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United confident about keeping pace with City

Manchester United are certainly talking the talk about their ability to keep pace with Manchester City and attract top quality players after a set of financial results that raise some concerns.   One would expect David Gill to put out a positive message. 

Are Liverpool the new Chelsea?

That was the question posed by comedian and Liverpool fan John Bishop on Twitter.  The club under Fenway Sports Group (FSG) is seen as too willing to hire and fire and both fans and many commentators think that 'King Kenny' should have been given more time.   He was only 12 months into a three year contract.

City should relax about FFP

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has delivered a coded message which says in effect that Manchester City should not worry too much about  Uefa's financial fair play regulations.  He is also relaxed about the money City have brought into the Premiership.

Market closure poses choice for Arsenal

The impending closure of London's third tier share exchange, Plus Markets, poses a dilemma for Arsenal.  Plus's less onerous listing requirements were attractive to the club and 155 other companies. However, Plus faced the imposition of higher capital regulatory requirements by the Financial Services Authority.   The lack of liquidity on the market was an issue for some companies, although not so much for the Gunners.

City want to turn the world blue

Manchester City are setting their sights high after their Premier League title triumph and are aiming to become the pre-eminent force in European football.   A little caution is needed as they have only won one title on goal difference.   Chelsea had similar ambitions to turn the world blue but achieved mixed results. There is also the question of the financial fair play rules to which I will devote a separate post.

West Ham's stadium dilemma

Karren Brady comes into the category of people I respect but don't like.   She is no shrinking violet when it comes to media interviews and there was yet another big profile in the Sunday Times Business News yesterday.  It didn't really say anything new: meteroric rise; tough cookie; not short of a bob or two; children important to her; not really into football.

What about Liverpool?

In all the understandable excitement at Manchester City's first title in 44 years, there has been little comment (outside Merseyside) on the fact that Liverpool lost 1-0 at promoted Swansea and finished 8th in the league.  

Did City 'buy the league?'

This is the accusation that is being made this morning, for example in texts to Radio 5.   Probably many of them come from disgruntled United fans.  

Green consortium in at Rangers

An international consortium headed by former Sheffield United chief executive Charles Green has agreed a deal to take Rangers out of administration.   The consortium has 20 participants from the UK but also from the Middle East, Indonesia and China.   A consortium of this size should be able to raise the funds the club needs.  It certainly represents its best last hope.

Last day drama boosts Premiership

The dramatic events of the last day in the Premier League must have delighted television companies around the world who show matches live, although there will also be big audiences for Match of the Day and similar programmes.

Manchester City secured the title after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 in time added on after falling 1-2 behind despite the Super Hoops being down to 10 men after Joey Barton was sent off.    City had not been beaten at home for 17 months and QPR had not won away in the league all season.