the first game of their season, Swansea manager Clement revealed that discussions were underway with the Premier League regarding these changes and said: "Our club would support that decision. The majority of clubs are in favour but maybe all have to be for it to go through. It could happen next year."
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