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Plymouth trying to get finances sorted

Plymouth Argyle face the dual challenge of trying to get their finances stabilised while also mounting a challenge to return to the Championship.   The Pilgrims' executive director Keith Todd admits that he is finding it more difficult than he anticipated to get the club's finances sorted.


Majority shareholder Yasukai Hagami has not yet been to a game, but is said to 'follow' the club's results which is what any casual armchair 'fan' might do.

Football in Ireland hit by recession

Football in England has come through the recession relatively unscathed.   There have been some spectacular collapses, not least at Portsmouth, but these are arguably more the result of poor management than the condition of the game as a whole.   There have been some losses of corporate hospitality revenue and season ticket sales have fallen.  The transfer market this summer was more subdued, although still quiet resilient.   On the whole, football, particularly at the highest level, has been remarkably recession proof.

Charlton handover

Following an extraordinary general meeting yesterday which led to the dissolution of existing companies and the creation of a new one Richard Murray is now in effective charge of Charlton Athletic.  It is hoped that his assuming personal responsibility for the club will give it a more stable financial platform and a more attractive basis for bringing in new investors.

Hibs open new stand

Hibernian open their new East Stand with the visit of Rangers today.   It takes the capacity of Easter Road to 20,250.   It will be the biggest stadium outside the Old Firm.  They had enough money  left over to build a £5m training centre on the outskirts of Edinburgh as well. 

Challenges facing Hungarian football

Hungarian football faces many challenges.  We are therefore grateful to Jagoditis Rómeó who runs a football website in Hungary for translating out of Hungarian for us an article on some recent developments.   The original contribution has been edited because of its length.

West Ham front runners in Olympic stadium race

As the formal bidding process for moving into the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 games begins, West Ham United look like the front runners.  There have been around 150 expressions of interest, but some of these are undoubtedly not very serious and bidders now have six weeks in which to finalise their plans.   Spurs have expressed an interest, but this is thought to be primarily a tactical manoeuvre to exert leverage on Haringey Council in relation to their plans to develop White Hart Lane.

Everton plan Goodison development

Everton are planning a £9m office and retail development at Goodison Park.  The scheme will be self-funding as the costs will be met by partners.  The new complex will include a shop, museum and corporate hospitality facilities which have not been up to the standard of other clubs.

Scarborough could disappear

Scarborough Town, who as Scarborough played in the Football League, could be wound up after their planning application to install floodlights at their George Pindar Community College ground was rejected.  The Northern Counties East League wihdrew their membership acceptance and they are currently without a league to play in.  The option of a groundshare with Scarborough Rugby Club was rejected by the league.  Whitby Town have offered Scarborough a groundshare, but the

What is a big club?

Joe Cole's comment that Liverpool are the biggest club in the country provoked a debate on Radio 5 this morning.   There is no one criterion that determines whether a club is big or not.   Attendances and the size of the stadium are certainly part of the picture and honours are also a criterion.   But supposing most of them were won a long time ago?   Does the fact that Nottingham Forest won the European Cup twice make it a big club?   Is Liverpool's claim based largely on the fact that it has won the European competition five times and can

The stadium legacy in South Africa

It's a challenge for an economic and financial broadsheet like the Financial Times when faced with an event like the World Cup.   However, they have won praise for an excellent series of articles by the renowned football writer Simon Kuper.   They have also been examining the economic background to the tournament and today they look at the legacy of stadiums built or refurbished for the competition.