Sheffield United: Board underlines commitment to salary rules

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SHEFFIELD United will reiterate the importance of complying with new financial measures, including the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SCMP), at today’s annual general meeting.

Representatives of the South Yorkshire club’s board are scheduled to meet shareholders at Bramall Lane this morning, with manager Danny Wilson also expected to attend ahead of the game against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers.

United, who are third in the table, passed their first SCMP audit earlier this year and could enter the transfer market next month providing they do not breach the competition’s spending threshold.

Teams in England’s third tier are not permitted to lavish more than 65 per cent of turnover on wages although players aged under 21 are exempt from the calculations.

Swindon Town were refused permission to strengthen Paolo Di Canio’s squad in October after exceeding this total while Bury were hit with the same sanction earlier this week following confirmation they have received a short-term loan from the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Town were allowed to recruit only when its owners injected fresh equity into the County Ground’s coffers.

Meanwhile, Rovers manager Ronnie Moore has called on his team to be defensively solid against United, saying: “We are allowing too many crosses to come into our box and must stop it.”