Aston Villa are almost certain to be relegated after losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth on Saturday and they are already preparing for life in the Championship and know they will need to take actions to reduce their day-to-day running costs because of the much reduced revenues they will receive in England’s second tier.
Each club relegated this season from the Premier League will lose around a net £100M in revenue for every season they remain down below.
And Villa are already making announcements to say where some redundancies will need to take place.
This statement was issued by Aston Villa yesterday:
“Aston Villa Football Club can confirm it has updated all staff on the proposed changes to the Club structure in order to put it back on a firm footing.”
“These changes will result in a headcount reduction but every effort will be made through a voluntary scheme, to mitigate as much as is possible, the need for compulsory redundancies.”
“The objective is to secure a sound financial platform from which the Club can rebuild for the benefit of the fans, staff and sponsors.”
“We recognize this is an extremely difficult time for all staff and the Club will offer support to all staff affected.”
This is what will also happen to Newcastle if we are relegated next month as expected.
Some of our non-playing staff in particular will need to be cut to save on the wage bill which will have to be reduced significantly.
Those innocent people will lose their jobs while at the same time some of our best players, who did not produce the goods this season for Newcastle, will be leaving the club just as quickly as possible once the last game of this tragic season completes on May 14th.
In fact it wouldn’t surprise us at all if the agents of some of our top players are already shopping around for clubs their clients can join early this summer.
Such is the unfairness when you are relegated – and it gets even worse when the club is relegated through the sheer incompetence of those running Newcastle United – namely the Newcastle Board and owner Mike Ashley.
Not much has been said about these redundancies, but it will need to happen just as it did the last time we were relegated back in 2009, but at that time the players were at least fighting for the shirt – unlike today’s team.
Maybe Rafa should mention this to the players before we play Swansea on Saturday at St. James’ Park?
The Swans are coming off maybe their best result of the season last Saturday when they beat Chelsea 1-0 at home to reach 40 points – the first time they have ever beaten Chelsea in the Premier League.
Maybe that may get our players fired up a bit.