Southampton are said to have missed out on around £6m after losing their final game of the 2020/21 season to West Ham on Sunday.
Saints could have finished anywhere between 16th and 12th in the Premier League table and the Mirror/Sportscriber have estimated that their eventual finish of 15th will see them bring in £11m in merit payments – £6m less than Newcastle will receive for being 12th.
The Daily Mail have also calculated the overall amount of money in TV and merit payments that each club will be paid, with Saints bringing in £116.7m in total.
However, each top-flight club will be due to pay a sum back to TV rights holders Sky and BT after they claimed facility fees back for games that were originally not supposed to be shown live. The Mail make it around £5m that Saints will have to return.
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Although £6m is unlikely to hurt Saints much in the grand scheme of things, they would have been wanting to maximise their position in the top-flight table by the time the final ball of the season was kicked.
Club CEO Martin Semmens spoke about transfers in the recent Fans’ Forum and told supporters not to worry about Ralph Hasenhuttl’s transfer budget being affected by the financial losses made in recent years, suggesting that significant moves will be made this summer to improve things for the next campaign.
Still, £6m would help provide further financial cushioning against any further disruption caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. It is still unclear whether clubs will be able to play in front of full stadiums again next season.
Spending on infrastructure will also be ongoing and words from Matt Crocker in the latest Fans’ Forum explained how £1m had been spent on improving the Staplewood Training Ground, with other work also planned to improve the experience for senior and academy players.