Thats a great post to be fair!Except he didn't. What he actually said was:
"That figure is made up of around twenty-five cost centres which like all areas of the Club are monitored constantly. It includes every item of expenditure that we incur besides wages. It is considerably less than many other clubs of similar size and there is absolutely no frivolous, extravagant or unrequired expenditure in there. To add to this, we've just hired procurement specialists to drive this number even lower.
365 days a year we maintain Goodison and Finch Farm. We pay rent, rates and a substantial utility bill. We maintain some of the best pitches in the League. We support a modern, secure IT and communications infrastructure. This season already we've hosted 24 games and paid the police and stewards, provided food in the lounges and supported an expensive matchday operation. Less often this season, we have travelled to away games and funded a large travelling party in a way that ensures we have the best possible chance to win the game. We sometimes fund a large travelling party of fans! Like all businesses we pay lawyers and accountants and advisers and auditors too much, but football is a business that attracts attention and we need help from our professional partners. It is a large and complex business."
If you want to compare it to other clubs, look up the operating expenses and subtract the wages.
Take Villas: Operating Expenses Â£111m, wages Â£79m = OOC Â£32m
Other Expenses Â£32m
Total costs Â£110m, wages about Â£50m trading around Â£30m = Other Operating Cost about Â£30m
Oh I know it suits the general narrative to distill down data to a soundbite and then dismiss it, and it may suit the internet based fans to do so, but its done to keep a sense of self righteous indignation going.
The "Other Operating Costs" scandal is actually bolloxology of the highest order. I've said before that the board has a lot to answer for, and need to sell up to get investment in, but distracting crap like this helps no-one.
I still think the overall debt should be reduced and will be dissappointed if not! I wouldn't be surprised if we actually spent about 15 mill on players last year!