It seems as though as long as you overspend but get promoted you will be ok. But clubs like Forrest have struggled after overspending and enduring transfer embargos. Teams who pissed up all their parachute money on dross signings are equally struggling - Wigan, Rovers etc. But the fact Newcastle can afford to keep Benitez and key players and sign a whole host of multi million pound players - shows were the league is heading in the next few years. Relegation from the Premiership could well become just a one year time out from getting hammered every week - allowing clubs to restructure and come back stronger.
Thats not going to be healthy for the league. But money (and the question 'how to make more money') is driving all decisions in football (like that woeful decision to bring U-21 teams into the EFL Cup or expanding the world cup teams to 48 - are perfect examples - its not what is good for the sport its just about what can turn the biggest profit).
Personally I hope Brighton fail to get promoted. Its seems they are just following the Bournemouth way of spend, spend, spend. And should they get promoted and fail FFP rules, I think they should be hit with a transfer embargo for 1 year and a fine equal to 50% of the first years tv revenue. More clubs need to be made an example of. But until there is some kind of financial meltdown at the top end of the football pyramid I don't imagine we will see any change (for the better) any time soon.
Note: I am not saying Brighton will definitely break FFP rules. Their full accounts for last year have not been published yet. Their chairman was very out spoken about how QPR deserved a hefty punishment. So if they do fail FFP I hope he doesn't change his tune all of a sudden.
Last edited by Dreyfuss; 13-01-2017 at 01:54 PM.
Great post, it's a shame that as long as you spend big and actually get promoted you're in the clear. I agree that there needs to be more done to clubs that rack up horrific amounts of debt. But then will eventually make this league so hard to deal with if Prem teams come down with 90 mil of parachute payments it just isn't fair. Unfortunately it doesn't look like it's happening any time soon.
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An Arsenal type performance could only be complete if Ben Pearson were playing in midfield, and he won't be. Huge miss.