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Rel­e­gated Sun­der­land to bag £100m in prize money

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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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

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