The Middlesbrough owner is said to be furious with Aston Villa, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday.
Fans of Aston Villa, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday are reacting to reports the Middlesbrough owner is demanding an English Football League investigation into the trio’s financial conduct.
The Telegraph claims Steve Gibson has arranged a special meeting of all Championship clubs for a week on Wednesday, insisting that Villa, Derby and Wednesday are attempting to bypass the new profitability and sustainability regulations by unfair means.
The newspaper adds that Gibson is “furious” Middlesbrough have sold £40 million worth of players to balance the books, while other clubs “manipulate the rules” by allocating some of their costs to avoid potential sanctions.
Interestingly, Aston Villa, Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are three of the clubs currently competing with Boro for a play-off place.
And Gibson’s alleged complaint comes just weeks after his side – who have received Premier League parachute payments in each of the last two campaigns – dropped out of the top six for the first time all season.
This is what’s being said in response to The Telegraph’s report on Twitter…
Middlesbrough fans demand investigation as to why pulis was employed as their manager— Tony Byrne (@tonybyrne308) 15 April 2019
Should have sacked Pulis instead of worrying about us.— CJ (@avfc_chez) 15 April 2019
Simple explanation from the Villa owners pic.twitter.com/jUDQHSsOFs— JackMcGinn (@RHunter007) 15 April 2019
someone sounds worried. Haven’t spent all your parachute payments surely— the world has gone crazy (@elie_ward) 15 April 2019
Over the past few seasons Derby have had to sell Vydra, Hughes, Hendrick and Ince to name a few players to balance the books. Boro are getting a bit mardy now having to do the same— Merch (@Merchy87) April 16, 2019
Nothing to do with the fact two of the teams are in the race with Boro for play offs.— JG (@Gallear92) 16 April 2019
@rynny85 Someone has thrown their toys out the pram!— Richard King (@Raking5) 15 April 2019
Mel Morris to the rest of the league. pic.twitter.com/mG6tBRQ6jE— Bryson_Fan (@FMHintsAndTips) 16 April 2019
When some clubs drop in to the Championship with parachute payments, plus being allowed higher losses under FFP (P&S) regulations, it encourages other clubs without those benefits to push the boat out to compete. Mr Gibson should focus on the systemic causes rather than symptoms— WarOfTheMonsterTruck (@SheffWedWOTMT) 16 April 2019
Could have done this a few weeks ago BEFORE Boro dropped out of top 6. Feeling the pressure? Bit of deflecting going on?— Jonny Rep (@TrapitJon) 15 April 2019
Top trolling from Gibson here! He’s been pumping the money into Boro for years but has the cheek to complain when others try to do the same— Pete Marshall (@petemarshall01) 16 April 2019
Gibson sounds like a man clutching at straws and absolutely desperate for action to be taken against his rivals next season, before boro went up they too were flirting with FFP …didnt see him using the press then.— MarkP (@swfcmark1974) 16 April 2019
Bet he wasn’t moaning about our financial conduct when he was selling Rhodes to us for 10 million— Ben (@kbrb123) 16 April 2019
Sour grapes? Or does the Middlesbrough owner have a point about Aston Villa, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday?