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Germans now sole bidders for Sunderland

A consortium of Sunderland supporters bidding to take over the club has pulled out of the running. Because of film and television commitments they think it isn't the right time to get involved.  It is hoped that new owners will be in place before the end of the month.

Rival bids for Sunderland

A consortium of wealthy supporters is ready to rival a German bid for Sunderland.    It is believed that there is a big gap between owner Ellis Short's valuation of the club and its crippling debt and what the German consortium is prepared to offer.

Takeover interest at Sunderland

Sunderland are engaged in takeover talks with a German consortium that has a longstanding interest in English football.   The £110 million price tag on the club asked for by owner Ellis Short does not appear to have deterred them.

Sunderland are being advised by Dr Keith Harris who has advised on the purchase of many clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton.

Underdogs win promotion

Huddersfield Town, who won promotion to the Premier League by beating Reading on penalties, are a much smaller club in financial terms than the Royals.   Reading have annual revenues of £26m and Huddersfield £11m.  Reading's wage bill is £31m and that of Huddersfield £13m.

Both clubs, it will be noted, pay out more than 100 per cent of their revenue in wages, but that is not unusual for Championship clubs trying to win promotion.   Huddersfield lose £5m a year.

Decision on QPR fine near

A decision is at last near on whether QPR breached financial fair play regulations in winning promotion to the Premier League three years ago.   The dispute with the Football League will be heard by an arbitration panel made up of three QCs at a hearing next week.

Attendances up in Football League

More than 18 million people attended Football League games this season, the highest number for almost 60 years.   Sky Bet Championship attendances surpassed the 11 million mark, with average crowds over 20,000.  

Innovative marketing

Huddersfield Town have come up with an innovative marketing idea, offering fans a pre-paid funeral package.  It includes a coffin in the club's colours and bearing its crest, or with a home shirt and name on the back. A blue and white floral bouquet is provided with a condolence card from the club.   The club song is played at the funeral.

Forest set for takeover

Regardless of the results of today's games Greek shipping magnate and former Olympiacos owner Evangelos Mariankis is set to complete his takeover of Nottingham Forest.   This will end the controversial five year reign of Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz al-Hawasi who has managed to get through eight managers.  Let's hope it's not a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.

Big financial challenges for Sunderland

Sunderland face big financial challenges following their relegation to the Championship.  Their latest accounts to July 2016 show a loss of £33m up from £26.6m.   Only Chelsea and Aston Villa had higher losses and they had exceptional items in their accounts.

Leeds buy out deal near

Leeds United co-owner Andrea Radrizzani is negotiating to buy out the 50 per cent share of the club held by Massimo Cellino.  He had an option to buy the shares at the end of the season.

Cellino has been a controversial figure at Elland Road and has been the subject of various bans by the football authorities.   His replacement would give the club some much needed stability.