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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman: 'Transfer window is a farce'

Coleman: 'Transfer window is a farce'
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Sunderland boss Chris Coleman describes the January transfer window as "brutal" and "a farce" after experiencing his first month in the British market since 2010.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman has described the transfer window as "a farce", despite being able to add a number of new faces to his first-team squad.

On deadline day, Coleman brought in Cardiff City goalkeeper Lee Camp, Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria and Middlesbrough forward Ashley Fletcher as he looked to strengthen the club's bid to avoid relegation from the Championship.

However, the former Wales boss - taking part in his first British transfer window since 2010 - revealed that he had not enjoyed the process of trying to sign new players.

At a press conference, the 47-year-old said: "It was shocking, if I'm honest. It was brutal. I'm glad it's done. It's turned out good for us, we've injected some new faces, but I have forgotten what a farce it all is.

"You start remembering how it was where you can't trust anybody, you get told loads of lies, and to get any kind of a deal across the line is so tough."

Sunderland currently sit in 23rd place in the Championship table, just one point adrift of safety.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Portsmouth1393123111230
2Peterborough UnitedPeterborough1383230191127
3Sunderland1366124131124
4Doncaster RoversDoncaster137332116524
5Barnsley126512371623
6Accrington StanleyAccrington136521713423
7Walsall126421512322
8Fleetwood Town135532112920
9Luton TownLuton135531715220
10Southend UnitedSouthend136251716120
11Charlton AthleticCharlton125341918118
12Coventry CityCoventry135351113-218
13Blackpool12381129317
14Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe134542026-617
15Burton Albion124261315-214
16Rochdale133461928-913
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury132651113-212
18Wycombe WanderersWycombe132651419-512
19Gillingham123271522-711
20AFC Wimbledon133281018-811
21Bristol Rovers13247913-410
22Bradford CityBradford133191020-1010
23Oxford UnitedOxford Utd132381323-109
24Plymouth ArgylePlymouth13148922-137

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