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Spurs sign Crouch; I die a little inside.
Also, am I the only one who thinks the Barcelona have got equally as good a deal out of the Ibrahimovic/Eto'o/Hleb deal as Inter?
Get Hleb's wages off the books for a year but still have the option to keep him if he impresses, get something for a player who would have otherwise left for free next summer and manage to grab one of the few 'marquee' signings still available and keep some PR face. Anyone with any sense knows they didn't need a big signing to compete with Real in footballing terms, but the rivalry between the two clubs goes further than that.
I think I might agree with you if they hadn't chucked Eto'o in as part of the deal. Probably the most prolific striker in Europe at the moment.
They could either let him go for nothing next summer or use him to their advantage now.
It seems a bit mad though considering Man City were prepared to part with £20-25million for him. That's effectively saying Ibrahimovic is worth £50-60million which even in today's crazy market he's not.
financial wrecker, one club at a time.
or harry will get sacked. Either way, he'll end up costing the club a shit load of money.
(This post may be borne out of an intense disliking for Mr H. Redknapp)
Harry won't cost Spurs loads of money as Levy won't let this happen. As i've said below, although he's got his faults, Levy's a superb businessman and has turned Spurs into one of the most financially stable clubs around.
but apart from that, he hasn't invested massively.
our wages to turnover ratio is one of the lower in the 'top half' of the table and our debt is massively less than that of lots of Premiership clubs.
not bad business, i'd say.
Pretty much year on year profits or very small losses and without much in the way of loans on the books.
Lots of revenue from sponsorship and shirt sales.
Income: 28.5m in gates, 27.75m in sponsorship, 40.3m from media rights, 9.7m from merchandising and 8.3m other. (114m total)
Costs: 52.9m wages, 2.8m depreciation, 31.5m other (87.3m) for a gross profit of 27.4m.
They spent 20.6m (net) on transfers, 5.6m on loans etc and 2m on tax, but earnt 1.8m in bank interest, so after all that made a profit of 969k.
Gates 15m, TV, 26m, 19.5m other (total 60.8)
Wages 37.6m, Raw materials 6.7m, other 10.16m (57.4m) for a gross profit of 3.4m.
Other costs though include 11.5 on players (contract depreciation, not signings) and 8m in interest. Loss of 15.624m.
Total loans were around 132m, including 14m from directors, 42m finance on the ground and 65m from banks.
Net debt was 100.262m
and a new deal for Cahill is hoped to be worked out soon.
This is excellent, excellent news.
probably his agent telling him a move was imminent. He twittered(?) this.
Everyone thinks inter have done well out of that deal.
Not what I asked
He got a call, probably from his agent, probably saying something like 'Darren, the Sunderland deal looks like happenening pretty sharpish. You up for it?'. Darren said 'Yes'. In conclusion, he probably wasn't asked to leave the plane, it was maybe suggested to him that leaving the plane would be beneficial if he was keen on the move. Is that any better?
thinks inter got the better deal.
Inter have gained the superior goalscorer, £40m and a decent midfielder for a year. Barca have gained an even greater ego and have lost a good few goals imo.
Obviously they're comparable players in terms of ability, profile, age etc so the €40m fee seems a little steep to a lot of people, but that can be put down to the mentalness of the current market, Barca's need for a 'big' signing and the difference between their situations at the clubs.
fingers crossed though.
Credit to Levy though, he's definitely one of the better businessmen chairmen around, if nothing else. Now if he can just get £15m for Bent, that'll do nicely.
This is the man who sold his two centre forwards and bought them back with a year or so.
Fair enough, he got a few quid out of United for Berbabob but didn't leave his manager with much time to spend any of it on a replacement.
His footballing nouse is dubious, for sure.
both wanted to leave and he didn't stand in there way, you can't really say he sold them.
£12m would be great for Bent. If we make a profit and end up with a better player, there's no complaining.
Didn't Spurs pay £15m for Bent a couple of years ago? I fail to see how selling him for £12m gains a profit for anyone (I know you're comparing him to the price you paid for Crouch).
Is that what you mean?
and roughly a goal every third game isn't bad business in this day and age.
i hope crouch does ok, i like him.
these spurs fans will have changed their tune
he'll be playing most weeks i imagine, which is the best thing for him.
Crouch is a decent player, good for 15ish goals a season plus a few assists, doesn't have to adjust to the league or the manager and has a proven track record in partnership with their other first choice striker. For £10m that seems a pretty good buy to me
He's rubbish in the air.
He looks like a spaz.
he looks quite dapper when suited up. Also, he quite eloquent and has a lovely missus = all you'd want in a footballer.
Decadent and defeats the object and means I have to queue longer. It did give me the opportunity to stare at his lady though.
Brilliant at knockdowns, flick ons, 'back-across-goal' headers - all stuff the likes of Defoe will absolutely lap up.
I hate Spurs and 'Arry with a passion, but I think this is a really good signing and I think Spurs will be top 6 or 7 at least this year
but not so good at generating power for the ball himself.
he apparently scored more headers than any other player.
Should be better at heading, but to pretend he is woeful is just silly.
but he'll have to prove himself before i'm REALLY happy.
one. hundred. and. twenty. grand. a. week.
I'm sure that kik'll be along shortly to point out that actually his sources in the Manchester City board room told him that the offer is in fact a can of Coke Zero and 2.5 Mars bars a day.
He shouldn't accept anything less than Double Deckers instead.
but to say his move is not primarily about the money is silly.
it doesnt matter tho. i'm sad to see him leave.
that time when Man City were knocked out of the cup at 10 man Blackburn and their fans started singing 'You're not fit to wear the shirt' never happened.
"I have drunk poison while he utter'd it."
doesn't mean it's not true in this case, but there'll be a certain 'boy cried wolf' thing going on here.
twilight of his career....what???
will think Bendtner is good, others would beg to differ.
2) People are allowed to change their opinion. God knows you do it often enough.
3) Football fans in fickleness shock!
the same way some people rate Peter Crouch so highly I suppose. Or Bobby Zamora. Or Mamedy Sidibe.
(Phil Brown doesn't count).
well no one then.
first we don't appreciate our players, now we rate them too highly. maybe stop posting about arsenal for a while, it's getting tedious
He'll just go back to Spurs.
Could be very, very good in a few years, but has plenty of work to do. He reads the game brilliantly, but his feet don't always manage what his brain is asking of them. Looked sharp against part timers so far in pre-season, always seems to link well with Eduardo, should be good for 15+ goals again this season.
I'd have him back where he belongs any day, great player, great bloke.
Kind of a weird move. If you want a left-back (which I imagine they do, considering they have Ramos at right-back), sign a left-back.
But the best quote of the article is a little pop at Chelsea:
"Since I left I became champion again but they have not been champions again. I keep on winning and they don't."
Cheeky fucker! We didn't win the title in his last season AND Inter had walked Serie A the three seasons previous to his arrival. But I'm sure he knows that, he's just being a scamp.
He'll manage Chelsea again at some point.
they have to make. Or something.
Either way, it's still quite unclear as to who is providing the money...
they are doomed.
even though it's agreed and the money's needed in the meantime.
are still involved in prolonged negotiations with Sulamain al-Fahim regarding the Emirates-based businessman's buy-out of the club, a process related to its difficult financial predicament which includes an outstanding loan of at least £30m to the South African bank Standard Bank that needs servicing by August."
But it hasn't been completed and so they don't have access to the monies.
According to the club they sold Crouch because they needed the cash to pay loan repayments which were due before the takeover will happen.
How much does this guy actually have to chuck at the club? I know he fronted the city takeover, but this is his own money now, probably take about £50m to just get them on an even keel and cobble together a squad that can stay up.
Pompey are about to spend 6 million on a Croation striker called Nikola Kalinic so they must have access to some money...
if the buying club agree to it whereas there might have been some sort of penalty for late repayment written into their loan or whatever they were paying.
They need to pay €360,000 to the inland revenue before then to avoid it (already been through court, so an agreement with the IR is the only way out).
my favourite Irish side they are. Shame.
they're sailing very close to the wind indeed.
to either pay up or sell the club. He's already turned down a 25k offer for the club from the administrator.
£1.7m, of which £1.45m has been run up in just 12 months.
we played a friendly with them a week ago and they were charging around £15 a ticket. Argyle complained about it but Livingston didn't budge. Funnily enough no one turned up.
banks, councils and the inland revenue.
In the Inland Revenue's case, because things are worked out and paid in arrears, it's quite easy to run up a big debt if you don't set the cash aside. Councils are often quite lenient because they're generally poorly managed themselves and often don't want to be seen as the aggressor (politically, it can harm you) while in a banks case it's usually that a repayment or several repayments are due.
In this case, it's actually about 35k that the council were owed that was called in, but the rest of it has been built up elsewhere (not least well over 500k to the IR).
To use the figures from earlier and put it into context, there wasn't a problem with Man City's £100m+ debt since only about £12m was payable in the next 12 months and that was either affordable or able to be refinanced (the sale of SWP more than covered it). If they hadn't paid up the (comparatively) small sums though, you'd have seen all the creditors crawling out of the woodwork for their share.
You little stirrer, you.
Reda Johnson. Big, young, strong centre back apparently.
He was all set to join Aberdeen but we gazumped them in the 11th hour.
We do need another centre back to play alongside Seip, Timar has never looked the same player since his head injury and Cathcart did alright on loan from Man U last season but the chances of him coming back for this season were slim.
http://tinyurl.com/ngcyju (give it 30 seconds or so)
Got Berra and Sorenson as my subs too.
Berra is a great player but I can't see him getting much gametime.
Worried how many games Owen is gonna get and everyone seems to have Torres
So we're all agreed great season last year, super Roy real contender for manager of the year. Highest finish in club history, followed up by 09/10. They'll have played 2 Europa games before the start of the season. No signings of note, the wrong Riise apart. Brede on the way out? Murphy looked great last season but often struggled to get through a match, these additional fixtures won't help. They bought Kelly off us, not sure why? Bobby Z almost but not quite going. i think this could be a tough old season for the cottagers who were lucky to be in the prem for 08/09.
Prediction 14th, no cups.
About half of the top flight are genuine relegation candidates
unlikely to go the season without any key injuries again and the pressure of extra fixtures.
also DK out of interest how much would you pay to go to craven cottage for the chelsea match?
I think they're easily a stronger squad than at least 9 other top flight teams. I don't expect them to do as well, but don't see them seriously struggling.
I think I paid £35 for an away ticket there a few years back, and I'd probably be willing to pay that, maybe a fiver or so more. If I can afford it I'll find out the hard way pretty soon, Fulham-Chelsea is only about 3 or 4 games in to the season.
i had a ticket for chelsea v fulham last season, £45 i think.
With brede hughes and paintsil and schwarzer at the back they'll be fine, any of those 3 missing and it's trouble.
for a medical with Man City before finalising a £16 million deal
Michael Carrick (28) - Michael's wife's maiden name is Roughead. ROUGHEAD.
Luis Aragones (71) - Luis says he has several black friends. He likes to call Marcos Senna 'The Brazilian'.
The BBC pulled it years ago.
I still think it's a bit off. I don't think John Barnes would've put up with Bobby Robson calling him "The Jamaican".
who was asked when at Newcastle if Sir Bobby had a nickname for him?
His reply was "no, he normally calls me Carl Cort".
In a Footie Focus interview?
Either way I seem to remember it was delivered in a brilliantly deadpan way, though this maybe have been purely by accident
he's fucking shit.
I still think Keane is good.
you do have some slightly mental opinions on Spurs Adam.
and be wrong, all in one post.
i really like him. rate him higher than defoe too.
I hope Bent smacks him in the face.
or has a crack that it is 'good to be joining a team who doesn't have a totally corrupt red faced prick for a manager'
some would see that as sign that he's finally given pavlyuchenko his backing.