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Barnet to leave Underhill

Barnet are to leave Underhill next season after 104  years.   This follows a complex dispute with the local Council about the lease and access to the ground in which each side blames the other.    The club may ground share in the short term.   However, they have already built a £11m training centre in Harrow  and have gained planning permission for a stadium on the 44-acre site.

Yo dudes, football better than soccer

The Wall Street Journal has published an article by a British expat asserting that American football is a better game than 'soccer'.   No surprise there, you might well say.   He even manages to get in a pop at Canada's favourite game, [ice] hockey.

'Cluck off, Venky's'

This was the placard a Blackburn Rovers fan was holding aloft at a recent game.  You can see where he is coming from.    For at least two decades, Blackburn Rovers have been punching above their weight.   Jack Walker's millions helped them to become the only club outside the top group to win a Premier League title, but they have also benefitted from being well run.   When top clubs came to Ewood Park they knew they had a game on.

Steel city mystery: the clubs

At the beginning of the season on 'CAFC picks' I selected both Sheffield clubs to be promoted from League 1 this season.   It's a prediction I stand by.   Both these clubs deserve to be in the Championship at the very least.   As for the Premiership, well, many feel the calling, but few are chosen.   The first goal must be to consolidate in the Championship.

Steel city mystery

The pulsating draw between Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town was one of the most exciting matches yesterday.   The Owls remain in the frame for promotion from League 1, as do Sheffield United who won yesterday.   But why are these two former Premiership clubs both languishing in League 1?  It is a question we shall tackle in two articles, the first looking at the city of Sheffield itself.

Marketing Barcelona

The former vice-president and general manager of Barcelona, Ferran Soriano, has written a book entitled Goal the title of which is clearly designed to appeal to football fans, but the sub-title reveals its real intended market Management Ideas from the World of Football.    Moreover, the book is published by Palgrave-Macmillan, the publishing house I primarily use, but we took The Transformation of European Football to Manchester University Press who are building up a list in the area.

Forest face dual challenge

Currently in the relegation zone in the Championship, Nottingham Forest are also facing challenges off the pitch.   They made a £11m loss in the last financial year and owner Nigel Doughty is unwilling to put in any more money.   What is particularly worrying is that their wages to turnover ratio exceeds 100 per cent.

Mercurial owner meets mercurial player

The transfer of Nicolas Anelka to Shanghai Shenhua in January will bring together a mercurial owner and a mercurial player.   Its been an up and down ride for fans with Zun Jun who made his money out of the Warrior Warcraft game but then had to conduct a fire sale of players when he lost the franchise in 2009.

Stanley sell shares

Accrington Stanley do not have a massive support base and they face recurrent financial problems, but they also inspire a great deal of interest and affection.   Hence, selling shares at £100 each may be a way out of their financial problems.   They have already made sales to people from Australia, Brazil, Canda and Bulgaria.

Kean insists no financial worries at Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean insisted on Radio 5 this morning that there are no financial problems at the relegation threatened club.    After the defeat at Sunderland yesterday, he appeared to know nothing about the financial situation.   In any event, Barclays Bank clearly think otherwise.   They sent a delegation of senior managers to Ewood Park last Tuesday, not to offer congratulations on Kean's first year in management,  which will be celebrated tomorrow, but demanding to see the colour of the club's money.