Watford FC had the highest wage bill in the Championship last season, despite languishing in mid table for most of the campaign.
After dropping back into the nation’s second division at the close of the 2021/22 season, the Hornets were gunning for a rapid return to the elite level of English football, the coveted Premier League.
A turbulent season saw three managers attempt to steer Watford back to the big time, but they ended the season in an underwhelming 11th position.
New data from Genting Casino Insights has shown that the club were in fact paying more to their players than any other club in the division.
They found that Watford were paying their players an annual salary of £31.3 million.
The two highest earners in the league were both playing for Watford, Ismaïla Sarr (£3.28 million) and Tom Cleverley (£2.6 million).
This year, both players have moved on, with Sarr moving to Marseille over the summer, and Cleverly moving into a coaching position within the club after injury forced the 34-year-old’s retirement.
Despite getting these big outlays off the wage bill, the club is no doubt amongst the highest payers again this season.
As of today, Watford are sitting in 16th, a long way off from where their expenditure would suggest.
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