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Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

The Deloitte Sports Business Group presents the Annual Review of Football Finance 2012

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. Fred says:

    Calvin Clyne :lol:

  2. Fred says:

    You forgot Nick “The Power” Powell, the man whose transfer fee gets higher with each new article written about him.

  3. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    MANCHESTER CITY have moved swiftly to soften the blow of MANCHESTER UNITED missing out on CREWE Midfielder Nick Powell by offering them an astonishing £37 million to tie up a deal for Lille’s Eden Hazard, snatching him from the hands of Chelsea who have reportedly agreed a £32m transfer fee.

    Unbeliev-ahfucking-ble :shock:

  4. WillieRedNut says:

    I’ll never get over the ending of Sopranos. :roll:

  5. WillieRedNut says:

    It all went pete tong when Johnny Sack was killed off.

  6. WillieRedNut says:

    Carrick is a mug if he goes back to England now. He wasn’t deemed good enough for a place in the squad, or even on standby. Tell woy to get lost Micheal!

  7. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Willie, How do you do the rolling eye smilley? That would be good for my last post.

    Nighies you Reds…..

  8. Clint-Iamyourpapii says:

    Carrick is not a mug, he’s a cup !

    Fucking Cup !


  9. WillieRedNut says:

    Fletch – I don’t know mate? Ask Papiss! :P

  10. Sandeep1878 says:

    Morning reds around the world…

  11. dannysoya LOVES SIAN MASSEY says:

    Clint is that a joke article or something? LMFAOOOOO.

  12. dannysoya LOVES SIAN MASSEY says:

    also on the carrick ossue. Carrick would be a complete idiot to come out of retirement after the way they have treated. I hope he knows that the reason why people are calling for him to get back in the squad is because England have three central mids injured. Its not right for them to treat him that way and then try to force him to come back into that setup.

  13. Ash says:

    Haha. Lukaku refuses to lift the Champions League trophy. Reallly feel sorry for lukaku. He was said to be the next big thing but now he is just another thing. I bet chelsea will implode. :lol:

  14. says:

    Hey would you look at that…..some things never change.

    Chicharito scores for Mexico to beat Bosnia 2-1, deep in injury time!

    Glad for Javier, needs to have a good offseason and come back ready for United.

  15. Marq says:

    Carrick should just carry on with his holiday. Let England’s central midfield pairing be Gerrard & Henderson, the pairing that would probably have their team relegated if the league started in Jan. All other teams in Europe are already quaking in their boots =p

  16. Arbiter says:

    I honestly feel that, while supporting the team at all times is the correct thing to do, but Fergie and his coaching and scouting team have been trying to play Football Manager for a few years now. While we supporters are accused of doing that when we dream of top players joining the club, I think its Fergie and his team who are in dreamland. I absolutely agree with the ranters on here, I mean, we have by far the biggest revenue in the PL, and in the top 3 globally, and yet we are unable to pay top wages. This is absolute tosh, if you ask me.

    A team with potential is not always the team which wins everything, we eventually have to add proven performers. And if those players demand top dollar, we ought to pay them, since we should be able to afford them. A point I do not understand is when Real and Barca have similar debt levels as us, how come they don’t keep making interest payments and its only us who keep losing money ? We make a £100 million profit, and suddenly, bonds are brought back, one-time payment is made to reduce the debt, and more such trash is espoused by the club’s hierarchy, and somehow, the debt doesn’t exactly go down by too large an amount. Despite so many payments and buy-backs, we still remain close to £400 million in debt.

    I am tired of investment in youth in the squad, because, firstly, the promising reserves and youths don’t get a chance, and on top of that, the ones which are part of the first team squad, they get rotated too much, whether due to injuries, or because Fergie likes to rotate the squad so that everyone’s match fit. That rotation also means that players who are in form lose their form due to sitting out matches. It is here that Fergie should look at top sides globally, whether it be Barca, Real, Bayern, Dortmund, Juventus, or Milan, they have a consistent playing XI, or at least, a core of 7-9 players playing week in week out. And I think we are unable to do that happens because our coaching and training methods are flawed and outdated. Fergie seriously needs a new team in place. We have a defender as the first team coach, and our team can’t defend !!! How much worse can it get ?

  17. RedHound says:

    Just the kind of analysis i was looking for. Just about makes sense, the writer however expertly and conveniently goes around the the welbeck and Chicharito issue.

  18. CedarsDevil says:

    Morning all

    Shit loads of U21 matches taking place today…..Anyone know if any United youngsters are involved?

  19. soren says:

    Javier Hdz>>>>>>Dzeko
    Happy Birthday Javier!!!
    Cheer up!!! Papii
    Where is Shinji?

  20. CedarsDevil says:

    Hi soren!

    How have you been my darling? Really happy for Hernandez, he always delivers, I really love this player…. Just hope he now gets a needed rest so he can be fresh for next season

  21. Bobby Charlton's combover says:

    I know Carrick has ruled himself out but Henderson in for Lampard? The lad is pure muck and has no England experience. England are a shambles yet again. Had Carrick been treated with the respect his performances have deserved they wouldn’t be in this shit but piss poor management has it’s consequences.

  22. slim says:

    morning reds. man oh man if the Chavs get the hulk they’re gonna be quite something next season. I hear ROM’S favorite word, “overrated” has creeper in. He ain’t. that fella is one he’ll of a striker. League is shaping up nicely before it’s even begun.

  23. Ash says:


    Hulk is be a top class striker. But again whether he will be succesful or not depends on the management of chelsea. If hulk had joined Arsenal or united then I would have been quite sure him to be an instant success but at chelsea I am not quite sure.
    Remember Dzeko when he joined city everyone was saying he would take the league by storm but look what happened to him, he is lost in the scuffle . I still won’t consider chelsea as threat because they are managed very poorly.

  24. PeteyRedRed says:

    The Republik of Mancunia.. turning Die hard fans into educated die hard super fans. :D
    I’m more of a reader than a poster on here, but Im never off it. Keep up the good posts fellas, can never how too much red knowledge!!

  25. PeteyRedRed says:

    Have* ffs. Shit iPhone. That’s why I don’t post much lol

  26. CedarsDevil says:


    Isn’t it just? I for one love this place

  27. coomy says:

    morning rom’ers

    have a look at this vid, really funny.

  28. CedarsDevil says:


    That is a nice video, but it was already posted yesterday mate by Devil310

  29. Busby babes says:

    chelsea keep spending like they are then the personal they’ll be able to call on then u would deem them a threat, colllectively though over the season ego’s could end up derailing their title push, lads has city found out to some extent last year you can buy top players, but you cant buy FERGIE’S winning mentality:-)

  30. coomy says:

    @ CedarsDevil

    Thanks bro, Rom are so busy these days that its difficult to keep track. I need football i mean real football not the euro thing.

  31. CedarsDevil says:


    Yes, RoM is busy nearly all the time so I get you.

    Busby babes

    The Chelsea spending is a good thing in my opinion, might make them challengers again next season which is a good thing. I do not want the PL to become a 2 horse race like Spain or Scotland etc…

    Bring it on I say

  32. PeteyRedRed says:

    @ cedars. It is the best thing since sliced bread. I like to bust out random facts I’ve learnt on here to impress fellow reds and piss off city fans with our history. :)

  33. Busby babes says:

    cedars could’nt agree more m8, more competion leads to a better specticle, we do love a challenge

  34. RedHound says:

    Great Article and what what some people have been banging on here and true every word of it.

  35. WillieRedNut says:

    MEN are no experts on anything. Hulk is an overrated clown! That was for slim Charles. ;)

  36. WillieRedNut says:

    And I don’t mean us men? :P Manchester Evening News! ;)

  37. King Eric says:

    Are you serious? Hulk is fucking dog shit he really is and I sincerely hope Chelsea HAVE spunked 30 odd million on him.

  38. Wakey says:


    Firstly would you really want the club to break its long standing policy of keeping wages below 50% of revenue? It’s this sensible policy that’s allowed the club to keep investing significant amounts over the last few decades  without doing a Leeds. The clubs paying more wages than us are only doing so because they have a sugar daddy funding them, should this person pull out these clubs aren’t sustainable (even less so if they call their investment back in before leaving)

    With Real and Barca, when they run their presidential election every 5 seasons not only does anyone who officially enters have to put money down to run (although it’s usually only 1 candidate that ever officially enters with the rest pulling out once it’s clear they can’t win) BUT they also have to be ale to guarantee outside funding that’s enough to cover a certain percentage of the planned running costs over their term.

    The majority of this funding comes from the Spanish Banks in the form of interests fee loans. This is something they do because of pressure placed on them by both the government (local and national)  and in Reals case the king of Spain. And throughout history both have often made no attempt to pay these back, they sit on them until the banks declare them bad debt and write the loans off.

    And a I keep saying debt in business isn’t the ‘evil’ thing it is personal finance which is why most of the major companies in this world carry a certain level of debt on their accounts.  While 45mill a season may sound a lot it does come with its own benefits which reduce the real world cost of the (tax relief and the likes) and certainly if the Glazers had bought the club outright with their own money or if we had still be a PLC the dividends that would have needed to be paid wouldn’t have been that far off the interest payments with the revenue we have now (although I doubt the PLC could have go revenues anywhere near the Glazers or any other business focused Owner would have)

    On the rotation, the teams you mentioned all play in leagues that are much less intense in their nature. This makes it easier for them to play players more often. Just look at how long it took Silva to adjust and even last season being overplayed saw him fall off a cliff after Christmas.

  39. WillieRedNut says:

    To be fair to MEN, they do make some interesting points. Nothing we haven’t discussed on here before. United are always gonna struggle to match city and Chelsea’s wealth.

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