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The Championship


Could Championship sides be 'priced out of promotion'?

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has complained that teams like his could be 'priced out of promotion' by the recent dilution of the Football League's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.   The current Ipswich squad was assembled at a total cost of £10,000 in transfer fees.

Football League dilutes financial fair play regulations

The Football League has substantially diluted its financial fair play regulations.  According to some estimates, clubs will now be able to make losses of £15m-£17m a year, compared with a previously agreed figure of £5m, plus £3m in the form of equity.

Winding up order served on Leeds

A winding up order has been served on Leeds United in a dispute over £150,000.   It relates to a case from the Bates era and former director Melvyn Levi and what are alleged to be unpaid legal costs.

Bolton in takeover talks

Bolton Wanderers are the latest club to be targeted for a possible foreign takeover.   Chairman Phil Gartside has flown to Thailand for talks with entertainment company BEC-Tero and sports media giant Siam Sport Syndicate who are interested in making a joint bid.   They are thought to value the club at around £40m.

Red Bull interested in buying Leeds

Austrian energy drinks company Red Bull are interested in buying Leeds United, but owner Massimo Cellino only wants to sell a minority stake.   This could then be used to buy Elland Road for the club which is currently leased.

Red Bull are thought to value Leeds at between £55m and £70m.   They were interested in buying Newcastle United, but were put off by the £230m asking price.

How firm are the foundations of Bournemouth's success?

Bournemouth are enjoying unprecedented success.  They are in the quarter finals of the league cup for the first time and two points off the top of the Championship.

But how firm are the financial foundations of their success?   The club is owned by Russian Maxim Victorovich Demin.  He has a petrochemical company registered in Germany and a mansion in nearby Sandbanks.

He bought  halft he club for a reported £850,000 in 2011 and the other half in 2013.   The club almost went out of existence in 2008 with debts of about £4m and a 17-point penalty.

Forest in breach of FFP rules

Nottingham Forest look likely to be hit with sanctions under the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules.  They may have exceeded their maximum permitted losses of £8m for the 2013-14 season.

Accounts for the period have yet to be published, but they reported a £14m loss in 2012-13.  Billy Davies, their former manager, spent £7m on players last term.

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.

Could 39th game be from the Championship?

The Premiership met resistance when it suggested the idea of a '39th game', a fixture to be played abroad in the Middle East, Asia or the United States.   However, it has now been suggested that the idea could be used in the Sky Bet Championship.

Millwall chief executive Andy Ambler reckons that the time for the idea has come with a multi-cultural division with so many foreign players and a number of foreign investors.   The game could be beamed back to the home stadiums so that fans wouldn't miss out, although he doesn't say anything about the time difference.

Tan may sell Cardiff City

Controversial Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan has told Sky News in an interview that he may sell the club if they get back to the Premiership.  He would then buy another Championship club and try to get them to the top flight.

Tan already has a club in Sarajevo, Bosnia in which he takes particular pride and hopes to buy a club in the United States.  At that rate he would soon have a network of clubs to rival Roland Duchatelet at Charlton.