Mancini’s Salary Diet
With Manchester City tying up Roberto Mancini’s contract, it seems the owners have finally found someone that they trust when spending their seemingly endless supply of cash. However, after winning the FA Cup the year before and following that up with finally winning the Premier League title this year – it would seem that Mancini has the foundations of his squad firmly in place. Regular income from Champions League TV rights, prolonged participation in domestic cups and the release of many of their fringe players will start to stabilise the massive dent City have created in their accounts but with the likes of Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero – the feeling is that Mancini will build on this rather than buying masses of players.
There is another factor that will affect how much more Mancini will spend. If he plans on taking City to the Champions League year after year Roberto will have to be wary of the Financial Fair Play rule introduced by UEFA in 2009:
“Under the concept, clubs cannot repeatedly spend more than their generated revenues, and clubs will be obliged to meet all their transfer and employee payment commitments at all times. Higher-risk clubs that fail certain indicators will also be required to provide budgets detailing their strategic plans.” (UEFA.com)
With the wages of some of the first team players at astronomical levels, they also have fringe players such as Emmanuel Adebayor on £170,000 a week. Adebayor spent last season on loan at Tottenham with Spurs contributing only 40% of his weekly salary which left City paying £100,000 a week to a player that plays for their own rivals. Who can forget the Carlos Tevez saga? A player receiving £250,000 a week went on a self-imposed exile and although City froze his wages and refused to pay him the loyalty bonus that he would have been entitled to, ultimately, the general feeling is that Tevez will be leaving. Not only will he free up £1,000,000 worth of wages every month, he should generate a healthy amount of revenue from his sale. The point being, City have far too many players on their payroll that simply do not have any sort of future at the club.
This was probably to be expected with a club that was rebuilding completely. There was always going to be an overlap of players that helped to bring the club to the fore and the players that were brought in to take the club to the top. Players like Craig Bellamy, Stephen Ireland, Martin Petrov and Robinho helped to bring the club to the sort of level that was required to compete for a top four finish but were eventually replaced with players like Toure, Silva, Aguero and Kompany who achieved the ultimate goal of winning trophies. So now it would seem that the only thing left for Mancini to do is fine tune the engine he has customised, and this involves removing old parts.
So who’s on their way out? It seems that Stuart Taylor will have no chance of dislodging Joe Hart from his position as number 1 and even when Joe is rested, Romanian giant Pantilimon gets the nod, so Taylor should be moving on. City coped pretty well during Kolo Toure’s long absence and will probably be happy to let him leave. Adam Johnson has been struggling to break into the team and a loan move to one of the newly promoted teams could be ideal. Adebayor is definitely leaving and Edin Dzeko seems likely to follow suit with a move to Germany or Italy on the cards. As mentioned earlier, Carlos Tevez’s transfer will be the one which they hope will bring in a significant fee.
Further indication that Mancini will curb his spending is evident from City’s action in this transfer window, or more so, the lack of it. Even at this premature stage of the window, City seem a lot more subdued and have not been linked with as many players as they have done in recent years. They decided not to pay over the odds for Eden Hazard where they could have offered Lille an amount that Chelsea and Manchester United couldn’t have competed with.
City have also introduced a policy which states that they will only sign players aged 26 or under which shows that they will focus on signing players for the long term as they have done over the last two years. You can also expect Mancini to start signing a lot of promising teenagers to incorporate into their School of Excellence because concentrating on youth prospects ensures the longevity of the club as Sir Alex has shown, just down the road in the red part of Manchester. Extensive plans have been made to create a new training complex for the players and a massive driving force behind this project was City’s wish to increase the chances of youth players being inducted into the first team. The likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich produce top quality players from their respective academies and for City to be considered in the same category, they will have to do the same.
The money is not running out: it probably never will but it is now time for City to run their club as a business. City fans can expect a massive decrease in transfer activity over the next few years because Roberto Mancini is as astute as he is ambitious and will no doubt want to quash the sentiment that he has ‘bought the Premier League’ with his collection of overpriced superstars. Not to forget, Sheik Mansour is a very successful investor in businesses and he will no doubt want to ensure that his venture into the world of sport reaps some sort of reward.