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Commentary on the management of over 160 English football clubs by Dr John Beech, winner of the FSF Writer of the Year Award 2009/10 Twitter: @JohnBeech Curator of Scoop.it! Football Finance

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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 »

Denouement at Liverpool?

Posted on October 7, 2010

The long-running saga of Messrs Hicks and Gillett’s failure, first, to bring Liverpool’s level debt down, and, next, to find a purchaser of the club willing to pay the unrealistic price they were asking, has until the last few days been, to me at least, a soap in which there is constant speculation on how […]

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Posted in Debts, Investors, Organisational culture, Ownership, Points deduction | 4 Comments »

AFC Liverpool and Liverpool FC

Posted on July 13, 2009

There is a definite uncertainty about AFC Liverpool. No, I’m not referring to either their financial situation or their progress on the pitch. I’m referring to their sense of their own identity. In my earlier posting on The fate of resurrectionist clubs (1), I looked at FC United of Manchester although their predecessor was alive […]

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Liverpool and the Auditors

Posted on June 11, 2009

KPMG, the auditors of Liverpool, have warned of a “material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt upon the group’s ability to continue as a going concern” (1). So, what does the qualification of a company’s accounts by its auditors imply? With a conventional business it would certainly be a cause for concern, and an indicator […]

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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 »

HMRC Winding-Up Petitions

Posted on February 23, 2012

The following list is of the winding-up petitions presented by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and its predecessors, the Internal Revenue (IR) who were responsible for the collection of direct taxation such as income tax (PAYE) and National Insurance contributions, and HM Customs and Excise (C&E) who were responsible for the collection of indirect taxation […]

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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 »

A day of reckoning

Posted on May 23, 2011

I managed to follow the great play-off between AFC Wimbledon (to whom, many congratulations) and Luton Town (to whom, commiserations) at least live online.  Football at its most exciting.  I wonder if Andy Burnham chose quite the right words though when he tweeted “Wimbledon back in Football League. Brilliant. A great victory for all football […]

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Posted in Broadcasting rights, Costs, Economic impact, Fans, Football Conference, Governance, Merchandising, Premier League, Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation, Revenues, Sponsorship | 2 Comments »

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 »

‘Club’, ‘club’ or ‘club’??? A 3Cs model

Posted on February 9, 2011

The evidence submitted by the Premier League to the House of Commons Select Committee prompts me to write again on the inherent ambiguity of the word ‘club’.  The evidence contains the following statement: English football clubs are very resilient with 95% of the clubs in the Football League in 1923 still in existence today and […]

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Posted in Fans, Governance, Identity, Ownership, Players' careers | 8 Comments »

A fish rots from the head down

Posted on February 4, 2011

Watching the transfer window lurch to its conclusion has not been an edifying experience – I didn’t have high expectations mind you, and my thoughts were possibly coloured by the constantly breaking internet connection at the hotel in Central Europe where I am staying. Certainly I was slightly surprised to read last Friday, from my […]

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Posted in Cashflow, Governance, HMRC, Insolvency, Premier League, Resurrection, Transfers, UEFA | 7 Comments »

Are our biggest clubs really global brands?

Posted on December 9, 2010

You certainly notice the presence of Premier League clubs in Kenya (where I’ve just been on a somewhat delayed ‘summer’ holiday). Well, of the predictable few.  Arsenal are, on the basis of an entirely unsystematic and unscientific survey of shirts and baseball caps and a pretty small sample, the clear number one English club of […]

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

Groundhog Day for the Trotters?

Posted on November 12, 2010

Reading through my Bolton file certainly makes for consistent reading, although ‘consistently inconsistent’ might be more accurate. “We have to balance the books” he told us as far back as 2003 (1), adding “We can’t afford to spend any money we haven’t got. We’re not going to go down that route.”  A fan of Mr […]

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Posted in Costs, Debts, Ethics, UEFA, Wages | 2 Comments »

Pompey’s soap turns into pantomime

Posted on October 23, 2010

The most recent events at Fratton Park would have been more at home in the King’s Theatre, where Jack in the Beanstalk opens in a few weeks time. To give a flavour of the goings on, let me quote from the Portsmouth News Fratton latest update newsletter for today.  The four consecutive entries, in chronological […]

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Posted in Journalism, Media, Ownership, Public relations | 6 Comments »

 
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