Skip to main content

"If you want some accessible but informative insight into football then I suggest you couldn't do better than the Political Economy of Football website, which is not only intelligible but comes with the added bonus of being written by Addicks fan Wyn Grant."
Ben Hayes - Charlton Athletic programme

UK Leagues

Share/Save

How much cash does Arsenal have to spend?

At last week's annual general meeting Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted that it is 'quite untrue to suggest the club is sitting on a huge cash pile that it is refusing to use.'   He claims that the amount available to spend is much lower than has previously been suggested with a figure of £20m being mentioned.   That would hardly be enough to shore up the defence in the way that most commentators agree is needed.

Do Hull have financial worries?

Most clubs would be pleased with a profit of £9.4m on a turnover of £84.8m.  Indeed, by the standards of football the latest financial results from Hull City represent an exceptional performance.

Admittedly, the figures are for an eleven month period to 30 June so that if one added in July the figure would reduce to £3.3m.   That would be wiped out by the £4m of FA Cup revenue obtained by the finalists.

United to boost commercial income

Manchester United are seeking to boost their already considerable commercial income, forecast to pass the £200m mark this year, by taking full advantage of their new kit contract with adidas.

The contract kicks in next summer and will guarantee United a minimum of £75m annually over the next ten years, three times the base value of the Nike arrangement.   Moreover, the club have negotiated a deal that will allow them to retain the licensing rights to all items apart from signature items such as replica kits and training gear.

League of Ireland in trouble

League of Ireland clubs continue to face big financial challenges.   A number of clubs have gone bankrupt and others have only just survived.   Bray Wanderers (a club whose ground I have visited) are the latest club in trouble.

Watching football gets more expensive

The BBC has brought out its latest price of football study and reports that the cost of the cheapest ticket in all four divisions has increased at twice the rate of inflation since 2011.   Of course, the rate of inflation is an average figure and some goods and services go up at a higher rate and others at a lower rate, but that's not much consolation for football fans.

Uefa urged not to penalise wealthy benefactors

Uefa have been urged by Manchester City not to penalise wealthy benefactors under their financial fair play (FFP) rules.   The meeting with Uefa president Michel Platini was also attended by Paris Saint Germain who, along with City, have received the heaviest penalties so far under the FFP rules.

Dupont ups financial fair play challenge

Jean Louis-Dupont was the Belgian lawyer who won the Bosman case which transformed football.  More recently, he has been taking on Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) rules.

The argument he is putting forward, which we think has some credence, is that by limiting investment FFP is violating European competition law and that the exemptions Uefa may call upon do not apply.  A range of plaintiffs have joined the action including football agents and the Manchester City supporters club.

West Ham could ground share with Spurs

West Ham might be prepared to allow Tottenham Hotspur to share the Olympic Stadium while White Hart Lane is being redeveloped.   At first it was thought that this would not be possible because the clubs were rivals for the tenancy.

West Ham would not be prepared to share the stadium in their first year there in 2016-17.  However, they might be prepared to allow Spurs to rent the stadium in 2017-18.

A sponsor on your back?

Manchester United are interested in having sponsorship on the back of replica shirts.   At present it is allowed in the FA Cup but not in the Premiership.

However, the other Premier League clubs are opposed to the idea.   They think that there is a risk of diluting the impact of a club's main shirt sponsor.   They also do not want football players to look like Formula One drivers who often have sponsorship logos all over their kit.

Bolton for sale

Bolton Wanderers is for sale to the right purchaser, but the question is whether any purchaser can be found.  Not only are the club bottom of the Championship, but they are £160m in debt.