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Gus warns on Fair Play
Albion boss Gus Poyet has warned some Championship rivals could go to the wall once Financial Fair Play regulations take effect.
He is baffled by other clubs spending more on lower crowds than the Seagulls.
Poyet’s red alert follows chairman Tony Bloom’s revelation that Albion lost £8 million in their first year at The Amex and are on course for a similar loss this year.
The club devoted five pages in the programme for Derby’s visit last Saturday to articles by Bloom, chief executive Paul Barber and finance director David Jones about Financial Fair Play regulations, which come into force for Chamnpionship clubs next season.
They face a transfer embargo and severe financial penalties if they live too far beyond their means and can no longer rely so heavily on the generosity of a wealthy benefactor.
Albion, who have just signed Leonardo Ulloa for around £2 million, are working within the FFP guidelines but Poyet fears others are not.
He said: "Apparently the rest are making money. I don’t know how they do it. I would like to know how people keep buying players, bringing players, from what I am reading teams with more than 30 or 35 players in their squad earning fortunes, and with less people in their stadiums.
“If we are in trouble in the future with these Fair Play regulations there are going to be a few dead, that’s for sure, or something is not right, because we are still in the same position in terms of budget and I can tell you there are more than ten with a bigger budget than us and they make less money. Explain that to me!
"I am quite confident, with the way the club is going and the support from the fans, the way the club is trying to make even more revenue, that we are going to be able to hold the level of players we have got at the moment within the budget.
"There are a few that are going to lose a lot if it really works and nobody cheats. We’ll see, it’s going to be nice."