>>But fewer bankrupt clubs?
>It does not follow that a salary cap will prevent bankruptcies.
Agreed, what a salary cap is in essence is a very crude regulatory
mechanism, its designed primarily to control the market of players. I
don't know about any new rules concerning transfer fees but regulating
players wages will stabilize the market. The limiting of a squad size is
key in underwriting this process.
Given that the number of SL players will reduce there will be a surplus
in the market and this too will help keep wages and contracts down.
Although a team with a significantly higher income like Bradford will be
able to pay higher wages than most other SL clubs under the new
structure, there will still be a degree of parity between most SL clubs.
What I would like to know is what is going to happen to those players on
high wages already, several of Wigan's stars are already amongst the
best paid in SL and what with Denis Betts's wages on top I can see them
really struggle to keep player wages within the cap. I can't honestly
see that regular first team players will say "yeah Dennis can earn 100k
(or whatever he will be earning) but I will play for 40k"
Part of the restlessness at London is down to wages, agents have
interested players by saying I can get you more money elsewhere so
players think about going or use it as a lever to get a better deal from
>I am sure they can contrive to loose money in all manner of ways (like building
>a new stand on ***foundations as Wigan did).
>If clubs are badly run they will fail, cap or no cap.
>There is also the possibility that while Haifiax may have to part with
>Schuster, they could, if it were not for the cap, actually afford to keep him
>without breaking the bank.
Surely they could keep Schuster under the salary cap, under the cap he
no longer represents good value, if he was kicking goals with the
accuracy of 1996 I'm sure Halifax would think long and hard about
>IMO the salary cap is the wrong mechanism to tackle a serious problem.
The salary cap is a measure to regulate one part of RL administration.
If the extra resource that this measure creates helps to improve
grounds, reduce overdrafts and develop other resources I'm all for it,
if club directors just put the excess in their pockets it will be worse
>The real solution is well run clubs.
>The salary cap solution has consequences for the game that, IMO, the powers
>that be have not thought through, some of which I mentioned in my original
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