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The Premiership


Cardiff City to float in Singapore

Cardiff City is planning to list on Singapore's small cap Catalist exchange next year.   Apparently, a plan to list in the UK was thwarted by regulators and rules in Singapore are less stringent.   There appear to have been issues about Cardiff's cash flow.

Premiership success hits Welsh national team

Premier League football in Wales is a 'double-edged sword' that is drawing fans away from the national team, one of the country’s top football bosses claimed yesterday. Football Association for Wales (FAW) chief executive Jonathan Ford said that, while fans were 'packing' the Cardiff City Stadium and Liberty Stadium on a weekly basis, it meant that, in a tight economy, he had to 'fight hard' to get supporters to watch Wales.

United should have done more to calm fears about Glazers

Manchester United should have done more to allay concerns surrounding the Glazers' controversial ownership of the club, admits executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in an interview with fanzine United We Stand.

Hull owner attacks fans

It looks as if Hull City owner Aseem Allem has gone on a bit of a media offensive, granting interviews to broadsheets as he seeks to justify his daft plan to rename the club.  Unfortunately for him, it looks as if it might have all blown up in his face.

Usmanov defends foreign owners

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov has defended foreign shareholders in an interview with the BBC. He said that their investments contributed to a crucial part of the entertainment industry in Britain.

He also said that he was happy with the way that Arsenal had started the season, but would not hesitate to offer criticism if he thought it was necessary.

Despite his shareholding, Usmanov is not a member of the Arsenal board and clearly the club thinks it is better to have him outside the tent than inside.

New insurance package for star players

An injury to a top player can be a nightmare for a club. It can affect team performance, final league position and revenue from prize money for the Premier League and Champions League. Finishing outside the Champions League places can cost a team more than £30m in guaranteed prize money alone.

A case in point would be the broken leg suffered by Arsenal striker Eduardo da Silva in 2008. Bought for £12m, the injury put him out of the game for nearly a year and he never regained his former sharpness. He was sold for £6m in 2010.

Why it pays to stay put

Emmanuel Adebayor is in line for a £1.4million payment if he snubs a January move away from Tottenham. Even though he has been frozen out this season, the financial arrangements mean that he is likely to stay put.

Average attendance boost in Premiership

This could be the first season for 40 years in which every top division club attracts an average attendance of more than 20,000. Swansea City's average of 20,357 is the lowest, followed by Crystal Palace on 23,097. It last happened in 1973-4 when the lowest average was Burnley's 20,364.

In the intervening period attendances dipped so that in 1983-4 three-quarters of clubs had an attendance below 20,000. Everton could only manage 19,343 and Notts County were below 10,000 at 9,463.

Newcastle fanzine criticises Ashley record

Toon fanzine The Mag has compared Spurs in the Daniel Levy era with the St James' Park club under Mike Ashley. According to Deloittes, in 2005 Newcastle had the 12th biggest turnover in world football with Spurs one place behind them.

In the years that followed (Ashley took over in 2007), the wheels came off. Newcastle’s commercial income fell from £27.9million in 2006 to £13.8m in 2012 and matchday income from £35.3m in 2005 to £23.9m last year. Since 2005, Spurs more than doubled annual earnings to £144m.

Revenue up nearly a third at United

Manchester United's financial results for the quarter ended 30 September show that total revenue was up 29.9%, with record first quarter revenue of £98.5m. The club predicts revenues for the whole year of £420m-£430m, bringing it closer to Europe's wealthiest clubs, Barcelona and Real Madrid.