Some of the Championship biggest clubs are set to come under scrutiny following Birmingham City’s points deduction according to a report.
The EFL’s Profitability & Sustainability regulations allow second tier clubs to lose £39 million over a three year period. Blues were yesterday hit with a nine-point deduction for exceeding that by nearly £10m.
And the Daily Mail claim sources have told them that Villa, the Rams and Wednesday will also have their figures looked at.
They cite ‘an official from one Championship club’ as saying: “What has happened with Birmingham has opened a Pandora’s box and a lot of clubs are now worried.”
Villa chief executive Christian Purslow addressed the issue at Dean Smith’s unveiling in October when he was clearly mindful of the constraints.
“I’m not just confident, I’m highly respectful of the regime,” Purslow said then.
“The Profitability & Sustainability rules that govern the league we play in and the broader Fair Play regime that, many years ago, I sat on the working group and brought those rules in.
“We’re highly respectful of them and are of course navigating within those rules.
“It changes nothing. We are determined to support our new management team in improving this squad where needing to do so and can easily do so with the financial resources within the rules.”
He said: “We have problems with FFP, so it is hard, but we will try our best. I am not looking to next season, I am looking now to solve FFP and how we can make this season as good as we can. If we can solve those problems now, then next season can be better.”Since then Wednesday have appointed Steve Bruce and moved to within a couple of points of the play-off places.
The Daily Mail also added that clubs declined to comment.