AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has confessed that it is a difficult balance to maintain a fair wage structure at the club.
Following promotion from the Championship to the Premier League the Cherries wage bill climbed from £30.4million to around £60million.
But despite the rapid increase in wages, AFC Bournemouth held the second lowest wage bill in the top flight of English football.
That task of keeping the wage bill down gets harder year on year, as the current players continue to impress at Premier League level and that often leads to potential new deals.
Then new signings, to improve the current squad, are unlikely to come cheap with reported interest in Chelsea captain John Terry and Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe set to cost £230,000 a week.
Howe told the Daily Echo…
‘…If you look at any club which has been in the Premier League for a number of years, their wage bill falls in line with most others.
“There is only one way our wages are going to go while we stay in the Premier League and that is up. We are well aware of that as a football club but then managing it will be key.
“We have always believed in parity of wages and trying to keep a balance in terms of the wage bill. It goes without saying you want a harmonious dressing room and everyone fighting to achieve the same goal.
“It does get more difficult and is a delicate balance between how much you want to be ambitious, how much you want to move the club on and who you can attract and recruit to make you better. We have to try to get those decisions right.”
Big moan on BBC radio as I was driving back from Huddersfield earlier on, that if we can afford some of the massive wages being bandied about for these two then we can afford a bigger ground so that fans of other clubs can watch the games, I suppose they do have a point. – Join the conversation here.
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