Yeboah wrote:dirty leeds wrote:the flying pig wrote:gray isn't really anything other than a placefiller at PL level, he's IMO proved that over the yrs, i'd be against a long-term deal. if fit though he could imo make a useful contribution to us this season.
Could easily offload him to another Championship contender next season, though, provided we don't go mad on the wages front. The £200m we get for going up, not to mention the QSI takeover, will render our currently debated payments in and out virtually meaningless.
No one gets 200m for going up. Bournemouth have been in the EPL for years and only turnover 140m, Burnley even less.
the £200m you occasionally see bandied about is i think a three-year total for tv money only, one season's full share + two seasons' worth of parachute payments assuming you go down right away.
but, yeah, it 'only' averages out at say £66m p.a. over those three years, and no doubt promotion would mean lots of payrise/bonus-type payments to past &/or present players, coaches, owners, creditors, etc etc so you can probably round that down comfortably south of £60m p.a. right away, + as we've seen without selling players our annual losses are [i think] in the eight-figure bracket... so, yeah, even if we went up, taking on a prime aged [ish] 'proven [shite imo] premier league player' would be a serious financial commitment, we'd only be able to bring in say half a dozen before starting to look over our shoulders a bit, andre gray should IMO certainly not be on of that half dozen, no way.