Fulham show calm regrouping pays off

ONE YEAR after newly-promoted Fulham were throwing money around and buying players for fun, the Cottagers found themselves back in the more humble surroundings of the Championship. The moneyball experiment, if that’s the right word for the way the club accumulated quantity over quality, was over and some of the higher profile names, notably some under-performing Ligue 1 captures, had been sent out on loan … Continue reading Fulham show calm regrouping pays off

Crowd reaction – why English and German fans are more loyal

RELEGATION is often a big blow to clubs in Europe’s top leagues, mostly because it comes with financial implications, despite parachute payments. TV money and legacy wage bills are the biggest issue, but income at most clubs is affected by lower attendances. Or is it? Football fans are known for their undying loyalty and a major setback often brings out the best in them, particularly … Continue reading Crowd reaction – why English and German fans are more loyal

The cost of the drop

WITH SOME worrying messages coming out of both Newcastle United and Aston Villa, two of the clubs most likely to suffer relegation from the Premier League, the cost of dropping out of English football’s top flight is becoming ever more apparent. According to the game’s think tank, Football Benchmark, relegation has never been more costly than it will be in 2015-16. In KPMG’s new release, … Continue reading The cost of the drop

Mind the gap! First day results can tell a lot

The opening day of the season was a case of déjà vu for the teams promoted from the Championship. For the third consecutive year, a Premier new boy failed to win their first game: Bournemouth went down at home to Villa; Watford drew at Everton; and Norwich were beaten at home by Palace. Ominous signs for a trio of teams that will undoubtedly struggle to … Continue reading Mind the gap! First day results can tell a lot

Di Canio experiment may be doomed – regardless of which side of the political pitch he stands

The hotbed of soccer has got its own hot head now in the form of new Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio. This may have been a strange choice, but now it has become a controversial decision after the Democratic Republic of British Football raised its concerns about one of its clubs hiring a man who – eight years ago – said he was a fascist. … Continue reading Di Canio experiment may be doomed – regardless of which side of the political pitch he stands