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The Championship


Where should FFP fine money go?

It has been argued that as many as half of the clubs in the Championship could fall foul of the new financial fair play regulations, although figure is on the high side given the legitimate deductions that can be made from losses such as for youth development.

Clubs like Charlton are lobbying for a share of any fines imposed.   Their chief executive Katrien Meire estimates that they could receive £2m from a share of any fine on QPR.

Owls sale is off

The proposed £45 millon sale of Sheffield Wednesday to Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov has collapsed.   Milan Mandaric, who has been the owner of the Owls for three-and-a-half years, will now have to find a new buyer.

The players have been sporting the 'Azerbaijan Land of Fire' logo on their shirts.  Due diligence had been completed.   Mr Mandaric has now threatened legal action against Mammadov.

Have Watford lost their identity?

This interesting blog post rebuts suggestions made by a journalist that Watford have lost their identity under the ownership of the Pozzo family, given the recent resignation of the manager.  It makes the contrast between the current owners and their flawed predecessors and points out that the Pozzo family have built the long awaited East Stand.

'I'll see you in court'

Football disputes are increasingly referred to the courts rather than being settled by the game's governing bodies or directly between those involved.

Crystal Palace now face the prospect of being taken to court by Cardiff City over the so-called 'spygate' affair.   Cardiff City take the view that the fine imposed by the Football Association for the leaking of their team's details was insufficient.   

Is it grim up north?

Today we take a look at four Championship sides from Lancashire and Yorkshire who have been facing a number of financial and, in some cases, ownership challenges.   Three of them (Blackpool, Bolton and Leeds) lost their opening day matches, while Blackburn drew a home against Cardiff on Friday.

Fans from two clubs join together in protest

Fans of two clubs who feel they have been let down by their owners are to join together in protest when they meet in the Capital One cup at the beginning of the season.

Financial fair play affects transfer decisions

Financial fair play is starting to have an effect on the transfer strategies of Championship sides, as the example of Wolves shows.   Clubs are likely to offload players on big salaries, £20k a week in this case, although that is not big by Premiership standards.

Financial Fair Play and the Championship

This article takes a look at Financial Fair Play (FFP) and its implications for Championship clubs, attempting to forecast which ones might be caught out.

It confidently asserts that the Football League will apply the rules as intended in January 2015, attempts to modify them have failed to secure the necessary 75 per cent majority.

Takeover gives hope to Owls

The takeover of Sheffield Wednesday by Hafiz Mammadov has given new hope to Owls fans, although the owner's ambition of a return to the Premier League may take a while to achieve.

Mammadov also ownes Baku of Azerbajan and French club Lens.   The deal is worth about £35 and is subject to ratification by the Football League.   His company specialises in oil, gas, construction and transporation in Azerbajan.

Reading takeover near

Corporate recovery company Begbies Traynor have now taken over the sale of Reading FC from Sir John Madjeski.   The club had to sell top scorer Adam Le Fondre to cover one tax bill and another one is due shortly.