The Financial Fair Play Rules introduced by UEFA President Michel Platini a few years back are finally starting to have some impact, and it’s making some clubs wonder whether they can afford players – in terms of both wages and transfer fees.
Andy Carroll – no way back at Liverpool
The rules have been introduced to put an end to suicidal spending by football clubs who have spent money they haven’t got – and have ended up in administration – bankruptcy – and they include many clubs with Portsmouth, Southampton and Rangers being just three of them.
The new rules are also meant to put an end to Billionaires coming in and buying a club, and paying out huge money to buy a team – as in the case of clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and QPR – to name only a few.
So clubs must balance their books as any business must, and it’s not often you hear managers talk about finances – when talking about a player they want – but that’s exactly what Sam Allardyce at West Ham has done recently about Andy Carroll:
“In one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to.”
There have been many reports that Newcastle would take back big Andy – but not at £17M, and the Gateshead-born striker may have to simply report back to pre-season training in July, knowing quite clearly that manager Brendan Rodgers doesn’t want him.
But the Reds hardly want to keep paying out £80K/week in wages to a player who just doesn’t fit into their new way of playing the game.
This is what a source has told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Andy is realistic about next season.” “He is not expecting to be at Newcastle or West Ham.” “He’s prepared to go back to Liverpool and fight for his place.”
“Andy feels there is still some unfinished business at Liverpool and wants to continue his good rapport with the Kop.”
That sounds like a politically correct statement from one of Andy’s acquaintances, and it will scare Liverpool – because there simply doesn’t seem to be a way back for Andy at the Reds.
The Evening Chronicle reported a day or so ago that there had been no contract between Newcastle and Liverpool for the Geordie striker, but Newcastle’s best strategy could well be to wait and see what happens this summer.
And we suppose at the worst we could even try to take him for a season long loan deal – but Liverpool will want to get his wages off the books, and we cannot see Newcastle paying his full wages on loan.
Newcastle will also not pay out anywhere close to what Andy is getting in wages at Liverpool if he does come back to us – but that doesn’t say he wouldn’t return to his home town club for a much lower wage.
And remember that legally he has every right to simply stay at Liverpool for the next three years and pick up a ridiculously high wage for basically being on the bench.
We don’t think that will happen, and therefore Newcastle are still in with a decent shout of getting him in the summer – but it’s a terrible situation for both Andy and Liverpool – no doubt about that.
And it’s a situation Newcastle have been in a few times in the past.
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