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  • "How about a bit of real investigative journalism (for a change) from the Echo about the impact of the Premier League's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules on smaller clubs like Saints?

    Although it's hard to retain top players who want to play in Europe, it's now impossible to meet their high wage demands too. Under FFP Saints are severely restricted in the amount they can increase their total wage bill year on year with the result that they cannot go anywhere near meeting the levels of wages demanded by the best players.

    Although the FFP are mainly designed to stop clubs from going bust, they also serve to maintain the status quo whereby the 'Big' clubs can continue to pay high (though not ever increasingly exhorbitant) wages while the smaller clubs, like Saints, are stuck with the lower level pay scales.

    What's more, the Big clubs can increase their commercial revenues (through brand exploitation and pre-season matches in the States!) and TV revenues (by being featured heavily on Sky and now BT Sports). This raises their overall income levels at a faster rate than Saints can hope to achieve and so enables them to increase their wage bills at a faster rate. (It explains why Ralph Krueger is focused on increasing Saints commercial revenues. However, that's hard to do without first achieving success on the pitch. Chicken and egg!)

    The upshot is that the cartel of the Big clubs will be perpetuated and a smaller club will find it virtually impossible to break into the cartel. Even if Saints were taken over by an Arab or Chinese multi-billionaire willing to pump in hundreds of millions of pounds, the FFP would restrict the signing of high wage earning players to make the break-through.

    So the Big 6 will go from strength to strength while the other clubs will have to settle for mid-table mediocrity, as a minimum avoiding relegation and at best regarding a top 8 finish as a great success.

    So, fellow Saints fans, let's just accept our plight and support the team we love. Let's be honest, thanks to St Markus, we are in far better shape now than we were 5 years ago. We could have become a Poopey! Let's be grateful for the success of the last 5 years and be positive about the future despite the inevitable limitations imposed on us.

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RUMOUR MILL, August 5 - Spurs offer Romanian defender to Saints as makeweight in Schneiderlin deal

Vlad Chiriches in action for Tottenham last season

Vlad Chiriches in action for Tottenham last season

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TOTTENHAM have reportedly offered Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches to Saints as a makeweight in any deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin.

Spurs only signed the 24-year-old centre half from Steaua Bucharest last summer for £8.5m, and he went on to play 24 times for the London club in all competitions.

There is also speculation today that Louis Van Gaal will consider selling striker Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican international has continually been linked with Saints all summer, even before Ronald Koeman’s arrival as manager.

The 26-year-old has scored 37 Premier League goals for United in 48 starts plus 53 sub appearances in his four seasons at Old Trafford.

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