Sheffield United: Blades accounts reveal operating losses of £200,000 A WEEK in 2017/18 as finance expert hails Chris Wilder for ‘doing an amazing job on relatively tight budget’

Sheffield United posted operating losses which equalled £200,000 per week during the 2017/18 season, the club’s accounts have revealed.

Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 17:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 17:12 pm
Bramall Lane. Picture: Richard Markham

Detailed in a Twitter thread by finance expert Kieran Maguire, who runs a popular account called ‘Price of Football’, the accounts show that United’s £10m operating loss, between July 2017 and June 2018, was partly offset by £8.4m of profits from players, although the £11.5m sale of David Brooks to AFC Bournemouth did not fall under this accounting period.

The accounts, filed with Companies House yesterday, show that United posted operating losses of just over £10m for the period while the club’s wage bill rose 90 per cent to £19m – meaning that for every £100 of income, United spent £97 on wages.

In terms of income, United were lower mid-table with £20m – Aston Villa’s £74m income saw them top that particular table – and their £19m wage bill was also dwarfed by Villa, who spent £61.5m. Villa’s second city rivals, Birmingham, spent over twice their yearly income (£18.8m) on wages (£38m).

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Despite having to write of £110,000 due to a debtor being unable to pay, United ended the accounting period, up to June 30, with just under £1.3million in the bank.



Bramall Lane. Picture: Richard Markham