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More high drama at Weymouth

Posted on November 24, 2009

A press conference scheduled for last night was postponed, and the Dorset Echo has carried two reports today (1 and 2) which provide some insight, if not full transparency, on what is going on.  Cancelled press conferences are a bit of a Weymouth thing – back in March one was cancelled when Stephen Beer, who […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, Insolvency, Ownership | 2 Comments »

Why Weymouth should be worried

Posted on November 21, 2009

Just how brazen can you get in flouting the Fit and Proper Person test?  See my last posting for some suggestions.  There is however a new contender. Latest on the takeover at Weymouth from the Dorset Echo includes the following gem: ““We are on course to fulfil our due diligence and will make a full […]

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Posted in Fit and Proper Person tests, Football Association, Governance, Ownership | 1 Comment »

Weymouth’s woes

Posted on August 31, 2009

The South Coast does not seem to be a successful part of the country when it comes to professional football. Think Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth… and Weymouth. Promotion to the Conference South and then the Conference, and playing in a relatively new stadium, seemed to herald a new era, and this was evidenced by strong […]

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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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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 times they are a-changin’ 1

Posted on March 19, 2010

Those expecting the usual dose of ‘Beech’s Bile’ are in for a disappointment with this posting, I’m afraid. While my overall perception of the English football management scene will no doubt trigger many more postings coloured with cynicism and sarcasm, I do sense a more positive zeitgeist beginning to emerge.  It’s early days yet, but […]

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Posted in Assets, Fans, Stadium, Trusts | 7 Comments »

Meanwhile, beyond Fratton Park…

Posted on March 7, 2010

… and whichever City bar (that’s ‘City’ as in ‘City of London’) that the Red Knights hang out in,  there’s plenty happening, or not happening, worthy of comment. Cardiff City and Southend United are both due back in court against an increasingly confrontational HMRC.  Spinmeister Peter Ridsdale has gone unusually quiet – how he survived […]

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Posted in Benefactors, Debts, Ethics, HMRC, Ownership, Stadium, Trusts | 8 Comments »

A good news story?

Posted on January 11, 2010

I don’t suppose, if I’m honest, that this a blog you would rush to in order to read ‘good news’ stories, packed with fluffy tales of people being, erm, nice. From Crawley Town, a club which has been through a fairly crazy time financially in the last few years, comes a story which warms the […]

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Posted in Human Resource Management, Organisational culture, Wages | 1 Comment »

Some snippets…

Posted on December 9, 2009

There are some updates on a number of clubs: Bournemouth A fresh attempt is to be made by Jeff Mostyn to have the transfer embargo lifted (1).  Debts to football creditors and HMRC have now been settled; what remains is described as ‘legacy debt’.  I’m not convinced that this a distinction which will cut much […]

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Posted in Debts, Insolvency, Ownership | 6 Comments »

Of windings-up and windings up

Posted on December 1, 2009

This last week has not been the best week to choose for some leave, but then when is!  Certainly there has been plenty of action off the pitch, and here is a summary of the ‘clubs in flux’. Cardiff City (see postings passim) HMRC have been making winding-up moves which even spinmeister Peter Ridsdale is […]

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Posted in Chutzpah, Debts, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 11 Comments »

Insolvency overview

Posted on November 15, 2009

Three weeks is a long time in football management – it was only on 25 October that I posted my last overview.  Previous ‘overviews’ can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Overviews’ tag at the top of the page. With a number of clubs things have become clearer, but for many the confusion has just […]

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Posted in Debts, Fit and Proper Person tests, HMRC, Insolvency, Ownership | 23 Comments »

Nepotism attempts to rear its ugly head again

Posted on November 13, 2009

Regular readers will recall how Eddie Mitchell was reported to be the author of several emails to Weymouth offering them £5,000 to take on his son Tom as a player (1).  Mitchell dismissed the emails as an elaborate forgery.  He, of course, had famously tried to leave his sons in charge at Dorchester Town when […]

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Administrations review

Posted on October 25, 2009

With several court appearances due to consider various aspects of insolvency at different clubs, now seemed a good time to take a broad look at clubs that have been in trouble recently: Bournemouth Bournemouth has been well covered in postings passim. £150,000 is due to HMRC but the club’s bank account remains frozen.  Eddie Mitchell […]

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Posted in Debts, HMRC, Insolvency | 19 Comments »

Mitchell further muddies South Coast waters?

Posted on October 24, 2009

Following my last posting, prompted by Eddie Mitchell’s call for government support, there is an extraordinary report in the Dorest Echo today (1).  While on the one hand Mitchell (see postings passim) is calling for government help for clubs like ailing Bournemouth, which he recently bought into following his involvement at Dorchester Town (where he […]

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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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