Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

On Financial Fair Play & Legal Threats

It was always likely to only be a matter of time before somebody issued a legal challenge to somebody’s Financial Fair Play rules somewhere in this country. After all, the acquisition of debt has become one of the defining characteristics of football in this country from the very top of the professional game down in recent years. Indeed, in some respects it might be even considered a tradition – English football clubs have been using their financial muscle to crowd out their rivals since before the Football Association’s rules even allowed players to be paid to play. The challenge to Financial Fair Play is being made to the Football League and it’s coming primarily from the Championship, although reports have been conflicting on how many it might be, with the Guardian not giving the exact number of clubs behind it all (although they did nameĀ  Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers as being amongst the main movers behind it), whilst the Daily Mail went a step further and made the claim that ten clubs from the Championship and one from League One were involved in it all, although they only added the name of Bolton Wanderers to that given by their rival publication. The Guardian’s list of clubs came from “Championship sources,” and there is little reason to question it. The notion of Financial Fair...

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The Quiet Decline Of Wolverhampton Wanderers

They left it late at Molineux last night. Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bakary Sako swept the ball into the roof of the Watford goal to earn Wolves a point, but this was a match the result of which proved to be more useful to the two clubs’ rivals at the top and foot of the league table than to those on the pitch or in the stands. Watford remain in the hunt for a place in the Premier League, but for the home side this was a result which marked a fifteenth without a win, a run which sees the club entrenched in the relegation places at the bottom of the Championship, and with their rivals all now having an opportunity to leapfrog over them. If Barnsley and Peterborough United, the only clubs now below Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship table, were to win their matches against Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United this afternoon, the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season would sink to its very bottom. What is most unusual about the decline of Wolverhampton Wanderers is that there is no financial crisis going on to accompany the club’s slump. Indeed, Wolves have been financially successful enough over the last two or three years to have remained profitable as a business...

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