West Brom manage the drop in status well… and wait

WHEN the ball stopped rolling, West Bromwich Albion were sitting in second place in the Championship, one point behind leaders Leeds United and six points clear of third-placed Fulham with nine games to go. Understandably, there will be a sense of injustice among their fans should the “Baggies” not get promoted back to the Premier […]

Nottingham Forest wage bill underlines Championship problem

NOTTINGHAM Forest may be in the Championship play-off zone this season, but off the pitch, the club is still paying-out too far much money in wages. Although this year’s performances may have justified the big outlay, Forest’s wage-to-income ratio is a very worrying 143%, not the highest the club has run up over the past […]

Italian football clubs still lagging the leaders

ONCE UPON a time, Italian clubs ruled Europe, not just on the pitch but also through their purchasing power, attendances and in players wages that attracted some of the world’s top stars. Serie A was the envy of most European leagues, notably in England where people became fascinated by the glitz, glamour and smoke bombs […]

Chelsea make a loss as revenues flat-line, but what of the future?

CHELSEA received almost a quarter of a billion pounds in additional funding from owner Roman Abramovich as the club made a loss of around £ 100 million in 2018-19. Chelsea’s turnover totalled £ 447 million which was more or less on par with 2017-18 (£ 443) as a result of lower broadcasting (£200m) and matchday […]

Manchester City’s three best teams

MANY people believe that the current Manchester City team is probably their best ever. It is certainly their most expensive and most successful although the club’s modern-day achievements are often dismissed due to the inflated investment made in the club. However, nobody can deny the quality of football being played by Pep Guardiola’s side or […]