by Bulldog Drummond
And so to the seaside, where Bournemouth have been given a £7.6m fine for breaching Football League Financial Fair Play rules after accruing losses in their season en route to Premier League promotion. The rules were instituted specifically to stop clubs running up such debts with the idea of paying them off once they were in the Premier League.
The Football League do not confirm such fines, but Bournemouth were forced to enter the debt in their company accounts which of course are made public. These show they made a £38.3m loss in winning the Championship in 2014/15. That was in addition to the £10.3m loss the previous season. Their wage bill alone was over double the club’s annual turnover of £12.9m.
Championship sides are only allowed losses of up to £6m for a season and of late Bolton, Fulham and Nottingham Olympiacos have been placed under transfer embargoes for similar offences.
Of course to find the most outrageous breach of the rules one normally only has to look at the reign of Arry Redknapp, and this is of course the case with QPR where they are still arguing about their £58m fine (reported in some quarters as £40m).
QPR lost £135m in two years – and like Bournemouth in 2013/14 when they got promotion their wage bill was double their turnover and the last time we looked their debt was £200m.
Leicester’s fate is still uncertain after they sold sponsorship rights to a company based in a backwater industrial estate miles from the club, which sold them back to owners of the club!!! The League is reported to be not amused, and they are still trying to unravel what on earth Leicester thought they were playing at with a ploy so obvious my cat spotted in while reading the Sunday press. (Mind you my cat is pretty bright. For a cat).
But back to debt laden Bournemouth and our regular comparison of home and away results. Here is the home games table with Bournemouth lurking in 16th out of 20, having won just three, drawn three and lost five. 14 goals scored and 17 conceded. They don’t have the lowest number of goals scored – Swansea, Newcastle and Burnley have all scored under 10, but even so it is just over one goal per game.
|11||Brighton and Hove Albion||11||3||6||2||12||14||-2||15|
|12||West Ham United||10||4||2||4||12||15||-3||14|
As for away form, this is far from being a perfect season for Arsenal away from home and Arsenal remain in 9th with only a slightly better set of results than Bournemouth at home – three wins four draws and four defeats.
Like Bournemouth at home, Arsenal have a goal difference away of minus three.
Bournemouth entered a period of decline in late November, going nine without a win in League and League Cup matches. But in the last four they have picked up somewhat with three draws and a win
|25 Nov 2017||Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth||D||0-0||Premier League|
|29 Nov 2017||AFC Bournemouth v Burnley||L||1-2||Premier League|
|03 Dec 2017||AFC Bournemouth v Southampton||D||1-1||Premier League|
|09 Dec 2017||Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth||D||2-2||Premier League|
|13 Dec 2017||Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth||L||1-0||Premier League|
|17 Dec 2017||AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool||L||0-4||Premier League|
|20 Dec 2017||Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth||L||2-1||League Cup|
|23 Dec 2017||Manchester City v AFC Bournemouth||L||4-0||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2017||AFC Bournemouth v West Ham United||D||3-3||Premier League|
|30 Dec 2017||AFC Bournemouth v Everton||W||2-1||Premier League|
|01 Jan 2018||Brighton and Hove Albion v AFC Bournemouth||D||2-2||Premier League|
|06 Jan 2018||AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic||D||2-2||FA Cup|
During these last four games they have scored nine goals; a considerable improvement over their earlier form where they scored one goal in four, so the largess of the likes of West Ham, Everton, Brighton and Wigan has certainly helped them.
But, there is another issue: their last match was against the might Wigan of Division One. Although to be fair Wigan are top of Division One and are the top scoring team in that league with 50 goals in 25 games.
More on the match anon.
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