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The Premiership


Bournemouth make big losses - and get fined

Bournemouth made a £38.3m loss in the Championship last season.  The loss was mainly due to players' wages.   The salary bill of £30.4m was more than double the club's turnover.  

Wages went up by more than 76 per cent in one year, including performance bonuses for winning promotion.   The ratio of salaries to turnover was 237 per cent.   I cannot recall such a high ratio among top flight clubs.

Big financial rewards for Foxes come next year

Leicester City will earn £93m from the distribution of Premier League television money this season if they win the title.  This is £21m more than last year, but the big financial rewards will come next season.

How not to run a football club

Another look at the problems of Aston Villa.   This posting focuses on a dysfnctional mix of centralised control, hierarchical management and poor communications.  This slowed down decision-making when decisions needed to be taken quickly.

Apologies for our absence for a while.   The site was spammed by some dodgy IPs and the hosting company had to take it down to rectify matters.

Spurs wage structure under threat

The chances of Tottenhham Hotspur winning the Premier League title are slim after their draw against West Bromwich Albion last night.  However, they have every chance of making the group stages of the Champions League.

One of Daniel Levy's smartest moves in his 15 years as Tottenham chairman has been to keep wages relatively low.  No one at Spurs earns £300,000 a week, with the best paid players - Hugo Lloris, ErikLamlea and Mousa Dembele - in the £70,000-£80,000 a week bracket.

Footballers top rich list

All but four of the twenty-two sportsmen listed in the latest Sunday Times list of the richest twenty in sport are footballers.   However, none of them are anywhere near being billionaires, of which there are 120 in the latest UK rich list.

Big variations in spending on agents

Manchester United have paid the most money to agents of any club in the Premier League with more than £10m going on intermediary fees since October 1st.   The money included phased payments from contract renewals and transfers conducted during the summer.   United have used agents in contracts and transfers involving 40 players since April.

Two disastrous owners

This article compares two disastrous owners who have been 'bad in new and innovative ways', Randy Lerner at Aston Villa and Roland Duchatelet at Charlton.   Duchatelet was the target of renewed protests at The Valley yesterday in which visiting Brighton and Hove Albion fans joined,

Spurs may have to cut seats

Tottenham Hotspur may have to remove as many as 8,000 seats, the majority from the Paxton Road stand, to facilitate building work on the new stadium to ensure that it is ready for the 2018-19 campaign. That would mean they would face the prospect of playing Champions League matches in front of crowds of fewer than 30,000.

The 22,000 season ticket holders would not be affected, but wth 3,000 tickets needed for away fans, there could be a significant reduction in the number of tickets made available for members and released on general sale next season.

Brexit and the Premier League

As with anything concerned with Brexit, there are many complexities and uncertainties.  The lack of reliable information leads to a vacuum which encourages exaggeration and predictions of catastrophe by both sides of the argument.

However, leading sports lawyer Daniel Geey provides an authoritative guide to the key issues concerning players.

Bookies would take hit from Leicester title

Leicester City's lead at the top of the Premier League could be cut to five points tomorrow if Tottenham Hotspur win at Stoke City.   However, their last gasp draw against West Ham could be just enough to secure the title.

If they do, bookies could take a big hit.   The Foxes started the season at 5,000-1 outsiders.  Ladbrokes stand to lose £3m, with 50 customers gambling on Leicester befor the season started, and William Hill £2m hit.   The figure is likely to exceed £10m across the betting industry.