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28th September: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/9040633.stm
1st October: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/l/leicester_city/9051656.stm
Mike Stowell! Pretty sure I haven't heard his name in at least 10 years.
City fan David Conn expresses a little concern as to whether or not they'll be able to haul the losses back in time not to fall foul of the new rules UEFA are implementing next year.
if theres a chance they won't theres a lot of deadwood they could sell on.
And even more interesting to see which wouldn't.
they'll be trying to sell on players on pretty big money to other clubs who will also be watching the purse strings. Might not be as easy as it sounds without having to write a substantial amount off.
can't be bothered going any further down the squad.
The perils of having a 64 man first team squad.
does he exist? Probably at West Ham or summat idk
'The Beautiful Game?: Searching the Soul of Football' and
'The Football Business '
Both brilliant books which anyone remotely interested in football should read.
This is the article in question.
I have a lot of respect for that man, good old fashioned investigative journalist.
One of the few journos at a 'mainstream' publication worth reading imho.
if the intelligent and well prepared businessmen who own and run Man City have any plans in preparation of these new rulings
no, i suppose they probably haven't. I mean, it's not like they're intelligent and well prepared businessmen or anything
they'd be silly not to. It doesn't negate from David Conn's point though. They've got a heck of a job on to reduce these losses over the next 2 or 3 years. Having plans is one thing, making those plans work is quite another. Plenty of other intelligent and well prepared businessmen have made a cow's arse of owning a football club. I do genuinely hope City are able to pull it off.
City's commerical earnings are already up 40% (admittedly from a fairly low base) and that's before they've even managed to qualify for football's biggest cashcow. They won't be able to sustain such spending long-term but, given the owner's ability to take huge initial losses, it's a viable first stage of a broader plan.
The wording of UEFA's fairplay regulations is fairly ambiguious anyway, I think. Those who don't fall within its parameters may not be allowed to enter European competition, but it's at discretion rather than automatic. Again, I think.
may be prepared to allow clubs who make larger losses that (I think) 54m Euros over 3 years into European Competition provided they can show that they are working towards becoming self-sufficient. This is by no means a given though and shouldn't be banked upon by any club looking to spunk the cash in pursuit of the 'holy grail' of Champions League Football.
but it's a massive task to be breaking even by the time those financial rules come in in three years. Chelsea still haven't managed it and they haven't spent anything for ages really and compete towards the end of the champions league every year. Also some of those sponsorship deals UEFA will look at because they're from the owners company which is dubious. If City don't meet the criteria I can't see UEFA going soft on them as they'll lack credibility.
Long term though with the redevelopment work that is planned it looks pretty ominous for other clubs.
I imagine Chelsea's figures to be OK-ish now, with next year's figures being at least even, even if 2010's aren't. The wage bill was cut considerably this summer and commercial/sponsorship earnings are well up.
I don't think City will necessarily comply with the regulations or that UEFA will be soft on them, but I can see them making a good go of it.
They stem from the current News of the World advert about their JT revelations at the turn of the year. The ads are designed to remind people of the paper's history for breaking big stories (thus the 'date broken' disclaimer) before the online paywall comes in. They've done a pretty shit job though, 'cos they seem to advertising fresh allegations, kicking the rumour mill into gear ...
Unless he's been a naughty boy again ...
He was obviously treated terribly at Rangers and hasn't had much of a chance at Leicester.
He's a lovely bloke, but I as I've said before as a manager not quite up to scratch
He's incredibly defensive minded in one of the highest scoring leagues in the world with players who aren't of the quality to carry out his style of play
Would have been pretty embarrassing for everyone involved.
Spurs have submitted a bid for that pissing Olympic Stadium. But Haringey Council have also approved plans for the Naming Rights Stadium. I'm seeing double, four potential stadiums.
The olympic stadium bid is just an effort to force Harringay to let the tottenham stadium plan go through.
Barnet's fans will win in the morning. Handsomely. Only because I can't make my debut for the opposition.
i havent yet been this year, and i dont think i want to.
was away to Bournemouth a couple of years ago, just as Fairclough left. Won 2-0. Not sure we've won since.
I know this, but I'm still scared. And excited.
You'll almost certainly win, but I think it'll be fairly close. The games last season weren't the comprehensive beatings the scoreline might suggest.
Particularly the game at the Emirates. The word 'domination' is somewhat overused in these threads by a certain someone, bet they are what I'd class last season's fixtures as.
I can see Wilshere and Chamakh giving Arsenal a greater physicality, mind you.
It was embarrassing to watch. Every time Chelsea had the ball, they exploited Arsenal's flaws. Every time. It was such a controlled display of 'An Absolute Dicking' I felt sorry for Wenger.
So, yes, it was a comprehensive beating. I can't think of many other times when a Top 3 side has had such superiority over 90 minues over another Top 3 side.
I'll get off Ancelotti's dick now...
But we had a lot of the game at the Bridge. Fair play to Chelsea, they defended really well and picked us off for the goals, no arguements with the result, but wouldn't call it a domination.
Game at the Emirates was certainly a lot more one sided, in particular the second half, though I remember it as being reasonably even untill that double sucker punch at the end of the half absolutely killed us.
There is, of course, the possibility that my brain has chosen to cushion me from the pain of those memories by removing a few details though.
It was domination from the 40th minute or so on ...
As for our home game, I can honestly say it's the most comfortable and relaxed I've ever been watching Chelsea play Arsenal, and Arsenal do awaken some sort of primal fear in me.
Still bottled out of putting them on my accumulator though.
In the previous two seasons us and Chelsea beat one another in the league, so head to head games aren't always as clearcut as us finishing miles behind always in recent years would suggest.
Of course we'll lose on Sunday, but nearly everyone loses at Stamford Bridge (except for the mighty Man City) in the league anyway. I'm likely to be less annoyed after this than I was after the Sunderland and West Brom games (when there weren't enough swear words).
Be even more afraid
You do that and I'll back QPR to win 5-0 every weekend for the rest of the season. I swear, I'll do it.
Totally daft to sack our manager after 6 losses in 9 games.
>"Sven-Goran Eriksson has been linked with the now vacant post at the Walkers Stadium"
Dunno whether to be happy about that or not.
including administrative jobs in post rooms.
I wouldn't worry about it. In fact one of our HR Managers at work recently resigned and I think Sven was linked with that one as well...
Sousa was a poor choice from the start - Swansea fands and player alike were pleased to get rid of him and apparently fitness training was non-existent under him. Further proof that a vote of confidence fom Mandaric means nothing! A friend who knows a friend who knows...(etc) maintains that Mandaric was always keen on Sousa and effectively pushed Pearson out to get him in, so this could be the new consortium laying the law here.
As far as Sven is concerned he's not the worst manager out there but I'd rather have a home-grown no-nonsense manager than another flaky overseas choice. Sousa, Martinez, Di Matteo and others have only really got their jobs due to the absolute dirth of home-grown managers - anyone one with an ounce of football know-how can be taken as a manager of an English side. In fairness I'd rather have a less glossy league with far more English players and managers than as it is at the moment.
Anyway Sousa out, let the people of Leicester rejoice!
but I'd rather see an English manager with his job at the end of the day.
me type bad
But all it's done is remind me what an unremarkable footballer he was, save for the time he got sent off 30 seconds after coming on.
thought Newcastle had got the better of the deal player wise when he went to St. James Park and Andy Cole went to Old Trafford.
but it doesn't matter because he's shit anyway.
it should be a joy to watch him grace the san siro...ideally with Jenas in tow this time...
If they're looking at the video, I don't see how UEFA will be able to conclude that it wasn't a sending-off offence. Silly boy.