Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Man Utd

Sunday, 02 November 2014, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Etihad Stadium

Last Game

Man City 0 - 2 Newcastle

Wednesday, 29 October 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Chelsea reduce wages spending

Chelsea's wage bill has been overtaken by that of Manchester United for the first time in over a decade, with Manchester City topping the 'wages league'.

Last Updated: 03/04/14 at 18:22 Post Comment

There has been a change of ethos in the time Roman Abramovich has been Chelsea o

There has been a change of ethos in the time Roman Abramovich has been Chelsea o

More of the games that matter

Watch Manchester City v Manchester United live only on Sky Sports this Super Sunday. Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The London club's wage bill in 2012/13 was £176m, compared to £182m for Manchester United in the same period, while City spent £233m last season.

Chelsea's expenditure is in stark contrast to 2003/04, when the club's estimated wage bill of £115m was described in Deloitte's annual football finance review as "almost certainly the highest in world football".

Their salary bill for the season also includes £4m paid to former manager Roberto Di Matteo to cover "termination payments and compensation in relation to changes in the first-team management structure".

Clubs in European competition can only record losses of £37.5m during the first two-year accounting period of UEFA's financial fair play rules, with Chelsea's increasingly prudent approach to spending on wages an apparent response to the measures.

Wages at the Stamford Bridge club fell overall in 2011/12 and the rise last season was around three per cent compared to an 11.6% increase at United.

In terms of UEFA's spending rules, Chelsea Football Club Ltd's accounts state: "The introduction of UEFA's financial fair play regulations from the 2011/12 season provides a significant challenge.

"The football club needs to continue to balance success on the field together with the financial imperatives of this new regime."

More of the games that matter

Watch Manchester City v Manchester United live only on Sky Sports this Super Sunday. Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e might be on a hiding to nothing, but I cannae feel any sympathy- You want to know why? Shakira. That's why.

hairpolice
Pique Taking Blame Burden Again...

A

nd this season must feel like one long sigh at the Emirates . Yep, exactly that. Except for Alexis Sanchez, he's ace.

cheshire-gooner
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

H

ey! At least put our first clean sheet in a gazillion years in the winners section. Curse you F365 *shakes fist*

fouloleron
Is Mario Balotelli's Talent Even That 'Obvious'?

Footer 365

Premier League: Swansea's Federico Fernandez avoids three-match ban after successful appeal

Swansea have successfully appealed the straight red card issued to Federico Fernandez against Liverpool this week.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he would 'relish the chance' to play Rangers

Craig Gordon says he would relish the chance to play Rangers if the clubs were paired in the Scottish League Cup semis.

Real Madrid and Spain legend Raul joins New York Cosmos

Real Madrid legend Raul has agreed a deal with North American Soccer League side New York Cosmos.

Mail Box

'Pride' Didn't Stop Wenger Signing Flamini

Arsene Wenger's 'pride' in signings is quite rightly pulled apart. We also have a stupidly long email on going back, and one Mailboxer whooping about the FA Cup first round...

Wenger Kept His Pride By Turning Down Cesc

What message would it have sent if Wenger had allowed those that walked out to stroll back in? Plus, why Pochettino needs to adapt and the folly of limiting yourself...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property