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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
1Portsmouth28176547272057
2Luton TownLuton28168454252956
3Sunderland271411248262253
4Charlton AthleticCharlton29165847311653
5Barnsley27157547232452
6Peterborough UnitedPeterborough2813874738947
7Doncaster RoversDoncaster28137851371446
8Blackpool2710982725239
9Coventry CityCoventry29116123134-339
10Southend UnitedSouthend28122143834438
11Wycombe WanderersWycombe28108103840-238
12Fleetwood Town2899103833536
13Burton Albion28106123838036
14Accrington StanleyAccrington2798102736-935
15Walsall2898113243-1135
16Scunthorpe UnitedScunthorpe2997133754-1734
17Shrewsbury TownShrewsbury28710112935-631
18Gillingham2894153948-931
19Rochdale2987143559-2431
20Oxford UnitedOxford Utd2879123544-930
21Plymouth ArgylePlymouth2886143650-1430
22Bristol Rovers2877142530-528
23Bradford CityBradford2883173147-1627
24AFC Wimbledon2865172242-2023

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