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1 Posted 28/05/2020 at 00:40:00
Looks like a tough job to remodel our squad just got even tougher.
2 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:07:42
Rebates should only apply to games paid for, but not yet played. Is this some kind of 'creative accounting' for tax reasons?
3 Posted 28/05/2020 at 06:20:09
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.
4 Posted 28/05/2020 at 10:17:51
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.
5 Posted 28/05/2020 at 16:09:21
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!
6 Posted 28/05/2020 at 17:37:36
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?
7 Posted 28/05/2020 at 17:57:17
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.
8 Posted 28/05/2020 at 21:27:56
9 Posted 29/05/2020 at 01:50:41
An easy way to cut costs. Could be something in their contracts though about being paid if unable to play.
10 Posted 29/05/2020 at 15:30:31
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.
11 Posted 29/05/2020 at 19:03:44
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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