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Football Finance


Will finances undermine Plymouth's title bid?

Plymouth are currently riding high at the top of League 2, but this blog article argues that finances will ultimately derail their title bid.   Their manager made a conscious decision to go for quality rather than quantity in the squad and there doesn't seem to be any money for additions in the January loan window.

London Fields

The latest report from the two unfortunates on football cities takes on London.   That's a big task, given the number of clubs in the city.

Quite rightly, the author focuses not so much on the clubs but on the city itself, including its status as a city region and a global city and the way in which that affects football.  He concludes that football in London is in many respects a corporate led junket.

'Safer landing' plan causes non-league fury

As we have pointed out in recent articles, relegation from the Football League to the non-league system often lands a club in serious financial trouble.   The Football League has now devised a 'safer landing' plan, but this has provoked fury from non-league clubs.

Cortese considers Leeds takeover

Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese is considering a takeover of Leeds United.  He is contemplating an attempt to buy out Massimo Cellino.

Not without reason, Cortese believes that Leeds could be a leading force in English football.  They have been in the past and Leeds is a regional capital within the Northern Powerhouse that the government is boosting.  This may be more rheotoric than substance, but Leeds as a city is prospering. At the moment, however, there is no real crossover between the club and the city it represents.

Lorimer gives Cellino vote of confidence

Peter Lorimer has given Leeds owner Massimo Cellino a vote of confidence, saying that he can get things right if he is given time.   Too many owners have been chased away from Leeds United, according to Lorimer.

The relegation that hurts

Clubs are about a hundred times more likely to go bust if they fall out of the Football League.   Just three Football League clubs have folded since the Second World War: Accrington Stanley (where the gas being turned off was the final blow), Aldershot and the now resurgent Maidstone United.

The Southampton model

In his latest meticulous in depth analysis the author of the Swiss Ramble blog examines the 'Southampton model'.   He sees its essence as thoughtful planning, good scouting and player development.

The club has seen solid financial growth, although debts are increasing.   It is clear that the club has a very good owner.  She has been prepared to stand back and allow money to be reinvested in the club rather than paying off her debts.

Money could decide Mourinho's fate

Money could play a crucial role in determining the fate of embattled Chelsea manager José Mourinho who appears to have been deserted by his magic touch.  Chelsea are much more reliant than Manchester United on taking part in the Champions League.

Blackpool fan takeover rejected

Blackpool owner Owen Oyston has ended talks with the club's Supporters' Trust over a possible takeover. The Trust had launched a £16m bid in July.

In a letter on the club's website, Oyston said: 'I believe that if you were left to run the club you would go to the wall because you do not have any money or the experience necessary to support the club in its moment of need.'

'It would be irresponsible of me to simply hand this over to you as it is clear to any independent observer that you could not operate it successfully.'

Could Leeds be sold to fans?

The Leeds Fans Utd supporters group says that it has reached 'an agreement in principle' to purchase Massimo Cellino's majority stake in the club.   Unfortunately, there may be quite a gap between the principle and its execution in practice.