Rival manager wants matters settled 'on the pitch' amid FFP headache for Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones wants to earn survival without relying on a points deduction for a rival side.

By Rhys Thomas
Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 12:18 pm
Jones speaks on FFP

Luton Town manager Graeme Jones says that he wants to earn survival for his side ‘on the pitch’, amid worries that Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County could be dragged into a relegation fight if they were docked points.

Both the Owls and Derby County have been charged by the EFL with misconduct relating to the sale of Hillsborough and Pride Park, with some reports citing a deduction of 21 points as a possibility for both sides.

Luton Town face Derby County next, who have racked up 37 points so far this season, five less than Sheffield Wednesday.

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The Rams would realistically face near-certain relegation if they were handed such a heavy points deduction, increasing Luton’s chances of survival, yet Jones is keen to achieve survival with the Hatters based purely on their performances on the pitch.

As per Luton Today, when discussing his side’s relative financial constraints in comparison to Derby, he said: “To try and compete with Derby, the power of their money, just one team, is incredibly difficult.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the powers that be, I’d rather earn it on the football pitch and earn it over a season, so that’s all I’m concentrating on really.

“The financial fair play was brought in surely for that reason to make it a level playing field, there’s just been ways around certain situations.”