Date: 11th August 2009 at 9:19am
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Watford`s ever so honest chairman, lil` Jimmy Russo, has admitted that in-demand Tommy Smith`s current contract is causing the Vicarage Road moneymen a bit of a headache?

Rumours were aplenty a few weeks back that Smudgers alleged wage demands of a quite staggering £18k a week had put pay to a summer switch to Bramall Lane with the tabloids tittle tattle reporting that Watford were “angry” their Superman was pricing himself out of a move north.

Now it seems the Hornets too are a tad concerned with the impact of his weekly wage on the empty club coffers.

Speaking to those folk in the know at BBC 3 Counties Radio, the Hornets head honcho stated “The problem we have with Tommy [Smith] is that he is one of the high earners at the club. That`s been well documented”.

And Russo reckons that ‘problem` is unsustainable under the new regime in charge of the club coffers, adding “That level of commitment would be financially outside the model that we have introduced for the football club to enable stability?”.

But lil` Jimmy Russo is quick to realise the crazy, crazy footballing world that we live in by suggesting that “?in order for us to compete and get players of a certain calibre, we have to pay a certain amount of wages”.

Presumably though “a certain amount of wages” means a bag of chocolate buttons and half a kitkat chunky with Russo eager to stress “We are not Premier League”!!!!.