There is no doubt that Notts County deserve to win the League Two title, purely based on their football talent. However, for us at TFTSE the real winners in League Two are Rochdale, the Cherries, of course, and teams like play-off hopefuls Aldershot and Dagenham & Redbridge to name but a few. All have had to struggle with small budgets and transfer embargos, making their acheivements all the more impressive.
Admittedly, Notts County have had an embargo in place for the last couple of months of the season. But, this has proved to meaningless….
The Notts County team was built long before the transfer embargo was introduced, so some might say they have cheated their way to the title. The monthly wages of Kasper Schmeichel and Lee Hughes alone would have been a year’s wage budget for other L2 clubs. How would they have fared without Schmeichel and leading scorer Hughes. Schmeichel has been a leading light and probably saved them countless points. Hughes, the league’s top scorer has been banging them in and has surely won them countless points. Take these away and where would they be, still in League Two? We think so.
As to prove a point, Notts County get promoted, and immediately they tear up Schmeichel’s contract and let him go on a free transfer. We don’t think he will be be playing for a League Two or even League One club, again. First, he’s too good and no-one could probably afford his wages.