Silencio Posted August 30, 2009 Share Posted August 30, 2009 This summer has seen the club generate a lot of money while spending very little. It's perfectly understandable that the club have chosen to reduce debts but I would argue that the extent to which they have done it has been unfair on the manager and to the detriment of the first team. It's clear that part of the reason the board have done this is that the squad and cost of wages is too high. In my opinion, the last few years have seen us be too generous with some of our players. We have handed out pay rises and extensions to average players like Roberts, Pedersen, Reid and even Andrews. I have been wondering how long some of these average and/or injury prone players have got left on their contracts. Surely a better way of cutting costs in the future would be to follow a policy of having a much smaller squad. We could still tie the better players down but just be a lot stricter with squad men like Roberts, Reid etc. Below is a list of players who I hope aren't on long contracts: Roberts: Has never been any good, moans at the ref all the time, can't trap a ball, can't finish. Pedersen: Might be improving a bit this season but I wouldn't offer anything new to him yet. I'm sure his wages are already high enough as they are. Reid: Shame he got so badly injured but surely we can't continue handing money to him for nothing? Nelsen: Some might not like this but he is on the decline and got put on a massive contract before his serious injury. Given his wages and our strength at the back I think someone younger and cheaper could replace him. Dunn: Still very talented but I hope any new contract would be strictly on a pay per play basis. EHD: Probably got a few years left but with Hoillet coming through and him having no pace or goal threat I think we could afford to lose him too. Sure his wages will be pretty high too. Benni: Obviously out of favour and on high wages. We might still get a fee for him if we sell soon but, if not, then I hope he won't be waiting around for years. Brown: Too short and can't kick. Bunn and Fielding are promising so we don't need him. Obviously, it would be good if we got cash offers for all the above but I won't be holding my breath. Does anybody have any idea how many years each player has left? They must be costing millions every year whilst offering little. It's essential that we begin to streamline our squad by getting the duds off the wage bill instead of selling our best players all the time. Then we can concentrate on bringing the youngsters through and we might even have the means to support our managers in buying players for the first team. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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