Date: 3rd April 2010 at 10:38am
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The Times online may be actually staking a claim for offering value in relation to their bid to charge readers. This cropped up and makes for fascinating reading.

For ease of use, I’m going to regurgitate the information not in alphabetical order but by club in ascending wages to turnover order. To give us a top nine. In a piece to follow, we’ll look at those who keep their affairs in better order.

Now –  UEFA suggest, recommend, hint at that the threshold for this as a percentage ought not exceed 70%. As you will see as you cast your eye down the list, this only isn’t exactly happening, it’s also not exactly happening at some surprising clubs. The ratio is in bold.

Anyway, here’s the essence of the table and I’ll let you scientists draw your own conclusions. All figures are in GBP, by the way.

Burnley – Turnover £11 – Wages £13.4 – Loss £11.7 – Debt £11.9 – Ratio 119.9%

Birmingham – Turnover £27.5 – Wages £27.2 – Loss £20.5 – Debt £16.3 – Ratio 98.7%

Manchester City – Turnover £87 – Wages £82.6 – Loss £89.7 – Debt £0 – Ratio 94.4%

Wolves – Turnover £18.3 – Wages £16.7 – Loss £4.4 – Debt £15.3 – Ratio 91.7%

Wigan – Turnover £ 46.3 – Wages £42.2 – Loss £5.8 – Debt £18.7 – Ratio 91.2%

Blackburn – Turnover £50.9 – Wages £46.1 – Loss £3.6 – Debt £20.3 – Ratio 90.6%

West Ham – Turnover £76.1 – Wages £60 – Loss £16.2 – Debt – £55.5 – Ratio 78.8%

Portsmouth – Turnover £70.5 – Wages £54.7 – Loss £17 – Debt £100 – Ratio  78%

Sunderland – Turnover £18.3 – Wages £16.7 – Loss £4.4 – Debt  £15.3 – Ratio  76.8%

Aston Villa – Turnover £79 – Wages £60.7 – Loss £2.7 – Debt £71.9 – Ratio  76.8%