Chris Wilder, the Sheffield United manager, has repeated his call for for the English Football League to rigorously enforce its own financial regulations after expressing amazement at the gambles being taken by some Championship teams.
Wilder, a long-standing advocate of greater transparency, has previously called for those who fail to comply to be deducted points if they are guilty of reckless expenditure or a deliberate breach.
He approached the subject again after lending his support to the transfer window system, which some clubs argue is a restraint of trade.
"I do believe in windows," Wilder, who hopes to sign two new players before this evening's loan deadline said. "I do believe you have to work in them and that you should work to a salary cap. I think it's a test of managers and coaches to utilise what they've got and not just be allowed to think 'we've got an injury, let's do this.' I'm a big believer in the two windows but possibly it should just stop on one date rather than carry on for loans because, really, it's not changed very much."
Confirming midfielder Paul Coutts will make his comeback from injury during next week's friendly against Sheffield FC, Wilder revealed negotiations with several targets remain on-going ahead of Saturday's game against Aston Villa. Centre-forward Leon Clarke (hamstring) remains a doubt while defenders Kean Bryan (illness) and Jake Wright (back) will definitely miss out.
"Kean has been struck down with a big it's taking him a while to get over," Wilder said. "Jake has got an issue with his back so he might be few weeks yet."
"Paul plays in the testimonial on Tuesday," he added. "Hopefully it will be well supported. He'll them play Friday and another game next week so it's possibly three or four weeks until he's available for selection."