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Posh latest League 1 club to face challenges

The gap between the Championship and League 1 has widened, particularly in terms of television revenues with the second tier becoming more like a de facto Premiership 2.    This may lead to clubs spending more than they can afford in the effort to get promoted.   Sheffield Wednesday has had to be rescued this season, Plymouth Argyle is in dire straits and Charlton is awaiting the completion of a takeover to save the club from administration.

Why Argyle is facing ruin

This hard hitting article does not pull its punches in arguing why it thinks Plymouth Argyle is facing financial ruin.   While it emphasises that some of the concerns expressed by members of the Green Army are misplaced, it also calls on the board to take collective responsibility and show decisive leadership.

United on track for title

Manchester United are on track to win the Barclays Premier League title.   That's not my view, but is the conclusion reached by the Professional Football Players Observatory (PFPO), a research organisation based in France and Switzerland.

It's not kicking off at the Bloaters

Most of the first team at Great Yarmouth Town, known as the Bloaters, have gone on strike.  At the level of the Ridgeons Premier Division (aka the Eastern Counties League), players are normally paid in the form of expenses such as a mileage allowance.    Players are claiming that they are owed £5,000 for petrol to get to away matches (presumably there is no coach).

Stags return home

Mansfield Town will return to their Field Mill ground on Boxing Day when (weather permitting) they will play another former league club Grimsby Town.   Chairman John Radford has reached an agreement with landlord Keith Haslam.

How Barca is changing

Barcelona (both the city and the football club) has a very favourable image among those on the left of the political spectrum in Northern Europe.   For them the Spanish civil war defines their attitude to Spain and they invariably will not follow Real Madrid.   It was, of course, all a long time ago: the small but significant group of Spanish civil war refugees we had in the town in which I live has literally died out and all my current local Spanish friends (one who lives opposite me) are economic migrants.

Adders hit problems

Atherstone Town have announced that they are resigning from the Zamaretto League from the end of this season and dropping down a level in the non-league pyramid to join the Midland Alliance.  They probably have to travel as much as another Warwickshire club in the Zamaretto Premiership, Leamington, and attract much smaller gates. 

Does Arsenal spend enough?

I support a League 1 club which has its own financial problems.   I follow the contest between the Premiership giants with great interest, but as a neutral I do have real doubts about whether Arsenal can win the title which is not that controversial a claim given their recent record.   Chelsea could yet recover ground, Sir Alex could well win the title again for United and you can't write off Manchester City.

SPL meeting is latest weather casualty

A key meeting to discuss proposals to reconstruct the Scottish Premier League (SPL) that was due to be held today has been called off because of the bad weather.   It is now hoped that it can be held on 4 January.

Mr Campbell sees it differently on player wages

It took a minute or two for the penny to drop yesterday when I read the third article in the Financial Times series on football in crisis which looked at player wages and there started to be a series of quotations from a  'Mr Campbell'.   Then I realised that this was none other than Sol Campbell, currently at Newcastle United.