PRICE FOR FAILURE
Relegated Sunderland to bag £100m in prize money
CHELSEA’S Premier League title win will be accompanied by a record financial victory off the pitch as prize money of £150 million-plus (RM845 million-plus) is confirmed this week.
Meanwhile Sunderland, who are set to register the sixth worst Premier League points tally ever, will still bag £100 million in prize money. Of the five previous lower tallies (among 506 teams across 25 years), two of the others were also ‘achieved’ by Sunderland.
Title winners Chelsea, bankrolled by £1.053 billion in loans from Roman Abramovich, will be the clear fiscal winners ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
The Mail on Sunday’s forecast indicates the sums the 20 clubs will receive from central league funds but the precise amounts could yet differ by millions per club depending on where they finish.
We expect Chelsea to collect about £153 million, City about £149 million, Tottenham and Liverpool £148 million and Arsenal about £143 million.
Each club receives a share of domestic TV income, foreign income and commercial deal income and then differing amounts based on finishing position and times shown live on TV. These totals will be ratified in the coming days but our table provides a guide, give or take a few million.
Manchester United are set to make about £144 million this season in Premier League prize money, and become the first club to surpass £1 billion in prize cash in the 25-season history of the league.
The ‘equal share’ of money received by every club is expected to be about £84.4 million, comprised of varying sums from overseas rights, domestic rights and central commercial deals with league partners.
Each club get about £1.92 million per place in the table from that sum for Sunderland to 20 times as much for Chelsea.
Clubs also get varying amounts based on the number of times they have been live on TV in the UK. We estimate Liverpool will get about £31 million after appearing in their 29th live league match of the season yesterday, a record for a single season.
Manchester United delivered the worst value for money by far in the Premier League this season, taking into account the number of points they won set against the cost of assembling and paying their squad.
Analysis by The Mail on Sunday shows Jose Mourinho’s club have spent £12.16 million per point going into the final game. This is calculated by a squad acquisition cost of £522 million and estimated total club wage bill of £280 million this season for £802 million outlay. With just 66 points, United are the only club into double figures of millions per point.
Burnley, led by manager Sean Dyche (right), offer the best value with an outlay of £2.42 million per point but Tottenham Hotspur are arguably the standout performers. Second place in the table for Mauricio Pochettino’s team came at just over £4 million a point, well below the divisional average of £5.74 million.
It is no surprise that big-spending United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea are high in the table but Sunderland’s massive £7.48 million per point to finish bottom is perhaps the most woeful figure of them all. Daily Mail