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League 2


No pay at Argyle

Plymouth Argyle's players and staff are to go without pay for another month as the proposed takeover of the club drags on.   Argyle are reported not to have paid players in full since the start of the year.  Last week administrator Brendan Guilfoyle failed in a court bid to persuade preferred bidders Bishop International Limited to release £230,000 to cover wages.

Football League pay clamp down worries club

Wages in the Football League are out of control, particularly in the Championship, and clubs have agreed in principle to do something about it, but as always the devil is in the detail.

In a bid to get into the promised land olf the Premiership, many Championship clubs spend nearly all their turnover on wages, indeed a small number spend even more.   The problem will get worse next season when television revenue falls by 27 per cent.

Twitter row threatens Premier League coverage

An obscure and complex row between newspapers and football's governing bodies has already hit Football League coverage and threatens to disrupt the start of the Premiership season.  Newspaper coverage at the start of the football season last weekend was disrupted as journalists found themselves barred from football grounds.   A number of national newspapers retaliated by scrapping their match reports or omitted sponors' names.

Argyle deal nears completion

Despite last minute hitches, a deal to take Plymouth Argyle out of administration is nearing completion.   Under the arrangement the property assets and the club itself will be run by separate companies.

Football League to cut spending on wages

The Football League is to introduce a scheme to cut spending on wages from the 2012-13 season.  Called the Salary Costs Management Protocol, it is effectively a version of Uefa's Financial Fair Play scheme which already applies to Premier League clubs.

Mixed progress at Plymouth

Plymouth Argyle are making progress on some fronts after experiencing administration, but are still facing challenges on others.   Acting chairman and chief executive Peter Ridsdale hopes to make an announcement about the club's new kit supplier next week.    Their deal with adidas has ended early following their financial crisis.

Swindon lose sponsor over di Canio

Off the top of my head I can't remember  the last time a football club lost a sponsorship deal over the appointment of a manager but that is what has happened at Swindon.   The local branch of the GMB union has taken exception to the controversial political views of new manager Paolo di Canio.

Admittedly, the sum involved is not large - £4,000 - and they are not the main sponsors (last year this was the magazine 4-4-2 which fan 'insider' features on the club).

Wombles ready for Football League

I know that many football fans were delighted to see AFC Wimbledon win promotion to the Football League in a penalty shoot out yesterday.   It's been a remarkable story and a great victory for fan power.   However, I do feel sorry for Luton Town who have also been victims of the football authorities.  They don't deserve to be playing in the Conference and they are only doing so because of some harsh treatment.

Getting back to the Football League

It's not easy to get back to the Football League once you've been relegated to the Conference.  Of the fourteen teams relegated from League Two since 2004, only three have returned (although Luton Town could still add to their number this year).   Carlisle were the only team to bounce back straight away and it took Oxford United, a well-resourced and supported club, four seasons.   Two teams (Boston United and re-formed Chester) now play at a lower level.

New stadium benefits Chesterfield

As they prepare for promotion to League 1 Chesterfield Football Club are reaping the benefits of their move to the new b2net stadium.   Crowds have trebled from those attracted to ramshackle Saltergate and have topped 7,000 this season.   They can expect capacity crowds of 10,000 for the games against the two Sheffield clubs next season. 

Club backer Dave Allen has sunk £7.5m into the Spireites.  They are also bringing in over £1m a year from a well-run commercial operation.