Date: 17th May 2018 at 1:53pm
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Aston Villa are set to land a stunning £34million by way of a parachute payment if they don’t get promoted through the play-offs, and it’s evidence of the huge two-tier disparity in the Championship.

The figures were released earlier on Thursday, with Nick Harris from Sporting Intel tweeting the table for the Championship payouts.

This season’s parachute payments are £243million split between eight clubs – up from £219million last season.

All Championship clubs get around £4.5million in revenue which shows you the huge disparity at play. These parachute payments are huge and the eight clubs that get them have a huge advantage in the push for promotion.

Aston Villa are already just one game away from a return to the Premier League.

They play Fulham in the play-off final a week on Saturday, in a match that’s billed as the richest in British football.

Last season it was claimed that the game was worth £170million to the winners, with that figure rising to £290million if Huddersfield staved off relegation – which they did.

It shows how much the Premier League is worth – and Aston Villa are close to getting back to the promised land.

However, Fulham are no pushovers and if they lose they’ll have to try again next season.

The consolation prize is the £34million parachute payment.

If that happens then Tony Xia must hand Steve Bruce the parachute money and let him buy the players they need to make sure of an automatic spot next season.

Bruce is only two or three quality players away from that now and win or lose the play-off final, Villa must ensure they’re playing Premier League football in the 19/20 season, or risk an extended stay in the Championship.

Their final parachute payment is likely to be half of what they’re getting this season and then they’ll have to rely on the standard Championship income.

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