Fair play! Bolton Wanderers must be patient, says manager Dougie Freedman
DOUGIE Freedman believes he has “done his bit” in helping Wanderers comply with Financial Fair Play.
Clubs face financial punishment or a transfer embargo next season if they fail to fall in line with incoming regulations, which state a permissible loss of £8million for the 2013/14 season, of which £5m can be funded by shareholders.
Brighton’s chief David Burke came out earlier this week to ask that the Football League impose severe penalties on those who overspend, while Freedman has already voiced concerns about Championship rivals such as Nottingham Forest, Wigan and QPR, who have invested heavily in new players.
Freedman might be frustrated that he has not enjoyed the same spending power, but he is confident that, having significantly reduced costs and re-shaped his squad since his arrival last October Wanderers will comply with the rules.
Now, claims the manager, the club may have to be more patient for success while the changes he has made take shape.
“This hasn’t just come about now – it was around last year,” he said.
“And in the summer I felt I had to reduce the age of the squad and buy younger players. Medo is 24, Rob Hall is 19, and I needed to make sure we had players who are on lesser money but had years in them. That is how I have addressed that. Now that is where maybe this club has to be patient.
“They need to see these players coming through and make sure they go on to have fabulous careers. That will be inside these FFP rules. That is how I have tried to build it this year.
“People forget that the capital outlay of buying a player is in all that as well, not just the wages.
“You need to look at the bigger picture and cut your cloth accordingly.”