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West Bromwich Albion coach Sam Allardyce lamented the impact of Brexit on the transfer market, claiming that new restrictions have already prevented him from signing three players he had identified in an attempt to save the Baggies from relegation.
There is more than a hint of irony and hypocrisy to his protests about being paralyzed in the transfer market, having previously voiced his support for Brexit and having left the EU on several occasions.
The Brexit ramifications on transfers have been well publicized for several years, and EU citizens now need a work permit before they can register with British clubs. Brexit would have prevented N’Golo Kante from coming to England in 2015, for example, because he would not have qualified.
Brexit finally came true on January 1, more than four years after the original referendum, but Allardyce quickly discovered a huge disadvantage of the new world.
“I already found three players who were capable of coming here and they are not allowed. It’s a shame, ”the 66-year-old has now complained.
“Due to the new regulations regarding the permit, they could not come to this country, while [previously] would have done. I have to look at that and think ‘can you qualify?’
“That has made life a little more difficult. It is not so much the pandemic, it is the change of rules due to the Brexit agreement ”.
A few weeks after the 2016 vote, Allardyce referred to himself as “out” because his feeling was that “the European Union is not doing the UK any favors.”
Just before the referendum, Allardyce had already targeted the EU over new restrictions on the loan market, which seemed to confuse EU membership with being subject to UEFA rules, despite more than half of UEFA member associations are not part of the EU.
“Let’s not forget that we have this huge problem of producing our own players in this country. That is one of the worst things that has happened to this country, which is probably why we should vote outside the EU! ”Allardyce declared on the matter.
“If we can vote against, then we will not have to accept UEFA law, because that sucks. Their diabolical rules are ruining the possibility of young people developing in this country. We cannot send our young players on loan to nowhere, just for one year. “
In May 2019, Allardyce declared his apathy with politics in general, but suggested that the founder of the “ Brexit Party ” and full gobshite Nigel Farage might be the man to interest him again.
“I think he has always been an intelligent, frank and direct man, more of a businessman than a politician. In any case, it might cheer me up, “he said while appearing in The Jeremy Vine Show.
Fast forward to January 2021 when your job and reputation as an undefeated descent ‘firefighter’ hinges on it, Brexit, what you wanted to happen, is actually not good after all.
It’s safe to say Allardyce to regret.