Player wages running faster than income for Sheffield United

12 February 2019

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Photo: Getty Images Gary Madine of Sheffield United celebrates scoring making sure that the club stays in the Championship top. But financially the club are struggling with wages running faster than income.

The Blades have seen income rise with 76 per cent – but wages are up 90 per cent in the 2017/2018 annual report.

Sheffield United suffered an operating loss of more than £10 million, but big transfer to Bournemouth will do good when taken into the account.

Sheffield United are bidding to return to the Premier League for the first time in 13 seasons on a comparative shoestring.

The Blades, who have been around the top of the Championship all season, revealed in their accounts for 2017/18 a wage bill of just £19 million.

For context Cardiff City went up last year with a wage bill, which, after bonuses, totalled £48 million, and under Neil Warnock are seen as paupers in the Premier League.

Newcastle went up the year before with player salaries topping £80 million, more than four times what Wilder is working with.

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