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.
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.