Column: A football finance nerd’s guide to the Championship play-off final

24 May 2019

Playoff final
Photo: Getty Images Derby or Aston Villa hope they will be the club lifting the play off trophy on Monday at 5 pm. Last year Villa had to look at Tom Cairney of Fulham celebrate promotion with his team mates after losing 1-0 to the London club.

The most valuable football match on the planet takes place Monday. Both finalists, Aston Villa and Derby County, have been accused of unethical financial practices.

But who should wear the crown for the most creative accounting practices? 

Financial football expert Kieran Maguire looks in this column at the finances of the two teams.

Kieran Maguire contact@offthepitch.com

It is well documented that the winners of the play-off will be better off by at least £190 million. This is due to higher broadcasting revenues and a minimum of two years of parachute payments, should they be relegated. 

Both finalists, Aston Villa and Derby County, have been accused of unethical financial practices, although the clubs will claim that they have complied with the present Profitability and Sustainability (P&S) rules that govern finances in the EFL. 

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