The Mirror has released an article today and it claims that Aston Villa would lose £17 million to high earners Ireland, N’Zogbia, Bent, Hutton, Agbonlahor and Given if the club gets relegated. These 6 players don’t have a relegation clause in their contracts. They say that Aston Villa are a ticking time bomb and relegation would be a disaster for the club’s finances.
Currently Aston Villa spend £17 million annually on their wages, but Villa would lose another £17 million if we get relegated. The likes of Agbonlahor and Hutton have contracts that extend to 2015. Getting relegated would see a massive change in the squad and this just summarises the importance of Premier League survival.
A Villa Park source said: “The big earners do not have relegation clauses and the club cannot afford to keep paying them if they go down. Their only option will be to find new clubs for them.” Only Richard Dunne’s and Stephen Warnock’s contract expires this year and their contracts will not be renewed.
Time bomb! Aston Villa face £17m wage bill from SIX stars without relegation clauses
This is another factor to consider if we get relegated. Lambert is undoubtedly going to be under pressure if results in the League don’t improve. The experienced players are back and the likes of Bent and N’Zogbia yesterday displayed their importance to the team. It may not be Lambert’s ‘philosophy’ to play with more ‘experienced players’ but we have no choice and I think that Bent’s goals will actually help maintain us in the League.