Baggies top financial fair play league
West Bromwich Albion are the new leaders of the Financial Fair Play League run by The Times. Placings are based on a combination of performance on the pitch and financial conduct. The formula was devised by Sue Bridgewater of Warwick University. The Baggies gained seven points in September allied with relatively prudent spending on wages and transfer fees. Blackpool are in second place, followed by Arsenal and then Fulham.
Liverpool are bottom of the table, while Everton - who were champions of last season's Financial Fair Play league - are fourth from bottom. David Moyes said yesterday that the failure to make a significant investment in the playing squad over the summer was the root cause of Everton's predicament.