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Manager turnover greatest in League 1

Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest is the latest league manager to be given the sack after reports of disagreements with the board.   However, League 1 managers are more likely to be dismissed than those in the Championship.


Last season there were 58 managerial changes, 40 of them dismisslas, but only seven of them came in the Premier League whereas there were 12 in League 1 according to figures released by the League Managers Association.   There were 10 in the Championship and 11 in League 2. 

Diamonds get a reprieve

The winding-up order brought against Rushden & Diamonds has been adjourned for 21 days.  This will give potential Japanese investors a chance to show their hand.   Having spent a long time now observing events of this kind, I am always cautious about mystery investors, but let's hope for Diamonds fans that it works out.

MUST give cautious welcome to United float plan

Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have given a cautious welcome to the idea of the club being floated by the Glazers on the Hong Kong stock exchange.   They point out that while fans may not like the idea of the Glazers walking away with a big profit, the long-term interests of the club should be paramount.

Could United float in Hong Kong?

The Sunday Times Business section provides authoritative coverage of football among other areas of the economy and today's issue leads with the story 'Glazers eye Man Utd float in Asia'.   The idea of listing the club on the Hong Kong stock exchange is certainly an interesting one with many potential implications.

Supporters Direct under threat

The future of Supporters Direct is under threat.   Leading football journalist David Conn has researched the story and it appears that some indiscreet tweets (here we go again) seem likely to lead to the withdrawal of Premier League funding just as it was about to be granted.

Rushden & Diamonds expelled from Conference

Financially troubled Rushden & Diamonds have been expelled from the Conference.  A full statement issued by the club can be found here.


This looks like the end of the dream realised by former owner Max Griggs that saw the Northamptonshire club win the League 2 championship, have one season in League 1 and play the likes of QPR, now in the Premier League.

Football League to cut spending on wages

The Football League is to introduce a scheme to cut spending on wages from the 2012-13 season.  Called the Salary Costs Management Protocol, it is effectively a version of Uefa's Financial Fair Play scheme which already applies to Premier League clubs.

Championship wages a big challenge

In many respects Championship wages are revealed to be an even bigger challenge than those in the Premiership according to the latest Deloitte review of football finance.   The ratio of wages to revenue there is 88 per cent compared with 68 per cent in the top flight.

Deloitte review out: wage boom in Premiership

The annual publication of the Deloitte review of football finance is always a major event for those interested in the business side of football.   They have cornered the market for authoritative overviews of developments.   We shall be featuring stories from this review over the next few days.

One point that immediately caught my eye was that for a second successive year the Premier League clubs' total wages increase has outstripped revenue growth, rising by £64m (5 per cent) to over £1.4 billion in 2009/10.  

Coventry City accounts qualified

The accounts of Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Limited have been qualified by the auditors.  They note that 'the existence of a material uncertainity which may vast significant doubt on the company's ability to continue as a going concern.'    This is a relatively unusual event for a football club.