SPORTS AGENDA: Premier League clubs need wage cuts to afford bailout


There is a growing annoyance among executives at Premier League clubs over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL. Many privately believe that funds should not be handed over until top-flight players agree to take pay cuts.

One source explained: ‘Lots of money goes into the Premier League, which is well reported, but lots of money goes out of it — most of it to players. It’s not like clubs have vast reserves of cash sitting around. Nobody at the clubs is making a killing outside of the football staff.

‘So if the salaries remain the same, where does the EFL think this money is going to come from? It’s not like the owners are pulling vast amounts out to buy themselves yachts and mansions.’

Premier League are growing annoyed over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL

Premier League are growing annoyed over pressure to provide a bailout for those in the EFL

The bailout has been calculated by adding up the gate receipts pocketed by each club last season and would be distributed along the same lines.

While some of those promoted have reason to feel they may have seen bigger numbers through the turnstiles, the policy is broadly deemed as the fairest way.

Meanwhile, a number of clubs told the EFL that should crowds of 1,000 be allowed to return it would actually cost them money. Their argument was that the 1,000 would be made up of season ticket holders who have already paid and the extra costs of providing security, stewarding and turnstile operators would be unpalatable.

New United women selling more shirts than the men

Manchester United’s double swoop for top US Women stars Christen Press and Tobin Heath has made an immediate impact. Sales of shirts with the pair’s names on them outsold any of those of the club’s male players for the first three days after their high-profile signings.

Newport popular with pirates

With crowds not allowed in stadiums, piracy of the live streams offered by EFL clubs is on the rise. 

As expected, those in the Championship with larger followings have been targeted more. However, anti-hackers have surprisingly identified that League Two Newport County have also been among those whose matches appear to be hot property for pirates.

Newport County have been among those clubs whose matches are hot property for pirates

Newport County have been among those clubs whose matches are hot property for pirates

Godfrey sale 

No flies on the Canaries who work in Norwich’s club store. With Ben Godfrey set to complete a £25million move to Everton, the shop was quick to reduce mugs featuring the defender’s own mug to a half-price £3.50.

Deeney can’t find a way to beat this de-fence

Troy Deeney, who may be on his way out of Watford on Monday, has been given the red card by planners. The Hornets’ striker put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence without permission at his £1.5million home in the West Midlands.

After council officials were alerted, Deeney applied for retrospective consent to keep the 5ft-high boundary fencing but was told it was ‘harmful to the green belt’ and permission was denied, despite there being no objections.

Troy Deeney put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence at his home without permission

Troy Deeney put up a 400ft-long bamboo fence at his…



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