Lee Johnson has stated that Bristol City have had a disadvantage in recent years due to the parachute payments teams get when relegated from the Premier League.
Teams that have dropped down from the top-flight receive payments from the Premier League in order to soften the blow of being relegated to the Championship.
This means that teams such as Stoke, Cardiff and Fulham have had more money to spend in recent years due to these parachute payments helping support them in the division.
Johnson feels that it doesn’t help his side, and it can mean that the Robins basically start off with a handicap due to how much money the other sides are getting.
Speaking to the Three Valleys Radio, Johnson said: “Obviously Bristol City fans want nothing more than to play at that top level. It’s difficult because the division is definitely skewed by the parachute payments. You almost start off with a handicap in terms of your starting point.
“Then good decisions, good coaching, a bit of luck, holding on to your best players along the way all count towards whether or not you can get over the line and get promoted or not.”
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He has a point and parachute payments have to be wisely managed otherwise it can result in financial difficulty, but it does give clubs who have just been relegated from the Premier League a big advantage especially in the transfer market.
However, these payments haven’t stopped the league being competitive and there’s always great competition for every single place in the division and that’s no different this season.