Based on CRO returns John O'Connor reports our wage bill from 2017 as being €1,8mseand wrote:Benson certainly contributed in 2016. But, assuming we can keep the show on the road and continue to dominate domestically, this is the big dilemma. It's not that to financially dominate the league and pick and choose our squad (certainly from outside the top 3), but it's such a massive step up to compile a squad that's going to compete like-for-like with AEK or Rosenborg or Dinamo Zagreb that you have to question whether it's worth the investment. You could quadruple the playing budget then one bad performance and one tough draw and you're out of Europe anyway.
It's hard to see that a tripling or quadrupling of that would be a smart investment.
On the other hand it must be clear from the Larnaca drubbing that we need more quality and depth in the squad to give us a fighting chance of replicating the 2016 group qualification.