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Ambler: Market changes help Millwall's summer transfers

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ANDY Ambler believes cost-cutting by some of the Champioship's big-spenders will make Millwall's transfer budget more competitive this summer.

With Financial Fair Play (FFP) coming into effect from next season, clubs racking up more than £4million in losses face being hit with disciplinary measures – and so are finally tightening their belts.

There was a staggering debt of £0.9billion in the second tier last year and Ambler says the threat of a transfer embargo or fine is now influencing how clubs conduct their business.

"Whereas players were demanding higher salaries this time last year, and probably getting them, it is a different world now," he said. "Wages are coming down considerably because of market forces.

"The Football League hasn't got a new TV deal or, as things stand, a sponsor, and of course FFP is coming in. That is real money and will have an effect on what clubs are prepared to pay for players.

"It is evening itself up. It's a lot easier to say to agents that we're only prepared to pay £x-a-week for their clients than it was a year ago. Contract offers are coming down in length too. Players want security above high wages because they understand the volatility of the game.

"Players and agents generic lexapro 10 mg knew that this market was coming and I think they have done for a year now – admittedly some of them choose not to see it, but slowly their financial demands and expectations are changing.

"As a result, something you'll see more of this year is free agents hanging around a little bit before they sign anywhere – that is not neccesarily unusual – but some of the bigger clubs are realising that they've got to cut their squads. If multiple clubs are after a player, their offers will tend to be pretty similar – nobody is blowing everyone else out of the water.

"If an agent tells us there's no way their client will come to us within budget, we'll move on very quickly because we have lots of alternatives we know we can get. I think the market is helping us in that sense.

"But you've still got teams coming down with £23million of parachute payments in their back pocket, so does it make it an even playing field? No it doesn't. Wigan are selling players for a lot of money and Blackpool look like they'll get £8m if they decide to sell Tom Ince."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Ambler: Market changes help Millwall's summer transfers

  • July 5, 2013 at 10:11
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    £0.9Billion, why not write £900 Million?

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    • July 5, 2013 at 10:20
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      @Lynchy...:

      Because £900m doesn't impse itself as much as using £0.9b.

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  • July 5, 2013 at 11:57
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    We are still not a a financial powerhouse in the league but if FFP makes the playing field a bit more level then it is having a good effect, although superficial.

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    • July 5, 2013 at 14:22
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      @glyngo: I think FFP is a sham Glyngo, it's largely cosmetic and a way of European football keeping Eurpoean politics out of the game at a time when politicians are nervous about the excessive money in football at a time of great austerity. There is a lot of good stuff in FFP by way of protecting people working in the game, but the 'break even' rules are an inconvenience to clubs with wealthy patron owners who can fund any loss that their club makes by converting the loss to worthless equity,. Also the monitoring period is over a number of years so you will see inflated transfer fees continue but over longer contracts, that way the cost (and potential debt) of the player is shared for, FFP reporting, over a number of years. For all AA's comments above the gulf between us and the top clubs is going to get wider and wider until the Premier League are forced to share their TV income more appropriately with the Football League and that won't happen as long as Football League clubs continue to be scared of biting the hand that feeds them.

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    • July 6, 2013 at 17:55
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      @glyngo: This must be why the club is going on such a spending-spree this summer! I hold my breath in anticipation.

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  • July 5, 2013 at 13:57
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    There'll never be an 'even playing field' as long as there are parachute payments from the Premier League. Teams that get relegated should be made to plan for that eventuality within their own financial constraints and without the guaranteed £23m+ at the end of season balance sheet. The main reason for the parachute payment is to protect the quality of the Premier League product not the individual clubs futures, ensuring that promoted teams make themselves just sufficiently competitive enough for the entertainment of the viewing millions.

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    • July 5, 2013 at 15:42
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      @lion.ie: It's a "them and us situation" with the rich oligarchs of the Premier League, the championship clubs are fodder for them. The top six clubs want to make sure they stay there for their profits, shareholders, corporate parties and attraction to the world's top players. Give me the Den any day.

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      • July 5, 2013 at 16:29
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        @Peckhamlad: Yep, me too PL, but I think in the next two or three years the talk about a Premier League Two will start, fueled by FFP, and clubs like Leicester will be falling over themselves to sign up leaving the rest of us even further behind. But who knows, JB has a master plan and maybe we'll get on the gravy train and get a shot at the big league some time soon.

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        • July 5, 2013 at 16:36
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          What I think is going to happen is that the top Premier teams will become part of a European league. Travelling isn't a problem and to play against the top teams from Spain, Italy, Germany etc. on a weekly basis home and away would be mouthwatering to that lot.
          Where does that leave Millwall ? Playing in a two tier Premiership league with what's left of the Premier teams and the balance from the existing Championship teams.
          @lion.ie:

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          • July 5, 2013 at 16:50
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            @NICKOLA: I'm not so sure Nikola, there is a lot of politics involved in that and there would be inevitable objections from those leagues not represented in the new league. The top teams currently have two income streams form the PL and the CL but I suppose a European wide TV package might soften that blow. In a way that might be better for the English game as a whole, because of the top players in the World would be attracted there, there'd probably be less money around and we might go back to the days where English teams were stocked with decent English (British) players, after all none of us were complaining about the entertainment level when we were kids.

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          • July 5, 2013 at 16:55
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            @NICKOLA:

            I think the European Super league would have already happend if it was going to. In fact I think the 2nd group stage, now thankfully gone, in the Champions League was there to test the waters but public apathy to it ensured it was never taken further... Also, it must be remembered that the teams who would take part in a pan-Europe league would be invited because of the large "fan" bases they have due to their success. Group all of them, the successful clubs, into a single league and someone is going to go from being the best in their country to bottom of a league or no chance of winning the title and, as a consequence, risk losing a significant portion of their "fans".

            The future is the gulf between Premier League and the rest growing to insomountable levels and the likelyhood that we will have to contend ourselves with 3rd tier football for the majority of our lifetimes and any foray above that should be considered a miracle. It is amazing that, in this mordern football landscape, and on the crowds we get and budget at our disposal, that we are about to enter our 4th season in this division. In 30 years time this will be considered the last great golden age of Millwall. Make the most of it.

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  • July 5, 2013 at 17:26
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    What you say makes sense SE16 but it would be interesting if Sky got bored with football and put its money into something else, then watch the whole house of cards collapse.

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    • July 6, 2013 at 12:10
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      @Sealion:
      Top post, the epl is very fragile
      Clubs like ours with a small number of fans have a longer future

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  • July 6, 2013 at 08:12
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    Changing the subject a bit ..well about the size of our crowds ..I used to take all my kid (5) & loads of their m8's down the wall sometimes as many as 20 of them until they got over 16(some of them) & then loads of them dropped out as they had to pay full prices ..most of their m8's were chelski,spurs,even wet spam but had a cracking time down the wall .. none of the kids go now even mine as their m8's don't go as it costs to much doh for the whole day .. wot wall don't understand is when they r there they are buying burgers, drinks, program's etc .. wall should make all under 18's( as most ain't working these day) .. all season ticket's (under 18's) should b max £100 or £7/8 a game .. kids r the next gen at the wall & if they stop coming like mine its good nite to the champ & welcome div 1/2 .. come on wall sort it out & its better to have a full ground than half m t every week !!!!!

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    • July 6, 2013 at 11:10
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      @paxoisbrilliant: Agree with you there Paxo although I suspect you may get a moan from old les concerning the Charltonification of MFC, lol.

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      • July 6, 2013 at 12:11
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        @Sealion:
        He moans about everything, stuff him

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        • July 8, 2013 at 09:43
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          @Reg Burrs Coat Peg: I certainly don't moan about everything so you need to pay more attention. As for your constant "always moaning" jibe (the refuge of those with poor debating skills) I suggest you give originality a whirl - that's if your brain will extend into unknown territory.

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      • July 8, 2013 at 09:48
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        @Sealion: I quite agree with the bloke, and if you did a search on HOF or Mo you'd find enough stuff from me suggesting similar. It's not Charltonnification to look after, encourage and nurture your own fan base through schemes that help hard pressed families in a financial sense - something that successive governments have done the exact opposite of with their crackpot policies. But of course there are those at this club - in seat of power and even on the seats of the stadium itself that care little for our fan base. Thank the Lord I'm off on an English hokiday today because there certainly are some boring t****** on this site (not you Sealion)

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  • July 6, 2013 at 14:13
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    Looks like Bailey is a no go then.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 11:15
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    PERTSHIRE ADVERTISER

    Saints could miss out on Mehdi Abeid to former manager Steve Lomas at Millwall.
    Last season the Newcastle United midfielder impressed on loan at Perth and manager Tommy Wright is keen to bring him back to the SPL.
    But reports from Tyneside yesterday linked Lomas and Championship side Millwall with interest in the French-Algerian.
    Abeid, who reported to United’s Benton base yesterday for a pre-season fitness assessment, has three years left on his contract but doesn’t figure in the immediate plans of manager Alan Pardew, who, like controversial new director of football Joe Kinnear, has been on holiday.
    COYL

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    • July 7, 2013 at 11:18
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      @WestKentLion: Interesting. Could be just who we are looking for.

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    • July 7, 2013 at 16:42
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      @WestKentLion: I mentioned this in a post last week he is only 21 scored 3 times for France U 19 and now plays for Algeria. He would be good signing and has potential for the future.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 11:16
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    Perthshire : )

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  • July 7, 2013 at 19:09
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    No it doesn't.

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  • July 7, 2013 at 22:32
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    Way off the subject Murray your a p****

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    • July 8, 2013 at 09:27
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      @mfcmike: He may or may not be depending on your view point but the guy doesn't know when he's beat, its a pity some of our players didn't have that same fighting spirit.
      Murray put more effort in that match than the majority of our team put in all season.

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      • July 8, 2013 at 10:28
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        @Sealion: Except Murray earns more than out team combined and probably the staff as well. Not forgetting the millions he will earn in sponsorship, for a few hours on a tennis court.

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        • July 8, 2013 at 11:40
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          @Peckhamlad: Granted but its not just the match its all the work he has put in to get to where he is and the work he has to put in to stay there.
          He wasn't earning anything when he started he is getting his just rewards for the years of graft he has put in as opposed to a couple of training sessions and a 90 min game each week and being content with mediocrity.

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