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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 37 [Tuesday]

☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news: "I’m hopeful Tyrone Mings trains today.

“Morgan (Sanson) is still not available, he’s just got a recurrence of the..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith on team news: "...knee injury so he’s out for the last couple of games. Matty Cash the same with his hamstring."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
📢 Smith asked if Grealish is ready to start: "Jack is training today and then we’ll have a discussion with him after and with the medical staff to decide on the progress of his recovery..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #avfc #TotAvl
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Quick estimate of the revenue earned by English clubs from Europe this season up to the final. This analysis is based on the participation fees, prize money and TV pools from 2019/20 distributions plus the UEFA coefficients for 2020/21 #MCFC #CFC #LFC #MUFC #AFC #THFC #LCFC
#MCFC and #CFC have both earned over €100m after reaching the Champions League final with €120m and €117m respectively, followed by #LFC €89m and #MUFC €76m. Europa League clubs receive significantly less: #AFC €29m after reaching semi-final, #THFC €21m and #LCFC €17m.
#MUFC €76m represents their total earnings from Europe, split into €62m from the Champions League (eliminated at the group stage) and €14m for reaching the Europa League final. Note: they only receive participation fee and UEFA coefficient from the senior competition.
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Yesterday was another crazy day for #Football & specifically in this case, for #Derby #dcfcfans

#EFL ruling on their accounting practices

Threat of sanctions - What will that mean?

#RichardKeough ruling - They have to pay him £2.3m (bonkers episode)🤯

bbc.co.uk/sport/football…
Then add in the farce of the #takeover process

A 29 year old front-man masquerading as an Instagram Billionaire (complete with macho boxing backstory & links to Indonesian investors & looted billions) #Suharto

👏 @secondtierpod ⤵️

#DCFC #FitAndProper

I'm equally fascinated & frustrated by rogue investors in #EnglishFootball

I've read widely and spoken to people with genuine knowledge of the machinations of global finance💸

What puzzles me today is, how/why did #MelMorris get himself in this hole?😏
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🧵 Quotes thread Double Gameweek 35 [Wednesday]

🦊 Leicester

📢 Brendan Rodgers on team news: "Everyone is virtually okay from the last game. We’ve had a couple of niggles, Jamie [Vardy] had a challenge on him that..."

#fpl #dgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #lcfc #LeiNew #MunLei
📢 Rodgers on team news: "...made his ankle swell up. He [Vardy] will be fine.

"Jonny [Evans] will be fine. He had a scan on it and there’s no tear..."



#fpl #dgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #lcfc #LeiNew #MunLei
📢 Rodgers on Evans: "...it was something that was provoked during the game [against Southampton]. There was soreness but he should be fine for Friday."

#fpl #dgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #lcfc #LeiNew #MunLei
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1/ OPEN LETTER TO @SkySports

amazing how suddenly you care about "fans" with your incredible focus on #MUFC protests against the Glazers

where were you when #LUFC was being destroyed by Ken Bates & their fans protested? where were you when #BuryAFC was battling to survive?
2/ when #BWFC went to the brink, @SkySports most certainly didn't do anything to push their fans' agenda, yet here you are pushing Man U fans' agenda

your hypocrisy is nauseating, considering how you created this bloated, average @premierleague that wallows in obscene money
3/ @SkySports doesn't care about fans, your ridiculous influence on match scheduling & your inconsiderate changing of kick off times proves this

now that your greed-fuelled product is under threat, you suddenly hop into the fans' camp to try & protect your own interests
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🧵 Quotes thread Gameweek 34 [Sunday]

🔫 Arsenal

📢 Mikel Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "It's just to prepare for today's game the best possible way. We played 40 minutes [against Villarreal]..."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
📢 Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "...with 10 men and we have had a crazy schedule.

"We know the risks we are taking every week. Last week we took the risk with [Alexandre] Lacazette and..."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
📢 Arteta pre-match on making eight changes: "... we lost him [Lacazette]. We need fresh players."

#fpl #gw34 #CHpressers #fantasypl #afc #NewArs #UEL #dgw35 #ArsWba
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The spark for the protest by Manchester United fans at Old Trafford might have been the deeply unpopular Super League, but it also highlighted an underlying unhappiness with the club’s owners, so I thought it might be interesting to look at the finances under the Glazers #MUFC
The Glazers took control of #MUFC back in June 2005 via a £550m leveraged buyout, so their first full season in control was 2005/06. Therefore, this review will look at the 15 seasons since then, up to 2019/20.
In the last 15 years #MUFC have generated an impressive £5.9 bln revenue, but had £5.4 bln expenses (including £2.9 bln wages and £1 bln player amortisation), leading to £467m operating profit. This was boosted by £257m profit on player sales, but £817m interest meant £92m loss.
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🖼 If iconic Premier League pictures were used as the Premier League logo
🖼 If iconic Premier League pictures were used as the Premier League logo
yes I know this Aguero goal isn’t anywhere near the most iconic moment in the PL but 1. I had to start somewhere and 2. This tweet is what inspired me:
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Liverpool’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they won the Premier League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, but were eliminated in the last 16 of the Champions League. Finances adversely impacted by the pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #LFC
#LFC swung from £42m profit before tax to £46m loss, as impact of COVID-19 resulted in revenue falling £43m (8%) from £533m to £490m, while expenses increased £31m (6%). Profit on player sales fell £18m to £27m, but £4m gain from sale of Melwood. Loss after tax was £39m.
The main driver of the #LFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £59m (23%) from £261m to £202m, while match day dropped £13m (16%) from £84m to £71m. This was partially offset by commercial rising £29m (16%) from £188m to £217m.
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Aston Villa’s 2019/20 financial results covered the season following promotion, when they retained their Premier League status by finishing 17th and also reached the Carabao Cup final. Second season after Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens acquired the club. Some thoughts follow #AVFC
Despite promotion #AVFC loss widened from £69m to £99m. Revenue more than doubled from £54m to £113m, though profit on player sales fell £11m to a small negative result, while investment in the squad to compete in the Premier League increased expenses by £76m (55%).
Main driver of the #AVFC £58m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £56m from £22m to £78m, due to the much more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also rose £4m to £21m, while player loans were up £1m to £2m. However, gate receipts were down £2m (13%) to £11m.
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Arsenal will look to sell at least four players this summer in a bid to raise funds for new signings. Mikel Arteta is keen on signing Martin Ødegaard on a permanent deal this summer, while the right-back & left-back positions will also look to be strengthened. [@ChrisWheatley_]
Arsenal are open to selling Ainsley Maitland-Niles & Eddie Nketiah, while Héctor Bellerín is keen on leaving the club if the right opportunity arises. Matteo Guendouzi & Lucas Torreira are both expected to be sold. Sead Kolasinac remains likely to leave. [@ChrisWheatley_] #afc
Joe Willock’s form for Newcastle could see him return to compete for a place in the first-team. William Saliba will return for pre-season & @Football_LDN understands Dinos Mavropanos will either go out on loan for another campaign or depart in a permanent move. [@ChrisWheatley_]
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No sooner had a European Super League (ESL) been announced than the plans were shelved, at least for the time being, but what were the factors that drove the 12 breakaway clubs to this deeply unpopular move? As usual, it was all about money, a combination of fear and greed.
Whether football is broken is debatable, but there is little doubt that many of the 12 Super League clubs are facing serious financial problems. To some extent, this helps explain why the “dirty dozen” would seek more revenue, but does not excuse this horribly ill-conceived plan.
You don’t have to look too far to see the seriousness of the financial predicament with pre-tax losses of the 12 ESL clubs adding up to a worrying £667m, even before #LFC announce their results. Three of them lost more than £100m: #Milan £169m, #MCFC £125m and #FCBarcelona £112m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Blank Gameweek 33 [Thursday]

🫐 Everton

📢 Carlo Ancelotti: "We have a lot of players available – almost all the squad, apart from [Abdoulaye] Doucoure and [JP] Gbamin who are out..."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #efc #ArsEve
📢 Ancelotti: "...the others [including Dominic Calvert-Lewin] are in good condition.

"We are ready to fight for this final part of the season. The squad is now much, much better and I have a lot of options."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #efc #ArsEve
🔫 Arsenal

📢 Mikel Arteta on five players [David Luiz, Tierney, Odegaard, Aubameyang, Lacazette] being out: "Yes, it is unfortunately the situation we have at the moment. They are all doing really well to be fair..."

#fpl #BGW33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #afc #ArsEve
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After news of the European Super League broke, the estimated earnings of clubs from the Big Five leagues in the 2020/21 Champions League might seem a little bit “after the Lord Mayor’s show”, but here’s an analysis up to the semi-finals in any case.
I should emphasise that these figures can only be considered as indicative. They are based on UEFA’s revenue distribution guidelines, but also include estimates for the TV pool and rebates to broadcasters following losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Based on my assumptions, the top 10 TV earnings from the Champions League up to the semi-finals are: #PSG €109m, #RealMadrid €109m, #MCFC €104m, #CFC €101m, #FCBayern €92m, #LFC €88m, #FCBarcelona €84m, #Juventus €82m, #BVB €78m and #Atleti €74m.
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Manchester City’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished runners-up in the Premier League, reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and won the League Cup. Some thoughts in the following thread #MCFC
#MCFC swung from £10m profit before tax to £125m loss, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in revenue falling £57m (11%) from £535m to £478m, while expenses increased £81m (14%). Profit on player sales was up £1m to £40m. Loss after tax was £126m.
The main driver of the #MCFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £63m (25%) from £253m to £190m, while match day dropped £13m (24%) from £55m to £42m. This was partially offset by commercial rising £19m (9%) from £227m to £246m.
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Burnley’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished in 10th place, the club’s second highest Premier League finish, securing a fifth consecutive season in the top flight. Some thoughts follow #BurnleyFC #twitterclarets
After these accounts closed in December 2020 ALK capital acquired a majority (84%) shareholding in #BurnleyFC. Long-term local owners Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz remain at Turf Moor as directors, working in partnership with new chairman Alan Pace.
#BurnleyFC profit before tax dropped from £5m to break-even, mainly due to COVID impact, including an additional month of expenses. Revenue fell £4m (3%) from £138m to £134m and expenses increased £9m, though profit on player sales rose £8m to £15m. Profit after tax was £0.5m.
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Sheffield United’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 9th in the Premier League following promotion and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, which was described by the club as “a respectable achievement”. Some thoughts follow #SUFC #twitterblades
This is the first year under new #SUFC owner Prince Abdullah after the High Court ruled that Kevin McCabe had to sell his 50% share to the Prince. This also triggered an agreement whereby the club had to purchase the stadium, training facility, gym, hotel and offices for £38m.
Following promotion #SUFC swung from £21m pre-tax loss to £19m profit, a £40m improvement, as revenue shot up £122m from £21m to club record £143m, though profit on player sales fell £10m to £4m and competing in the Premier League increased expenses by £72m. Profit after tax £18m
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AFC Bournemouth’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 18th, resulting in relegation to the Championship after five years in the Premier League. Finances were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread  #AFCB
#AFCB loss almost doubled from £32m to a club record £60m, largely due to revenue dropping £36m (27%) from £131m to £95m, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £20m to £23m. Expenses increased £8m, while other operating income (mainly player loans) fell £1m to £7m.
#AFCB revenue decrease was mainly attributable to COVID, which contributed to broadcasting falling £35m (30%) from £116m to £81m, though match day was also down £1.5m (29%) from £5.0m to £3.5m. These reductions were partly compensated by commercial rising £1m (9%) to £11m.
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Quick look at the UEFA Champions League and Europa League 2020/21 revenue distributions for English clubs as at the quarter-final stage. Analysis of the amounts earned to date in the following thread #MCFC #LFC #CFC #MUFC #AFC #THFC #LCFC
I should emphasise that these figures are only indicative. They are based on UEFA’s revenue distribution guidelines, but also include some assumptions for the TV pool and rebates to broadcasters following losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As it stands (at quarter-final stage), English clubs have earned the following amounts from Europe: #MCFC €92m, #LFC €90m, #CFC €89m, #MUFC €68m, #AFC €25m, #THFC €20m and #LCFC €17m. In the case of Manchester United, their figure is Champions and Europa League combined. Image
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Leicester City’s 2019/20 financial results covered “a season of considerable progress” when they finished 5th in the Premier League, thus qualifying for the Europa League, but their finances were significantly impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts in the following thread #LCFC
#LCFC loss before tax widened from £20m to £67m, as the pandemic led to revenue dropping £28m (16%) from £178m to £150m, though profit on player sales rose £5m to £63m. Expenses rose £23m (9%), mainly due to investment in the squad. Loss after tax was £60m. Image
Significantly impacted by COVID, the main driver of #LCFC revenue decrease was broadcasting income, which dropped £20m (16%) from £128m to £108m, while commercial fell £7m (18%) from £36m to £29m and match day was down £2m (11%) from £15m to £13m. Image
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2019/20 financial results cover a season when they finished 7th in the Premier League for the second year in a row and reached the Europa League quarter-finals, but finances were significantly impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #WWFC
Since being bought by Chinese investment group Fosun International in July 2016, #WWFC is a club transformed, helped by a close relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes. Under charismatic manager Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves can realistically compete for European qualification.
#WWFC swung from £20m profit before tax to £40m loss, as the pandemic led to revenue dropping £40m (23%) from £173m to £133m and profit on player sales fell £2m to £10m, while expenses rose £18m (11%), mainly due to investment in the squad. Loss after tax £39m.
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West Ham’s 2019/20 financial results covered an “unprecedented” season when they finished 16th in the Premier League with their finances significantly impacted by COVID-19. David Moyes replaced Manuel Pellegrini as manager in December 2019. Some thoughts follow #WHUFC
#WHUFC loss before tax loss widened from £28m to £65m, as revenue dropped £51m (27%) from £191m to £140m, offset by profit on player sales rising £12m to £25m and expenses falling £2m. Loss after tax increased from £27m to 65m.
Impacted by COVID, the main driver of #WHUFC revenue decrease was broadcasting income, which dropped £45m (35%) from £127m to £82m, though there were also falls in match day, down £5m (17%) to £23m, and commercial, down £2m (5%) to £34m.
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Manchester United have announced financial results for Q2 of 2020/21, incorporating the first 6 months of the season. This covers July to December 2020, so provides more insight into the impact of the COVID pandemic on football clubs. Some thoughts in the following thread #MUFC
#MUFC profit before tax for the first 6 months fell from £54m to £41m, as revenue dropped £22m (7%) from £304m to £282m and profit on player sales decreased £10m to £2m. Partly offset by £6m lower expenses and £13m more interest receivable. Loss after tax down from £36m to £34m.
Despite the reduction, a £41m profit during the pandemic times represents an impressive achievement for #MUFC. As Ed Woodward said, “While the disruption to our operations remains significant, we are pleased by the tremendous resilience the club has demonstrated.”
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Arsenal’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 8th in the Premier League, won the FA Cup and reached Europa League last 32. Head coach Unai Emery was replaced by Mikel Arteta in December. Finances adversely impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #AFC
#AFC loss before tax loss widened from £32m to £54m, as revenue dropped £51m (13%) from £395m to £343m and expenses grew £18m (4%), offset by profit on player sales rising £48m from £12m to £60m. The loss after tax increased from £27m to £48m.
Impacted by COVID, broadcasting fell £64m (35%) from £183m to £119m and match day dropped £17m (18%) from £96m to £79m. In contrast, commercial rose £31m (28%) from £111m to £142m, thanks to new sponsorship deals. Player loans were down £1m to £3m.
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