Pardew worried about widening Premier League wealth gap

The Newcastle manager is concerned that Financial Fair Play (FFP) appears to be doing no more than further emphasising the divide between elite clubs and the chasing pack
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has questioned whether Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules have had any effect in England.

Uefa president Michel Platini has long been an advocate of making European football more financially sustainable and fair, with FFP having been introduced to stop clubs from spending more than they earn on players.

Pardew, however, believes that it has done nothing to reduce the financial gap between the Premier League's elite and the chasing pack, bemoaning Newcastle's lack of clout compared to the likes of Monday's opponents, Manchester City.

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"It's beginning to be a bit of a concern, the gap they're opening up to the rest of the Premier League," the Magpies boss, who has spent over £30 million on the likes of Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita since the start of the 2011-12 season, told reporters.

"Financial Fair Play was meant to even things out a bit but it doesn't seem to have had any impact at all.

"We can only try to improve with what we have. I do think we will do some business before the window shuts, so perhaps it's a bit more lop-sided as things stand.

"City are backed by the revenue of a state [Abu Dhabi]. It's very difficult. I don't begrudge them it. They have a business model and if they can make it work for them, hats off to them. Our business model is such that we can't generate the money they can, therefore the gap widens."

Newcastle have never been victorious at the Etihad Stadium but Pardew is convinced that his team can win away at the big clubs.

"I don't think there is a mental barrier," he argued. "We've beaten all the big teams or at least taken points from them. City are the one big team we have never done well against, so it would be fantastic to bury that one as well."