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Discussion started by stairwaytoheaven (IP Logged), 10 July, 2019 10:41
stairwaytoheaven
stairwaytoheaven
10 July, 2019 10:41
Just been reading an article in one of the Ipswich rags regarding player budgets in league one, interesting.
They (Ipswich) have cut their wage bill from £14m to around £5-8m, with top earners getting around £5-7K/week. This reduction has mainly been achieved by cutting squad size, getting rid of the highest earners, and a reduction clause in the players contract of 40% when the team got relegated.
Using data from the 17/18 season they suggest team budgets based on published figures:
Blackburn and Wigan went straight back up, automatically, with the two biggest wage bills in the division - £16.77m and £11.74m respectively.
The next biggest spenders in terms of wages - Charlton (£10.2m), Scunthorpe (£6.38m) and Rotherham (£6.31m) - finished sixth, fifth and fourth.
Paul Hurst's Shrewsbury were the exception to the rule, finishing third with a mid-table wage bill of £3.77m.
It's highly probable that Sunderland will have the top player budget while Ipswich Portsmouth, Rotherham and Peterborough will also have competitive budgets.
There is a reason those five clubs are way out ahead of the rest in terms of bookies' odds
The gulf between the biggest and smallest budgets will be vast.
Ipswich will be getting income from crowds averaging, at the very least, around 14,000. For perspective, 11 clubs in the division had attendances of 7,000 or less last season
Newly-relegated Bolton and newly-promoted Bury have seen their squads decimated due to crippling financial problems and both are set to start the season with 12-point deductions.
I don't know were Scunthorpe and Rotherham, and to an extent Shrewsbury got so much money from in the 17/18 season, are these clubs to be the next Bury and Bolton?
I guess we will be having a player budget approaching £2.5m so should we finish top half in this division financially we will be punching well above our weight, I can see MP's point about loan players, if we are to see ourselves in the Championship during his tenure we will have to loan quality players from prem clubs.
Should we exceed all expectations and be top 10 by Christmas then I would expect a lot of interest in our star players and manager.

Bored rover
Bored rover
10 July, 2019 17:59
Yeah, vast gulf between the top teams and us, a-lot of our fans carried away with us having been the Sharks in NL, now back to our real posting as guppies. Even when in the second tier our budget was minute comparatively. No reason why we cant compete but we should not get carried away whichever end of the table we finish, 5th bottom end of season is a result!

LongStandingFan
LongStandingFan
10 July, 2019 18:14
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Bored rover
Yeah, vast gulf between the top teams and us, a-lot of our fans carried away with us having been the Sharks in NL, now back to our real posting as guppies. Even when in the second tier our budget was minute comparatively. No reason why we cant compete but we should not get carried away whichever end of the table we finish, 5th bottom end of season is a result!

You make a good point. We have progressed up two leagues with little spent on the team, and surviving in League 1 has to be TRFC's top priority, with the hope of building a bigger and better squad over a 5 year period. The lads have really done well over the last 3 seasons to compete as they have, but a reality check is likely in this first season back in L1. Lets give them our support.

Tommy Egg
Tommy Egg
11 July, 2019 14:09
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LongStandingFan
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Bored rover
Yeah, vast gulf between the top teams and us, a-lot of our fans carried away with us having been the Sharks in NL, now back to our real posting as guppies. Even when in the second tier our budget was minute comparatively. No reason why we cant compete but we should not get carried away whichever end of the table we finish, 5th bottom end of season is a result!

You make a good point. We have progressed up two leagues with little spent on the team, and surviving in League 1 has to be TRFC's top priority, with the hope of building a bigger and better squad over a 5 year period. The lads have really done well over the last 3 seasons to compete as they have, but a reality check is likely in this first season back in L1. Lets give them our support.

+ 1 Hear ,Hear.!


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