Cala concerned over Pompey players salaries

Conor Chaplin could start againsyt Plymouth. Picture: Joe Pepler

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THE man who could become Pompey’s new owner this week says he is concerned with how much some players are earning.

Sicilian American businessman Joseph Cala, who revealed to The News his intentions to take over at Fratton Park, claims there are eight squad players between them earning a total of £1.1m a month - a figure disputed by the club.

He told The News he will be ‘fiscally responsible’ if he takes over at Fratton Park this week.

Mr Cala said: ‘I am shocked by what has been left at the club. It’s like someone is drunk at the bar and the bar man gives him more drinks.

‘The club is in trouble because they spent too much. You have to spend what you have.

‘It’s not sport, it’s gambling.

‘Everyone needs to stop thinking about money because that’s why clubs are going broke.

‘I am going to spend money wisely. I don’t want to own a club because I am going to pay £2m for a player worth £200,000 just to show off.

‘If someone wants to show off they should go to Las Vegas.’

In common with other clubs, Pompey do not publish individual salaries. Former manager Steve Cotterill who left for Nottingham Forest last year, said on his departure that he had reduced the total players annual wage bill to £11m.