I think FGR had to reduce their budget when they won promotion to the FL, so that tells you all you need to know.
On one hand you have Gary Neville banging on about Wembley and grassroots football, and on the other hand you have him and his mate's little Salford plaything. It'll be a matter of time before it all goes wrong.
Just to put some context on League 2 finances, the last figures from Lincoln were for up to 31st May 2017 and showed a turnover of £4,681,977 and although that was the last year in the Conference, it included the FA Cup run and it also included the 6,000 Season Ticket Sales for the 2017/18 Season. Staff costs (not just players) represented £2,562,406. Presuming that the 2017-18 season's turnover will be less (similar season ticket sales, some increase in on the day receipts, Checkatrade win vs. no FA Cup run), then there is less profit available for increases in wages, but the wage bill will have to increase regardless (to maybe £3m), then £4,000 per week (or £200,000 per annum) would equate to at least 6.67%, or 1/15th of the total wage bill on one player.
I would imagine by the time you add in bonuses, signing on fee etc you would be surprised. Unfortunately strikers particularly ones with a good scoring record cost a premium and always will.
As someone alluded too no one knows what we are paying but you only have to look at the last set of published accounts to see that the season we came up our wage costs were £2.4 million the season we came up from the National League.
Now I know that includes everyone but if you divides that figure by 48 allowing for all players and staff it comes out at £1,000 a week for everyone. I can't imagine that the office staff and many of the backroom people are on £1,000 a week! I would imagine the wage bill has gone up a lot in the League.
We clearly aren't signing all these quality players for peanuts and because the love Lincoln and The Cowleys.
Of course if 'plucky Salford ' make it into the first round proper of the FA Cup no doubt the BBC will be all over them like a rash, pushing more dosh in their direction.
It'll be Forest 'CamberwickGreen' Rovers all over again.