Morgan expects Man Utd fine
Wolves owner Steve Morgan believes the Premier League will have
to fine Manchester United if they field a weakened side against
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has taken that step in the past
for matches with West Ham and Hull on the last day of league
United will face the Seasiders at Old Trafford on Sunday, less
than a week before the Champions League final, with speculation
mounting that Ferguson will rest several key players.
Wolves were handed a suspended £25,000 fine for making 10
changes for a match against United last season and Blackpool were
fined during this campaign for adopting the same approach at Aston
Morgan said: “We can only do what we have to do.
“I think United put out a second string against Schalke and it
didn’t do them (Schalke) much good.
“I don’t know what they will do. United are a very professional
club and will not want to lose on the final day, on the day they
get presented with the Premier League trophy.
“They are not going to want to lose going into the Champions
But, when asked if he expected United to be fined by the Premier
League if they field a weakened side, Morgan said: “It would be
pretty hypocritical if they weren’t (fined).”
Wolves will stay up if they beat Blackburn at Molineux, but
Morgan insists the club will not go into financial meltdown if they
He revealed every player is scheduled to take a pay cut
according to the terms of their current contracts should Wolves go
Morgan said: “The current players’ contracts depend on which
division they are in, everybody.
“I know that’s not true at a lot of clubs where they’ve got
certain players who are on the same whatever happens.
“Everyone here has got that sort of contract. That’s what we do.
It is financial suicide to do anything other than that.
“Your revenue would drop by £30million if we go down so who
the hell is going to pick that up?
“You have to cut your cloth when you go down.”
Morgan added: “We have lost players for that reason but not
many. Most clubs do try to enforce that anyway.
“The top clubs can afford not to because I don’t think
Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal are going to go down next
“But for the rest, it would be crazy not to.”
Wolves made a £9million profit last season and Morgan
believes all clubs should try to live within their means
He said: “I wonder how they are going to confirm to the UEFA
fair play rules.
“We’ve seen what happened with Portsmouth. They went on a
spending spree, brought lots of players in, they won the cup, and
then they almost went into oblivion.
“This short-term mentality in football is ludicrous. People have
to think longer term and start thinking what they are doing.
“We were the third highest spenders in the Premier League last
summer so it’s not as if we are not spending on players. We spent a
“Mick McCarthy will have money to spend again this summer but it
is all about balance.
“Is it too much of an ask that clubs are run fiscally correct? I
don’t think it is.
“The graveyard is full of them who haven’t done that. We can all
name the clubs who’ve done it over recent years. I’ve no intention
of Wolves being one of them.”