The Financial Fair Play rules are on their way and are already being offered as an excuse for not buying Andy Carroll. However, the club must be in a much healthier state now than when Sullivan and Gold took over. Heavy weight wage earners such as Dyer and Parker have been shown the door, and a whole host of over rated, over paid and over here clowns have been shipped out.
That said, Nolan didn't join us for love, even if he knew that Sam would play him come what may. Jarvis must be on a hefty package too. Joe Cole won't have come cheap. And Carroll's wages are massive.
So it all sounds bad news until you think it through. If we have problems, so will other clubs. Do Liverpool want Carroll on their wage bill. Absolutely not. And they will do pretty much anything to offload him. So suddenly his transfer fee is likely to fall, and a deal on meeting some of his wages might be in the offing too.
Carroll might well be destined for Newcastle, but clubs will be looking to offload a host of players who are not pulling their financial weight. Jordan Rhodes has been linked, and Blackburn have no choice but to sell him. Will Spurs fancy paying Defoe's wages if it means that they can't afford Bale? What about the fringe players at Man City and Chelsea?
Suddenly new opportunities in the loan market are likely to open up as clubs anxiously look to save on their wage bill to comply with the rules. If West Ham pay 50% of Carroll's wages, that at least saves Liverpool 50k a week!
These are interesting times. Our Premiership place is now all but guaranteed - though I still want to see one more win; the question is, can we now take the next step?