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Villa Object To New Prem Financial Rules. Why?

Villa Object To New Prem Financial Rules. Why?

Given all of the recent wage cuts and the selling of players combined with the managerial disaster that was McLeish the board and Randy have come in for a fair amount of stick, but I wonder if things are about to change.

At a recent meeting of premiership clubs to vote on stricter financial controls Man City where one of three teams who voted against as you would expect, but far more surprising was the vote of our very own Aston Villa. Rather than joining in the throng of those asking for parity and sanctions to prevent big spending we voted against the proposed measures. This surprising turn of events got me thinking, why on earth would the Villa management oppose such a move?

I can only think of two reasons, either Randy is planning to invest or he is planning to sell to a party that would like to invest. As everyone knows Randy recently brought an end to his association with the Browns, receiving a nice amount of money in the process. It could well be that Randy now has plans to offload Villa in a similar fashion and I know many would welcome the investment of a sheikh or oligarch.

Given the turbulent recent times it would be hard to blame Randy if he had decided to depart the world of sports ownership altogether but whilst this turn of events might see untold riches ploughed into our mighty club I suspect it is unlikely as Randy has said time and again that he is committed to the Villa. I'm not as convinced by PL as many are, or as willing to buy into the hype around certain players after just a few games but it is fair to say that he has definitely done the job he was brought in to do so far. The wage bill is lower, the playing staff are younger and his signings are showing potential whilst the football on the pitch is still developing with signs of promise. Randy probably feels as comfortable with his manager as he ever has and I would imagine is pretty happy with the way things have been shaping up.

When Randy first arrived he backed MON to the hilt and I have a suspicion that now he finally has a man in place who he can trust and who is delivering on his side of the bargain, that he is getting ready to make the same level of funding available to PL over the course of the next few years.

It could be interesting and exciting times ahead if this truly is the start of a new four year plan.


See forum thread for more: More Premiership Financial Plans

Date:Thursday December 20 2012
Time: 10:12AM


Or it could just be that, as a business man, he does not believe in strict financial controls of a business sector by another body which will restrict how a club/business can operate...
20/12/2012 10:23:00
think it is more likely that they can see this will strengthen the top 4-5 clubs even more and make it even harder for the rest.
The Fear
20/12/2012 10:32:00
Good points AVbab and Pundit101..... suppose it's a case of wait and see. Interesting though.
Pride of Lions
20/12/2012 10:34:00
Good points AVbab and Pundit101..... suppose it's a case of wait and see. Interesting though.
Pride of Lions
20/12/2012 10:34:00
Or even that Villa do not feel that the controls suggested go far enough. He is a business man, and under ONeill I suspect he came to realise that it was going to be impossible to buy success, as others had bigger pots of money. It would seem that we have a far more sensible business model in place, and probably a much better manager. As for not getting into the hype regarding certain players, the only player being hyped is Benteke. He has 15 goals in all this season already (Villa, Genk, and Belgium), and he is probably the best signing we have made since the scottish Andy Gray. So join the half-full club, and leave the half-empty gang behind. I look forward to what he does to Terry in the final. UTV.
20/12/2012 10:35:00
I'd suggest it will be a combination of all of those things. The ew financial regulations can adversely affect you in seasons where things aren't going so well, so for example, you couldn't just go and sign a Darren Bent-type player in January to help keep you up, as Houllier did a couple of years ago. I think Randy has learned some tough lessons in owning Villa, and he needs to maintain as much flexibility as possible in his ownership, hence the negative vote.
20/12/2012 10:38:00
Oh and when we do win the Capital One Cup, (and we will), we should immediately shove an extended contract in front of Benteke, while he is still celebrating the win.
20/12/2012 10:39:00
Amen to that 2b4s
20/12/2012 10:43:00
I reckon it's because we are still losing money all over the shop and need to get rid of a few more of the big earners. I mean, Given, Dunne, Ireland, Bent and N'Zogbia are arguably are 5 highest earners and hardly any of them are getting a game. That could easily save £300k+ a week. In principle we need to agree and accept the new financial rules, it is the only way it can be a more level playing field across the league.
20/12/2012 10:58:00
good post by Paul J on facebook
I feel that this could be a little simpler than conspiracy theorists think. The first thing is that part of the proposal is that wages increase by no more than 5%. That's 5% for the club not per player. So, if the Villa are getting their house in order to a wage bill of, say, £40m then 5% of that would be £2m which as we know is far less than a top players wage. This means that in order to bring in a £4m wage player we would need to sell a £2m wage player and that's the most we could do. But here's the rub, if Man City's wage bill is currently £150m then 5% of that is £7.5m and because the wage bill is already higher we know that players must be on higher wages (Balotelli at City is on £170k a week as his 2 week fine yesterday was £340k). So, if Balotelli leaves they have his wage (£9m) plus the 5% club increase £7.5m (£16.5m in total) to spend on new players wages compared to the Villa who would have £4m. As far as I can see there is no suggestion of capping transfer fees, just wages. So, the proposed system would benefit those teams who currently have a bigger wage bill and penalize those with a smaller wage bill who wish to build up the wage bill as performance improves. Clubs who feel they are currently at their limit would support the proposal and clubs who want to spend more than 5% in the future would be against the proposal.
The Fear
20/12/2012 11:03:00
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