The Guardian reports:
'But Dan Jones, the author of the Deloitte Review of Football Finance, predicts their supremacy could be broken as a result of the money flooding into the game. The £2.7bn Premiership clubs will share from broadcast income over the next three years - up nearly 50% on the previous deal - is set to increase still further in future. That gives the English clubs increasing purchasing power over clubs abroad. Last season, the Premier League generated £1.4bn as against Serie A's £1bn and the third-placed Bundesliga's £0.8bn. As the gap continues to widen, even middle-ranking clubs in
'The Deloitte report for the 2005-06 season reflects why the top four have been able to dominate their domestic competitors. That year, when
'Manchester United were able to spend £85m on wages in 2005-06, Arsenal £83m and Liverpool £69m, compared to
'But the Premier League's new television revenues are expected to alter the competitive balance. Although in absolute terms the top four's financial dominance will be strengthened by the new deal, with the title winners earning an estimated £20m more from prize money than Manchester United did this season, the effect will be more even in football terms.
'Though the outlook for the Premiership's best of the rest appears positive, it seems less so for Championship clubs hoping to break into that group.
'However, the gulf between Championship clubs' revenues and those of the Premiership are growing. "The gap between the average Premier League and Championship club's revenue was a record £56m in 2005-06 and is likely to increase to over £70m in 2007-08," says the report. "Even the lowest Premier League club revenue figure is expected to increase to around £45-£50m in 2007-08 [from £35m in 2005-06]."'