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Odd Goings-On At Blackburn And Watford

There was a rumour circulating recently that Watford Football Club were in takeover negotiations with someone who had neither changed his name nor had a troubled business and financial background. These were quickly dismissed as nonsense. And though it is being too kind to take full notice of what potential Watford owner Laurence Bassini has…

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February 26, 2011

2010: A Football Financial Review

You could frame it. If you wanted a short, pithy representation of all that has been wrong with football finance in 2010, you could do no better than quote a Plymouth Argyle fan known as “Sensible Surfer” on the BBC Football website over the Christmas period. “Ridsdale set to take control… good news,” he/she said,…

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January 1, 2011

Match Of The Week: Derby County 4-1 Watford

What, one wonders, were the expectations of Derby County supporters upon the appointment of Nigel Clough in December 2008? Easy though it is to try and draw comparisons twixt father and son, Nigel has resolutely been his own man, seeing out a lengthy managerial apprenticeship at Burton Albion (and leaving them in a strong enough…

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October 30, 2010

At The Sharp End… Dispatches From Southend, Cardiff, Watford, Preston & Portsmouth

One of the most useful research tools for football finance writing is the “Football Management” site run by Dr. John Beech of Coventry University. Dr. Beech took ten days off recently, and came back to an in-tray” of HMRC-related football fun which would have blocked out the light from his office windows.

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July 6, 2010

Watford Football Club: Safe, For 364 Days

While much focus has been on the foot of the Premier League, with the continuing financial travails of relegated Hull and Portsmouth and damn-near relegated West Ham, the foot of the Championship has seen its own three-horse mini-race to financial oblivion. Damn-near relegated Crystal Palace remain favourites, despite a late run from relegated Sheffield Wednesday…

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May 21, 2010

The Value Of Shareholder Democracy At Rangers & Watford

Both Watford and Rangers have had disagreements at boardroom level over the last couple of weeks. Mark Murphy has been looking at both clubs, and arrives at the conclusion that under all of the smart talk, no-one – not even those directly involved – knows exactly what is going on.

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December 18, 2009

Watford’s Financial Gap – Finding A Way To Bridge It

Watford are in financial trouble, but they should be able to find £5m from Elton John or Lord Ashcroft even if they are currently being run by two brothers that supply salad to supermarkets, shouldn’t they? Mark Murphy is less than convinced, and reports on yet another cautionary tale from the Football League.

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December 6, 2009
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