Been gone for a while, but let me address some of the posts.
Simply said, you don't need quotes to say right now we are doing an excellent job of lowering the wage bill. And it would be insane to think that is not part of a plan, it would be crazy not to. If you thought you could lower your mortgage and get a house as nice, or nicer, wouldn't you do it?
Thus far we have got rid of Aurelio, Kuyt and Maxi, that is probably 200,000 a week right there, maybe more. Aqua seems to be very close, that is another 80,000, 100,000 or 120,000 depending on who you ask. Be very surprising if Carroll is here, that is another 80,000.
We didn't get Sigurdsson because we decided he wasn't worth the 60,000 or so Spurs offered. Again, if that was the judgement then fine, I am not knocking the club for that.
Reports have Borini at 40,000, Allen would not be higher than that, probably less. Dempsey is on about 40,000 I think at Fulham, so he may get 50,000 even 60,000.
Intentional or not, we seem to be shifting players on 70-100 grand a week for players on 30-60. That is more in line with a team in 6th-8th rather than 1st-4th. Am I wrong in that?
Again, if it works, if we get the right players then hell yeah, we have done amazing and off we go.