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Big losses at Boro

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Middlesbrough's push for promotion to the Premier League led to big losses in the year to 30 June 2016. The club lost £31.9m compared with £9m in the previous year.  Wages went up from £18.1m to £28.6m, well above 100 per cent of income when the recommended level is 50 per cent.

Gate receipts were £7.2m, broadcasts brought in £5m and sponsorship and commercial income amounted to £4.9m.   The broadcast income will, of course, be far higher this season when the club has been in the Premier League.

Should the club be relegated, parachute payments will be crucial to financial stability, but, as an adjoing story shows, these are now under threat.