Premier League clubs forget coronavirus crisis in transfer splurge

first_imgTopics : European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli said on Tuesday that rebates owed to Champions League and Europa League broadcasters totaled 575 million euros, warning football was in “crisis-management” mode.Agnelli, who is also the chairman of Italian champions Juventus, said the overall value of the transfer market could plummet by up to one third. Just five months after Premier League clubs consulted their players about taking a 30 percent wage cut, the English top-flight is again blowing Europe’s other top leagues out the water when it comes to splashing the cash.A return to the routine spending of tens of millions of pounds on players jars with the bleak forecasts often presented by the clubs themselves as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.At the height of the pandemic, Liverpool and Tottenham planned to use government money to pay non-playing staff, only to back down in the face of public anger, while Arsenal announced proposals to cut 55 jobs just last month. Big-spending Chelsea Yet no such downturn has been noticeable among Premier League clubs.Chelsea have led the way with a £200 million rebuild, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Ben Chilwell.Manchester City have spent more than £60 million on two players in Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres who will struggle to start in Pep Guardiola’s strongest XI, while Donny van de Beek could end up costing Manchester United around £40 million. Even more striking are the sums spent by non-Champions League clubs.Wolves broke their transfer record on a 40-million-euro capture, Portuguese teenager Fabio Silva, who had scored three goals and started one league match for Porto.After spells together at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, James Rodriguez and Carlo Ancelotti have been reunited at Everton, who have also signed midfielders Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure. The outlay for the three players is around £64 million. Leeds announced their return to the Premier League by signing Spanish international Rodrigo and Germany’s Robin Koch. Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Leicester are also among those to have spent around £20 million on a single signing.By contrast, even giants across Europe such as Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus are selling and seeking to cut wage costs.The Premier League’s lavish spending is due to a number of factors. Chelsea are making up for lost time after a transfer ban last summer, while they are also among the clubs seeking to make the most of a buyer’s market.For others such as Everton, the relaxation of financial fair play rules gives wealthy owners more opportunity to back their clubs.The Premier League’s TV deals worth around £3 billion a season are an even bigger economic advantage at a time when matchday and commercial revenue are shrinking.But the rebates show how hundreds of millions can be wiped out, with the coronavirus threatening more disruption in the coming season.Should a lack of caution in the transfer window come back to hurt Premier League clubs, there will be little sympathy shown from across the continent. If Premier League clubs require a reminder that Covid-19 remains a threat, they need only look to the empty stands that will accompany the start of the new season from Saturday.Gate receipts may only account for 13 percent of the Premier League’s revenue, according to figures from UEFA’s latest benchmarking report, but the other major streams of income such as television rights and commercial sponsorships are also not immune to the crisis.A rebate worth a reported £330 million ($429 million, 363 million euros) was due to domestic and international broadcasters because the 2019/20 season was not completed on time after a three-month stoppage to the campaign.Last week the Premier League announced its deal with Chinese streaming platform PPTV, understood to be worth about $700 million, had been cancelled, with political tensions between Britain and China potentially making a new contract difficult to negotiate.last_img read more

Noll take Mid-Summer Classic Honors at Canyon

first_imgBy Lonnie WheatleyPEORIA, Ariz. (July 9) – Jason Noll was among the headliners in Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Classic at Canyon Speedway Park.After capturing his first Arizona Differential IMCA Modified feature win of the year in last month’s Father’s Day Classic, Noll raced from the sixth starting position to snare his second win in a row ahead of Mike Strobl, with pole starter Austin Kuehl, Chaz Baca Jr. and Zack Madrid rounding out the top five.last_img

Steve Hollis: The search for a new Aston Villa manager has commenced

first_imgAston Villa chairman Steve Hollis has confirmed that the search for a new manager is underway, one day after the Midlands side were relegated to the Championship.A 1-0 loss at the hands of Manchester United was enough to confirm the drop to the second tier, with interim boss Eric Black unable to steer the club to safety after taking over from Remi Garde.There is a hope that Villa will be able to appoint a new manager before the end of the season, so he can start to plan for next term, utilising the entire summer for the benefit of the club.He would be the fourth manager of Villa’s season – following Tim Sherwood, Garde and Black – and Hollis has revealed that the search for a new boss is already underway.Writing in an open letter published on the club’s official website, the chairman said: “We must acknowledge that this weekend’s confirmation has been the culmination of an unacceptably fractured season both on and on the pitch.“That isn’t down to bad luck To make such a claim would be insulting to each and every one of you. I must add you have all displayed unyielding commitment in adversity.“While it is of little solace at present, the process of identifying the root causes of our circumstances started long ago and the focus now has to be looking forward and making sure lessons have been learnt.“The search for a new manager to provide drive, direction and immediate promotion has commenced.”There are real changes which need to be made at Villa Park if the club are to secure a return back to the top flight, and it is hard to imagine they will be able to win promotion at the first attempt.However, Hollis has made it clear that everyone involved at the club is working together to acheive the same goal – restoring the club to their former glory.“Together, we share the same goal,” he continued. “We intend to restore Aston Villa Football Club to its rightful place.“It is a journey we must make together so we can bring success, enjoyment and exciting football back to Villa Park once more.” Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League 1last_img read more