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McLeish will cost Villa

The authoritative Midlands football correspondent of the BBC has said that moving former Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish to Villa Park could cost owner Randy Lerner around £20m.   This includes the cost of paying off Gérard Houllier and his backroom staff; bringing in McLeich's own backroom staff; and compensation to the Blues (although that will probably be negotiated downwards from the £5m they are asking for).

Manager turnover greatest in League 1

Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest is the latest league manager to be given the sack after reports of disagreements with the board.   However, League 1 managers are more likely to be dismissed than those in the Championship.

Last season there were 58 managerial changes, 40 of them dismisslas, but only seven of them came in the Premier League whereas there were 12 in League 1 according to figures released by the League Managers Association.   There were 10 in the Championship and 11 in League 2. 

Diamonds get a reprieve

The winding-up order brought against Rushden & Diamonds has been adjourned for 21 days.  This will give potential Japanese investors a chance to show their hand.   Having spent a long time now observing events of this kind, I am always cautious about mystery investors, but let's hope for Diamonds fans that it works out.

MUST give cautious welcome to United float plan

Manchester United Supporters Trust (MUST) have given a cautious welcome to the idea of the club being floated by the Glazers on the Hong Kong stock exchange.   They point out that while fans may not like the idea of the Glazers walking away with a big profit, the long-term interests of the club should be paramount.

Could United float in Hong Kong?

The Sunday Times Business section provides authoritative coverage of football among other areas of the economy and today's issue leads with the story 'Glazers eye Man Utd float in Asia'.   The idea of listing the club on the Hong Kong stock exchange is certainly an interesting one with many potential implications.

Supporters Direct under threat

The future of Supporters Direct is under threat.   Leading football journalist David Conn has researched the story and it appears that some indiscreet tweets (here we go again) seem likely to lead to the withdrawal of Premier League funding just as it was about to be granted.

Football in Iran

The Economist used the recent death of Iranian goalkeeper Nasser Hejazi to reflect on the state of football in Iran.   Hejazi was a critic of the regime and was even banned from Iranian television for a while.   20,000 people turned up to the first part of his funeral at a stadium, some of them chanting anti-government slogans.   His body was spirited away for a secret burial.

Rushden & Diamonds expelled from Conference

Financially troubled Rushden & Diamonds have been expelled from the Conference.  A full statement issued by the club can be found here.

This looks like the end of the dream realised by former owner Max Griggs that saw the Northamptonshire club win the League 2 championship, have one season in League 1 and play the likes of QPR, now in the Premier League.

Foreign owners make continental moves

Until recently potential buyers of football club looked at the Premier League in England or possibly at the Championship if they thought a promising bargain was available.   Even Charlton went through a due diligence process with buyers from the Gulf.

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.