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Football Finance


Can football and rugby league work together?

Various football clubs have at different times hosted rugby union teams.   QPR could ground share with Wasps as part of their new stadium plan.   Rugby isn't exactly great for the pitch, but it does generate some extra revenue, although it is hardly a game changer in financial terms.

Argyle rescue takes a step forward

The rescue of Plymouth Argyle by locally based businessman James Brent moved a step closer yesterday after the cabinet of Plymouth City Council agreed to buy the club's ground at Home Park and lease it back to them.  Mr Brent had made such a deal a condition of his takeover going ahead.

Frugality and success at Newcastle?

Unbeaten in the Premier League, have Newcastle United found a formula that combines frugality and success?   They would like to think so.   In the match programme for yesterday's game against Spurs, managing director Derek Llambias unveiled a 'Mission Statement' from owner Mike Ashley, detailing Newcastle's aim to become a self-financing business.

Argyle administrators threatened to quit

P & A Partners, the administrators of Plymouth Argyle, have threatened to quit after what they claimed were threats against staff and property by fans.   Security guards were posted outside their offices in Sheffield on Monday because of a threatened protest.

Rally Round Rovers

A community campaign called Rally Round [Raith] Rovers has been established to provide additional backing for the financially stricken club.   It has attracted the support of former prime minister Gordon Brown who is the MP for Kirkcaldy.

Liverpool slip in foreign support stakes

Liverpool are the fourth most popular English team abroad behind Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal and the seventh most followed in Europe, according to a global fan survey published yesterday.

Liverpool wants breakaway tv deal

A fundamental feature of the Premier League up to now has been that television revenues are shared equally between clubs, unlike Spain where Barcelona and Real Madrid are able to negotiate their own deals.  Of course, in practice, some of the money is relation to position in the league so the top clubs do get more.

Failed World Cup bid cost more than thought

The Football Association's failed bid to stage the World Cup cost £6m more than has been previously thought.   The total cost was £21m, or £10.5m per vote, although the net cost was £14m.   £2.5m came from the public purse in terms of contributions from local authorities who hoped to stage matches in their cities.  Another £4.5m came from sponsors. 

Counting your chickens before they are hatched

It's almost a year since Indian poultry firm Venky's took over Blackburn Rovers.   Arguably it's been one of the less successful recent takeovers in English football, certainly in the Premiership.

There was a lot of talk about Champions League qualification at the time of the takeover.  Instead what one has seen is a club that was comfortably mid-table being dragged into a relegation battle.  The experienced Sam Allardyce was replaced by the untried Steve Kean and it is evident that quite a lot of Blackburn supporters think that was a mistake.

Arsenal do not need Champions League

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has insisted that the club's financial model does not depend on being in the Champions League.    The club made £26m from reaching the Round of 16 last year and has been in the competition for 14 consecutive seasons, but a poor start this season makes qualification next year less certain.