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Money is the main problem for United

The manager is the football version of the Aztecan human sacrifice, suggests the Financial Times today. Median tenure for managers in England's top division has dropped from 1,233 days in the 1970s to 497 days in the past two decades.

Moyes compensation will be limited

Compensation for David Moyes is likely to be limited to one year of his six year contract when he is replaced later today.   Moyes is reported to have arrived at the Carrington training ground at 5 a.m. in a club car.

An announcement would need to be made by 2.30 p.m. BST when the New York stock exchange opens to meet Securities and Exchange Commission rules.    The relatively limited compensation would be justified by a failure to meet performance targets.

Villa sale rumours persist

A statement by Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has done little to quell rumours of a possible takeover. Lerner has said that he will address the sale issue in the summer as he does not want to distract the club as it ensures that it is safe from relegation.

Lerner has been seen at matches rarely over the past two years.   Following a change in his personal life, he spends more time in the United States.  He seems to have lost his affection for English football.

Possible tv sports rights shake up

Ofcom is to review whether BSkyB should have to offer its key sports channels to its rivals.  Sky currently has to offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 at a set price to rivals including Virgin Media and BT Vision because it is deemed to hold a dominant position in the market for premium sports rights.  A new review has now begun into whether such remedies are still appropriate, given changes in the market, such as BT's investment in sports coverage.

Manchester City has best paid players in sport

Manchester City has the best paid players in sport according to a new report.   Their average pay packet is just over £100k a week.   The next two top spots are occupied by Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Football clubs take six of the ten top slots.  Four other Premier League clubs are in the top twenty: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

City to be found guilty under FFP rules

Manchester City are to be found guilty under financial fair play rules this week and face either a heavy fine or a transfer embargo.   Much depends on how sponsorship of the club by Etihad is treated and whether it is regarded as a related party transaction.

Has Arsenal got talent?

Last night's edition of Britain's Got Talent was delayed while Arsenal completed their penalty kicks victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup semi-final.   However, a question that may have been going through the minds of some could have been has Arsenal got enough talented players?   And has Arsene Wenger lost his magic touch?

Clubs in the money

Now that all the Premier League club accounts for last season are available, the authoritative Swiss Ramble blog has been able to make an overall analysis.

Eight clubs made a profit, which is more than I expected, with Swansea City leading the pack at £21m. QPR, who were relegated, made by far the biggest losses.   Arsenal had the biggest cash balances at £153m, followed by Manchester United at £94m.

Narrow majority back Hull name change

A narrow majority of Hull season ticket holders has backed plans to change the name of Hull City to Hull Tigers.   However, 60 per cent did not respond and some fans felt the question was biased because it linked the named change with the Allam family remaining in charge at the club.

Top 30 English Football Clubs by Average Attendances 2013

A list of the top thirty English football clubs as ordered by average home attendances (domestic league matches only) for season 2012-13.

Manchester United FC retained their top spot, averaging over 75,500 spectators per match. Arsenal FC retained second position, averaging over 60,000, with Newcastle United FC coming in third at 50,515.

The average attendance for English Premier League clubs was 35,920 and for Championship clubs it was 17,450. For the third and fourth tiers of the English professional football leagues the averages were 6,320 and 4,390 respectively.