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New hope for Everton

If you look at today's Premier League table there are the top six clubs (three from London, two from Manchester, one from Merseyside) and then nine points behind the last of the top six can be found Everton.  Given their history, Everton fans feel that they also qualify as a top club.

Farhad Moshiri has a 49.9 per cent stake in the club and he has made them a £80m interest free loan. He has vowed to return them to the elite of English football.

Football in resort towns

Over the next few days I will be developing a discussion about the particular challenges faced by football teams in resort towns.   These include the presence of a large seasonal workforce; a high retired population who, if they are interested in football at all, may have allegiances elsewhere; and, in some cases, high levels of socio-economic deprivation.

Millwall lose out in gentrification battle

It looks as if Millwall are going to lose out in their battle to prevent Lewisham Council placing a compulsory purchase order on land around their stadium.   The order could undermine the viability of the stadium and in particular the work of their Community Trust.

Internal audit critical of Cobblers loan

An internal audit has found that a loan of 13.5 million pounds made to Northampton Town by Northampton Council was made too quickly, on the basis of inadequate information and with insufficient safeguards. This was partly because the then council leader and now local MP was pressing for it.  

In particular, the council failed to compare the rapid payment of tranches of the loan with the slow and stalled progress at the Sixfields stadium.

Mayor orders probe into London Stadium costs

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has ordered a probe into why costs of the London Stadium have overrun by £51m.   The total cost of the former Olympic Stadium is now estimated at around £750m which is similar to the cost of Wembley Stadium which was seen as costing too much money.    The original stadium was built on time and on budget, but it is the conversion costs to turn it into a football stadium that have soared out of control.

London Stadium naming deal in trouble

The latest crowd trouble at West Ham's London Stadium is going to make securing a naming deal more difficult.   The spectacle of fighting fans is not one a sponsor needs to boost their image.

It was always going to be difficult because what is on offer is really the sponsorship of West Ham.  The stadium would have to be debranded for other events such as the World Athletics Championship next summer.   Moreover, sponsors prefer to put their name to a new stadium.

Spurs want to rename station

Spurs want to change the name of White Hart Lane station to 'Tottenham Hotspur' in time for their move into their new stadium.   They are also exploring changing the name of a section of road leading from the station to the junction with Tottenham High Road.

Spurs are confident that they can secure the change for less than the £12m fee that Transport for London have asked for.   TfL plan to carry out major improvement works to the station including a new entrance and ticket hall.   White Hart Lane has never been an easy ground to get away from.

Brady's controversial remarks

Karren Brady is getting hammered on social media after controversial remarks she made at the Football Leaders conference in London.   She said that before West Ham moved to the London Stadium the club had no culture.   The move was essential to get the culture right and rebrand the club.

The stadium effect

Clubs hope that a move to a new stadium will be give them a boost on and off the pitch.  Fans may be sorry to say goodbye to the old stadium and its facilities, but soon get used to the new stadium and its better facilities.  

With a bigger revenue stream, the club is able to build the team.   Against that, the capital costs of the new stadium can reduce the funds available for the team, as at Arsenal.

Millwall fans offered glimmer of hope

Milwall fans were offered a glimmer of hope over plans to develop land around The Den after Lewisham Council's scrutiny committee called in the planning application.   It is feared that the proposals would undermine the viability of the club.