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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 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 ins and outs of the transfer window

Posted on September 3, 2011

So, the transfer window finally slammed shut, to use the mandatory cliché, amid the predictable hype.  In one respect this was hardly surprising – of the 289 August deals reported by the BBC (1), no fewer than 93, or 32%, had taken place on the final day.  In total 141 (49%) had taken place in […]

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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 »

Manchester City following in Pompey’s footsteps

Posted on October 2, 2010

Manchester City’s financial results, published earlier this week (1), were generally reported uncritically earlier this week, notwithstanding the key loss of £121m, with the exception at least of The Sun (2), where there was some attempt to look beyond the positive headlining provided by the club. According to the club, the financial highlights could be […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Costs, Debts, Ownership | 10 Comments »

Transfer torpor

Posted on September 7, 2010

The transfer window just isn’t what it used to be.  I found myself habitually clicking to find the latest news from the BBC website and checking Twitter, but there just wasn’t much happening.  Even on the final day, there wasn’t much action to follow, unless you are a Stoke City, Spurs or Sunderland fan. As […]

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The trouble with new stadiums 4 (and final)

Posted on August 10, 2010

[See also The trouble with new stadiums 1, which looked at the argument that “We’re a club with ambition and we need more seats to reflect that ambition“, The trouble with new stadiums 2, which looked at the argument that “We’ve got the wrong sort of stadium.  We need one better suited to maximising our […]

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Posted in Assets, Costs, Debts, Stadium | 13 Comments »

The trouble with new stadiums 1

Posted on June 27, 2010

You may have noticed – I am not a fan of the new stadium.  At the Supporters Direct Conference I spoke briefly about ‘the myth of the new stadium’, and over a couple of postings I’ll  elaborate on why I don’t, in general, rate them. Broadly, there are three lines of argument that are trotted […]

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Lessons from Livingston?

Posted on September 9, 2009

The immediate saga of the descent of Livingston, following its rise from being an amateur works team, Ferranti Thistle, to its life in senior football as , first Meadowbank Thistle, then, following a franchise-style relocation, to Livingston, and for a brief period the joys of the Scottish Premier League, through an Administration in 2004, sale […]

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Half Premier League ‘technically insolvent’

Posted on August 15, 2009

The latest report from Equifax on the financial state of the clubs in the Premier League (as reported at 1) makes extremely depressing reading. Details are shown below. The Equifax score is based on accounts data, age of accounts, trading stability, profitability, working capital, gearing, and legal and court information. Club Score out of 100 […]

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Review of Season 2008/09

Posted on August 4, 2009

This was not one of the great season’s from a management perspective. It is best summed up by a (slightly misleading) headline from the BBC this very morning – English club finances worry UEFA. Their worries are to do specifically with the Premier League clubs; mine have extended way down the football pyramid for several […]

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Arabs and soccerball

Posted on July 8, 2009

It is reported that Charlton Athletic are possibly the subject, again, of a takeover bid from the UAE (1) and (2), this in the context of recent annual losses of £11.5m (3), the selling of fixed assets (4), and relegation to League 1. Less than a week ago Plymouth Argyle (Championship) were taken over by […]

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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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Premier League wages

Posted on June 6, 2009

Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance is eagerly awaited by fans of the football business, and this week’s appearance was no exception (1). Their view that, all in all, the Premier League garden is rosy, was repeated in reports such as that of the BBC, which is headlined “Premier League ‘defies downturn’” (2). Over recent […]

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Waking up to reality?

Posted on March 27, 2009

Two recent reports in the media caught my eye. First Sunderland are reported to have renegotiated players’ contracts to include a clause that means that, should Sunderland be relegated, the players will take a cut in wages of 40% (1). A second report covered the story of Weymouth’s considering a return to part-time status (2). […]

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