Departing Peterborough United player Danny Lloyd more than stoked the anger of club owner Darragh MacAnthony with his parting shot that Posh paid him “absolute peanuts” last season.
In fact, Lloyd’s words didn’t just stoke the anger of Peterborough owner MacAnthony rather it stuck a glowing poker in a place where the sun don’t shine from – metaphorically.
MacAnthony’s response was pointed, swift and merciless and it was a response that drew a lot of support from Peterborough fans – fans disgusted at the snide comments of a player leaving the League One club to head to the National Conference with Salford City.
The gist of MacAnthony’s reply was that the departing Lloyd’s jibe that he was receiving “absolute peanuts” was untrue with the Posh boss saying he was getting over £80,000 for his first season of professional football since Peterborough brought him into League One from Stockport via the likes of Fylde and Tamworth.
However, after one season, eight goals and four assists it is back to the Saturdays of non-league football for Lloyd with Salford City, and it’s a lucrative one too for the 26-year-old Liverpudlian.
Respected journalist and sport writer Simon Austin has posted the following on his Twitter feed:
— Simon Austin (@sport_simon) July 16, 2018
In the linked article, Austin says that he “has been told that the 26-year-old will be earning £4,000 a week” at the Manchester-based club. Salford City are part-owned by members of Manchester United’s famous Class of ’92 in Phil and Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs who all have a 10% stake each. The other 50% is owned by Paul Lim – a Singaporean businessman with a US$2.5bn fortune.
With that sort of money, it’s not hard to imagine just how a fifth-tier club in its debut season in that level of competition can afford such a big outlay on one player.