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

League final.”

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

are relegated.

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

net £18million.

“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.”