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Empty seats cost Premiership clubs

A study by BRDC Continental suggests that Premiership clubs are losing valuable revenue by failing to maximise match day ticket sales,   Not only are they losing money on the ticket sales, they are also depriving themselves of revenue from food and drink outlets and the sale of programmes.  The two worst hit clubs are said to be Aston Villa, losing out on £7m a year, and Sunderland, losing £6.5m.

David Gill stands down at United

David Gill is to stand down as Manchester United chief executive in June.    Chartered accountant Gill joined the club as finance director in 1997 and became chief executive in 2003,  He will stay on as a director. In response to the news Manchester United Supporters' Trust (NUST) Chief Executive, Duncan Drasdo said:

Leeds fans asked to be patient

Leeds United fans have been asked to be patient by GFH Capital while they seek new investment in the club.  They have assured fans that Ken Bates will not be allowed to step back into a more active role in the club.

Fifth winding up order for Shrimpers

I don't know whether it's some kind of record but Southend United are facing their fifth winding up petition in four years,   All but one of the previous petitions have involved Revenue & Customs which is the case on this occaion.   The club are due in court on March 18th.

Chairman Ron Martin said that the tax bill would be 'dealt with in the normal order of business', but obviously it was not paid on time, although Revenue & Customs tend to move more quickly on such matters than in the past.

Revised Portsmouth bid

The consortium led by Keith Harris has made a revised bid for Portsmouth.    He offered the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) a 15 per cent stake in the club, plus a seat on the board.   He also proposed a 10 per cent discount on season ticket prices for the next three seasons.

Do 659 million really follow United?

The short answer is: probably not.   That's 1 in 10 of the world's population.  It's a good job they don't all turn up at Old Trafford when there's a game on and try to get in.   The survey figures that Manchester United suggest that nearly a third of South Korea's population follow the club (no figures are available for North Korea).

BT interested in ESPN's football rights

BT is in discussions to acquire football rights from sports broadcaster ESPN as the Disney-owned channel explores an exit from the UK.   The rights that are available include matches from the Bundesliga, Europa League and FA Cup.   However, BSkyB is also interested.

The benefits and costs of a cup run

Luton Town have made £600,000 from their FA Cup run, including a £233,200 broadcast fee from ESPN for their home against Millwall.   However, it simply eats into projected losses of £2m this season as they try to return to the Football League.

They have spent big on their squad.   Indeed, the consortium in charge at Kenilworth Road has already ploughed £10m into the club.   But at the moment they are 8th in the Blue Square Premiership, although they have games in hand on the clubs above them.

Cashflow shortfall at Leeds United

Many Leeds United fans have become disillusioned with GFH Capital since they took over the club, not seeing the progress they hoped for.   The new owners set out a defence of  their actions in an in depth interview with leading football journalist David Conn.