Uefa to dump FFP? Game changer, if so.

This is a new one on me, but Birmingham Live are reporting that Uefa are about to drop FFP and replace it with another scheme, which will give clubs a lot more financial freedom.

Link below.

This is fantastic news for Aston Villa, because with the club having some of the wealthiest owners in the game, it will at least leave us free to not have to worry about what we spend so much.
Of course it also means some of the other bigger clubs will also be able to spend more freely, but it should still leave us with a fair advantage over most other clubs.
That’s if our owners are inclined to spend, of course, but there’s no reason to think they wouldn’t want to try and push on.

There is a cautionary side to this news that concerns me somewhat though.
While I’ve never been keen on FFP because it disadvantages some clubs like ours, so I’ve also no doubt whatsoever that it has also at least slowed the spending of some clubs that couldn’t afford it.
Well, I say that, but clubs like Bury and Macclesfield have still gone bump, haven’t they?
I’m not exactly sure what caused their woes, but no doubt whichever way you cut it, they spent way more than they could afford.
Hmm, okay, let’s say I hope it stopped some clubs overspending.

Nothing’s been explained yet and there’s plenty of room for us to have been misled and Eufa end up just tweaking things, but in our case if they do massively loosen their hold on our purse-strings, this is great news.

What price was Aguero again?


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    Hitchens60 April 1, 2021 at 9:55 am .

    I note that McGinn doesn’t appear to have a problem scoring goals for Scotland.

    Has Smith changed his role at Villa – for the worse?

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      Adam April 1, 2021 at 10:29 am .

      I looked at Scotland’s formation for their matches and Mcginn looks to be in a front three (ish)? I dont know why he is a DM for us not his best role at all. I honestly think Mcginn could get us 10 goals a season comfortably in a more attacking role. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in the Traore/Trez role on the right, with him cutting back on his left should suit and allow him to make those late runs in to the box. His energy and work rate is generally brilliant so wouldn’t be much of a risk in that role. Plus it gives Nakamba and Luiz the chance to play together as proper DM’s. I’m sure I saw a stat that since Steve Clarke took over for Scotland in 2019 only 2 midfielders have scored more for their country than Mcginn and after last night I think that’s only 1. The boy has talent and goals in him that’s for sure. There is no way we are getting the best out of him currently.

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        Hitchens60 April 1, 2021 at 1:19 pm .

        I completely agree with your summation Adam. It seems to me that McGinn has been moved into a more defensive role, originally to accommodate Barkley, and is now stuck there.

        It’s no coincidence that our goals have dried up with McGinn playing this deeper lying role. Surely, with Grealish out, McGinn should have been pushed further forward?

        If I have one concern over Smith, he seems slow to change things at times – has he got preoccupied with defence?

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    Bill Pearson.. April 3, 2021 at 8:38 pm .

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