Football & Insolvency – A Rough Guide

This site could get rather repetitive over the summer if things don’t calm down a bit. Northwich Victoria of the Blue Square North became the latest club to enter into administration, whilst rumours continue to circle a not inconsiderable number of other clubs. With this in mind, tonight we’re going to give you a brief summary of insolvency law and how it relates to football clubs. After all, if fifteen or twenty clubs are to be declared insolvent, the best thing that we can do is be absolutely certain about what happens next. It will primarily focus on smaller clubs, and this is for two main reasons – firstly, the management of Premier League football clubs is now so dense and complex that you could write several books on each individual club and still be no nearer arriving at any firm conclusions. With smaller clubs, however, although there are no hard and fast rules concerning how they get into trouble, there are hard and fast rules on how they should get out of it. Secondly, there is no serious danger of any Premier League clubs being declared insolvent at the moment, but this is a reality that is happening, it seems, on an almost daily basis in the Football League and below. It is also worth remembering that football clubs have to jump through two sets of hoops in...

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