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New shirt sponsorship deal for Rangers

Rangers have concluded a three year shirt sponsorship deal with online casino group 32Red.  The company has previously sponsored Aston Villa and Swansea City.

32Red chief executive Ed Ware said 'This is not a punt.  It is an educated investment.'   Rangers were 'on the comeback trail.'

City to be found guilty under FFP rules

Manchester City are to be found guilty under financial fair play rules this week and face either a heavy fine or a transfer embargo.   Much depends on how sponsorship of the club by Etihad is treated and whether it is regarded as a related party transaction.

Has Arsenal got talent?

Last night's edition of Britain's Got Talent was delayed while Arsenal completed their penalty kicks victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.   However, a question that may have been going through the minds of some could have been has Arsenal got enough talented players?   And has Arsene Wenger lost his magic touch?

David Haigh quits at Leeds

In the latest twist in the saga at Leeds, managing director David Haigh has resigned from the board.  he was supposed to become chief executive until the end of the season, but disagreements between him and new owner Massimo Cellino led to a threat to sack him last weekend.

Sporting Intelligence provides an alternative interpretation of his resignation statement.

£18m losses at Rangers

The Rangers Football Club Ltd. has announced losses of £18.1m in the 13 months to June 2013.  It should be noted that there is a complex corporate structure at Rangers and more information can be found here.

Clubs in the money

Now that all the Premier League club accounts for last season are available, the authoritative Swiss Ramble blog has been able to make an overall analysis.

Eight clubs made a profit, which is more than I expected, with Swansea City leading the pack at £21m. QPR, who were relegated, made by far the biggest losses.   Arsenal had the biggest cash balances at £153m, followed by Manchester United at £94m.

New revelations about Leeds

Accounts filed at Companies House have led to new revelations about Leeds United.  GFH Capital sold half its stake to an unnamed party between March and June last year before buying it back in December 2013, reaching 85 per cent ownership.  This meant that there was no 'controlling party' of the club for at least six months.

Atletico's success is on shaky foundations

Atletico Madrid have emerged as a third force in Spanish football.  However, there is a history in Spain of clubs emerging to challenge the Real-Barcelona duopoly and then fading as they find it too hot at the top. It seems that Atletico's success is built on shaky financial foundations.

Narrow majority back Hull name change

A narrow majority of Hull season ticket holders has backed plans to change the name of Hull City to Hull Tigers.   However, 60 per cent did not respond and some fans felt the question was biased because it linked the named change with the Allam family remaining in charge at the club.

Top 30 English Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty English football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Manchester United FC retained their top spot, averaging over 75,500 spectators per match. Arsenal FC retained second position, averaging over 60,000, with Newcastle United FC coming in third at 50,515.

The average attendance for English Premier League clubs was 35,920 and for Championship clubs it was 17,450. For the third and fourth tiers of the English professional football leagues the averages were 6,320 and 4,390 respectively.