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Football: Dole fear at Dons.


ABERDEEN Chief Executive Dave Cormack last night warned that scores of footballers are set to end up on the dole as clubs continue to cut costs.

The Pittodrie outfit are on the verge of announcing a three-year plan to cut their wage bill from 86 per cent of turnover to 55 per cent.

Expensive recruits Paul Bernard and Andreas Mayer have already been told they can go, while transfer-listed Eoin Jess also looks to have played his last game for the club.

And Cormack believes that the advent of Bosman 2 will signal a revolution in the transfer market as clubs refuse to meet players demands.

He said: "Bosman 2 is not yet finalised, but it is clear to me that the transfer market is all but dead.

"Clubs are expected to build youth soccer academies and develop players over a number of years.

"However, if I understand it correctly, players will be able to serve notice on a club before their contract is up.

"In doing so, they will be able to pay up the rest of their contract and move to another team.

"A club will not be able to serve notice on a player without paying out his contract in full.

"I believe that anyone should maximise his earnings potential.

"However, something is going to have to give in the Scottish game."


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2000
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