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Cambridge United up for sale

Blue Square Bet premier club Cambridge United has been up for sale by chairman Paul Barry and director Adrian Hanauer.   Seattle-based businessman Barry is willing to sell up to someone who can secure the long-term future of the club which is in need of new investment.

Fans don't like Scottish league reforms

Major changes to the structure of Scottish football look almost certain to go ahead despite opposition from almost 90 per cent of Scottish fans and most of the Scottish media.   There will now be two top divisions of 10 clubs each and a regional structure is likely below that level.   From 2013 the bottom club in the premier division will be relegated while those finishing ei

Andy Mitten at Eurosport on Newly Minted Malaga CF

In an article titled Newly rich Malaga Sheikh up La Liga, Andy Mitten examines the recent fortunes of the Andalucian football club with an estimated 3,000 British expat fans. The Qatari Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani took control of the club in summer 2010 and has already financed some biggish names as players and brought in 'celebral' Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Part-time football one response to big freeze

The harsh winter weather has hit already cash strapped clubs in Scotland hard.   Dumfries club Queen of the South is thinking about going back to part-time football as a response.   They have not staged a home game since November 13th, the worst record since the winter of 1962-3   They are hoping that a cup replay will go ahead tonight and that virtually their only geographical rival Annan Athletic will win.

Asian tycoons backed Red Knights

The Red Knights consortium that tried to buy Manchester United had the backing of two Asian tycoons.   They attracted support from Malaysian airline entrepreneur Tony Fernades and Singapore billionaire Peter Lim.

The role of agents

Football agents are beginning to find life harder.   Loans are likely to predominate in the transfer window and for those agents that do broker deals fees may be heavily squeezed.

In the 2009-10 season the total outlay on agents' fees in the Premier League was £67.1m, a drop of £3.6m compared with the 2008-9 season.   There is considerable variation in the amounts that clubs spend on such fees.   Chelsea and Liverpool each spent over £9m, but the amount spent by Manchester City fell from £12.9m the previous season to £5.9m. 

A quiet transfer window?

The conventional wisdom is that the January transfer window is not a good time to make signings.  Availability is limited, pushing up prices.   On the other hand, one key signing could secure a place in Europe or even the title or help to avoid relegation.   Given the tight yet fluid character of the Premier League this season that could be an even more important consideration than usual.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all our readers.   Just to clear up a few points:

  1. Neither of us is a journalist.   We are football fans interested in the business side of the game.

  2. Neither of us lives in London: one of us lives in the Midlands and the other in Madrid.

  3. Neither of us supports a Premiership club: one of us supports a Championship club and the other a League 1 club, as well as being a vice-president of a non-league club.

Charlton takeover completed

The takeover of Charlton Athletic has been completed.   Michael Slater is the new chairman.  A lawyer by training, he heads up two investment companies in Switzerland but is also chairman of one of the fastest growing companies in the UK, Reflex Vehicle Solutions.    Tony Jiminez is an international property developer.  He was a vice-president (player recruitment) at Newcastle United and when he left there was linked with a move to Spurs.

Situation at Argyle 'dire'

The financial situation at Plymouth Argyle has been described as 'dire'.   Perhaps one measure of that is that Peter Ridsdale has been brought in as an unpaid consultant as the Pilgrims attempt to sort out their finances ahead of their court hearing on February 9th.    Ridsdale's role at Leeds United was controversial, but he would claim that he helped to turn Cardiff City into a viable club challenging for the Premiership.