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Karl Masters
1 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:40:00
Spurs again the most consistent shining light in the majority of these tables.

Looks like a tough job to remodel our squad just got even tougher.

Eric Myles
2 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:07:42
Why would a club have to rebate the broadcasters for the 29 games already played?? That's already earned income. Same if the remaining games are broadcast, the income becomes earned.

Rebates should only apply to games paid for, but not yet played. Is this some kind of 'creative accounting' for tax reasons?

Eric Myles
3 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:20:09
I'm sure you've put a lot of work into this analysis Paul, and I like numbers and statistics, but it doesn't tell us the "playing value" of individual players to their respective clubs.

For example, Troy Deeney is Watford's most important player, Doucoure also. If their contracts were up I'm sure Watford would want to retain them rather than cut costs. Similarly with our DCL.

Maybe an analysis of our own playing squad would make your point better for those not interested in the pure numbers of the game.

Paul [The Esk]
4 Posted 28/05/2020 at 10:17:51
There's a separate analysis, Eric, that shows the value added to a squad by looking at purchase costs versus current market values but that would have to be an article in itself. We don't come out of that well at all in aggregate although there are clearly good purchases like Calvert-Lewin and Holgate for example.

The Manchester United investor call flagged the 29 games re the rebate but, on reflection, the £15 million charge to date just reflects the fact it was their 3rd quarter and that the total charge for the year is anticipated at £20 million. Other clubs have indicated that may be an underestimate.

John Keating
5 Posted 28/05/2020 at 16:09:21
Really scary.

As mentioned early in the piece, Paul, the “reluctance” of players to alter their contracts. It had been a bug-bear of mine since day one that the players have done absolutely nothing and unfortunately that includes our lot.

A bloody disgrace!

Eric Myles
6 Posted 28/05/2020 at 17:37:36
Paul #4, I wasn't thinking of "player value" in terms of money, but importance to the team / club in indeterminate values.

I still don't get why clubs would have to pay back broadcasters for completed games unless they have already been paid in advance for games not yet played?

The last tranche of payments to the French league were due 5 April and were not paid by the domestic and overseas broadcasters as games were not being played. I don't see why they should be asked to return any money? Is the EPL deal any different?

Jay Harris
7 Posted 28/05/2020 at 17:57:17
Totally agree, John #5.

I think the game's authorities should be taking a more proactive stance against crazy player contracts and greedy agents.

I would have thought this pandemic would have brought some commonsense in but the bling bling brigade will never learn.

I remember reading a book when I was younger where the author had studied the decline of all the major empires and one of the outstanding factors was, as society became more affluent, morals and values went out of the window as they became more and more decadent. See any parallels with the football empire.

Bobby Mallon
8 Posted 28/05/2020 at 21:27:56
Paul the Esk. Can you shine any light as to why all Premier League clubs didn't put their playing staff on furlough so they were only paid a maximum of £2500?
Eric Myles
9 Posted 29/05/2020 at 01:50:41
Bobby #8, exactly my suggestion at the beginning of this, furlough the highly paid players and maintain the rest of the staff.

An easy way to cut costs. Could be something in their contracts though about being paid if unable to play.

Jerome Shields
10 Posted 29/05/2020 at 15:30:31
Paul the Esk.

The Australian Rugby League has started back today. For 20 dollars and a picture of themselves, fans can get a cardboard cutout of themselves placed on a stand seat during a game.

Surprised that Denise Barrett-Baxendale didn't think of it. Her standing smiling between a cardboard cutout of yourself and Lyndon, also smiling, would give you a scenario lll and a brighter conclusion to your article.

The Premier League may have money, but their brain is missing, unfortunately.

Tony Everan
11 Posted 29/05/2020 at 19:03:44
Excellent informative article, clubs will have no option but to cut their costs according to their cloth. Any club going overboard with reckless spending and huge contracts could suffer bankruptcy. The second and more waves of Coronavirus may not happen, but they just have to be factored into decision-making. It would be foolish in the extreme not to.

It will be a different transfer landscape because of it. Loans and swap deals will rise to try to refresh squads prudently. Coaches will have to earn their crust big-time, motivating existing players as they will unlikely be sold because of their massive wages. Opportunity will arrive for some U23s. The likes of Anthony Gordon, Lewis Gibson and other good prospects can really push to be included.

We've got some good young players, a good manager who will motivate the squad and an owner who will help where necessary. All clubs will suffer but we have some great assets to find a way to flourish.

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