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No. of Clubs

Posted on February 13, 2012

I’m sometimes asked for a magic number – the number of top clubs which have gone into Administration.  It’s difficult give a simple answer because: Administration is a misleading basis for counting.  Clubs can be wound up without ever going into Administration.  A better measure is ‘insolvency event’, a term which can however be defined […]

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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 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 »

The inevitable tension surfacing…

Posted on August 20, 2010

Although there is always a tension between, on the one hand, the needs of a club from a footballing perspective, exemplified perhaps by the views of the manager, and, on the other hand, the needs of a club from a business perspective, it is inevitable that the tension will be greatest when a) clubs are […]

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Posted in Costs, Organisational culture | 3 Comments »

Italy’s new ‘Premier League’

Posted on August 27, 2009

The BBC has reported under the headline Serie A to form breakaway league that “Serie A is set to copy the formation of England’s Premier League“, to be known as Lega Calcio Serie A (1). Before looking at a rather important detail that the BBC omits, it is worth looking at whether the formation of […]

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Administration ain’t easy

Posted on June 25, 2009

I have long argued that the option of going into Administration is a far from easy option, and that further punishment by football’s governing bodies not only constitutes ‘second punishment’ but is dysfunctional in that it punishes the club rather than the directors who caused the financial problems, and adds to the likelihood of further […]

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Portsmouth and Southampton again

Posted on June 5, 2009

Back in April I commented on some of the similarities and differences between these two South Coast rivals (1). Since then, for Southampton the uncertainty over their future ownership, and indeed survival, has continued. As I write, there is talk of a mystery multi-millionaire and the announcement of a new board this week (2). We […]

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Canaries v. Tractor Boys

Posted on May 4, 2009

Norwich City’s failure against Charlton yesterday afternoon means that next season they will be playing in League 1 next season, the first time they have played in Tier 3 since 1960. As recently as 2005 they were in the Premier League. Since 1996 Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn-Jones have been joint majority share-holders […]

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Posted in Governance, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Norwich away is awry

Posted on April 10, 2009

Readers of this blog may recall that in my posting Life’s tough in Administration of 1st April (1) I commented on the fact that Norwich players had paid for their own flights to Blackpool for an away game. Now comes the news that the club’s directors have personally paid for the flight to Swansea this […]

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A movable famine, as it turned out

Posted on March 30, 2009

The third Thursday in March – the cut-off date for clubs going into Administration who look like they will be relegated but want to take this ten points deduction this season – has come and gone. With the financial increasing pressures on clubs, many observers had anticipated a flood of Administrations. These included Barry Hearn, […]

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Posted in Insolvency | 1 Comment »

 
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