Should the transfer window apply to managers?
The transfer window for players is a complete restraint of trade and is likely to fall at the first legal challenge.
However, things are what they are, not what we might like them to be. That being the case, why one rule for players and another for managers?
If players can only move in January and in the summer, maybe it's time to apply the same rule for bosses or scrap the rule completely.
The arguments for the window at present are that it levels the playing field and stops rich clubs strengthening when others cannot.
So why not keep the playing field level and insist directors stick with the man they originally thought good enough to do the job in the first place?
This would give managers stability, peace of mind and perhaps the freedom to try things they normally feel under too much pressure to attempt.
The game is too short term in its thinking at the best of times. This approach would force boards of directors to be more diligent, do more research, and think harder about the kind of individual that really fits their club.
Supporters would have to learn to be more patient as their manager experimented with the inexact science of running a football team composed of individuals who face the same day-to-day problems as the rest of us, consequently affecting their form.
The approach would also save countless hundreds of thousands of pounds sloshing about each season in compensation to sacked bosses.
Football doesn't live according to the normal rules that govern most lives so if it has to be different then at least it can be consistent in its treatment of managers and players.
Getting rid of a manager would still be possible but only on grounds of something like gross misconduct.
And if directors think a long losing streak qualifies as such, then they should surely contemplate resignation themselves for the incompetence of picking such a manager in the first place.