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  • "There is a slight danger that the grass roots fans are going to be forgotten in all of the Promotion euphoria, I regularly log on to the Saints OS in anticipation of news about the Club, its players and the prospects, recently all we have is news of new Luxury Memebership, increased Prices of Season Tickets and an article on grass growing. Not what I want to read about at all. The newspapers barely give us a mention, with just one speculative set of articles about an 'overpriced?' forward and now an article saying we are doomed because we are going to blow all our hard earned cash on overblown wage packets. I still feel good about getting promotion, but it is waning because there is nothing to keep my interest, coming from the media that has any credence. I feel like a mushroom, being kept in the dark and fed on b*llsh*t, (I am a fungi?) I want more positive news please."
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Saints' wages battle

Daily Echo: ALAN PARDEW ALAN PARDEW

Saints will have to battle to ensure they don’t get stuck in the financial Premier League spiral that has seen player wages reach record levels.

The latest annual review of football finance by analysts Deloitte show the increase in wages outstripped the growth in revenues.

It has resulted in a wages/revenue ratio of 70 per cent in the Premier League – a record figure, having crept up from the low-to-mid 60s five years ago.

The latest set of Saints accounts, for their League One promotion season, saw group wages make up a whopping 93 per cent of turnover.

However, the club were confident that percentage figure would naturally reduce with one-off payments, believed to be for the sacking of Alan Pardew and his staff, included in that figure.

It is believed many of the current Saints squad and club management have landed substantial bonuses for promotion to the Premier League and that they will also see their wages rise as a result.

For full story, don't miss today's Daily Echo.

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