CoolClaret wrote: ↑
Sun Oct 01, 2023 5:22 pm
Did Dyche have them numbers on his championship promotion seasons?
Aye, Wages naturally increase when we were in the Prem for a few seasons as they do and I believe hitting certain benchmarks/targets and what not also lead to those increased fees.
Who were his ‘preferred season pros’ ? Few new lads in our squad now have resigned deals and I can’t imagine that some of our new signings are on relative ‘peanuts’.
For argument sake, even if we had 25 players on an average of 50k / week with Dyche and 25 on a average of 20k / week now over 52 weeks that’s a maximum possible difference of 28.5 mill a year in wages.
Take 28.5 mill off our transfer outlay for this season then, it’s still around 90-100 mill more to VK for this single season…
Well aware that there is the argument from generating profit from future/potential player sales but :
1) we haven’t done that under Kompany as of yet
2) the players we have bought have to perform and have regular game time to appreciate in value… that’s hard to do when you have a large squad with some areas having even 3/4 players capable of playing in that position.
The total wage bill under Dyche by the end was pushing £90m by the end.
The average age of the squad was one of the oldest (if not the oldest) in the PL.
The resale value of players as they get into their 30s can be limited - but we got lucky in bringing in £25m for Chris Wood which was looking back an outrageously good fee considering his age and form.
VK in the space of months reduced the total wage bill to around £27m. That’s pretty remarkable and without checking back on our year end accounts in the seasons after we were relegated under Dyche I would be amazed if the reduction in the wage bill was of a similar proportion.
Of course the wage bill will have increased now under VK but my own view is that the reason VK has been backed in the transfer market to the tune of £100m plus is because of the reductions achieved in our wage bill. The transfer spend amortised over a 4 year period will be circa £25m a year and I’d guess our wage bill now compared to where we were under Dyche is also around £25m less.
We will find out when the accounts are published the exact numbers. We are following a different strategy now in reducing the age of our squad drastically. But selling players at more than what we paid for them as been our way for years. It has to be for us like it is for many other clubs. It’s too soon in VK’s tenure to see whether this has worked and VK is hopefully here for a lot longer yet so he has time to work with them and develop players.
I’m not criticising Dyche in any way btw. He was also extremely successful in developing players and selling them at a profit. Dyche paid less than £10m in total for Tarks, Pope, Heaton, Barnes, Lowton and Keane. That’s pretty incredible.