Average Premiership salary now £1.1M-a-year
The salaries of Premiership footballers and their Championship equivalents remains stark.
According to Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance, the average Premier League footballer earned an estimated £21,600 a week or £1.1m a year in 2008-09 as top flight clubs each spent an average of £41m on player wages.
To compare, the average player in the Championship earned around a quarter of this: £275,000 a year or £5,300 a week.
Only Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and the three clubs promoted at the start of the 2008-09 season – West Bromwich Albion, Stoke City and Hull City, who all had much lower wage bills – made a profit. The other 14 Premier League clubs recorded combined losses of £117m.