United and Wigan join forces to halt City’s spending

Robert Pollard

Dave Whelan is today quoted as saying that Manchester United are pushing for UEFA style fair play rules to be introduced into the Premier League, confirming he would support the plans but also admitting that United’s intention is to clip City’s wings after being ‘shaken up’ by our recent successes.

Whelan said:

This proposal has come from Manchester United — I think City have shaken them up a little bit — but I think there should be some controls on spending.

Some clubs are spending way more than they can afford and getting into trouble — just look at Portsmouth.

Something has to be done so we will support these measures.

City themselves recognise the need to reduce their losses, which were £197m in 2010/2011, as shown by our reduction in net transfer spend in recent windows and our efforts to rid ourselves of high-earning players putting little in to the club. Obviously, the Bundesliga style of club ownership and spending is preferable and City making huge losses every year is unsustainable but United pushing for sanctions to curb our spending is rich. They were key players in the formation of the Premier League which essentially limited the amount of revenue trickling down to smaller sides in lower leagues.

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2 comments on “United and Wigan join forces to halt City’s spending
  1. I think Utd would prefer that the ‘big four’ cartel, of a few seasons ago, still existed. This meant four clubs took all of the big pay days offered through Champions League qualification and the rest of the league was left with no hope. I don’t think it is right that a club like City have had to spend what they have to break into this cartel but that is the nature of football since the formation of the Premiership. You only need to see the small amount of clubs who have won it to see this. It may seem unfair to many that City appear to have brought the league. Surely though it is the only way that supporters of clubs outside the former ‘big four’ could ever imagine their team gaining the league trophy. Otherwise we would always have the same old story of clubs like Utd every summer spending big cash on players such as Rooney and no one else having a chance. That’s not my idea of ‘fair play’.

  2. I think Utd would prefer that the ‘big four’ cartel, of a few seasons ago, still existed. This meant four clubs took all of the big pay days offered through Champions League qualification and the rest of the league was left with no hope. I don’t think it is right that a club like City have had to spend what they have to break into this cartel but that is the nature of football since the formation of the Premiership. You only need to see the small amount of clubs who have won it to see this. It may seem unfair to many that City appear to have brought the league. Surely though it is the only way that supporters of clubs outside the former ‘big four’ could ever imagine their team gaining the league trophy. Otherwise we would always have the same old story of clubs like Utd every summer spending big cash on players such as Rooney and no one else having a chance. That’s not my idea of ‘fair play’.

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