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City want to turn the world blue

Manchester City are setting their sights high after their Premier League title triumph and are aiming to become the pre-eminent force in European football.   A little caution is needed as they have only won one title on goal difference.   Chelsea had similar ambitions to turn the world blue but achieved mixed results. There is also the question of the financial fair play rules to which I will devote a separate post.

What about Liverpool?

In all the understandable excitement at Manchester City's first title in 44 years, there has been little comment (outside Merseyside) on the fact that Liverpool lost 1-0 at promoted Swansea and finished 8th in the league.  

Did City 'buy the league?'

This is the accusation that is being made this morning, for example in texts to Radio 5.   Probably many of them come from disgruntled United fans.  

Last day drama boosts Premiership

The dramatic events of the last day in the Premier League must have delighted television companies around the world who show matches live, although there will also be big audiences for Match of the Day and similar programmes.

Manchester City secured the title after beating Queens Park Rangers 3-2 in time added on after falling 1-2 behind despite the Super Hoops being down to 10 men after Joey Barton was sent off.    City had not been beaten at home for 17 months and QPR had not won away in the league all season.

Venky's take defiant stance

The owners of Blackburn Rovers, Venky's, have taken a defiant stance insisting that they love the club, that it is not for sale and they will not walk away.   if they did sell at present they would be unlikely to get their money back.    They claim that the club will bounce straight back to the Premier League, but it may not be that easy.

Kean and Scudamore back Venky's

It is no great surprise that Blackburn manager Steve Kean has said that Venky's are '100 per cent' the right owner to take the club forward.    It is also no surprise that deputy chief executive Paul Hunt has been sacked over the leaked letter that was critical of Venky's stewardship of the club, although it is entirely clear that Hunt was not the source of the leak.

City spent nearly £1bn in title quest

Manchester City have spent £930.4m in their quest for the Premier League, an innovative survey of football finance by the Daily Telegraph reveals.   If City do win the tiltle on Saturday one can expect a resurgence of complaints from United fans about the policies of the Glazers given that United will have had a season without a trophy.

Blackburn face meltdown

Paul Hunt, the Blackburn chief executive, warned five months ago in a letter to the club's Indian owners that the future of the club could be under threat unless they sacked Steve Kean and dealt with the crisis at Ewood Park.   He said that significant changes were needed to save the club from relegation and possibly administration.

Rovers fans vent fury on Venky's

Blackburn Rovers fans vented their fury at owners Venky's after the 1995 Premiership champions were relegated to the Championship last night.  A chicken in the club colours was thrown on the pitch during the game, mocking the main business of the owners, and Blackburn striker Yakubu had to pick it out of the net.

Football dominates sports rich list

Football dominates the annual Sport Rich List for Britain and Ireland published by the Sunday Times yesterday.  48 of the top 100 are drawn from the game.   

However, in terms of wealth, footballers make up only 40.4 per cent of the total of £1.22 billion.  The number of footballers, managers and forner players is down from 58 when the list was first published at 48.   Golf and motor sport tie for second place, each with twelve listings.