Not really a great surprise for most this I don`t think?
Steve Bruce is warning that people shouldn`t expect too much action this January because the Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are still battering us.
With the unlikely chance of him being able to offload big earners who aren`t playing, Villa simply don`t have much leeway to buy, despite our apparent injury troubles.
Bruce told www.birminghammail.co.uk “I have said before we are strapped with FFP. We will have to beg, steal and borrow like we did in the summer, look at our options and see if one of my mates can do me a turn.” Adding, “We will have to deal with it. January is a long time off, we have a lot of football until January, it is a big Christmas period. It is that and the amount of games and especially at the top end of the pitch, that is the most important, let`s hope we can do something.”
In another report he says he knows the club will ‘try to help me, I know they will. I’m due to see the chairman (Dr Tony Xia, currently over in the UK). He’s talking to me. Money is an issue because of FFP – still.”
He also points out that “We spent £2m in the summer and took in £20m. Personally, I’m in credit. But I’ve still got a hole to look at.”
And he`s not trying to make excuses, because he adds, ‘That’s the situation we are in – and that’s what we are facing.And that’s when I, as a manager, earn my money.’
The rules are a farce. They should have been on the debt of clubs, but of course that would hit some of the elite and the football authorities would never allow that would they? The game really has gone!