Irons food for thought


Irons food for thought

The points deduction drama over the past day at Goodison Park prompts serious food for thought for those associated with our beloved Hammers writes Michael Talbot.  The debate surrounding the severity of Everton’s penalty is still open, but there’s no disputing the fact that the club exceeded its allowed financial fair play spending. Goodison Park bears a share of the blame for this breach, a consequence of years of flawed decision-making (sounds similar?) that has placed the club in a precarious position.

Irons food for thought

West Ham may not have been dissimilar in the past – indeed in many ways they have always been the Everton of the south, achieving whatever they have managed on a thin budget until recent years.

Now thy should perhaps be applauded for taking greater  as things start to bite on FFP with Everton punished and Man City and Chelsea very much under investigation. By the way it’s hard to see how the two big clubs can now escape penalties despite the cynicism of many of us.

Irons food for though as FFP bites

While some might argue that a £19.5 million overspend is a modest sum in today’s football landscape—barely enough for a proficient left-back—Everton had been warned . The Premier League’s independent commission left no room for ambiguity in its report: “The position that Everton finds itself in is of its own making.”

As we’re well aware, we remain on the FFP watch list, necessitating continued prudence in our financial decisions. Unless we part ways with several fringe players, the prospect of welcoming notable new signings seems most unlikely in the near future. And that again opens the question of why wrong or no strikers have been bought by the club when the opportunity was available under FFP!


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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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