If not a salary cap, then what’s the solution?
“The League is murder for me and Avram Grant and nerve-racking for fans and players,” Ferguson said. “It would be impossible to make the Premier League any more exciting.”
Perhaps Ferguson has a point. The top two are heading into the final day level on points, and a glance at Mike Collett’s piece here will show you how rare that is.
But look at this phrase of Ferguson’s, as quoted in the Daily Telegraph.
“Domination is not a word that will get used again with Everton and Aston Villa getting better,” Ferguson was quoted as saying.
Yet the fact remains, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Everton will all face a battle from the big four just to maintain their star players this summer.
Gareth Barry and Dimitar Berbatov have been strongly linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester United, meaning Villa and Spurs could be weakened before they can try to add to their squads.
So what’s the answer? A salary cap? It would at least stop the likes of Chelsea and United adding all the top players to already bulging squads and allow the smaller clubs to compete.
One league that does use this method is Rugby’s English Premiership, where six of the 12 teams were in contention to win this year’s title with two games to go.
Something has to be done, certainly. Whether Keegan is right or not, the truth is that the top four clubs get pretty much all the top players in the end. Carlos Tevez, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Michael Carrick are examples of this.