Big city clubs remain dominant

LEICESTER CITY’s 2015-16 Premier League victory was remarkable in many ways, it was a rare moment in time when the status quo in English football was challenged and the most surprising title win since Nottingham Forest won the old first division in 1978. It also reminded football fans there is still some romance left in the game, that high finance does not govern absolutely everything … Continue reading Big city clubs remain dominant

Highly liquid, but are red flags starting to flutter for football?

IN A week in which Barcelona announced record revenues of EUR 708m and rumours of the world’s first EUR 200m player abounded, you could be forgiven for assuming all is healthy at the top end of the football universe. But one of the most relevant pieces of news that came out recently, one that should concern football executives from Liverpool to Lyon and Manchester to … Continue reading Highly liquid, but are red flags starting to flutter for football?

State of Play: Birmingham City – a brighter future, perhaps?

DESPITE bearing the name of England’s second largest metropolis, Birmingham City Football Club has invariably been in the shadow of local rivals Aston Villa, an infinitely more successful club over the decades. With a population of 1.1 million in Birmingham itself, and an urban catchment of over two million, the city should, arguably, have been more competitive than it has been over the past half … Continue reading State of Play: Birmingham City – a brighter future, perhaps?