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    Costa Baz wrote:
    Saints n Winners wrote:
    saint Compo wrote: 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. COYR
    FFP is just so subtle. How didn't the other chairmen see it coming?
    Maybe, just maybe Cortese did see it coming, and this is his leaving present to the fans, and the board?

    We now know that Cortese tendered his resignation, last summer, but did he not also have "clear the air talks" with Katharina, part way through the previous season, with rumours circulating that he was leaving, then?

    Maybe it was always his intention to resign, last summer, after he had overseen new contracts, riddled with little time bombs, due to go off, after his departure?

    Luke Shaw, it seems, was promised a transfer, which indicates it was written into his contract.
    Rumours have circulated, on some forums, that Chambers too, had a get out clause, in his contract.

    The difficult financial situation, the board inherited. What if that isn't a reference to the transfer debt, but a hidden reference to bonuses and/or wage increases that are not sustainable, under FFP?

    Maybe Cortese, a man known for his childish and petulant behaviour, just lit the blue touch paper, and retired, waiting for the fireworks?

    First he times his resignation to coincide with the transfer window.
    Second, his staunch ally, Pochettino, dicks the board and the fans around, for several weeks, hindering our chance to recruit his replacement, early.
    Third, the rumours start rising about players bonuses/wage increases not being honoured.
    Fourth, the relentless efforts of key players, forcing their way out of the club, creating even more unrest amongst the fans.

    Just theory, backed up by no "in the know" knowledge, but everyone else seems to have their own theory, so why shouldn't I?
    I think your spot on baz.
    luke, chambers and liarlanna all signed new deals last summer and are all gone this summer, dejerk signed last summer and has gone this summer. is it all just a big coincidence? why would NC offer luke a deal that he would be allowed to leave this summer, and chambers if the rumours are true and not liarlanna?
    NC knew he was on his way out so did he try to get one over on KL before he left?
    its long been rumoured, and from reliable sources, that an ex employee has been giving the media inside info etc. is NC using his media ties to release vital information? we do know one thing and that's most of these rumours have come from media outlets that NC used to favour. take ben smith and his latest carp piece, how does he know what NC did to persuade luke to stay another year amongst other things he said? we all know he is in NC`s pocket and the club will know that as well so they wont give him any time.
    does NC feel hes lost custody of his baby after his `divorce` with KL? is he being like some `parents` are after a `divorce` and trying get the children (us) to think that he was the better `parent` and the one who cared about us whilst the other `parent` (KL) isn't interested in us, has no time for us and will take all our toys away before she puts us up for adoption?
    again like you its just an opinion and im not saying its right."
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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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