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Shocker: Villa Wage Bill Increases

Shocker:  Villa Wage Bill Increases

In what can only be described as a joke, Ic Brum open their article with:

'The Midlands' longest serving Premiership clubs - Aston Villa and Birmingham City.'

Anyway - Villa are ninth in the list and spent a whopping £33.7 million on players wages,(2004) up 5% from the previous seasons total of £32.3 million.

Now this doesn't tally does it, more over I'm sure I remember reading elsewhere a few days ago that Villa's wage bill had dropped, not by a lot, but by maybe a million or so. This is pathetic in itself when you consider the players at all levels that have been hocked out giving rise to DOL's mantra of small squad but don't look at Evertons.

The figures were from planned estimates by Ellis who said that wages for 2005 would drop by one milion to £25 million, which would mean that the 2004 total would in fact be £26 million on wages, not £32.7 million.

But this isn't a misprint, this is in the Shareholders Annual Report and I also didn't misread earlier, we do have an increase of 5% and Ellis' initial figures don't tally - it's amazing.

Weren't we trimming the wage bill; I'm sure that's what DOL's job was in the first season, and his second, in fact that was GT's job aswell!

We've kicked out, sold, given away, put in nursing homes about the equivalent of three full squads at all levels over the past few seasons all under the banner of wage reduction and the amortisation of amortisation, yet we are paying nigh on £4 million more in wages than 2 years ago for the first team alone, about 10 players less.

Over the last 5 years our wage bill has grown from £21.5 million to £33.7 million. In the process we have consistently failed to compete for top players, we have been told that the club HAD to remove the high wages earners from the team, we have seen our Golden Youth of the future demolished, we have seen our first team squad decimated (but don't look at Evertons) and all for wage increases.

This is without addressing Ellis' comments that the wage bill would drop by a million and the figures not tallying. If after all this all the club can report in 2005 is a million drop then that is thoroughly disgraceful for the number of players we have lost out on and kicked out.

Another of Dougies plans have gone awry, leaving us with such a small squad on his instructions really hasn't made any difference. Surely now the excuses of wage cutting and amortisation cannot be reared again by this ancient arse.

All I can say is it's a good job the footballing bubble hasn't burst, imagine how annoyed the board and Ellis would be if, as per their prudent financial constraints and promises over the years, we weren't in a position to take advantage!

Oh bugger.....hell I suppose they deserve a rise again this year don't they!

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Date:Monday October 10 2005
Time: 7:05PM

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