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The Championship


Ship shape and Bristol fashion

The two unfortunates blog are rattling through England's football cities and their attention has turned to Bristol where they have recruited a new writer who is well up to their high standards.

For an outsider the paradox about Bristol is that it has two football clubs.   Admittedly, it is a large city, ranking eighth in England, and arguably the regional capital of the south-west.  However, it is also in area where the rugby tradition is strong.

Milton Keynes as a football city

When I was in France last week, French rugby fans were reported to be bemused by the suburban provincialism they encountered when they had to go to Milton Keynes for their game against Canada.  

Wolves up for sale

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been put up for sale by owner Steve Morgan after eight years at the helm.   He bought the club from Sir Jack Hayward in 2007 for £10 with promises of £30m of investment. He is not likely to sell for £10.  The asking price is unknown, but around £25m has been mentioned.

Two West Midlands Premier League clubs, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion, have been available for some time.   As has been noted in earlier posts, there are not many quality buyers around at the moment.

Owls under the microscope

Sheffield Wednesday are a club with a great history who find themselves playing in the Championship. Their new owner has set them a goal of reaching the Premier League in two years.   They are the latest club to be put under the microscope by the impressive Swiss Ramble blog.   As usual, readers are provided with a meticulous and informative analysis that makes careful and sound judgments.

Blackburn's fall from grace

Twenty years ago Blackburn Rovers joined the small group of clubs that have won the Premier League title.  It was a considerable achievement then and it is doubtful if a club of Blackburn's size could manage it today.

Russell Crowe rules out Leeds bid

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe has ruled out fronting a bid for Leeds United.   Earlier in the year, he asked his followers on Twitter whether he should make a bid.

Crowe thinks that the club could be turned around and restored to its former glories, but is concerned about the toll it would take on him and his family.

Championship clubs have £1.1bn of debt

Championship clubs have amassed total debts of £1.1bn.   Bolton Wanderers have the largest debts of £182.1m, followed by £179.6m at QPR with Ipswich Town some way behind on £82.1m.

How fair is financial fair play?

The Football League has issued detailed guidance on its revised financial fair play regulations.   Championship clubs are allowed a loss of £13m in 2015-16 or £39m on a rolling three year basis.

The regulations attempt to take account of clubs moving between divisions.   This is necessary given that Premiership clubs are allowed to make a loss of £105m.   However, the question that arises is whether new unfairnesses have been set up.  

Tractors have a formula

The most impressive blog on football finance is the Swiss Ramble.  He provides careful, in depth analysis of particular clubs.   His latest report is on Ipswich Town, currently topping the Championship.   Supporters of other Championship clubs should note that there are a lot of interesting comparative charts and tables covering all clubs in the division.

What a load of rubbish

Fans have been vociferous on social media criticising the new Channel 5 football highlights show.  Some fans had initially welcomed the change as the programme goes out at 9 p,m. rather than late at night after Match of the Day as was the case when it was on BBC.

The show has a studio audience who seem to add little to the show and indeed disrupt the flow.   One of them couldn't be heard last night because they didn't have a mike on him.