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Fans' views on finances

4-4-2 magazine has published the results of their latest fan census which includes some interesting views on football finances.   75 per cent of fans think that Premier League footballers earn too much and only 2.6 per cent think they earn too little. 

Top 30 football clubs in English leagues ranked by match attendances 2009/10

Manchester United headed the list of the top 30 football clubs playing in the English leagues as ranked by average home match attendances. Season 2009/10.

Leagues - Premiership, Championship, League 1, League 2

 

Charlton bid rejected

Charlton Athletic have rejected a takeover bid from a group led by Swiss-based fund manager Sebastien Sainsbury.   Sainsbury, a member of the supermarket dynasty, fronted a failed attempt to buy Leeds United in 2004.


According to club sources the offer had not provided proof of funds.   There were concerns that the bidders would create working capital by borrowing against The Valley and other capital assets.  There were also unconfirmed allegations that one person associated with the bid did not meet the highest standards of probity.

Ridsdale would like to get back into football

Peter Ridsdale has admitted that he would love to get back into football.  He reckons that he did a decent job at Cardiff, although his tenure there was not without controversy.   His period at Leeds earned him a black mark in the eyes of many fans.

St.Gallen survive - for now

Switzerland's oldest football club, the 131-year old St. Gallen, has been saved from the brink of bankruptcy after six businesmen combined to invest 10 million Swiss francs (about the same amount in dollars) in the club.   The club faced going out of business and automatic demotion from the top division after the city council refused to contribute to a bailout last month.   Five banks waived debts of nearly 5 million francs as part of the rescue.

Hot welcome likely for Sullivan

David Sullivan is likely to receive a hostile reception from at least some fans when he returns to Birmingham City today as joint owner of West Ham United.   With his business partner, David Gold, he sold the club to Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung last December for £81.5m.   Gold has already been banned from the match for remarks he made in a national newspaper about the club's new owners.  He alleged that they had reneged on a deal tgo keep him on the board.

39th game is back on agenda

New Livepool chairman Tom Werner has put the controversial idea of a 39th game back on the football agenda.   The idea was originally advanced in 2008 and would involve Premier League teams playing an additional competitive game in a variety of locations across the world including Asia, the Middle East and the United States.

What went wrong at Dundee

A Different League has posted a frank and revealing interview with Dundee chief executive Harry MacLean.  As well as giving some insights into the situation at Dundee, he also discusses Scottish football more generally which he see as 'a declining product'.

Barnet in row over stadium plan

Barnet have threatened to move out of the borough after 100 years following a row with the local council over a potential site for a new stadium.   The club regards their ground at Underhill, which has a slope, as ageing and unsuitable as a basis for future development. 

Baggies are top of financial fair play league again

West Bromwich Albion has topped The Times Financial Fair Play (FFP) league again.  The FFP league seeks to identify those clubs that are obtaining the best results per pound spent.   It's based on a formula devised by Sue Bridgewater of Warwick Business School.


Arsenal take second place, followed by Bolton and Blackpool.  If the FFP league had been in operation last season, the winners would have been Everton and they moved up from seventeenth to fifth in October.   West Ham occupy bottom place.