By Dr Dan Plumley

6th Sep, 2022 | 4:52pm

Finance guru: Newcastle United to 'push boundaries' as FFP rule change imminent

Newcastle United will be able to “push boundaries” if the Premier League implement a more relaxed Financial Fair Play system.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about possible changes to the top-flight’s profit and sustainability rules.

The Telegraph reported last Tuesday that the Premier League is ready to introduce a new revenue-based FFP system similar to the one Uefa is set to roll out next season.

Uefa will phase in new controls that will limit clubs to spending 70 per cent of turnover on wages, transfer and agent fees.

It is understood that the Premier League’s mooted system would have a higher threshold than 70 per cent.

Newcastle are the world’s richest club but are shackled by the FFP system, which in its current form limits top-flight clubs to losses of £105m over a rolling three-year period.

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Plumley forecasts that they could have more leeway to spend big if the Premier League do decide to mirror Uefa’s new system but with greater flexibility.

“If it is a higher percentage than Uefa have set, it gives clubs a bit more scope to spend against their turnover,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“It’s interesting because the average Premier League club’s wages to turnover has been tracking at 50, 60, 70 per cent. They have tried to mirror Uefa with the current version of FFP.

“Some clubs have pushed the boundaries a little bit. Theoretically, it gives you some scope to push the envelope a bit more there. There are some positives here.

“My take is that we have got this enshrined top six at the moment and it’s very difficult to break it.

“If you push the limit to 90 per cent, that has cost and resource implications for the club. That is the concern.

“But if there is an owner footing those losses, as is the potential at Newcastle, it would give them a chance to push the boundaries a little bit further.”

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