Brentford's co-director of football Phil Giles has explained the reasons for their transfer business, calling it a "strategic" way of operating.
The Bees sold Harlee Dean, Jota and Maxime Colin to Birmingham City in the last 24 hours of the transfer window, sparking concern among the Grfffin Park fans, but Giles insists that everything was done in accordance with a plan.
Speaking to the club's website about Brentford's transfer business, he said: "Overall I'm happy with it.
"It'll feel a bit deflating for some fans and I understand that. We always had a plan and always knew the players who left yesterday were vulnerable.
"We did our business early to cover those possibilities, so on balance I feel that we had a plan and stuck to the plan.
"There's two benefits (to getting your business done early). One is that without the time constraints you aren't being forced into paying over the odds, and obviously bringing the players in they can play with the squad, they can adapt and do pre-season so they're up to some sort of speed for the league games when they start in august.
"Conversely, if you want to sell a player, when do you want to sell him? You want to do it at the end of the window when there's a pressure on, a constriction of the market and clubs have to pay.
"It doesn't feel great for some fans, they'll be thinking it's not a great day but strategically it's the best way to do it."