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Sixth year of profits at Newcastle United

Newcastle United have recorded their sixth consecutive year of profits.   However, they fell to £4.6m in the year to June 2016, compared with £32.5m in the year to 2015.   Turnover was down by three per cent with a £4.5m fall in media income.

Progress on new stadium for Bees

Work is underway on Brentford's new ground project at Lionel Road South.  Temporary hoardings have been put up and initial site preparation work has been carried out, including the start of essential demolition work.

The Bees plan to build a 20,000 capacity stadium by 2019 and believe it will help secure the long-term sustainability of the club.  The new stadium is situated next to Kew Bridge station, less than a mile away from the club's current home at Griffin Park.

It will also be home to the London Irish professional rugby team..

Parachute payments questioned

Established Premier League clubs want to tighten the system of parachute payments for relegated clubs to stop unscrupulous owners making off with the vast sums of money on offer. Changes and even cuts to parachute handouts are likely to be proposed at the Premier League’s annual meeting in the first week of June.

City to expand global reach

Manchester City's owners are assessing a number of locations as they consider expanding their network of clubs.   The City Football Group already owns New York City and Melbourne City and has a share in Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos.

The Chinese Super League has been identified as a market with potential, while there have been reports of a possible move into South America.   Neither of these locations offers much in the way of gate money, but City may see commercial revenue opportunities.

Is Villa or Newcastle the bigger club?

I am always a little supsicious of attempts to say which of two clubs is the bigger one, as there are no accepted criteria.  At least this report from Sky on Aston Villa and Newcastle United looks at a range of criteria, whilst avoiding offending fans of both clubs by coming to no clear verdict.

QPR change new stadium plans

Queens Park Rangers have decided to go for a more modest version of their planned new stadium, according to a report in The Times.

Queens Park Rangers hope to draw up plans soon for a new 30,000-seat stadium on the site of the Linford Christie athletics track in west London.

Americans won't give up on Forest

The US-based consortium interested in buying Nottingham Forest have said that they are going to persist with their efforts to acquire the club despite another setback.

They made a renewed effort to buy the club this week after they revealed they had lent the club funds to cover wages in November and December.  John Jay Moores and Charles Noell made an improved offer to buy 100 per cent of Forest from owner Fawaz-al-Hasawi.   However, the offer was rejected by the Kuwaiti businessman who took over in 2012.

The story behind Lincoln's success

Lincoln City defeated a lacklustre Ipswich Town last night to get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup. They are also top of the Vanarama National League with real hopes of a return to the Football League after an absence that will run to six years by the summer.

The prime minister congratulated the Imps on their success in prime minister's questions, responding to a question from the MP for Lincoln.

Forest sack manager after takeover talks fail

Nottingham Forest have sacked their manager Philippe Montanier after takeover talks failed.  Judging from his remarks after the 0-0 away draw with Birmingham City, he was not anticipating his downfall.

The magic of the FA Cup?

As usual, there were some unexpected results in yesterday's FA Cup games.  However, some Premiership clubs put out weakened teams, while attendances were generally low, in some cases because of supporter boycotts.