Sam Allardyce laments impact of Brexit on West Brom transfers
West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce lamented the impact of Brexit on the transfer market, saying the new restrictions had already prevented him from signing three players he had identified in an attempt to save the Baggies from the relegation.
There is more than a hint of irony and hypocrisy in his protests against being crippled in the transfer market, having previously expressed support for Brexit and left the EU on several occasions.
The ramifications of Brexit on transfers have been well publicized for several years, with EU nationals now needing a work permit before they can join UK clubs. Brexit would have prevented N’Golo Kante from coming to England in 2015, for example, because he would not have qualified.
Brexit finally became a reality on January 1, well over four years after the initial referendum, but Allardyce quickly discovered a major downside for the New World.
“I have already found three players capable of coming here and they are not allowed. It’s a shame ”, now complains the 66-year-old.
“Due to the new permit regulations, they were unable to come to this country, while [previously] they would have done. I have to look at this and think ‘can he qualify?
“It made life a bit more difficult. It’s not so much the pandemic, it’s the rule change because of the Brexit deal. “
Weeks after the 2016 vote, Allardyce called himself “absent” because he felt that “the European Union is doing the UK a disservice”.
Just before the referendum, Allardyce had already targeted the EU with further restrictions on the loan market, appearing to confuse EU membership and be subject to UEFA rules, even though more than half of associations UEFA members are not part of the EU.
“Remember we have this huge problem of producing our own players in this country. This is one of the worst things that has ever happened in this country – this is probably why we should vote outside the EU! Allardyce said about it.
“If we can vote, we won’t have to pass the UEFA law – because it’s crap. Their evil rules spoil the chance for young people to develop in this country. We can’t send our young players on loan anywhere, only for a year.
In May 2019, Allardyce declared his apathy towards politics in general, but suggested that Brexit Party founder and versatile gobshite Nigel Farage might be the man he would be interested in again.
“I think he’s always been a smart, straightforward forward-thinking man, more of a businessman than a politician. If anything, he can encourage me, ”he said, appearing on The Jeremy Vine Show.
Fast forward to January 2021, when his job and reputation as an undefeated relegation “firefighter” depends on it, Brexit, that thing he wanted to happen, is actually not good after all.
Safe to say Allardyce regrexit.
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