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Could Sam Hammam return to Cardiff?

This is certainly a possibility as the Malaysian investors in the club try to settle a loan notes debt that could be as large as £28m.   Hammam would be prepared to wipe off the debt in return for a 50 per cent stake in the club and role as effective director of football.   The Malaysian investors would then take care of all financial and commercial matters.

Are Crawley a moneybags club?

Crawley Town, who face Derby County in the FA Cup at home tonight, is often accused of being a moneybags club, buying its way to the Football League.   But an in depth report suggests that the reality may be rather different.

Wrexham deny asset stripping charges

The owners of Wrexham have emphatically denied charges of asset stripping over a controversial plan to sell the Racecourse Ground to a new company and lease it back.   More than 1,500 people have signed an online petition against the move.  Wrexham chairman Ian Roberts has said that if he receives the position he will 'stick it in the drawer'.

FA in a sponsorship fix

The Football Association is about to sign a new sponsorship deal with Vauxhall and it is thought likely to be around the £5m figure it earned from its former deal with Nationwide.  Two years ago the FA thought that with Fabio Capello's team progressing smoothly to World Cup qualification it could command a premium on its rights.  It therefore rejected an offer from Nationwide to extend its deal.  Then came the catastrophic World Cup performance in South Africa.

Managerial merry go round in full swing

The managerial merry go round has been in full swing over the holiday period.  Phil Parkinson went at Charlton this week although the club are fifth in League 1.   However, the new owners at The Valley were not impressed by what they saw at Monday's 2-4 home defeat by Swindon.   29 managers have gone this season which is actually slight down on the 33 figure from this time last year (but the number could easily go up over the next few days).

Map of football support in London

This map of football support in London is interesting, if only as a talking point.   It's striking how geographically squeezed the support base of the smaller clubs is.  It's also worth bearing in mind that a lot of support for the bigger clubs comes from outside London: my guess would be at least 50 per cent.   In the case of Charlton, a medium-sized club, there are probably as many supporters who have migrated to live in Kent as live in the 'home bor

Cambridge United up for sale

Blue Square Bet premier club Cambridge United has been up for sale by chairman Paul Barry and director Adrian Hanauer.   Seattle-based businessman Barry is willing to sell up to someone who can secure the long-term future of the club which is in need of new investment.

Asian tycoons backed Red Knights

The Red Knights consortium that tried to buy Manchester United had the backing of two Asian tycoons.   They attracted support from Malaysian airline entrepreneur Tony Fernades and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

The role of agents

Football agents are beginning to find life harder.   Loans are likely to predominate in the transfer window and for those agents that do broker deals fees may be heavily squeezed.


In the 2009-10 season the total outlay on agents' fees in the Premier League was £67.1m, a drop of £3.6m compared with the 2008-9 season.   There is considerable variation in the amounts that clubs spend on such fees.   Chelsea and Liverpool each spent over £9m, but the amount spent by Manchester City fell from £12.9m the previous season to £5.9m. 

A quiet transfer window?

The conventional wisdom is that the January transfer window is not a good time to make signings.  Availability is limited, pushing up prices.   On the other hand, one key signing could secure a place in Europe or even the title or help to avoid relegation.   Given the tight yet fluid character of the Premier League this season that could be an even more important consideration than usual.