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  1. Bit of a gamble and the price reflects that. Player has something to prove. But at £1m that’s a fair price for a player who at worse will probably play an important part in the squad or could end up being a bargin.
  2. Looks like around 2000 people took part on Twitter. You normally see about 200 on an OTIB poll.
  3. Alessandro

    We will have a new badge next season

    My guess is a version of the ‘modern’ robin we saw in the season tickets advertising. In a minimal sort of design similar to the Bristol Bears new badge. Enclosed in a circle.
  4. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    No doubt you’re right - I don’t know, just going on snippets read from various places, so no doubt got figures mixed up! I think it was maybe from this quote in the guardian article....HM Revenue & Customs was due a payment in the region of £4m after May’s payroll and Villa But your figures sound more feasible, I’m no tax expert!
  5. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    They still owe £6m to Fulham for Ross McCormack apparently.
  6. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    Isn’t the £5m their monthly tax bill? They’ll scrape by this month but what about next?! HMRC will be coming thick and fast.
  7. Alessandro

    How much money can we invest in the squad?

    Yes absolutely. Purely speculating - I was just wondering if say £5/6m does go on Marriott..... Wouldn’t then be surprised if we signed a LB and a RB, CB if Flint leaves and potentially a couple in midfield? That’s up to another 5 in maybe - of course some could be frees and loans - but if 2/3 are for fees it could quickly add up to £4m therefore taking us to £10m spent. All guess work, as we may get more or less for the players we sell. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bryan left for £5m nor would I be surprised if he went for £12m to be honest! Same with Bobby. R.E Lansdown “going for it” - i’d imagine he wants to build on last year, so will need to invest well in the team. But I also imagine a transfer “push” at the point at which some of our youngsters are really coming of age and the training ground is near completion or done.
  8. Alessandro

    How much money can we invest in the squad?

    Looking increasingly like we need to sell to spend this summer. With that in mind, I’d be very disappointed if we didn’t make a minimum of £20m should Reid, Bryan and Flint leave. I then suspect we’ll put pretty much 1/2 - 2/3 of that back into transfers, so somewhere around the the £12-14m total.
  9. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    Not offended at all! Just trying to understand what you were getting at. It’s always sat uncomfortably the notion that it’s all OK for BCFC because we have a sugar Daddy to stump up and it doesn’t matter to him, small change. That’s not in protection of SL but of BCFC, because BCFC will be around long after SL goes and Villa, along with many many others, have shown us what can happen when you rack up serious debt. But that’s another point.
  10. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    Yep absolutely 100% spot on, great post. I guess that’s why City are looking to generate whatever extra revenue they can, which can ultimately be off-set against running the team. Unfortunately this will rub some fans up the wrong way. Ticket price increases, corporate deals, high paying gambling company sponsorships. But it’s all done to compete with the £15-40m head start that 5 or 6 teams have on us before a ball is kicked. One recent study found parachute payments can be worth an extra 5 points a season. The 3 relegated clubs will make more money in parachute payments than we will in revenue all year. Our gate revenue for example is only couple of million every year, so tickets only contributed to about 20/30% of our commercial revenue.
  11. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    To what? We already know SL is a billionaire. So is Tony Xia. It doesn’t matter how rich the owner is. If you overspend beyond your revenue, you risk FFP sanctions. If you choose to ignore FFP or gamble on it, you risk, ala Villa being at the mercy of unforeseen issues, lumbered with unmanageable debt and the threat of administration or winding up. The idea that SL is a billionaire on paper and that £10m doesn’t matter to him, is a) a bit presumptuous b) irrelevant in football these days anyway and c) might not always be the case and if he racks up debt against the club and pulls the plug one day, for whatever reason, we would be Villa’d.
  12. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    Does it matter if it’s small change or not to SL? It matters that it’s not small change to BCFC, City fans or HMRC or FFP? The £5m a month is small change to Tony Xia, but it isn’t to Villa if he can’t get it to them or if their spending breaks FFP.
  13. Alessandro

    Villa on signings path?

    Yes Hogan is on an eye-watering contract. Not sure what that’s got to do with Engvall? But the points made in my previous post still stand.
  14. Alessandro

    Villa on signings path?

    In what world do you think he’d take a 50% pay cut? Because that’s what it would be and he’d still be our highest earner. Even with hypothetically saying Villa accepted £6m say, we pay him £1m signing on fee plus £20k a week for 4 years, that’s another £4m in basic wages, no bonuses. Is Hogan worth £11/12m+ total? I’m not convinced myself.
  15. Alessandro

    ASTON VILLA The taxman requests

    What’s Sunderland’s, Reading’s, Wednesday’s, Derby’s, Villa’s, Forest’s, Leed’s, Hull’s, QPR’s, Blackburn’s, Ipswich’s, Norwich's, Birmingham’s, Bolton’s excuse then? For every success story, there are two failure stories. And apart from Burnley, and maybe Huddersfield, every other success story, Brighton and Bournemouth for example, there was actually a lot more spending than people commonly believe.