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Has Chinese spending got out of hand?

Soocer economics guru Stefan Szymanski thinks that, among the Asian nations, China is most likely to produce a globally competitive soccer league in the next decade.   That is because it is following the European model: spend, spend, spend.

Leeds deal sealed

After several months of rumour and negotiation, 50 per cent of Leeds United has been sold to Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani.   

Massimo Cellino's stake reduces to 30 per cent.  It may in time reduce further.  Radrizzani is understood to have an option to buy the rest of the club in the summer.

Suppose Brighton were deducted points?

Ed Thompson has come up with a new analysis of the financial fair play (now 'profitability and sustainability') rules in the Championship as his original one contained a mistake, not surprising given the complexity of the rules and the uncertainty of their application.

Consider this hypothetical scenario.   It has been known for some time that Brighton and Hove Albion have been close to breaching the rules, although how close is difficult to assess on the available data.

Football in resorts: an overview

This article presents an overview of the work on football and resorts presented in recent postings.  First, a word about methodogy, if such a term can be used for a rather subjective, back of the envelope exercise.

First, not all seaside towns are resorts, e.g., ports have not been counted.   Second, there are inland resorts that derive a substantial proportion of their income from the tourist and conference trade, e.g., Bath, Harrogate, York.

Football in resorts: the case of Torquay

Ar first sight Torbay might seem to fit into Type 2 of our resorts categorisation.  Type 1 covered small, select up market resorts.   Type 3 were towns highly dependent on tourism that had fallen on hard times like Skegness.    Type 2 were towns which had diverisified economies in which the resort function sat alongside many others such as Bournemouth.

Big festive travel bill for away fans

Dedicated away fans face a big travel bill over the festive period according to the Football Supporters Federation.  The average cost of tickets, transport and food is £137 involving 402 miles of travel.  The lowest bill is in the Championship (£108) and the highest in the Premiership (£148).

Morecambe FC plunged into crisis

Morecambe FC has been plunged into crisis after majority shareholder Mr Diego Lemos failed to deliver on promises of investment.  Ali Abdulrahman Al Hasemi has resigned as co-chairman and director.

Mr Lemos has not been in the country since mid-November and has been difficult to contact.   The Brazilian businessman took over at the club at the beginning of September.

Oscar sale could suggest weakness rather than strength

The sale of Oscar to Shanghai SIPG represents good business for Chelsea given what seems to be an inflated price, but it has led to fears that it could result in a more general exodus of Premier League players.   It might also seem to suggest a growing role for China in world football.

No Yuletide shocks for Championship clubs

The Championship would normally cast a shadow over Christmas celebrations by announcing which clubs had fallen foul of its financial fair play rules (now called profitability and sustainability rules). However, the Championship has now switched to a three year rule to bring it in line with the Premier League so there will be no bad news over the festive season.

It's a results business

That's what we're always told and Crystal Palace had the poorest points to game ratio of any club in the four top divisions in 2016.   Alan Pardew has looked like a dead man walking for some time, saved only by his good relationship with chairman Steve Parrish.

However, Palace's American owners decided that they could not afford to be relegated and it looks like survival specialist Sam Allardyce will be brought in to grind out results.   It was mainly defensive weaknesses, especially from set pieces, that have let Palace down with Pardew favouring 'expansive' football.