He’s been out of the blogging game on a short sabbatical recently for reasons that I’ll let young Ben elaborate on shortly, so I’ll leave today’s soapbox firmly planted beneath his feet Nd hand the reigns over. Take it away Ben…
Recently becoming a father, I have had time to think, probably too much time to think….So you can blame the sleepless nights and the international break for this…
Will the Increase of TV money make the strong, stronger and the weak, weaker? Or will it even out the playing field?
Richard Scudamore (Chief executive of the Premier League) on the effects of the new TV deal “The money is not just put into the hands of the top three or four clubs. The way this money is divided means our smallest clubs are able to compete and, on a match-to-match basis, take on the big clubs. In our league that happens more than anywhere else and as long as we can still have teams in the bottom three beating teams in the top three every season, then we have a compelling competition. And as long as that continues, people will continue to want to invest in buying that content.”
Richard Scudamore seems to think it will level out the playing field but is that the reality of the situation? If you look at the positive side of it, you look at Swansea – Having a manager of Michael Laudrup’s calibre, years of success springs to mind. Maybe that could be the success of Swansea, but perhaps their success is limited until he is grabbed from the clutches of the swans by a so-called…’Big Club’.
Laudrup has been a breathe of fresh air for the league. He has brought a touch of class but combined that with his ruthlessness in the transfer market. Signing the players he has needed to move his and Swansea’s footballing philosophy forward. He has been very clever, and signed players from his own back yard – La Liga (Spain). A place he knows very well. Michael Laudrup’s move to the Premier League is similar to that of Arsene’s when he first arrived in England and his dealings in the transfer markets, i.e. being able to exploit an untouched market…
If a manager can sign players of the ability of Michu and Jonathan De Guzan with a small budget, is sky the limit with an extra £15Million to spend?
Will the influx of cash cause a domino effect in management casualties? Some clubs seem happier than others to splash the cash – Having so-called, ‘faith in the manager’. Take West Ham for example. Will clubs want ‘modern football’ with a philosophy? Will a club like Stoke want to lose the stigma of the ‘cavemen football’? We’re already seeing evidence of this by the fact tjat even some of the Stoke fans are now turning on Pulis. If a newly prompted team (For example, Cardiff) have the windfall off the Premier League distributed funds, will they want to continue with the work of the current manager or seek a Roberto Martinez (assuming Wigan are relegated) type character? The divide between the Championship and the Premier League will get larger and larger. Finically and technically. It will be a very exciting, but scary for a lot of managers and aspiring Championship clubs…
The current finical climate has had a huge say in what has been spent in the last few years. Varying from the fees paid for players and the current fashionable leagues to shop. Spain and Portugal are the current hotspots, because of the state the country’s finances. (The perfect timing for Laudrup’s move).
During the summer transfer window the total spend of the Premier League was £262.55m. By previous transfer windows standards the growth wasn’t as large as expected. £250m was spent in 2012. 2011: £180m; 2010: £200m; 2009: £85m; 2008: £215m; 2007: £240m. (Figures from Deloitte)
The Biggest spenders where Chelsea – Spending a eye watering £81m. (The Champions League winners money was the majority of it, would of been interesting to see what they would have spent, if they didn’t win it)
The top five most expensive purchases of the summer transfer window, as follows -
Eden Hazard (Lille to Chelsea) £32m
Oscar (Internacional to Chelsea) £25m
Robin van Persie (Arsenal to Man Utd) £24m
Shinji Kagawa (Dortmund to Man Utd) £17m
Javi Garcia (Benfica to Man City) £16m
Chelsea winning the Champions League last season (I don’t like to keep mentioning it, sorry..) was the only reason for the large figure. With clubs having a an extra £10-15million to spend, will that force clubs to spend? For example, will newly prompted clubs spend spend spend, or will it force neighbouring clubs to spend because of each others transfer movements? Will an ‘almost’ club like Everton be propelled into a lucrative top four position? Lots of exciting and unanswerable questions… But only positive signs for Premier League as a brand in my opinion.
A late night, and the transfer of Ricky Van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon to Norwich sparked this all off for me. The canaries have splashed out £8.5 million for the Dutchman for a 4-year deal, starting from the 1st of July. The fee is nearly double what Sporting paid to buy Van Wolfswinkel from Utrecht in 2011, but they will receive only 35 per cent of the income due to a third-party arrangement. Exploitation at its finest..
It took me a few minutes to process the transfer. What it meant, especially for Norwich. A swing in the divide? Sounds mad, but he is a very technically gifted player, he would of been a great signing for a majority of teams in the division. Maybe Scudamore is right?
Van Gaal on Ricky van Wolfswinkel: “He’s a potential international, he makes a good choice, the English league is higher than Portugal’s”
Looking at the fee itself it’s huge for Norwich. Considering the most they have ever spent on a player is £5.5m on Sebastien Bassong at the beginning of the season. The largest fee they, as a club have dealt with is the £7.5Million they received for Dean Ashton 2006. At the beginning of the season Norwich spent a very similar fee, £9.5m on -
- Mark Bunn
- Alex Tettey
- Sebastain Bassong
- Michael Turner
- Robert Snodgrass
- Steven Whittaker
Good players. Players, with the correct management and ‘know how’, can get the job required done. For Norwich, staying in the Premier League was the only objective…
I’m a big fan of Chris Hughton. The work he has done at Norwich and especially with his previous clubs, he has a very positive record. He is the sort of manager I would like to see with some disposable income. With these next figures he maybe writing his cheques as we speak.
These next set of figures I’ve taken from the very talented – The Swiss Ramble – Regarding Norwich’s finances. Norwich got paid roughly £45 Million of the Premier League distribution funds at the beginning of the season. The estimated growth between the 2014-16 season for Norwich City will be roughly £17 Million. Giving them a future grand total of £62 Million. Impressive to say the least.
With that extra (lets assume disposable) income. Hughton could take Norwich to a new level. Start a new philosophy for Norwich. Really make something of the club. If Chris Hughton went back to Sporting and said “I’ll take, Eric Dier, Diego Capel, Bruma and Jeffren” (unrealistic I know, just an example) you would see a very, very different Norwich. A completely different style of play. A force to be reckoned with.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel may have opened his mouth a little to soon. The Dutchman has spilled the beans on Chris Hughtons future plans…
“The intention is that the club in the coming months will also capture an attacking midfielder and two wide players. I recently went to see things for three days in Norwich and the conversations I had with the manager and what the technical director claimed were decisive.”
Exciting for any football fan. Especially for the Norwich supporters..
When it comes to finances and Arsenal football club, it is a touchy subject for many of the fans. It’s a debate we could all talk about for hours and hours and still not come to any agreement. These next set of figures will add even more petrol for the fire (if money isn’t spend in the summer).
The estimated Premier League distribution money for 2014-16 for Arsenal will be *drum roll please* …£80.1m. That is only for domestic fee. Previously we were paid £56m. Quite a difference, and a welcomed one for the Arsenal board and Arsene Wenger.
If you believe reports we had – £60m available for the January transfer window to spend (remember the cost of wages are included in that price). So if you where to add season ticket renewals plus the extra tv money, also the remaining property money, you have quite a kitty. Saying all that, it must be remembered that if we were not to make the Champions League, that would make a big difference with the money available. So, to put all those figures into my magic Suburban Gooners calculator…..Roughly, £90m to spend? I’m not a finical expert at all and I’m not going to pretend I am… I understand the very basics, but even I can work out we have enough to make the adjustments to the team…
The last two seasons have been poor for Arsenal football. An unbalanced team on the field and a disjointed board off it all tied together with a strange transfer policy has lead to many fans calling for the managers head – Never has it been so prominent…Which isn’t good for all aspects of the club.
I personally believe this will be the summer to spend. Not just because the money is bulging out of the chastity belt of the club. The stadium debt at an all time low (Keep in mind we wouldn’t pay it off the stadium debt – The penalties for early repayment, won’t be worth it), players will be leaving, freeing up squad places. The majority of the possible candidates, their contracts are expiring, so there wages can be used for possible new players. Having ‘better’ players will obviously improve the team but also give Arsenal the weight when it comes to renewing expiring deals, the kit manufacturers for example.
Others teams near us will able to spend and won’t hesitate in the way we have in the past. Tottenham may be able to buy that world class striker they have longed for, Everton, could improve the quality of their squad, The Manchester clubs could double the already gaping chasm between the teams. Alarm bells anyone?
Surely we’ll buy now?! Surely….
I personally believe the ‘Bigger teams’ will still blow the others out of the water, but the gap will slightly shrink and with improvement for football will be fantastic. The issue will be for the promoted teams from the Championship trying to play catch up -a huge ask. It makes me lean towards the ability of the manger and the bottle of the board…
All makes for an exciting League next season…
I’d like to personally thank The Swiss Ramble for letting me and The Suburban Gooners use the figures from his blog. Please, if you’re not already, check out him out on Twitter – @swissramble and his website -http://swissramble.blogspot.co.uk/ – Very, very talented writer.
If you would like a more in depth look at the figures used, check out -
In The Premier League, The Sun Always Shines On TV – http://swissramble.blogspot.ch/2012/06/in-premier-league-sun-always-shines-on.html
Cheers for reading,