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  • "Cortese will make sure we are financially stable, though it was noticeable that he voted against limits being placed on what owners can put in. Probably wanted some flexibility on what the Leihberrs can put in. They've slammed the door just as we would probably have benefitted by owner input.
    Don't know what anyone expects the OS to say. It's not a gossip column.
    I want Saints to do well and they need to raise money to achieve success, so price hikes are just what we could expect. The only real change is that we have returned to premium seats at SMS...we had that when in the PL before.
    Pardew said recently that he always knew we would do well. He was good for us and will get a good reception (especially if he gives us 3 points!). He couldn't see eye to eye with Nicola as I think he is more of a traditional manager, whereas Nigel is very much a modern, scientific based manager. We will never know what the final argument was about, but AP stayed silently so must have got a good pay off (probably a paid up contract)."
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Saints' wages battle

ALAN PARDEW

ALAN PARDEW

First published in Sport

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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