Man Utd highest payers of 2014

Southampton are the club punching heaviest above their weight in the Premier League in terms of performance compared with wages paid to players while Chelsea are also over-achieving, latest figures have revealed.Saints are only ranked 16th in the top flight in terms of their wage bill a�� A?55,2 million a�� and yet are currently seventh in the Premier League.

Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the table but are only the third-highest payers with a wage bill of A?192,7 million behind Manchester United (A?215,8m) and Manchester City (A?205m). Bottom-club Burnleya��s wage bill is just A?21,5m including A?6m in promotion bonuses, one-tenth the size of Uniteda��s.

The biggest under-achievers are QPR, with a A?75,3 million wage bill even from a season when they were in the Championship making them the eighth-highest payers a�� yet they are down at 19th in the Premier League table. QPRa��s salary bill was almost twice what the club earned in total last season.

The wages costs and profits or losses of all top-flight clubs for 2013-14 have now been confirmed via annual accounts posted at Companies House and overall there is a close correlation between total salary bill and league position, with the current top four in the Premier League also the four biggest payers.

The combined accounts of the 20 clubs shows over overall turnover rose to A?3,07billion from A?2,3 billion in 2012/13 with wages increasing too but at a slower rate and totalling A?1,84 billion compared with A?1,59billion. The latest figure shows salaries account for 59,9 per cent of turnover compared with 71,7 percent for the same 20 clubs a year before.

The increase in income is mainly down to the Premier Leaguea��s lucrative television deal that came into effect for the first time last season. The cash injection has led to six clubs who were in the red in 2012/13 now being in the black.

Apart from those clubs who were promoted from the Championship last season, only Manchester City, Aston Villa and Sunderland ended the 2013/14 season having made a financial loss.

Premier League director of communications Dan Johnson said the clubsa�� decision two years ago to introduce spending controls had also contributed to a positive financial outlook

Johnson said: a�?There are two reasons for this. The first is increasing revenues and the second is the financial criteria the clubs have voted in two seasons ago which put financial sustainability at the heart of how they want to go forward.a�?

The measures introduced by the clubs capped the amount they could use television money to pay for player costs. It also put a long-term limit on a cluba��s overall losses.

The figures also show Sunderland are the ninth-highest payers but are 16th in the table. a�� Online