9 point deduction applied immediately with 3 suspended. Appeal against 12 points withdrawn. No further appeals or sanctions.
In the Appendix of the EFL judgement the allowed budget is detailed for the remainder of this season. Salary must not exceed 15.775 million pounds. No more than 25 players at any one time, players being defined as any who have started 3 or more games at Championship or Premiership level at any point in their career. No transfer or loan fees allowed.
So that is this season gone. Presumably we could still sign out of contract players up to the allowed 25 squad maximum provided the total wage bill is not exceeded. Surely though it will now be all about preparing for next season in League 1. That means identifying those players already at the club who will still be here next season and who are or might be good enough, and giving them match experience now, accepting we are going to get royally turned over in many games.
I hope Rooney stays and that the next announcement is of a new and stable ownership with a long-term plan. Assuming Rooney DOES stay he needs to clear out as many as possible of the players who won't be here next season and start to build the basis of a team that can compete in League 1.
New points sanction confirmed