Paul Wheelock column: Blackburn Rovers hampered by wages of transfer listed players

Dickson Etuhu

Dickson Etuhu

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ROVERS have showed their intention to fall in line with the Championship’s controversial financial rules by transfer listing five big earners.

But you would not bet against all five of them still being here when the season gets under way.

As there is next to no chance that there are clubs willing to match the wages Dickson Etuhu, Leon Best, DJ Campbell, David Goodwillie and Jordan Slew are on at Ewood Park.

Will the players accept lower terms elsewhere if offers, as hoped, come in?

Probably not.

As the five know they are unlikely to get better contracts – the vast majority of which were signed in the dark days of Steve Kean and Shebby Singh – again in their careers. That leaves Rovers with a big problem.

They need to shift Etuhu, Best, Campbell, Goodwillie and Slew if they are to get anywhere near Financial Fair Play.

FFP rules, in their current format, state that any clubs making a loss bigger than £8m for last season will be hit with a transfer embargo.

Ridiculously it remains unclear whether the rules will still be the same by the time the first ball is kicked in anger on August 9 despite the fact the Football League has held several meetings, the latest the AGM last week, over proposed changes.

Rovers, as one of the clubs set to be hit by an embargo, are backing an alteration to the rules.

A further meeting is set to take place later this month and it is there that must be a resolution.

Clubs, particularly those who will be affected, need to know what the impact will be both short and long term.

But even if the rules are confirmed once and for all, should they not be reviewed annually?

At the end of each season a quarter of the Championship’s membership changes, with three clubs coming down from the Premier League and three coming up from League One.

Rovers never got the chance to vote on the rules as they were playing in the top flight at the time of their implementation in April 2012.

That doesn’t seem right.

But the powers-that-be running Rovers at the time should have at least been aware of the rules.

And their decision to hand out long-term, big-money contracts to Etuhu and Best, in particular, will come back to haunt the club – despite its best attempts to run a tighter ship.

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2:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

Free the Blackburn Five!
Free the Blackburn Five! look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Thu 12 Jun 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

How about if they offer buy one and get one free.BOGOF
How about if they offer buy one and get one free.BOGOF .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: -8

3:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Crow27 says...

I think the Venkys must decide which option is cheaper; mutual termination or FFP fine. Hopefully mutual termination will be cheaper and by which I mean that they can then back GB with funds for the players GB has targeted and then target minimum of the play-offs and hopefully back to where we belong and the wealth that comes with the PL.
I think the Venkys must decide which option is cheaper; mutual termination or FFP fine. Hopefully mutual termination will be cheaper and by which I mean that they can then back GB with funds for the players GB has targeted and then target minimum of the play-offs and hopefully back to where we belong and the wealth that comes with the PL. Crow27
  • Score: 13

3:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

j bee says...

must be one of the worst run clubs in football venkys give them money and they the directors dont know how to use it , get some local lads in
must be one of the worst run clubs in football venkys give them money and they the directors dont know how to use it , get some local lads in j bee
  • Score: -6

4:00pm Thu 12 Jun 14

FCBurnley says...

Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!!
Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!! FCBurnley
  • Score: -4

4:19pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

The legacy of Keane and Shebbs.

God bless you gentlemen.

True Clarets legends.
The legacy of Keane and Shebbs. God bless you gentlemen. True Clarets legends. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -6

4:36pm Thu 12 Jun 14

the usher says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!!
Never bought success before. Before people open their big mouths they need to put their brain into action (if the have one!). Look at ALL the teams that have won big trophies and the Premiership and the amount they have spent tell you (or should do) that they have BOUGHT SUCCSS.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!![/p][/quote]Never bought success before. Before people open their big mouths they need to put their brain into action (if the have one!). Look at ALL the teams that have won big trophies and the Premiership and the amount they have spent tell you (or should do) that they have BOUGHT SUCCSS. the usher
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

the usher says...

Just goes to show the greed in modern day football.
Just goes to show the greed in modern day football. the usher
  • Score: 9

4:53pm Thu 12 Jun 14

jim 2012 says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
Free the Blackburn Five!
and the burnley one will be gone
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: Free the Blackburn Five![/p][/quote]and the burnley one will be gone jim 2012
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

the usher wrote:
Just goes to show the greed in modern day football.
Not so much greed, just stupidity on the part of whoever offered the likes of Etuhu £35k a week.
It's simple economics, the players will earn as much money as they can for as long as they can, they can't be blamed for making hay while the sun shines.
[quote][p][bold]the usher[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show the greed in modern day football.[/p][/quote]Not so much greed, just stupidity on the part of whoever offered the likes of Etuhu £35k a week. It's simple economics, the players will earn as much money as they can for as long as they can, they can't be blamed for making hay while the sun shines. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 8

5:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
Free the Blackburn Five!
NH 2014
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: Free the Blackburn Five![/p][/quote]NH 2014 Old age pensioner
  • Score: 1

5:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

.Lancs _ Pensioner wrote:
How about if they offer buy one and get one free.BOGOF
Tosser 2014
[quote][p][bold].Lancs _ Pensioner[/bold] wrote: How about if they offer buy one and get one free.BOGOF[/p][/quote]Tosser 2014 Old age pensioner
  • Score: -4

5:10pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
The legacy of Keane and Shebbs.

God bless you gentlemen.

True Clarets legends.
NH3
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: The legacy of Keane and Shebbs. God bless you gentlemen. True Clarets legends.[/p][/quote]NH3 Old age pensioner
  • Score: -1

5:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

wilddog says...

moan moan moan - oh FFP, it aint fair,moan moan moan, they are picking on us, moan moan moan
moan moan moan - oh FFP, it aint fair,moan moan moan, they are picking on us, moan moan moan wilddog
  • Score: -3

5:39pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Blueandwhitewolf says...

wilddog wrote:
moan moan moan - oh FFP, it aint fair,moan moan moan, they are picking on us, moan moan moan
Said no one. Ever!
[quote][p][bold]wilddog[/bold] wrote: moan moan moan - oh FFP, it aint fair,moan moan moan, they are picking on us, moan moan moan[/p][/quote]Said no one. Ever! Blueandwhitewolf
  • Score: 6

6:06pm Thu 12 Jun 14

SteppBladder says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!!
No it doesn't. It sounds like trying to offload expensive players, partly because they have consistently underperformed and partly to comply with FFP. It sounds like good business sense. It sounds like exactly the opposite of trying to buy success. Any sensible person would see that this is the right course of action.
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!![/p][/quote]No it doesn't. It sounds like trying to offload expensive players, partly because they have consistently underperformed and partly to comply with FFP. It sounds like good business sense. It sounds like exactly the opposite of trying to buy success. Any sensible person would see that this is the right course of action. SteppBladder
  • Score: 6

6:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

theswayzeexpress says...

Just a sad indictment of the modern day footballer, uninterested in playing the actual game, more interested in their pockets. And this is why I doubt all if any of them would accept a mutual termination, because they certainly wouldn't accept a pay cut, parallel to their squad status as back up players, to stay with us and fight for their place in a hard working dynamic side, or even to leave to play regular first team football elsewhere. Their agents should have their client's best interest at heart, not their own, and get them first team football and leave egos aside.
Just a sad indictment of the modern day footballer, uninterested in playing the actual game, more interested in their pockets. And this is why I doubt all if any of them would accept a mutual termination, because they certainly wouldn't accept a pay cut, parallel to their squad status as back up players, to stay with us and fight for their place in a hard working dynamic side, or even to leave to play regular first team football elsewhere. Their agents should have their client's best interest at heart, not their own, and get them first team football and leave egos aside. theswayzeexpress
  • Score: 3

6:20pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Has it taken the no-dads this long to figure out why nobody wants them.

In the words of an energetic Clarets contributor to these pages....you couldn't make it up.
Has it taken the no-dads this long to figure out why nobody wants them. In the words of an energetic Clarets contributor to these pages....you couldn't make it up. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -5

6:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

Steven Seagull wrote:
Has it taken the no-dads this long to figure out why nobody wants them.

In the words of an energetic Clarets contributor to these pages....you couldn't make it up.
NH3
[quote][p][bold]Steven Seagull[/bold] wrote: Has it taken the no-dads this long to figure out why nobody wants them. In the words of an energetic Clarets contributor to these pages....you couldn't make it up.[/p][/quote]NH3 Old age pensioner
  • Score: -3

6:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Welsh Rover says...

And the award for 'No sh!t, Sherlock' headline of the week goes to...

The contracts handed out to those players signed by Kean and/or Singh only serves to highlight the sheer arrogance of the duo, as if promotion was a mere formality. They have effectively crippled the club financially, and whilst I'm not clear on the current status of Shebby Singh, I do know that Kean got paid a settlement which he clearly did not deserve.
And the award for 'No sh!t, Sherlock' headline of the week goes to... The contracts handed out to those players signed by Kean and/or Singh only serves to highlight the sheer arrogance of the duo, as if promotion was a mere formality. They have effectively crippled the club financially, and whilst I'm not clear on the current status of Shebby Singh, I do know that Kean got paid a settlement which he clearly did not deserve. Welsh Rover
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Thu 12 Jun 14

peely says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
the usher wrote:
Just goes to show the greed in modern day football.
Not so much greed, just stupidity on the part of whoever offered the likes of Etuhu £35k a week.
It's simple economics, the players will earn as much money as they can for as long as they can, they can't be blamed for making hay while the sun shines.
It definitely wasn't,t stupidity , the people concerned knew exactly what they were doing , and they knew they could get away with it . If this had happened in a PLC company or government dept . Prosecutions would have been brought and jail sentences given! Absolutely scandalous that they have been allowed to get away with it!
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the usher[/bold] wrote: Just goes to show the greed in modern day football.[/p][/quote]Not so much greed, just stupidity on the part of whoever offered the likes of Etuhu £35k a week. It's simple economics, the players will earn as much money as they can for as long as they can, they can't be blamed for making hay while the sun shines.[/p][/quote]It definitely wasn't,t stupidity , the people concerned knew exactly what they were doing , and they knew they could get away with it . If this had happened in a PLC company or government dept . Prosecutions would have been brought and jail sentences given! Absolutely scandalous that they have been allowed to get away with it! peely
  • Score: 4

8:22pm Thu 12 Jun 14

BlueSkies says...

Nothing new here with this story, all these deals done in the era of 'Kean', with agents pocketing enormous sums of money.
People accused Venkys of taking money out of the club, in reality it was the agents milking it.
Move on.
Nothing new here with this story, all these deals done in the era of 'Kean', with agents pocketing enormous sums of money. People accused Venkys of taking money out of the club, in reality it was the agents milking it. Move on. BlueSkies
  • Score: 3

11:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

Jesus wept.

You couldn't make it up!
Jesus wept. You couldn't make it up! look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 1

12:54am Fri 13 Jun 14

Claretcert says...

BlueSkies wrote:
Nothing new here with this story, all these deals done in the era of 'Kean', with agents pocketing enormous sums of money.
People accused Venkys of taking money out of the club, in reality it was the agents milking it.
Move on.
And again we move on. Nobody was to blame. Nobody's fault. Freak weather diverted the gulf stream. No FFP (fingers in ears - la la la la - have they gone yet?) and no point bothering with the chasm between income and expenditure, who cares? La la la la - it's fine. They stay they go - la la la la. What an odd club we have here. Broke without subsidy, but still has some really excellent players who don't perform.
[quote][p][bold]BlueSkies[/bold] wrote: Nothing new here with this story, all these deals done in the era of 'Kean', with agents pocketing enormous sums of money. People accused Venkys of taking money out of the club, in reality it was the agents milking it. Move on.[/p][/quote]And again we move on. Nobody was to blame. Nobody's fault. Freak weather diverted the gulf stream. No FFP (fingers in ears - la la la la - have they gone yet?) and no point bothering with the chasm between income and expenditure, who cares? La la la la - it's fine. They stay they go - la la la la. What an odd club we have here. Broke without subsidy, but still has some really excellent players who don't perform. Claretcert
  • Score: 2

1:19am Fri 13 Jun 14

Hairboy says...

Maybe FFP calculations should be about the "on field" value of the players you have, not their earnings lol!

Use their Fantasy Football values!!
Maybe FFP calculations should be about the "on field" value of the players you have, not their earnings lol! Use their Fantasy Football values!! Hairboy
  • Score: 0

7:17am Fri 13 Jun 14

Fartonadingleshead says...

If A club like Man U, Arsenal etc were to get relegated (unlikely, but this is football). I wonder if the FFP rules would be bent to suit. West Ham certainly seem to get their share of rule bending, with the influence of Brooking. Just a thought.
If A club like Man U, Arsenal etc were to get relegated (unlikely, but this is football). I wonder if the FFP rules would be bent to suit. West Ham certainly seem to get their share of rule bending, with the influence of Brooking. Just a thought. Fartonadingleshead
  • Score: 4

7:59am Fri 13 Jun 14

inflightmagazine says...

Fartonadingleshead wrote:
If A club like Man U, Arsenal etc were to get relegated (unlikely, but this is football). I wonder if the FFP rules would be bent to suit. West Ham certainly seem to get their share of rule bending, with the influence of Brooking. Just a thought.
On e of the more interesting problems with it , is that the members of the championship actually vote on the structure of the rules, of the 2011/12 championship teams voting at the time, only 12 still remain in the league. Its like voting for the end of winter weather fuel subsidies for old people and then moving to spain. The rules have been set by a group of which 50% it no longer applies to.

Hence the continued on going discussion the Premier league are already flexing there muscles on this. They told the FL they could not redistribute the fines to its members and it had to go to charity. They have told the FL they will not help collect the fine and they have told them it is not sustainable in its current format.

Imagine the appeals when they try to put transfer embargos in when they can`t get QPR to pay.
[quote][p][bold]Fartonadingleshead[/bold] wrote: If A club like Man U, Arsenal etc were to get relegated (unlikely, but this is football). I wonder if the FFP rules would be bent to suit. West Ham certainly seem to get their share of rule bending, with the influence of Brooking. Just a thought.[/p][/quote]On e of the more interesting problems with it , is that the members of the championship actually vote on the structure of the rules, of the 2011/12 championship teams voting at the time, only 12 still remain in the league. Its like voting for the end of winter weather fuel subsidies for old people and then moving to spain. The rules have been set by a group of which 50% it no longer applies to. Hence the continued on going discussion the Premier league are already flexing there muscles on this. They told the FL they could not redistribute the fines to its members and it had to go to charity. They have told the FL they will not help collect the fine and they have told them it is not sustainable in its current format. Imagine the appeals when they try to put transfer embargos in when they can`t get QPR to pay. inflightmagazine
  • Score: 3

8:04am Fri 13 Jun 14

Ewoodlegend says...

FCBurnley wrote:
Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!!
Of course I always forget nobody else buys players. Did all those players just arrive at Dingleville or did you buy some ermmmmmmm

IDIOT ALERT haha
[quote][p][bold]FCBurnley[/bold] wrote: Sounds a bit like robbing a bank and then offering to return the money when you get caught.. Trying to buy success again !!!!![/p][/quote]Of course I always forget nobody else buys players. Did all those players just arrive at Dingleville or did you buy some ermmmmmmm IDIOT ALERT haha Ewoodlegend
  • Score: -4

8:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

Never mind about the deadwood you can't shift, it looks like both Leicester and Nottingham Forest have now joined the list of clubs interested in Jordan Rhodes... £6m to £8m should help buy you clowns a bit more time...
Never mind about the deadwood you can't shift, it looks like both Leicester and Nottingham Forest have now joined the list of clubs interested in Jordan Rhodes... £6m to £8m should help buy you clowns a bit more time... look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 4

8:52am Fri 13 Jun 14

bring back the good old days says...

theswayzeexpress wrote:
Just a sad indictment of the modern day footballer, uninterested in playing the actual game, more interested in their pockets. And this is why I doubt all if any of them would accept a mutual termination, because they certainly wouldn't accept a pay cut, parallel to their squad status as back up players, to stay with us and fight for their place in a hard working dynamic side, or even to leave to play regular first team football elsewhere. Their agents should have their client's best interest at heart, not their own, and get them first team football and leave egos aside.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is one overriding reason why there are so many agents in the game - £££'s. This for themselves, and their clients.
Their powers of bleeding a deal dry are what entices prof. footballers to them, plus the players aren't the most savvy on the planet.
With all the cash swilling around in the game, its like shooting fish in a barrel for the agents.
The deals made at BRFC stand as testament to tis.
[quote][p][bold]theswayzeexpress[/bold] wrote: Just a sad indictment of the modern day footballer, uninterested in playing the actual game, more interested in their pockets. And this is why I doubt all if any of them would accept a mutual termination, because they certainly wouldn't accept a pay cut, parallel to their squad status as back up players, to stay with us and fight for their place in a hard working dynamic side, or even to leave to play regular first team football elsewhere. Their agents should have their client's best interest at heart, not their own, and get them first team football and leave egos aside.[/p][/quote]Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is one overriding reason why there are so many agents in the game - £££'s. This for themselves, and their clients. Their powers of bleeding a deal dry are what entices prof. footballers to them, plus the players aren't the most savvy on the planet. With all the cash swilling around in the game, its like shooting fish in a barrel for the agents. The deals made at BRFC stand as testament to tis. bring back the good old days
  • Score: 0

9:08am Fri 13 Jun 14

inflightmagazine says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
Never mind about the deadwood you can't shift, it looks like both Leicester and Nottingham Forest have now joined the list of clubs interested in Jordan Rhodes... £6m to £8m should help buy you clowns a bit more time...
Keep up , Leicester have triggered Frazer Camplbell release clause at Cardiff, and Forest have just signed Veldwijk as well as a certain Mr Fryatt from hull.

Hows recruitment at Turf moor going
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: Never mind about the deadwood you can't shift, it looks like both Leicester and Nottingham Forest have now joined the list of clubs interested in Jordan Rhodes... £6m to £8m should help buy you clowns a bit more time...[/p][/quote]Keep up , Leicester have triggered Frazer Camplbell release clause at Cardiff, and Forest have just signed Veldwijk as well as a certain Mr Fryatt from hull. Hows recruitment at Turf moor going inflightmagazine
  • Score: 0

9:37am Fri 13 Jun 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

All good so far....

Vokes and Trippier have signed new three year contracts. Michael Kightly has agreed to sign permanently from Stoke City for £1m.

Sean Dyche is about to sign a contract extension, and Danny Ings is likely to follow suit, with the Burnley board assuring fans that key players will be retained. That's the beauty of being a Premier League club you see.

http://www.burnleyex
press.net/sport/burn
ley-fc/latest-news/i
ngs-not-going-anywhe
re-john-b-1-6668833

And with a healthy transfer kitty available to Sean Dyche the future is looking bright (he spent just £400k to get us promoted remember, imagine what he could do with £15m or £20m)

Meanwhile, I see you circus clowns are still struggling to shift poor players on multi-million pound contracts with the FFP vultures circling... good luck with that.
All good so far.... Vokes and Trippier have signed new three year contracts. Michael Kightly has agreed to sign permanently from Stoke City for £1m. Sean Dyche is about to sign a contract extension, and Danny Ings is likely to follow suit, with the Burnley board assuring fans that key players will be retained. That's the beauty of being a Premier League club you see. http://www.burnleyex press.net/sport/burn ley-fc/latest-news/i ngs-not-going-anywhe re-john-b-1-6668833 And with a healthy transfer kitty available to Sean Dyche the future is looking bright (he spent just £400k to get us promoted remember, imagine what he could do with £15m or £20m) Meanwhile, I see you circus clowns are still struggling to shift poor players on multi-million pound contracts with the FFP vultures circling... good luck with that. look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: 4

9:55am Fri 13 Jun 14

owd nick says...

Crow27 wrote:
I think the Venkys must decide which option is cheaper; mutual termination or FFP fine. Hopefully mutual termination will be cheaper and by which I mean that they can then back GB with funds for the players GB has targeted and then target minimum of the play-offs and hopefully back to where we belong and the wealth that comes with the PL.
Sadly, under FFP Venky's can't do that.

Venky's like all owners are limited to how much they can invest in the club in a season based on the difference between income and outgoings the previous season.

Any money used to pay off the contracts must come from the Rovers coffers, if they do this before the end of June 30th (I think) that will be classed as outgoings for the 2013-14 season and we will be judged on that.

If they leave it until after June 30th then it will be classed as outgoings for next season, ostensibly Rovers will start the season with a loss, Venky's could possibly offset that but investing whatever they are allowed for next season, but it won't cover all the cost.

This may be the better option though because it will be a one off loss for next season only, after that the decks will have been cleared.

This is one of the myriad flaws of FFP.

There isn't a single club on the planet who will buy these players even if we gave them away on a free or paid them to take them simply because they will not take a drop in income, so they are going to sit tight until their contracts run out, or Rovers can find some way of resolving the mess.

Incidentally I don't blame the players for this at all, in my book a contract is a contract.
[quote][p][bold]Crow27[/bold] wrote: I think the Venkys must decide which option is cheaper; mutual termination or FFP fine. Hopefully mutual termination will be cheaper and by which I mean that they can then back GB with funds for the players GB has targeted and then target minimum of the play-offs and hopefully back to where we belong and the wealth that comes with the PL.[/p][/quote]Sadly, under FFP Venky's can't do that. Venky's like all owners are limited to how much they can invest in the club in a season based on the difference between income and outgoings the previous season. Any money used to pay off the contracts must come from the Rovers coffers, if they do this before the end of June 30th (I think) that will be classed as outgoings for the 2013-14 season and we will be judged on that. If they leave it until after June 30th then it will be classed as outgoings for next season, ostensibly Rovers will start the season with a loss, Venky's could possibly offset that but investing whatever they are allowed for next season, but it won't cover all the cost. This may be the better option though because it will be a one off loss for next season only, after that the decks will have been cleared. This is one of the myriad flaws of FFP. There isn't a single club on the planet who will buy these players even if we gave them away on a free or paid them to take them simply because they will not take a drop in income, so they are going to sit tight until their contracts run out, or Rovers can find some way of resolving the mess. Incidentally I don't blame the players for this at all, in my book a contract is a contract. owd nick
  • Score: 0

10:41am Fri 13 Jun 14

Old age pensioner says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
All good so far....

Vokes and Trippier have signed new three year contracts. Michael Kightly has agreed to sign permanently from Stoke City for £1m.

Sean Dyche is about to sign a contract extension, and Danny Ings is likely to follow suit, with the Burnley board assuring fans that key players will be retained. That's the beauty of being a Premier League club you see.

http://www.burnleyex

press.net/sport/burn

ley-fc/latest-news/i

ngs-not-going-anywhe

re-john-b-1-6668833

And with a healthy transfer kitty available to Sean Dyche the future is looking bright (he spent just £400k to get us promoted remember, imagine what he could do with £15m or £20m)

Meanwhile, I see you circus clowns are still struggling to shift poor players on multi-million pound contracts with the FFP vultures circling... good luck with that.
NH 2014
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: All good so far.... Vokes and Trippier have signed new three year contracts. Michael Kightly has agreed to sign permanently from Stoke City for £1m. Sean Dyche is about to sign a contract extension, and Danny Ings is likely to follow suit, with the Burnley board assuring fans that key players will be retained. That's the beauty of being a Premier League club you see. http://www.burnleyex press.net/sport/burn ley-fc/latest-news/i ngs-not-going-anywhe re-john-b-1-6668833 And with a healthy transfer kitty available to Sean Dyche the future is looking bright (he spent just £400k to get us promoted remember, imagine what he could do with £15m or £20m) Meanwhile, I see you circus clowns are still struggling to shift poor players on multi-million pound contracts with the FFP vultures circling... good luck with that.[/p][/quote]NH 2014 Old age pensioner
  • Score: -3

11:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

jack01 says...

This FFP nonsense is starting to get boring now.

The reality is that Rovers would be actively looking to offload these players whether FFP was around or not. Best/Etuhu/Campbell are simply not wanted, they don't feature in the manager's plans, and it just so happens they are three of the biggest earners at the club. In a slightly perverse way that's a good thing, because when we do eventually find a way of getting rid of them we will be saving a hell of a lot of money in wages and yet lose absolutely nothing from the team. The total contribution of those three last season was pathetic. Its not as though Rovers would want to keep them but are being forced into trying to sell them because of these rules. Other clubs attempting to get their house in order in time for FFP will have to sift through their squads to find which players to offload. For Rovers its very clear where the cuts are to be made - 4 or 5 players on good money who have no futures at the club - everyone knows who they are - those players now have a decision to make. Do they spend the next 12-24 months leeching a wage yet sit in the reserves or do they cut their losses and move on to somewhere where they will be getting regular football.
This FFP nonsense is starting to get boring now. The reality is that Rovers would be actively looking to offload these players whether FFP was around or not. Best/Etuhu/Campbell are simply not wanted, they don't feature in the manager's plans, and it just so happens they are three of the biggest earners at the club. In a slightly perverse way that's a good thing, because when we do eventually find a way of getting rid of them we will be saving a hell of a lot of money in wages and yet lose absolutely nothing from the team. The total contribution of those three last season was pathetic. Its not as though Rovers would want to keep them but are being forced into trying to sell them because of these rules. Other clubs attempting to get their house in order in time for FFP will have to sift through their squads to find which players to offload. For Rovers its very clear where the cuts are to be made - 4 or 5 players on good money who have no futures at the club - everyone knows who they are - those players now have a decision to make. Do they spend the next 12-24 months leeching a wage yet sit in the reserves or do they cut their losses and move on to somewhere where they will be getting regular football. jack01
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