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Dyke wants to cut size of Premier League

FA chairman Greg Dyke wants to cut the size of the Premier League to eighteen clubs to boost the fortunes of the national team.

Any such plan would require a vote of 75 per cent of clubs in favour and it might be questioned why they would vote for it.   However, Dyke has suggested that the number of clubs relegated could be reduced to two.  Also, if there were fewer clubs, the pot going to each club would be bigger.

Taxman hits testimonials

The devil is always in the detail in George Osborne's budgets and he is a past master at inventing stealth taxes that initially attract little attention, although he got it badly wrong with the pasty tax.

This time he has decided to tax testimonial matches for footballers (and other sportsmen and women).  A testimonial match at a top club can net £1m.   In addition, there are usually associated events such as black tie dinners with over priced seats and auctions.

Wenger splashes out

Arsene Wenger has at last loosened the purse strings at Arsenal and splashed out: on a coach, the type that you drive, not the sort that shouts at players.  When they played Norwich three years ago they came under criticism from green campaigners for taking a 14-minute flight to the Norfolk county town.

Unfortunately, the chara won't be in use today because of road works.   The team flew to Norwich last night.  Wenger complained, 'Sometimes the access to Norwich is difficult.'

Best ever financial results for Bayern Munich

Increasingly looking like the leading European team, Bayern Munich have announced the best ever financial results in their 115-year history.   Turnover is up to £368m, although that still leaves them slightly behind Barcelona and Real Madrid in terms of revenue.

New era in football finance

In the past wealthy individuals from the Middle East and Russia with money to burn bought football clubs as a prestige acquisition or a form of political insurance.   By and large, the days of individuals with deep pockets are over for reasons that have been discussed before on this page such as the fall in the oil price.

Empty seats at the Emirates

The announced attendance for Arsenal's Champions League game against Dynamo Zagreb was 58,798, but it seems that the actual attendance was around 50,000.   Clubs, of course, customarily include season ticket holders in attendance figures whether they are there or not.

Cobblers inquiry widened

Quite what has been happening at Northampton Town is far from clear and may not be for some time as allegations of financial irregularities are not easy to investigate.

However, it appears that the scope of the inquiry has widened and investigative football journalist David Conn tries to get to the bottom of what has been going on.

Scottish league game to be played abroad?

The idea of Premiership games playing league games abroad was knocked on the head by the football authorities after an unfavourable reaction by fans.   It seemed as if globalisation in football did have some limits.

Northampton Town sold

Northampton Town has been sold to former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas.   The deal has the approval of Northampton Borough Council who are owed £10.25m for work at and around the Sixfields stadium that was never completed.   HM Revenue & Customs are owed £166,000 and are bringing a winding up petition.

The path to political power through football

Argentina's new centre-right president Maurico Marci is the former chairman of leading club Boca Juniors. This is not a coincidence: he consciously used it as a route to political power.

In the Financial Times weekend magazine Simon Kuper revealed how Marci addressed a meeting in Oxford 14 years ago to explain how he planned to parlay his success with Boca Juniors into a political career.   He applied business principles, took a risk by getting rid of some popular players, and brought success.