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Owls under the microscope

Sheffield Wednesday are a club with a great history who find themselves playing in the Championship. Their new owner has set them a goal of reaching the Premier League in two years.   They are the latest club to be put under the microscope by the impressive Swiss Ramble blog.   As usual, readers are provided with a meticulous and informative analysis that makes careful and sound judgments.

Record transfer spend hides some changes

Spending by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window was a record £862m, but this represents just a three per cent increase on last year's £835m.   What is also evident is that the new television deal gives medium-sized Premiership clubs the ability to resist bids for their best players, as exemplified by the case of Berahino and West Bromwich Albion.

Where the transfer cash is going

All the excitement of transfer deadline day is upon us with dedicated television programmes following the last minute developments.   It looks being another record spend by Premier League clubs.

Premier League becoming more dominant

The competitive imbalance in Europe caused by the Premier League's latest television deal is a theme that is drawing increasing attention and the latest person to address it is the sporting director of Wolfsburg. Of course, the deal hasn't kicked in yet, but the transfer dealings of leading Premiership clubs appear to anticipate it.

Blackburn's fall from grace

Twenty years ago Blackburn Rovers joined the small group of clubs that have won the Premier League title.  It was a considerable achievement then and it is doubtful if a club of Blackburn's size could manage it today.

How football boosts Manchester's economy

The success of Manchester City and Manchester United gives a big boost to the local economy and is estimated to be worth £2.5bn in advertising over the next twenty years.

Greater Manchester has been getting its governance act together in a way that has happened more slowly than in Birmingham or the north-east.   The cause and effect relationship between that and the success or otherwise of the local football teams is a complex one, but it is undoubtedly there.

Two clubs worth over £1bn

A study based on hard data and using a rigorous methodology has found that two Premier League clubs are worth over £1bn.   Manchester United come in at £1.848bn and Arsenal at £1.18bn.   At the other end of the table, Bournemouth are worth £104m.

Russell Crowe rules out Leeds bid

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has ruled out fronting a bid for Leeds United.   Earlier in the year, he asked his followers on Twitter whether he should make a bid.

Crowe thinks that the club could be turned around and restored to its former glories, but is concerned about the toll it would take on him and his family.

Championship clubs have £1.1bn of debt

Championship clubs have amassed total debts of £1.1bn.   Bolton Wanderers have the largest debts of £182.1m, followed by £179.6m at QPR with Ipswich Town some way behind on £82.1m.

Football and global energy politics

The link between football and the geopolitics of global energy supplies may not seem to be an obvious one.  But under conditions of globalisation, different sectors of the economy become intertwined.  Football can offer prestige, influence and access to decision-makers.    These links are explored in this interesting article.