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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.

Organised crime and football

Sepp Blatter and Fifa have a mission to develop football in the Global South.   That's fair enough: the international organisation of which I am vice-president has a similar mission in its field of activity.


However, in some countries football faces particular challenges from criminal organisations.  One such country is Colombia where the Fifa under-20 World Cup kicks off on July 29th.  It is the biggest sporting event ever held in the country and 250,000 tickets have been sold.

Winning the war at Fifa

Konstanz, BRD: Now that the dust has settled after last week's events in Zurich, and sitting just a few miles from the Swiss border, it is perhaps a good time to review the way ahead at Fifa from an English perspective.

New owners at Portsmouth

Portsmouth FC have been acquired by a company controlled by Vladimir Antonov, a London-based Russian businessman.   Convers Sports Initiatives owns a list of sports teams and franchises including the Spartak Moscow ice hockey team.   It also has an interest in the Isle of Man TT motor cycle races.

West Ham reject Fernandes bid

We all know that the social medium Twitter is becoming more important, but I cannot recall anyone making an offer to invest in a football club via a tweet before.   But this is what Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes did yesterday, overshadowing Sam Allerdyce's first day at Upton Park..   It is thought that Fernandes was interested in the 35 per cent stake formerly held by CB Holdings.

What will Big Sam find at West Ham?

Sam Allardyce is expected to be confirmed as West Ham manager later today.  Fans of the Hammers may not be too keen on this direct style of play, but will no doubt forgive him if he gets them straight back up.   He will apparently double his salary of around £1.2m a year with an equivalent bonus if he does succeed.

FA challenge Blatter

The English and Scottish Football Associations are undoubtedly right to call for Fifa's presidential election tomorrow to be postponed but whether they will get anywhere is another matter.