Posts by Mark

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

The Fall And Plateau Of Manchester United

By on Apr 3, 2014 in Latest, Opinion | 2 comments

It is more of an FA Cup word than a Champions League word. But there’s no denying that during their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich this week, Manchester United were “plucky.” The FA Cup analogy is not entirely inappropriate. I’d missed the meetings where everyone was told that United were in for the sort of walloping Arsenal and Tottenham have almost patented in big...

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Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

Rangers: Crisis Over, Or Just Beginning?

By on Apr 1, 2014 in Finance, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

It is little wonder that Scotland’s Mainstream Media (SMSM) get a hard time when, aside from any perceived Celtic/Rangers/Old Firm bias, they make such elementary errors. The Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) interim results revealed operating losses of £3.6m between July 1st and December 31st 2013, which the Daily Record and the Herald newspapers called...

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A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

A “Classico” Worthy Of The Name

By on Mar 25, 2014 in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

It was a strange Sunday more than a “Super” one. Tottenham showed heart. Stoke City looked like Barcelona. And Barcelona themselves defended like Aston Villa. In that context, Barca’s thrill/laugh-a-minute 4-3 victory at Real Madrid was almost to be expected. The Bernabeu clasico had everything Premier League fans apparently desire. Goals, pace, schoolboy errors,...

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Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

Rangers FC & The Self-Importance Of Being Sandy

By on Mar 19, 2014 in Latest, Scottish Football | 5 comments

My limited experience of writing on football finance and club takeover and ownership issues has taught me one thing; that no matter what the specific issue under those headings, the Rangers Football Club will always supply an extreme, and invariably extremely daft, example. As I was writing my last article, about Birmingham City’s sledgehammer-on-nut legal action...

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Birmingham City & The Self-Importance Of Being Peter

Birmingham City & The Self-Importance Of Being Peter

By on Mar 16, 2014 in Finance, Latest | 6 comments

Birmingham City’s still-acting chairman Peter Pannu recently dismissed Birmingham City supporter protests as something of a norm for English football. More of a norm for English football, however, is Pannu’s sense of self-worth, which is only matched by whoever is responsible for paying him £400,000 a year for his role at the football club. And attached to this...

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