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2 September 2016

Boss says football has lost the plot over transfer fees and it's now reflected in the Championship

Mick McCarthy says the game has gone bonkers after watching the money spent in the latest transfer window. 

More than £1.175billion was spent on transfers in the Premier League before the window closed on August 31, with Championship clubs forking out £215m as well.

Relegated clubs Newcastle and Aston Villa contributed close on half of that. Fulham, down from the top flight two years ago and Norwich, the third recent addition to the Championship from above, reportedly spending another £40m between them. 

“Football has lost the plot with money. It’s the TV revenue going up,” the Town boss told the Club website. 

“Players are now going for £10m more than they were last year. The have not suddenly become £10m better footballers.

“In the Premier League it’s now almost a ‘disgrace’ to sell a player for £10m. It’s got to be £20m.  

“The agents are having a field day and the game has gone bonkers with some of the deals that have gone on.

“I think that has been reflected in the Championship now as well when you see some of the fees that have been paid. 

“Villa have paid out big money for players, look at how many players have gone to Newcastle. I suppose that shows their great desire to get back to the Premier League where the riches are.”

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