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The preferred mobile operator for footballers

Reports of the High Court hearing involving Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley have largely focused on the drinking sessions associated with business meetings.   However, one piece of information that slipped out was about a confidential mobile phone company used by footballers and club owners like Mike Ashley.

Shropshire-based Sports Mobile offer bespoke VIP service.   Players want the new iPhone as soon as it comes out and they make sure that players get it before everyone else.

Rangers lose tax case

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favour of HM Revenue and Customs in a long-running dispute over offshore trusts used by Rangers Football Club.   Five judges unanimously dismissed an appeal by the liquidators of RC 2012, the company formerly known as Rangers Football Club before its financial collapse in 2012.

Big boost in Championship television coverage

There will be a big increase in the number of Championship matches shown live on television according to a tender document issued by the English Football League.  

The EFL would allow the number of league games broadcast live to almost treble from 112 to 324 matches a season in 2019-20. Up to 228 of the 552 Championship matches would be live, compared with 92 at present.

Scottish Football League Attendances 2000 to 2017

Overall average attendance numbers at Scottish professional football matches have started to grow in last few years. Season 2011/12 recorded the lowest figures over the period covered, average of 17,235 spectators for all 4 divisions combined, and by season 2016/17 this had grown to 19,600.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quiet transfer deadline

The frantic transfer deadline with all its hype and television coverage is at the end of August.  First, however, there is a 'quiet' transfer deadline when managers look at the squads that have reassembled for training at the beginning of July and assess the gaps.

Of course, some clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United like to do their business early.   United are hopeful that they will get most of their targets soon, but Chelsea are only now nearing a breakthrough or two.

Sunderland takeover talks fail

Talks with a German consortium for the takeover of Sunderland have ended in failure.   The club set a time limit on the talks so that preparations could begin for next season and have now brought in Simon Grayson as manager.

Financial pressures on Championship clubs

The financial pressures on Championship clubs as they seek promotion to the Premier League are emphasised by the fact that they made an average loss of just under £10m in the 2015-16 season.  Only Wolverhampton Wanderers made a profit and that was because of a player sale.

Middlesbrough made the biggest loss at £32m, followed by Brighton and Hove Albion at £25.9m.  QPR had the biggest wage bill at £40.8m, almost equivalent to their turnover.

Leeds United buy back Elland Road

The new owner of Leeds United has bought back their Elland Road home.  The ground was sold on a lease back deal in 2004 when the club was in financial difficulty.

Newcastle United need to wake up to new financial realities

Newcastle United need to wake up to the new financial realities of the Premier League, argues this article. It's no good hunting around in the bargain basement for players.

Crawley Town FC's Turkish owner pumps in £1m

Crawley Town FC's Turkish owner Ziya Eren has pumped £1m into the club in his first four months in charge. This takes the form of investment and interest free loans.

It is estimated that the club lost £270,000 in 2015-16.  It faces competition from Premier League clubs Brighton and Hove Albion to the south and Crystal Palace, with a new manager, to the north.