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League set for salary cap talks

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The Football League have confirmed a proposed salary cap will be discussed in greater depth with Coca-Cola Championship clubs after Derby chairman Adam Pearson warned the game is "close to meltdown at all levels".

Pearson insists a cap on player wages must be introduced to help prevent spiralling financial losses as the economy heads into a recession.

Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney is thought to advocate a salary cap in all three divisions, particularly the Championship, and a League spokesman said: "Given the prevailing economic climate, this is an issue that will be discussed with clubs once again."

League clubs are to meet on December 18 at Pride Park and, while the prospect of a salary cap is not top of the agenda, it seems certain to be debated.

Yet despite a general acceptance that there needs to be some form of control over player wages, not all Championship chairmen are convinced a salary cap is the answer.

Preston chairman Derek Shaw told PA Sport: "A salary cap would be very difficult to control because there are lots of ways round it so that players can still increase their earning power.

"At Preston our wage bill has increased by £1million per year for the past four or five years.

"If you don't pay the wages, you will get relegated from the Championship and it's very difficult to get back up - just ask Leeds and Nottingham Forest."

Shaw conceded that Preston, one of the more prudent clubs in the Championship, have been affected by the economic downturn.

He added: "Our gates are down on average by about 1,000 on last year. But if we reduce ticket prices then we can't afford to pay the players' wages."

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