Following City’s brave exit from the FA Cup this week at the hands (or left boot) of Harry Maguire – it occurred to me with some bitterness that it was a player who’d cost £80million who made the difference.
Failing miserably to avoid wallowing in self-pity after yet another glorious failure, I decided to check the records to see how long it has taken NCFC to spend £80M on players over the years. Perhaps never?
I reckoned a reasonable period of time to research from would be from the turn of the century. So, do you reckon NCFC have spent more than £80M or less than £80M on players in the 20 years since 2000/01?
Mmm. I was surprised… Perhaps you will be too. Here’s the data:
(Figures sourced from transfermarkt.com)
Now, we all realise these figures are unlikely to be entirely accurate – they don’t include wages and they may or may not include agent’s fees, signing-on fees, loyalty bonuses, appearance-related payments, sell-on clauses, etc, etc.
But – at the risk of many of you (and the head of accounts at Carrow Road) shaking your heads and yelling, ‘What utter poppycock, you loon!’ at me – could we just assume for the time being these figures are not unreasonable estimates of a vaguely ballpark figure?
Very kind. Thank you.
The interesting thing is City have spent far more than £80M on players since the turn of the century – £190M to be (ahem) exact. That works out a smidge under £10M per season which – as this period covers some lean times – isn’t an amount of money to be sniffed at.
Perhaps a way of assessing this better would be to see how much each manager spent to spend time in the Premier League?
– Nigel Worthington managed one season in the Premier League in 2004/05 and spent almost £19M over his tenure to achieve that.
– Paul Lambert also managed a single season in the top flight in 2011/12 and spent £19.5M doing so.
– Chris Hughton managed two seasons averaging £18.5M per season from his total spend.
– Alex Neil spent an ludicrously extraordinary £85M(!) to get his one season at the top table (2015/16).
– And so far Daniel Farke has spent £26.4M to earn his first year in the Premier League (2019/20).
In conclusion, Danny Boy hasn’t done too badly with what he’s been given in what is an extremely competitive financial market. So, well done DF! Let’s hope you stay a while longer and are rewarded with the luxury of some loosened purse-strings in the near future.
Money, money, money….