The cold air that is whistling through football isn’t solely as a result of the recent wintry weather. HMRC are on the move, and their aim is to recoup taxpayers’ money from football clubs that haven’t been paying their bills.
Tagged: Notts County
2009 was the year in which the wheels constantly threatened to come completely off football’s financial wagon without actually doing so. Mark Murphy takes a look over the great and good of the last twelve months and wonders how they – almost – all managed to get away with it.
Mark Murphy has been looking at the Notts County supporters’ reaction to recent events at Meadow Lane, and he is less than impressed. But then, what else would you expect from supporters that, as it turrned out, gave their club away for one pound?
Munto Finance have put Notts County up for sale. Most Notts supporters still seem to regard Chief Executive Peter Trembling as some sort of hero, but they should probably be asking him a few questions about how his handling of the last few months or soat Meadow Lane.
The more anybody digs, the murkier it all gets. Rumours currently doing the rounds in motor racing circles seem to be confirming that the proposed QADBAK Investments take-over of the BMW-Sauber formula one racing team is on the point of collapse. Where are all these middle eastern investors, then?
The Football League’s confirmation that Notts County’s new owners are “fit & proper” appears to be a cause for celebration for the club, but Mark Murphy is wondering exactly why this should be when, to be quite frank, no-one is any the wiser as to who these owners actually are.
The annual Supporters Direct conference was held at the NEC in Birmingham on the 16th October. There was the usual informed debate about issues relating to supporter empowerment and a slightly worrying speech from the Football Association’s new Chief Executive.
Mark Murphy thinks that he might have discovered that the recent rash of football club takeovers may be a sting concocted by the News Of The World to show up the football authorities’ Fit & Proper Persons Test for what it is. Is the most rational explanation, isn’t it?
The collection tin rattling outside a football ground was, for some years, the clarion call of the truly desperate club. They were at their loudest at Notts County in 2004, who have also caught the zeitgeist by grabbing some millionaire owners from the, ahem, “Middle East”.
The “Fit & Proper Persons” test is supposed to weed undesirable types out from owning football clubs. Mark Murphy is less than convinced that it is doing its job properly, and he has some examples featuring names that you may be familiar with.
The rumours had been circulating for a couple of days, but few people had been brave enough to give it much credibility. But then it happened. Sol Campbell joins Notts County, on a five...
The summer is traditionally known as “the silly season” in the press, but Notts County have pushed the silliness up by at least a few notches with the news that they are in negotiation...