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Club clamps down on fan social media dissent

A good reputation is important to all businesses, not least football clubs.   Social media can play a crucial role in shaping that reputation, both positively and negatively.   But should a club seek to control the expression of dissent by fans?

Investors focus on lower leagues

Global investors are increasingly focusing on Leagues 1 and 2 as they seek investment opportunities in football, according to the latest annual survey of football finance directors by accountants BDO.

No less than 73 per cent of League Two clubs have received an approach from potential investors in the last year.   Investors are interested in the potential for growth in clubs with stable business models.

Should clubs accept sponsorship from betting companies?

It's far from unusual for football clubs to accept sponsorship from betting companies.  Four Premier League clubs do.  However, the news that Betdaq are to replace the University of Greenwich on Charlton's shirts has sparked some controversy.

Oldham Athletic face winding up petition

Oldham Athletic face a winding-up petition today brought by HM Revenue and Customs, although claim the matter has been resolved.

A statement on the clubs' website said, 'We are aware of the winding up petition brought by HMRC scheduled for Monday June 20 and our legal advisors are dealing with it,  The liability on which the petition is based was paid in full last month.'

Last December the club had difficulty in paying their players and they were paid late for three months.

Revenues grow in Leagues 1 and 2

The latest Deloitte Sports Business report shows that a 14% fall in League 1 revenues was primarily due to the absence of Wolverhampton Wanderers, whose revenue comprised 22% of the division's total in the previous season.  The 17 clubs present in Leaguie 1 in both 2013/14 and 2014/15 grew combined revenues by 6%.  League 2 clubs' revenues were 5% higher than in 2013/14.

Bradford City bought by Germans

Bradford City has been bought by a German consortium in an unexpected development, although apparently negotiations have been going on for a year,   League One clubs with potential are attracting increasing interest from foreign buyers.

It is believed that the price paid was around £6m which is a relative bargain for a club with Championship potential.

Co-owners Mark Lawn and Julian Rhodes are stepping aside as part of the deal.

Sky Blues owners lose latest round in legal battle

The Court of Appeal has ruled against Sisu, the owners of Coventry City, in the latest round of their legal battle with Coventry City council.   There could be an appeal to the European Court.

Sisu claimed that a loan made to Arena Coventry Limited, the operators of the Ricoh Arena, was not made on normal commercial terms and represented a breach of European Union state aid rules.

Bolton's wage bill challenge

Bolton Wanderers face a major financial challenge as they seek to adjust their wage bill to life in League One.   The average salary for a League One footballer in 2015 was £90,000 a year.  Several Bolton players are well in excess of that.   The wage bill was the main reason Bolton were losing £1m a month when the Sports Shield consortium took over in February.

Football clubs in great financial shape

Football clubs have never been in better financial shape, according to a study by insolvency experts Begbies Traynor.   Only two clubs show signs of financial distress.   That amounts to three per cent of the total compared with 18 per cent in 2012.

The improved performance is down to the trickle down effect of television money, but also to good housekeeping enforced by the Football League and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Cull of managers continues

The managerial merry go round continues in the Football League.   Of the 72 clubs, 42 have made managerial changes and eight clubs have made a second change of the campaign.   Charlton have had three head coaches.

At Notts County Mark Cooper replaced Jamie Fullarton only 69 days after Fullarton himself replaced Ricardo Moniz.   Cooper has been given a points target to meet if he wants to remain in post.