I understand why owners of lower league football clubs – in fact probably all football clubs -would wish to limit expenditure and losses, particularly in the current COVID situation. It is really pretty ironic that Charlton finally have an owner who wishes to spend more money on player wages and transfer fees and he is prevented from doing that by the wage bill cap.
Surely, this is an own goal by football’s authorities. If someone like Thomas wants to spend his money by giving it to other clubs and to football players whose careers are relatively short, it is good for the game isn’t it ? I’m not sure I buy the argument that it is to provide a level playing field for the Rochdale’s and Accrington’s of this world. So they get to be more competitive and get promoted to the Championship where the cap doesn’t apply and they become totally uncompetitive there instead. Meanwhile any decent players in League 1 and 2 get snapped up by Championship clubs at lower than ever transfer fees and who are allowed to pay any wage they like. Look at Alfie Doughty. There is a decent chance we get promoted this season but we cant offer him a silly contract like QPR or Stoke and he’s likely to be playing inthe same division next year. QPR and Stoke are hardly a step up really are they?
Finally, how on earth do the players union, the PFA, headed up by the highest paid union official in the UK, Gordon Taylor who gets more than £500k a year, allow their members salaries to be capped so that clubs can’t pay players what they want to. Surely that’s just a version of what’s called ‘Restraint of Trade’’ in law.
I’m amazed the players haven’t kicked up a fuss – where’s the Jimmy Hill of the 2020’s to abolish this salary cap