If the Premier League Table were Reflective off Clubs Salaries

Here at Six Beers Deep Sports we like to look at things from all sorts of angles.  One of my pet peeves with sports that dont have salary caps has always been that I felt teams were simply buying wins.  Sure is it fair play when any club or team could spend as much as they want?  Sure.  But you see more parody in the NFL and NHL than you do in the MLB or Premier League because those leagues have salary caps that equal the teams out.  So the question is what would happen if you were to take the clubs/teams salaries and then factor that in their final point total or win total.  It would surely make things more interesting right?  It would help you have a better understanding on which front offices and who manages their budget the best.

So for this arguments sake lets take the final table from last years Premier League and adjust it taking into account the teams budget.  So for as an example of how we’re going to do this lets take Manchester City.  Their Salary in pounds is 200 million.  They ended the year with 78 points.  So to find out the number of points they earned by pounds spent we simply took the 78 points and divided it by their salary, in this case 200.  78/200 = .39.  So for every million pounds they spent they earned .39 points toward their final point total.

So putting our methods into action (See table below)  we can see all the Premier League clubs and their clubs budget next to their final points.  Based off this table we can see which clubs under-performed and what teams are over-performed.

The clubs that under-performed the most in order were QPR (.36) Manchester City (.39) Chelsea (.44) Liverpool (.48) Arsenal (.50) and Aston Villa at (.54).

The clubs that over-performed the most in order were Swansea (1.35) Southampton (1.1) Norwich (1.1) West Brom (1.0) and Everton (1.0).  These teams were the only teams that earned positive points in relation to their clubs budget.  Pretty impressive front offices at these clubs to say the least.

Clubs

Salaries in Pounds

2012/2013

Final Points

Points Per Pounds Spent

Manchester City
200£
78
0.39
Chelsea
172£
75
0.44
Manchester United
162£
89
0.55
Arsenal
144£
73
0.51
Liverpool
127£
61
0.48
Tottenham
93£
72
0.77
Aston Villa
75£
41
0.55
QPR
69£
25
0.36
Newcastle
65£
41
0.63
Sunderland
62£
39
0.63
Everton
62£
63
1.02
Stoke
55£
42
0.76
Fulham
55£
43
0.78
West Ham
51£
46
0.90
West Brom
48£
49
1.02
Norwich
41£
44
1.07
Southampton
37£
41
1.10
Wigan
37£
36
0.97
Reading
34£
28
0.82
Swansea
34£
46
1.35

So lets take the Premier League table and readjust it in relation to points earned during the 2012/2013 season and multiply it by each teams adjusted PPPS (Points per pounds spent) and see where the teams ended up.  For this example we will stick with Manchester City who finished the season with 78 points.  Their PPPS was .39.  So our formula for their readjusted points for Manchester City is  78 X .39 = 30.073, or 30 points.  This would be good for 14th place in the table.  A far cry from their 2nd place finish they ended up with before SBDS’s changes.

According to our SBDS Premier League table the club that would have taken the title would have been David Moyes Everton side with 64 points. Sorry Fergie, you dont end your career on top.  You actually lose out to your eventual replacement.  Mind blowing.  The teams that would fill the the Champions League spots (Highlighted in dark green) would have been Swansea with 62 points, followed by AVB’s Tottenham side with 56.  West Brom (Light Green) snuck in the Champions League playoff spot with 50 points just ahead of Manchester United (Silver) who would have to settle for a Europa spot with 49 points.  The teams that end up going down to the championship (In red) are QPR with a whopping 9 points.  A pathetic total to say the least. Bigger club Aston Villa also go down with 22 points, and joining them are Reading with 23 points.

What’s interesting in this is that two of the clubs in the SBDS adjusting table that got relegated (QPR and Reading)  got relegated in real life too.  The biggest jump in the rankings were Swansea who went from 9th to 2nd and Wigan who went from 18th to 11th.   Each jumping 7 spots respectively.  Reconfirming the thoughts that Michael Laudrup (Pictured Below) and Roberto Martinez were some of the Premier Leagues top managers. The biggest drops were of course Manchester City who went from 2nd to 14h. Dropping 12 spots. Confirming the firing of Roberto Mancini.  Chelsea weren’t to far behind them going from 3rd to 12th, who also fired their manager Rafael Benitez.  Along with the other disappointing sides were Liverpool who went from 7th to 15th.

Clubs

Final Points after the SBDS adjustments

Everton
64
Swansea
62
Tottenham
56
West Brom
50
Manchester United
49
Norwich
47
Southampton
45
West Ham
41
Arsenal
37
Wigan
35
Fulham
34
Chelsea
33
Stoke
32
Manchester City
30
Liverpool
29
Newcastle
26
Sunderland
25
Reading
23
Aston Villa
22
QPR
9

Its obviously something that no fan of teams like United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool will ever want to look at. But to the fan who hates leagues without salary caps its certainly something thats very entertaining.  You really get an appreciation for the clubs front offices and how the mangers produce results with seemingly less talented sides.  Dont worry you can be sure that Six Beers Deep Sports will produce another final table at the end of the 2013/2014 season to crown the TRUE champion of the Premier League.  But for now its Everton who have taken the title.

 

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