Re: Are the new fair play financial rules giving Sunderland a chance to move up the t
I think its wider than that. Arsenal are paying for the Emirates, so they sacrificed short term goals for it, however that has meant not effectivly replacing leaving stars, whilst teams below them (such as us and Newcastle) are always making little progress every year catching up. Chelsea can't really rely on massive singings unless they do City style sponsorship deals. Plus their stars are heading towards the end of their careers and not many proper replacements have been found. Liverpool have tried to spend big while they still can, but the singings they've made havn't all panned out like they'd hoped. Still a top 4 challenging team, but not as strong as previous years.
The emergence of Spurs also threw a spanner in the works of some teams, as well as the money of City. That top 4 became a top 6 which now looks to mean two of the old top 4 may regularly miss out on the money of Champions League football. Some stars will move away because of that, allowing teams under the top 6 to catch up some more. Now seems like a top 3 breakaway as we're closer to 19th than 3rd, points wise.