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Coates confident over controls

Stoke chairman Peter Coates insists he has every confidence the Premier League's new financial controls will be strictly implemented.

Premier League clubs will not be permitted to rack up losses of more than 105million over three years, and will also be limited on the amount by which they can increase their total player wage bills - and breaching either measure could lead to points deductions.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson this week voiced his concerns the regulations will be difficult to enforce, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger favoured more individual freedom for clubs to look to live within their own means.

However, Coates, one of the most vocal supporters of the new financial restraints, feels they will prove of benefit over the long term.

Coates told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme: "The object is to make us sustainable - we have the richest league in the world by some distance, yet collectively we lose huge amounts of money which is not good and is a fair criticism. Essentially we are trying to put our house in order.

"By in large the majority of clubs want to stick by the rules, and will want to make it work.

"The Premier League will have a commission and oversee this, to take action where appropriate.

"Clubs also have to abide by UEFA Fair Play and ours is more liberal at the top end."

Under the new guidelines, clubs whose total wage bill is more than 52million will only be allowed to increase their wages by 4million per season for the next three years, though that cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income.

Coates believes this will allow teams coming up from the Championship a better opportunity to sustain life among the elite without suffering boom and bust.

"Promoted clubs are protected and have lots of headroom to increase their wage bill, so they are not going to be stopped trying to consolidate and grow, which is what we are trying to do all the time," he added.

"At the top end, we have had two newcomers in the last 10 years, with Chelsea, who are now a top European club, and Manchester City, but you are talking about a billion pounds.

"There are very few people who come into football and have a billion pounds, but you can put 100million a year in, which is a huge amount of money.

"You are still allowed to spend over 100million so long as it is in a way which is secure money, ie: it is not here today and gone tomorrow."

Coates added: "It is work in progress, we will have to see how it goes, but I think it is one we will eventually all find is good and will adapt it as we go along."