Parachute payments are ruining the Championship.

Well this what we are constantly told anyway.

That clubs dropping down from the Premier League are, supposedly, having an increasingly unfair advantage over the clubs that are already there.

The Parachute payments are there to soften the blow for clubs falling out of the top tier but looking at the Championship this season, can anybody really claim that this is proving to be the case?

There are six clubs currently in the second tier who are benefitting from Parachute payments this season and these are:

2nd Newcastle United

9th Norwich City

10th Fulham

12th Aston Villa

17th QPR

19th Cardiff City

The fact is that relegated clubs are being landed with ever higher wage bills if/when they make the drop, plus almost guaranteed to be left with many unhappy demotivated players who feel hard done by.

The top eight ass we stand now in January, is almost exclusively made up of clubs that are long-term absentees fro the top flight, with Newcastle being the one bucking the trend.