Date:Tuesday December 1 2009
New Regulations for Premier League clubs require publication of annual spending reports after the 30th November every year and this is the first time the figures from top-flight clubs have been published.
Information provided includes the amount spent on agent fees, an indication of relative transfer activity amongst the 20 Premier League clubs.
This is nothing new for the lower league clubs in the Football League who first began publishing this information five years ago but it now makes interesting reading for the Clarets who are in the top flight this season for the first time in 33 years.
The full list is provided below but as you might have expected Burnley are propping up the table in terms of the amount spent on agent fees.
Our figure of just under £470,000 is swamped by the spending by the top club, Manchester City who weigh in with a massive £12,874,283! How fitting therefore that the Clarets should be the one to get a draw at Eastlands recently, which tends to prove the theory that you can spend dosh like the clappers but not necessarily buy a team that gels together quickly.
The data refers to the period of spend between October 2008 and September 2009 so in our case refers to spending in our last Championship season as well as covering preparartion for our first season in the Premier League during last summer's transfer window.
The Official Burnley FC website have clarified that the amount is an aggregate of all payments made to agents during the reporting period for agency activity including payments made by the club on behalf of players.
It will be interesting to see what the view of Clarets fans will be on these figures. Will we have a smug satisfaction that the club are spending the money wisely, justified by our current position in the Premier League or will the feeling be that the club should be spending more to guarantee our survival in the top flight? I should imagine many will be sitting on the fence at this stage and will only be making forthright comments once our fate is known in May 2010.
If you feel like commenting sooner though tell us below this article or in our forum what you think about these relative figures and how they might effect our top flight status.
Total money spent on agents (from Oct 08 - Sep 09)
Manchester City - £12,874,283
Chelsea - £9,562,223
Liverpool - £6,657,305
Tottenham - £6,066,935
Wigan - £5,527,548
Arsenal - £4,760,241
West Ham - £3,576,972
Portsmouth - £3,184,725
Bolton - £3,166,611
Everton - £2,008,407
Sunderland - £2,007,040
Aston Villa - £1,708,374
Blackburn - £1,610,885
Hull - £1,599,188
Manchester United - £1,517,393
Fulham - £1,469,258
Wolves - £1,235,703
Birmingham - £974,982
Stoke - £716,042
Burnley - £468,398
Date:Tuesday December 1 2009
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