Simon Jordan brushes off hypocrisy claims over Chelsea and Newcastle FFP loopholes
Source: Talksport

talkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has hit back at claims he has been hypocritical over Chelsea and Newcastle and their financial situations.

Jordan has previously spoken about Newcastle and their business links with Saudi Arabia, questioning the nature of transfer dealings between the two.

Simon Jordan has defended himself from claims he is a hypocriteCredit: talksport With the Magpies looking to meet FFP rules, the club were lambasted by many for using the Saudi Pro League, who are financed by Newcastle's PIF owners, to help secure their financial status.

However, Chelsea have also had FFP problems and it recently came to light that the club sold two of their own hotels to a company owned by the Blues' Clearlake Capital group to help meet regulations.

And some Newcastle fans believe Jordan did not give Chelsea the same treatment as he did their club, something that the talkSPORT pundit has rubbished.

Jordan defended himself and said: "I don't think that is quite hat I've said.

"I've criticised the Saudis in context as potentially useful idiots for the Premier League in terms of clubs being able to sell what they don't want to them in the pursuit of getting themselves out of problems and that included

"Context is everything. It is much easier to establish a fair market price of a piece of property than it is a fair market price of a player.

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Andy Townsend believes the Chelsea squad are being mismanaged and draws comparisons to Wayne Rooney's career "If you do with a piece of property, you're going to underpin it a little more substantially. The argument is similar but different.

"Context is everything, I think if you frame the conversation that we were having about the Saudis and how the Saudis are going to rip English football apart and this, that and the other, I think my response at the time was based upon, 'Hmm, I am not sure I am particularly enamoured with this idea'."

There is a suggestion that both Newcastle and Chelsea might have to sell players in the summer to adhere with Premier League financial rules.

Conor Gallagher has been heavily linked with an exit at Stamford Bridge, as well as Armando Broja, Trevoh Chalobah and Marc Cucurella.

And with the Blues keen to continue their spending, which has surpassed PS1billion under Clearlake Capital's rule, it will force them to offload fringe players as soon as possible.

Newcastle find themselves in a similar position with Alexander Isak being linked with an exit, though Eddie Howe has insisted this will not happen.

"Your top players, the elite ones, are so difficult to recruit, they're so difficult to find, so when we get them, we've got to try to keep them."