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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! Football Finance

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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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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 »

Ups and Downs 1

Posted on April 7, 2010

Like virtually every football fan, there is really only one football result each week that matters to me personally – I have to know it almost as the whistle blows (thankfully possible in the age that we live in).  The rest I could easily wait to read in the Sunday papers. With my particular perspective […]

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Posted in Promotion, Pyramid movement, Relegation | 6 Comments »

Inherited debt and fit-and-proper persons

Posted on October 13, 2009

Bournemouth (see previous posting) is far from alone in suffering from debt inherited from previous owners/boards.  As Eddie Mitchell has just pointed out “The previous history is complicating the club going forward. If you do the crime, you’ve got to do the time and it’s no good whingeing about it” (1), the problem being that […]

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Progress at Crawley Town

Posted on October 3, 2009

In another unusual case of transparency, Crawley Town have released an insightful interview on the club website with Bruce Winfield, ‘major shareholder’ (1).  This comes in the context of the dropping of proceedings by HMRC to wind the club up, which prompted the Crawley Observer to announce a ‘Fresh Start for Crawley Town‘. To understand […]

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The fate of resurrectionist clubs

Posted on July 6, 2009

I’m not sure what it is that draws me to following the fate of resurrectionist clubs. Perhaps it’s just the curiosity of seeing whether the new club can make a better fist of it than its predecessor. Maybe it’s the delayed gratification of following their success or failure over a number of seasons. No matter […]

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