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Are Bournemouth true underdogs?

No one can underestimate what Bournemouth have achieved in winning promotion to the Premier League.  They can only be denied by a 19-0 defeat at Charlton on Saturday and in truth that is going to be a promotion party for their fans with the Addicks making the Upper West stand available to them in addition to the away end.

Leeds United accounts scrutinised

The auditing of the accounts of Leeds United are to be scrutinised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales over a potential conflict of interest.

The accounts were audited by a firm where one of the partners is a brother of Leeds United Andrew Umbers, although they were signed off by another partner.

An effective foreign owner

There are good foreign owners of football clubs and others who seem to be on an ego trip or unwilling to take advice.   The same could be said of domestic owners.   Milan Mandaric has owned three clubs and has done an effective job.   He says that the secret is to respect England's football heritage and be prepared to make tough decisions.

More turmoil at Leeds

Neil Redfearn is considering his position at Leeds United after assistant coach Steve Thompson was suspended, apparently without his knowledge.   Thompson was suspended by director of football, Nicola Salerno.

It's long been our view that the importance of Leeds as a regional capital and its footballing history means that the club merits a Premiership place.    However, a history of mismanagement and baffling decisions has undermined the club to an extent that has not happened anywhere else.

Money laundering in football

This blog article takes a look at the links between football and organised crime, arguing that it offers opportunities for money laundering.   The need of clubs for large sums of money can lead to them being drawn into relationships with dubious individuals.

Leeds chief operating officer quits

The chief operating officer at Leeds United, Matt Child, has left the club.   The lifelong fan only took up the role in December and was running the club while owner Massimo Cellino was serving his ban from the Football League.

Rams could be hit by parachute payments

Derby County are playing well, if sometimes they are a little too prone to concede goals, and have reasonable expectations of being promoted to the Premier League this season.   Even if they did only survive one season, they would be set up financially for years to come.

Yeung deals Blues a blow from his prison cell

I am sometimes surprised by what it is possible to do from a prison cell if you have the right connections, although, of course, the fact that someone is imprisoned does not deprive them of recourse to the courts, at least not in Hong Kong.

Big losses at Charlton Athletic FC

In many ways Charlton Athletic are typical of many Championship football clubs whose financial problems for at least five years could be solved by just one year in the Premier League. In the meantime, the club continues to make substantial losses of over £7m a year. It is difficult to see how this can be sustained, given that owner Roland Duchatelet thinks that clubs should move to a break even position.

Blues parent company goes into administration

Birmingham City's troubles have gone on for a long time with it being suggested that the club was effectively being controlled from the majority shareholder's prison cell.   It is therefore not a great surprise to learn that the parent company has gone into administration with the various parties seemingly fighting like cats in a sack.