Over £219m has been paid out to Championship clubs who competed in the 2016/17 season.

That’s right, over £219m was shared out between seven clubs in the second tier.

To be exact, an astonishing £219,117,013 was banked by the lucky seven.

These are the figures as revealed by sports finance experts Sporting Intelligence:

£40,915,922 Aston Villa

£40,915,922 Newcastle United

£40,915,922 Norwich

£31,176,663 QPR

£16,298,146 Cardiff

£16,298,146 Fulham

£16,298,146 Reading

£16,298,146 Wigan

Naturally the headlines will be made by Newcastle and Aston Villa, as well as to a lesser extent Norwich.

Newcastle because they received a £41m advantage over all but six of the other 23 Championship teams, no matter that Rafa Benitez made a £40m profit in last summer’s transfer market to help fund the bounce back mission.

Whilst Villa will quite rightly get stick for wasting so much of that money on players not up to the job.

As for Norwich, they probably can count themselves pretty lucky that both Newcastle & Villa distract a lot of attention away from their failure to use the money wisely last season.

There are other interesting tales to tell, such as QPR still getting over £31m but in their case it disappears into that big black hole of debt they built up.

Wigan relegated despite picking up more than £16m in parachute payments for this campaign.

Whilst Fulham and Reading’s promotion near misses maybe weren’t quite so plucky, each picking up over £16m in parachute cash whilst promoted Huddersfield had a total turnover this season of only £11.3m!

Interesting to see how the likes of Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Villa will use their parachute payments advantage next season.



  • Leazes Ender

    St James Park is North of Hadrian’s Wall

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    40 mill profit + 40 mill parachute payment plus the money from forthcoming sales
    quite a tidy sum
    last years Tv money of £75m will have paid all the overheads so that means the Fat lad wont lay a penny out. State normal
    In Rafa we trust, i`m not to sure about Mike

    • HarryHype59

      The figures you mention won’t even cover the 96m operating costs shown in the 2016 accounts. This financial blow to the club of losing out on the full Sky TV money even for one year is disastrous. The 40m parachute money is 70m less than Swansea will receive for not getting relegated.

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        Exactly Harry, those costs may have been trimmed a little on relegation but high wage commitments are not easily got rid of.

        There needs to be some realism here. MA has not run away with the money etc, we will have made a loss in this year, the question is how much. The indication is that MA is not going to pull back any money that has been lent to cover that loss and whatever is forecast to be received in the premier league will be made available (after wages and costs of course)

  • HarryHype59

    This figures show the financial restrictions Rafa will face resulting from the 2016 relegation. The other EPL clubs in the bottom eight (except Brighton and Huddersfield) will all have a massive financial advantage e.g. fourth bottom Swansea will get £110m for the 2016-17 season.

  • Alreet

    TV money to come. Sales to come. Should have a tidy nest egg for the rebuild.

    Can we start soon…ish. sick of all the linked withs and are eyeing. Get barkley shawcross and iheanacho to name a few.

    • TC Toon Army

      Barkley. Are you having a laugh. Agree about transfer news. Worthless until they hold up the shirt. But I really would like to obafemi Martain’s and Spider-Man back the club.

  • HarryHype59

    Some of our supporters are a tad naïve. The club will have to cover operating costs which were 96m according to the 2016 accounts on reduced TV earnings of approx 41m. The club received 72m last year for getting relegated. That means there is s 30m shortfall.

    The tidy next egg won’t even cover the operating costs. There is no way on earth does Rafa have the 41m TV money plus the so called transfer profit of 40m to spend totally on players unless everyone agrees to play for nothing.

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      The 30m shortfall is more than covered by the profit they made on transfers during last Summer.

      • HarryHype59

        Even if that were true, where is the money com in from for the 100m rebuild? Unless Ashley allows Rafa to bring players in on staggered payments over four years, the club simply doesn’t have the money to spend upfront due to loss of TV money arising from relegation.

        • Andy Mac

          Bottom line is Harry aka Bobbi ? Fatman contributed to the relegation by allowing Bumface to go it alone and run the club ? Sooner or later if you own a company, regardless of who you choose to run it, the losses are yours.

          Unfortunately Fatman chooses to see it alternatively so the “debt pile” continues to rise and NUFCare no better off.

          • HarryHype59

            I am not Fleckman Andy and am in agreement with you re the debt pile. My point is that yet another relegation has cost the club 70m.

  • Rich Lawson

    Can’t be Mike’s wallet in the picture,it’s open for one thing and not showing any £50 notes he’s just won down the casino !!

  • Andy Mac

    Realism is all about a club operating on its own and standing or falling by its decisions. When the club fails, Fatman loads up the debt pile once again without accepting the reponsibility for appointing numbnut imbeciles in the first place.

    Ultimately Fatman can pretend there’s a debt pile but when push comes to shove (and hopefully soon) that will have no bearing on the selling price because the Fat greedy fkr will just want to take whatever money is offered and run !