Cronky Posted April 3, 2007 Share Posted April 3, 2007 One thing that really gets on my tit is this claim that Shepherd has 'always' backed his managers with cash. There have been some eye-catching buys, but generally the pattern recently has been fairly modest for a club of our size. Saddo that I am, I did a little bit of research - Over the last 8 transfer windows, from the Summer of 2003, we have not spent any money at all in 4 of them. (Summer 03, Jan 04, Jan 06, Jan 07) In the Summer of 04, our transfer income actually exceeded the outgoings by £7 million, due to Woodgate being shipped out. So we've only spent money in 3 of the last 8 windows. Over this entire period, the net spend (ie transfers paid minus transfers received) amounts to £36 million, which averages to £9 million per year. Greater than most Premiership clubs I know, but nothing remarkable when you consider the club's turnover. Given that the club's spending has not, in fact, been anything that spectacular over this period, the insanity of blowing £17 million on Owen becomes even more exasperating. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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