Coyle backs Financial Fair Play in bid to compete with Europe’s richest clubs

Owen Coyle has bemoaned the challenge facing sides at the lower end of the table when competing with the ever-increasing financial power of the Premier League’s top clubs.

“If you’re able to go and spend 300 million on players in the last couple of years, and you look at what the other clubs have spent, you look at Liverpool who have spent 100 million since January. Manchester United spent nearly 50 million over the summer on terrifically gifted players, Ashley Young, and Phil Jones that came in from Blackburn. So the elite clubs do have that wealth that comes from fantastic benefactors and owners.

“For clubs like ourselves, you still need to reach for the sky, you still need to believe that you can improve your club, and for us getting into the top half of the table and looking to cup competitions and everything else. The bottom line I feel as a manager regardless of what club you’re at, your job is to improve a football club from one year to the other. I think I have done that to this point, and I’ll strive to continue to do that.”

FIFA are set to introduce the financial fair play regulations, which will limit the impact the excesses of England’s richest clubs, and Coyle believes this can only be a good thing, for the benefit of medium sized clubs too.

“I’m all for fair play, I think that goes without saying. I think as well, ultimately we as a club have to work inside our own means anyway and I think that can only help clubs in terms of the balance of the league. It might help. I think even in the big scheme of things in the big picture it will help clubs to hopefully not get into financial trouble and they’re able to run well and viable for years to come.

“I think the important thing that we have to remember is that we all want to win games. The fans are paramount to any club, the managers such as myself, the chairman, the owners will come and go but the one constant at any club is the supporters. I think anybody has to make sure that the football club runs for years to come.”

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