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The Championship


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.

Premiership revenues top £2.5bn

Premier League clubs’ revenue reached a record £2,525m in 2012/13, according to the 23rd Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. In total, the revenue of the top 92 clubs in English football reached almost £3.2 billion.

University is club's new kit sponsor

Charlton Athletic have announced that the University of Greenwich is to be the club's new kit sponsor.   The club plays in the London Borough of Greenwich and there are thought to be possible synergies with its Academy operation.   It can't, however, be a big money spinner.

Charlton are not the first club to have a university on their shirts as Conference side Lincoln City was sponsored by the University of Lincoln for two years.

Blues confirm takeover talks

Birmingham City have confirmed that they are in advanced talks to sell a minority stake to a British consortium with a 'strong North American investment fund'.    Whether this means that the consortium has North American backing or has substantial investments in the US is not clear from the ambiguous wording.

Blues bids considered

The shares of Birmingham City's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited, have been temporarily suspended while bids for the club are considered.    However, a statement from the board indicates that it is considering selling an initial stake of just 24 per cent.

Five bids have been considered over the past fortnight with two British proposals not meeting with favour. The situation of the club is such that some kind of sale is urgently needed.