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The Premiership


Newcastle United top match day travel table

Newcastle United have topped a table of Premier League clubs constructed by the Campaign for Better Transport measuring how well grounds are served by public transport.

Sir Alex the globalizing socialist

More has probably now been written about the depature of Sir Alex Ferguson than that of Margaret Thatcher and it is difficult to say anything fresh or new. Yet The Economist has managed to do so in its Bagehot column, named after the weekly's editor from 1861 to 1877.

United have the structures in place

Many United fans seem underwhelmed by the appointment of David Moyes as new Manchester United manager. The fact that he was the choice of Sir Alex Ferguson does not reassure some of them. They think that Sir Alex wanted someone in his own mould, not least a fellow Glaswegian.

BT ups the ante in war with BSkyB

BT has upped the ante in its battle with BSkyB to retain broadband customers. Subscribers to its reduced cost broadband service will have free access to its share of Premier League football games. BT has invested £2.5bn in its high speed broadband network and a further £1bn over three years in its sports channels.

Mourinho for Chelsea?

With David Moyes set to take up over at Old Trafford, the way is clear for José Mourinho to return to Chelsea. Many United fans might have preferred Mourinho to come to United, but Moyes is clearly Sir Alex Ferguson's favoured successor and will offer the stability the club rightly emphasises.

Big kit deal for Arsenal

Arsenal are set to sign the biggest kit deal in English football with Puma as they bring to an end their 20-year association with Nike at the end of next season. A number of improved commercial deals for Arsenal are in the offing.

The five-year deal with the German sportswear manufacturer is reported to be worth as much as £170m - more than £30m a year That's even more than sponsors Emirates pay to have their logo on the Arsenal shirts, and will give Arsene Wenger, or his successor, extra financial clout in the transfer market.

Fergie is to retire

Manchester United have confirmed that Sir Alex Ferguson will retire at the end of the season. He will continue to serve as a director and ambassador for the club.

Everton's success against the odds

In the FT Weekend Magazine distinguished football writer Simon Kuper provides an in depth profile of the success of Everton FC.  Quite a lot of article is about how much use the club makes of performance analysis and how demanding manager David Moyes is in his demands for data.  This is translated into very detailed instructions to players that anticipate the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition.

The Torres effect

The Financial Times is not slow to comment on football.  It is big business, after all.  In the Pink Un's 'culture' pages one can find the likes of Simon Kuper writing about the broader implications of the game.

However, it is less common to find football referred to in the Saturday Money section which offers detailed advice on the likes of 'structured products' for more prosperous investors.  After all, most investors lose money in football, Manchester United being a possible exception.

Manchester United break more records

Robust growth in the three key sectors of commercial, broadcasting and match day income helped Manchester United to achieve record profits and revenues in the three months to 31st March.

Underlying profits increased 25 per cent to a record £25m. Turnover rose a near 30 per cent to £91.7m. Sponsorship revenues increased 52.2 per cent. Group debt decreased by 15.9 per cent since June 2012 to £436.9m. Some analysts think that it could drop to £100m in a few years if the Glazers do not pay themselves dividends.