Posts by Mark

“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

“Downgrading MANU To Hold”: On Football And The Stock Markets

By on Jan 29, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 0 comments

I had assumed that the strange whirring noise I heard the other day was one of the mini-tornadoes that has added to Southern England’s recent weather woes. Now I wonder if it was Manchester United legend Sir Matt Busby spinning in his grave so violently as to trigger storms across what cynics might consider United’s main catchment area. There was a scene in the 2011...

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Rangers: Alistair McCoist’s “Pearls Of Wisdom”

Rangers: Alistair McCoist’s “Pearls Of Wisdom”

By on Jan 23, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 0 comments

It is tempting to leave this page blank, both in homage to Len Shackleton’s famous chapter on “The average directors’ knowledge of football” and because so much of what Rangers boss Ally McCoist has said this past week has left people speechless. But the sheer magnitude of McCoist’s folly deserves the fullest possible exposure. Talk of the new Rangers aping the old...

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Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

Port Vale: Norman’s Conquest

By on Jan 18, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 2 comments

After Port Vale’s FA Cup third round replay triumph over Plymouth Argyle, Mark Murphy thought it would be opportune to revisit the two clubs’ financial fortunes since they emerged from administration and ownership crises. And what a tangled web they both have woven. Next up… Plymouth’s hotly-disputed role in the business machinations of James Brent, the high-profile...

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The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

The Petulant Outbursts Of Assem Allam

By on Jan 15, 2014 in Latest, Politics | 4 comments

There’s nothing like a bit of blackmail to liven up English football in a quiet news week (and, alas, FA Cup third round replay week is such a week). Good job, then, that Hull CITY owner Assem Allam isn’t resorting to blackmail in order to force English football’s governing body (the Football Association, in case you didn’t recognise them from the description) to...

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Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

Bolton Wanderers: Tales From The Gartside

By on Jan 9, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 5 comments

If New Year’s Eve is a day to bury bad news, then New Year’s Eve 2013 was a day for football to bury very bad news indeed. Chelsea received the denunciation of a cynical football press for revealing their latest ludicrous losses, producing only part of their results and doing so on New Year’s Eve. Under all that attention, any non-EPL club’s results seemed destined...

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