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The Premiership


Spurs deny snooping charges

In the latest twist in the convoluted Olympic Stadium saga Tottenham Hostpur have rejected in the strongest possible terms allegations that they had organised the monitoring of all 14 members of the board of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) by private investigators.   The claim was made by Baroness Ford, the chair of the OPLC.

Not everything has changed for the better - Fergie

Sir Alex Ferguson's tremendous contribution to the success of Manchester United was recognised by naming the North Stand after him yesterday.   The club has been transformed during hs 25 years in charge, but there have also been big changes in the game and not all of them for the better in his view.

And now there are four

With the decision of Millwall to quit the stock market after 22 years as a public company there are now just four publicly listed clubs left.   Tottenham and Celtic are both on the second tier Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and Arsenal and Rangers are  on the small cap PLUS market.   Spurs was one of the first clubs to list.

Everton investment hopes recede

St. James's Park was not far short of capacity this afternoon for the lunchtime clash between Newcaste United and Everton.   The Magpies have been taking a number of steps to boost the crowd, including an offer of an additional season ticket at half price to existing season ticket holders.  Apparently something like four thousand have taken it up.

Is the European super league back on the agenda?

A little while ago I noted that there was renewed interest in the idea of an Atlantic League for smaller European countries.   I have also heard a few whispers that the idea of a European Super League for top clubs is being revived.

Lawyer reviews Murphy case

The Association for the Study of Sport and the European Union, of which I am a member, is providing a series of analyses of legal cases concerning sport, particularly football.   The first of these concerns the so-called Murphy case on TV decoders which started with a Portsmouth landlady.  It is provided by

Silent Stan speaks - and praises Glazers

Arsenal's majority shareholder Stan Kroenke is not known for his public pronouncements, a view reinforced when he mouthed platitudes for two-and-a-half minutes at the Arsenal annual general meeting last week.   But now he has granted an interview to The Times which, of course, run its webpages on a pay-per-view basis, but fortunately the interview has been syndicated elsewhere.

World city football

Today's eight goal contest between Chelsea and Arsenal showed London football at its most entertaining.  But can London cash in on its position as a world city to also establish itself as the football capital of England?

Conventional wisdom sees this year's title race as a contest between the two Manchester clubs with Chelsea in the frame.   Between 2002 and 2006 Chelsea and Arsenal claimed four out of five Premier League titles between them, but once Manchester United emerged out of a period of rebuilding and transition, the picture changed.  

Chelsea have second chance at CPO agm

Chelsea FC are thinking of making another proposal to purchase the freehold of Stamford Bridge at the annual meeting of Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO) in December.   Apparently under the CPO constitution the club would only have to obtain more than 50 per cent of the vote to pass the motion, as opposed to the 75 per cent needed at extraordinary general meetng as was held earlier this week.

Moving forward at Chelsea

Following yesterday's rejection of Chelsea's proposal to acquire the freehold of Stamford Bridge from Chelsea Pitch Owners (CPO), it is recognised that there has to be a constructive dialogue between the club and fans to reach a mutually acceptable outcome.