Dr Dan: West Brom could be 'big losers' as £250m on the line
West Brom could potentially be one of the “big losers” from Tracey Crouch MP’s fan-led review into English football.
So says finance expert and new Football Insider columnist Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking about the potential impact of the review on the Baggies.
One facet of the investigation, published on 24 November, recommends that an independent regulator should reassess parachute payments.
West Brom are in the first of three years of parachute payments following their relegation from the Premier League last season.
Parachute and solidarity payments are worth approximately £250million per season between Championship clubs, as per the latest official figures.
Plumley claims that it is “yo-yo clubs” such as Albion who are most “at risk” should parachute payments be diluted.
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“Clubs with parachute payments are one of the focal points,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“That’s chiefly those at the top of the Championship. You have also got clubs in the Championship that are really close to financial ruin.
“It’s those clubs that we need to focus on when we look at what an independent regulator might mean for the system as a whole.
“There will be big winners and losers from this review.
“Those who are more at risk are those that yo-yo between the Premier League and the Championship and are quite reliant on parachute payments.“
West Brom are currently 3rd in the Championship, eight points behind Fulham and Bournemouth in the automatic promotion spots.
They have won just one of their last six matches and scored just two goals in that period.