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Manchester United and the Monkees

Posted on October 3, 2011

A comparison that doesn’t fully stand up to scrutiny, I promptly concede, but the ‘soulless’ way Manchester United is run as a business must trouble many a fan of what was once ‘the beautiful game’, and has often in the past been referred to as ‘the people’s game’. An article in the Financial Times really […]

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Posted in Globetrotterisation, Marketing | 2 Comments »

Liverpool and Manchester United

Posted on October 14, 2010

I’ve been abroad for work and then taken a couple of days leave – the net result is a week of only occasional internet contact.  A week is a long time in football it would seem. All my standard searches to keep up with football management affairs have resulted in a total overkill on the […]

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Posted in Costs, Debts, Investors, Ownership, Revenues | 5 Comments »

Three cheers for Manchester United!

Posted on September 22, 2009

No, seriously! With just the slightest touch of curmudgeon to begin though.  I’ve blogged before on how football’s culture of secrecy results in good news stories being hidden away, and this is another fine example. Not well covered in the media, with the honourable exceptions of a report by Brian Viner in The Independent (1) […]

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Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United

Posted on June 12, 2009

The purchase of Cristiano Ronaldo by Real Madrid for a fee of £80 million (1) has been widely reported (as has the latter’s earlier purchase of Kaka from AC Milan for a reported fee of £56 million (2)). How much of the £80 million will be made available for use in the transfer market remains […]

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Posted in Costs, Transfers | 1 Comment »

Pompey – the turning point?

Posted on November 20, 2012

I’ve not blogged recently on the Pompey basket case.  Not because there wasn’t much happening, but rather because there has been almost too much happening to stop and take a coherent view.  In fact, the last time I posted was back in March 2011, when I commented “Portsmouth City Football Club Ltd. is dead – […]

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Posted in Community, Fans, Insolvency, Ownership, Points deduction, Sanctions, Stadium, Trusts | 3 Comments »

So, is it really ‘goodbye Bluebirds, hello Red Dragons’?

Posted on June 7, 2012

Like the old joke about anti-social behaviour in a lift, what is happening at Cardiff City is just plain wrong at so many levels. The root causes of the problem lie in Sam Hammam’s decision to build a new stadium, the resulting deep financial difficulty that Cardiff got themselves into with Langston and the Damoclean […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Debts, Fans, Investors, Marketing, Merchandising, Ownership, Stadium, Strategy | 5 Comments »

The Magic of Football – still there in the Cups?

Posted on January 27, 2012

It’s increasingly difficult to see any magic in the beautiful game other than black magic, especially when you look at it from a financial perspective.  You only need to think of the narrow escapes at Plymouth and Wrexham recently, and both Portsmouth and Darlington are standing on the edge of the precipice. The Cups may […]

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The devil’s work

Posted on September 29, 2011

For someone who has no great love of the media, Sir Alex certainly knows how to get himself in the headlines.  His latest claim is that football has sold its soul to the TV ‘devil’ (1).  Attractive though his choice of metaphor is, with the vision it generates of a BSkyB ‘evil empire’, it just […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Governance, Premier League | 5 Comments »

The changing face of Premier League shirt sponsorship

Posted on September 15, 2011

The news the other week that Manchester United had secured a lucrative sponsorship deal with DHL for their training kit (1) rather caught my attention.  It wasn’t the unique (?) case of training kit being sponsored – I would expect this to be a one-off, with all new shirt sponsorship deals having a clause requiring […]

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Posted in Marketing, Revenues, Sponsorship | 7 Comments »

The battle of football’s ‘global brands’ – in Morocco

Posted on August 31, 2011

Last year I blogged on the case of merchandising in Kenya, noting that while clubs such as Arsenal undoubtedly had a presence there, there was little sign of any commercial activity which they were benefiting from.  This summer’s trip to Morocco revealed a significantly different situation. The overall impression of the top European clubs’ ‘presence’ […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Merchandising, Sponsorship | 3 Comments »

The Big 1, 2, 3 or is it still 4? Or more?

Posted on June 9, 2011

Currently I’m working on a joint research project on various European football leagues with colleagues in Austria.  One set of data which we have produced so far casts some light on this perenial debate.  The latest version of the date centres of course on whether Liverpool ‘have fallen out of the Top 4′, and/or whether […]

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Posted in Governance, History, Premier League, Pyramid movement | 3 Comments »

Trouble at Rossendale United and Rothwell Town

Posted on March 1, 2011

Those who are ‘fleet of ear’ will have picked up on Sunday’s 5 Live Investigates that Rossendale United and Rothwell Town (and, to pick up on Kevin Rye’s well-placed pass, not Runcorn Linnets!) have serious cause for concern.  Clubs in crisis as you go further down the pyramid tend to be less well reported.  These two […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, Financial doping, Ownership | 3 Comments »

The scarf your mum knitted and competitive balance

Posted on February 22, 2011

I haven’t been enjoying lunch lately.  Nothing to do with the food in the university canteen; it’s my daily read of The Guardian I blame.  That Matt Scott in particular had me choking today (1) over my vegetarian shepherds pie, although the oxymoron itself hadn’t put me in the best of moods.  I was so […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Broadcasting rights, Ethics, Financial doping, Merchandising, Revenues | 1 Comment »

Did Crawley Town get it right?

Posted on February 18, 2011

As the excitement mounts over a certain FA Cup tie, one story in the news seems to have become just a flash in the pan.  However, it strikes me as one that has some puzzling, even disturbing, dimensions that deserve exploring.  And there are a number of unanswered questions. I’m referring not to the decision […]

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Posted in Fans | 3 Comments »

Lessons from Plymouth

Posted on January 3, 2011

The car crash that Plymouth Argyle is on the verge of turning into is a strange case, yet many a club might well think that there but for the grace of god go they. At the beginning of the nineties Dan McCauley had become Chairman, with his predecessor Peter Bloom becoming Vice Chairman.  While the […]

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Posted in 2018, Assets, Benefactors, Cashflow, Debts, History, HMRC, Insolvency, Investors, Ownership, Stadium | 14 Comments »

 
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