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Arsene Wenger Pushes For Financial Fair Play Reform That Could Benefit Newcastle



Last week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin revealed that Financial Fair Play regulations will be relaxed to help clubs counter the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was unwilling to reveal any specifics but claimed that changes to FFP were coming. This is what Ceferin said at the time:

“The situation is extraordinary and we will not pretend that it’s not, so we will adapt the Financial Fair Play system. But the final decision in which direction we will do it is not brought yet, so yes we will adapt.

“We think it’s important to adapt it because the situation for the clubs is not easy, and we are all in the same boat here. But it’s again too soon to share details of how we will do it because the clubs are included in the conversation and the leagues are also included in the conversation.”

The loosening of FFP restrictions should give Newcastle’s new ownership group increased flexibility this summer. The club is already in good financial shape in large part due to Mike Ashley’s reluctance to invest.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was appointed as FIFA’s head of global development last year. He’s made some interesting comments about FFP, which Get French Football News has published.

Wenger hopes to see FFP reformed to allow for more investment from emerging clubs. If Newcastle are finally taken over by the Saudi-backed consortium, we would fit that profile.

This is what Wenger had to say:

“I am in favor of measures that reinforce checks around club management, over measures that restrict and limit. We should value quality management and encourage it. And I am in favor of opening things up to more investment, which FFP does not allow for.

“The clubs that dominate Europe today are those that were built and made investments during an era where FFP did not exist. FFP prevents emerging clubs who want to invest from doing so. That is not normal.”

“These rules have fixed a hierarchy, the big historical clubs are bigger and bigger and, obviously, they are all fighting for FFP rules to be scrupulously applied to the others so that competitors can’t come through.

“Controlling club management rigorously yes, verifying where funds are coming from, yes, but we need to encourage people to invest in football. FFP must become more flexible and facilitate investment.”

Wenger makes a good point that clubs trying to invest after FFP was adopted are at a disadvantage to the clubs that have already built themselves into powerhouses before the restrictions were in place.


With the coronavirus have a dire impact on club finances, now would be an optimal time to revamp Financial Fair Play regulations. Football is going to want as much money invested as possible after the economic devastation this pandemic has wrought.

While this could benefit Newcastle under our prospective new owners, we would still like to see some restrictions and limits in place. What happened with Manchester City and PSG are ultimately not in the best interest of the game.

Newcastle have been under their own self-enforced limits and restrictions known as the Mike Ashley era. Under our potential new owners, the club will finally be unleashed to strive to reach its potential.

Just be free from the constraints of Ashley will allow this club the opportunity to prosper without having to throw ridiculous money around.

We just need the owners to match the realistic ambition of the fans, and that is a club that is progressing and not mired in self-inflicted stagnation.


170 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    May 20, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Completely agree with Wenger

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  • the white tino

    May 20, 2020 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Wenger DOF?? Could do a lot worse

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  • IrishRob

    May 20, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    One would wonder is there a possibility of Wenger taking over Newcastle next September when he is saying things like this. Trying to reform the rules before he can be connected to a reason why hes doing them.

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  • hibbit

    May 20, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #5

    isn’t great to be taking football again, and if we don’t agree a point WW3 doesn’t brake out,
    we just need this takeover sorted and we’re on our way up in the world,

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #6

    repost …
    if the Fa grant that Cengiz woman a meeting what could she possibly say that she hasn’t already said in here letters to the press / letter to the FA ? …

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7

    another repost 😀

    26 degees here today in sunny Derby roasting …

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Gave you a heart jib for your “corbridgeist” crack. Having said that I’m becoming heartbuttonist now.

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    her letters*

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #10

    You’ll appreciate this jib but lunchtime was a kind of pintxos thing. A bit fusion but some nice little paprika pork skewers, manchego with honey from a local beehive, olives, Baba ghanoush, some warm flatbread, that sort of stuff. No holiday this year but that and a couple of of proseccos in the back garden feels pretty med today 🙂

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  • Hal

    May 20, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Tom

    I’d be more interested in who is financing her very high priced lawyers.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Geirdietom you realise I’m telling jail?

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #13

    good points off Wenger makes sense , the top clubs dont want anyone ” SPOILING THE PARTY”…

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki …feel free you do anyway report to jail 😀

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  • hibbit

    May 20, 2020 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Hal
    Qatar would be my guess

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Hal …

    my next bit about her is/was , who pushing her using her a puppet . do you think the Fa will have a meeting with her , i’m pretty sure amanda the ruebens and PIF have their own set of high priced lawyers mate …

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  • IrishRob

    May 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    You’d wonder what Cengiz real motives are, is she possibly a spy herself like her supposed fiance was. I mean she is about 15-20 years younger than him and while she is no model she certainly was way above his pay grade. Is she being paid off by people in the opposition to try get this deal cancelled?

    Or does she just want to try scupper the Saudis out of spite for what they did?

    One thing I’m CERTAIN of is that she couldn’t care less about Newcastle or its fans dispite the bs she wrote a few weeks ago.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #18

    Dead right I do Geordie Tom there’s only one thing I fear more than a hitman camping outside my house in a bongo and thats a raging rig sparky. 🙂

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #19

    as i said what she gonna say that hasn’t already been said ? …

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki …

    Careful he has alerts on his phone when his names mentioned …

    😀

    1
  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Don’t we all? 😀

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 20, 2020 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Salah Khashoggi appears to have a different view to the Saudi regime to his once future step mother.

    https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1926241/salah-khashoggi-rejects-exploitation-his-father%E2%80%99s-case-undermine-saudi-arabia

    https://www.arabianbusiness.com/politics-economics/429341-khashoggi-son-defends-saudi-against-critics-exploiting-murder
    I wonder if Miguel Delaney will write about his views? Somehow I doubt it.

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #23

    Tsunk …

    nope …

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  • magscar

    May 20, 2020 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #24

    So still no news and PMQ’s over so back into garden

    Before i go for my vitamin D I noticed on catching up since this morning that whilst I find Toon 22’s obsession with Jib being a paid contributor of Ashley both illogical unsupported and boring there is another conspriracy theory that would make more sense

    Looking at either the number of Jib’s contributions and the greater number of those attacking him the more likely funders are the Harrisons – what would their comments section be like without him?

    Surprised co.uk that folk often reference haven’t put in a cheeky transfer bid

    😉

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  • IrishRob

    May 20, 2020 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #25

    Tom shes not going to say anything she wants a chance to let the waterworks out, plus it’s much harder to fob someone off in person.

    1
  • Dondatta13

    May 20, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #26

    The longer the Premier league dilly dally, they leave themselves open to this type of outside interference.

    So ….

    LESS DILLY DALLY & MORE DILLY DILLY #CANS 😉

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  • IrishRob

    May 20, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve no doubt they will tell her to go duck herself either way. Granted they wont use that choice of language but I wish they did! Stupid cow!

    1
  • Tom1664

    May 20, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Novocastrian – worth noting that Kashoggi’s kids are banned from leaving Saudi following their dad’s killing, so I’m not sure how much salt you want to take that with.

    1
  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Won’t let me post Washington post article about how khashoggis kids have received houses and cash as “compensation” for their fathers “passing”. I guess it’s a cultural thing.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 20, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Tino, I suggested Wenger weeks ago. Would be a very good appointment. Fantastic football acumen, and great contacts. Very stylish – but you can forget about Rafa as boss if he comes, their styles are miles apart, and I know which one I wud prefer!

    1
  • hibbit

    May 20, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #31

    looks like that’s the football talk done for today then !!!!

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  • Munster Mag

    May 20, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Tsunki, so you wont be pleased if we get the new owners, and surely will stop supporting NUFC on grounds of your principles???

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #33

    NOVO …

    good find mate if anyone was gonna have ago at the Saudi’s buying us it would be him and his family going on what ive just read in them links you put on …

    So now we know that Cengiz there’s someone/ something behind her and i really think HIBBIT is right with his comment #15 …

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  • geordietom

    May 20, 2020 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #34

    Irishrob …

    so shes gonna put the tears on play the victim card ( AGAIN ) , WHY hasn’t khashoggi’s wife not come out and said anything ? …

    if the takeover is all done and dusted what good would a face to face meeting do ? …

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  • JDdubai

    May 20, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Tom

    Not necessarily. the argument is that the sons are constantly watched now and arent allowed to leave Saudi and therefore have to publicly support MBS and the govt for their own safety.

    The “gifts” could be seen as sweeteners or just their culture regardless of blame.

    No-one really knows but it wouldnt be a stretch of the imagination for it to be true.

    Keep an open mind.

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  • WLtoon

    May 20, 2020 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Its gone extremely quiet on the takeover front again, no news is good news i guess, but the longer it stays quiet the longer i think it could collapse. The same happened last year with the BZG deal, no announcements at all, was just as you were and stuck with Ashley.
    I do think its looking canny for the deal to go through, though i don,t think it has been passed off yet. Its taking its time mind.

    0
  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster no idea what you want here but what I decide is my business, cheers an’ all.

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  • The Hit Man & Her

    May 20, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #38

    No news generally turns out to be exactly that.

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  • Moonraker15

    May 20, 2020 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #39

    Who’s gonna make the announcement? My guess is Amanda and we won’t hear a peek from Ashley!
    He’s very much “yesterday’s man” !
    Jib do you feel aggrieved that all your work was in vain?
    Will you disappear with the old regime?

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  • JohnReese

    May 20, 2020 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #40

    First day I’ve managed to get out and work with the horses since recovering from that dreadful virus. I’ve been keeping off the blog lately in hopes that I would come back to some good news. Not quite there yet but it surely has to be close now.

    Up here in Scotland there’s a genuine fear that a number of clubs are going to go bust. Celtic were the only club with any cash reserves and having spoken to some of the people I know, that’s all gone already. Just to show the disparity between the English and Scottish leagues, they’ve had to push through emergency prize money for the entire league which amounts to about £8 million.

    I’ll stress it again as I did a few weeks ago, this next transfer window whenever it comes will be the ideal time to go and poach Edouard, Ntcham and Ajer from Celtic.

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