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Recently on Talk Sport Simon Jordan @Sjopinion10 claimed, “Klopp’s net spend is £28m-a-year, Pep’s is £100m-a-year.” This thread will look at #LFC and #MCFC accounts to see whether this statement is correct – and whether we should assess their expenditure in a different way.
Klopp arrived at #LFC in October 2015, i.e. after the 2015 summer transfer window, so the 2016/17 season is his effective starting point. Guardiola started at #MCFC in 2016/17, so it’s the same for him. This analysis will therefore look at the 5 years up to the 2020/21 accounts.
In that period, #MCFC have reported £656m net spend, averaging £131m a year, which is over twice as much as #LFC £318m (£64m average). In fact, Liverpool have also been outspent in this period by #MUFC £630m, #CFC £465m, #AFC £428m and #EFC £359m.
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Crystal Palace’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season where they finished 14th in the Premier League for the second year in a row in a campaign “enormously impacted” by COVID. Manager Roy Hodgson replaced by Patrick Vieira in July 2021. Some thoughts follow #CPFC
#CPFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £58m to £40m, despite revenue falling £8m (6%) from £142m to £134m, due to profit on player sales increasing from £1m to £10m and expenses falling £17m (8%), mainly due to a change in the accounting date (two fewer months).
Main driver of #CPFC revenue fall was COVID, which led to reductions in gate receipts, down £8m (97%) to just £247k, and commercial, down £4m (20%) from £21m to £17m. Partly offset by TV money rising £4m (4%) from £113m to £117m, mainly due to broadcasters’ rebate in prior year.
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There have been a few analyses of football club debt published recently, which are at best misleading, if not downright incorrect. So it’s once again time to wheel out my explanation of why debt figures should be treated with caution, as there are so many different definitions.
For the purpose of this review I will take the 2020/21 audited accounts of those clubs featuring in the Deloitte Money League (with the exception of Zenit St Petersburg, where I have not managed to source the details).
At the narrowest extreme, we have just bank debt, but the broadest extreme covers total liabilities, which includes all financial obligations, including transfer debt, staff payables, tax liabilities, trade creditors, provisions, accrued expenses and even deferred income.
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UEFA has published the revenue distributions for the Champions League and Europa League in the 2020/21 season. Although these are very close to the modelled figures that I have previously provided, I thought some people might like to have the final, official figures.
Unsurprisingly, the two Champions League finalists earned the most with winners #CFC and #runners-up MCFC receiving £105m and £104m respectively, followed by #RealMadrid and #PSG, both £96m, then #FCBayern £81m and #LFC £77m.
Clubs in the Europa League received a lot less with winners #Villarreal getting only £29m, followed by semi-finalists #AFC £26m and #ASRoma £21m, then #THFC £16m. Runners-up #MUFC earned £15m after dropping down from the Champions League, while #LCFC got £14m.
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Newcastle United’s 2020/21 financial results cover a season when they finished 12th in the Premier League under head coach Steve Bruce, since replaced by Eddie Howe in November 2021. Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #NUFC
This was the last set of accounts under Mike Ashley’s ownership, as the club was acquired in October 2021 by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (80% stake), as well as PCP Capital Partners (10%) and RB Sports & Media (10%).
#NUFC pre-tax loss reduced from £26m to £14m, despite revenue falling £13m (8%) from £153m to £140m and profit on player sales dropping £24m to £2m, as operating expenses decreased £51m (25%), mainly due to change in accounting date. Loss after tax narrowed from £23m to £12m.
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Leeds United and Burnley have written to the Premier League, threatening to take legal action for their failure to punish Everton for what they believe to be a serious breach of the regulations. Relegation would have significant financial consequences. #EFC #LUFC #BurnleyFC
If a club breaches the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability rules, it can face sanctions ranging from fines to points deductions. #LUFC and #BurnlyyFC would argue that #EFC have enjoyed a competitive advantage, as the league has not sanctioned their high spending.
#EFC are adamant that they are in line: “'We have worked so closely with the Premier League to make sure we are compliant. We are comfortable we have complied with the rules. External auditors have told us what we can and cannot claim against the pandemic.”
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Sheffield United’s 2020/21 accounts covered a season when they finished 20th in the Premier League, leading to relegation after a two-year spell in the top flight. Manager Chris Wilder was replaced by Paul Heckingbottom (interim basis). Some thoughts follow #SUFC #twitterblades
This was the second 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.
#SUFC pre-tax profit fell from £19m to £10m, as revenue dropped £28m (20%) from club record £143m to £115m and profit on player sales decreased £3m to £1m, partly offset by operating expenses falling £21m (17%). Net interest payable was up £1.7m to £2.5m.
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Newcastle have 40 points & are odds on for a top-half finish. Incredible, especially considering they had 11 points at the halfway stage. SJP is suddenly a fortress. Last side to win there... Cambridge. In hindsight, that loss was an unlikely yet pretty pivotal wake up call.
The win away at Leeds, just before the international break, was equally as crucial. And the whole turnaround is even more impressive considering it's been done without Wilson and (for most it) Trippier.
There's real momentum about #NUFC. Was the same for #LCFC after the 'Great Escape'. & we all know what happened the season after! Not saying Newcastle will repeat that fairytale-feat (5000-1 chance 😉). But when considering next window, it's important to remember a core is there.
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Fulham’s financial results for 2020/21 cover a season when they were relegated to the Championship after just a single season in the Premier League, after they finished 18th. Head coach Scott Parker replaced by Marco Silva in July 2021. Some thoughts in the following thread #FFC
#FFC pre-tax loss widened from £48m to £93m, despite revenue doubling from £58m to £116m following promotion to the Premier League, as profit on player sales fell £25m to zero, while expenses increased by £78m (60%) in the top flight (including £21m player impairment). Image
Main driver of #FFC £58m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £61m from £44m to £105m, due to the more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (26%) to £11m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £5.3m (96%) to just £231k. Image
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Leeds United’s 2020/21 accounts cover their first season back in the Premier League after a 16-year absence, when they finished an impressive 9th under Marcelo Bielsa, recently replaced by Jesse Marsch. Finances impacted by COVID. Some thoughts follow #LUFC
#LUFC swung from a £62m pre-tax loss in the Championship to £26m profit in the Premier League, thanks to revenue more than tripling from £54m to club record £171m, though competing in the top flight increased expenses by a third (£44)m. Bottom line boosted by £21m loan write-off. Image
Main driver of #LUFC £117m revenue increase was broadcasting, up £124m from £9m to £133m, due to much more lucrative Premier League TV deal, though commercial also grew £2m (6%) to £36m. This offset the COVID driven reduction in gate receipts, down £10m (83%) to just £1.9m. Image
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Brighton and Hove Albion’s 2020/21 accounts cover an “incredibly challenging” season, when they finished 16th in the Premier League under head coach Graham Potter, but their finances were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic #BHAFC
#BHAFC reported “another substantial loss” of £53m, though this was better than prior year’s £67m. Revenue rose £19m (14%) from £133m to a club record £152m and profit on player sales increased £7m (£1m loss in previous season), but expenses were £15m (7%) higher. Image
#BHAFC broadcasting revenue increased £33m (37%) from £90m to £123m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £13m (96%) to just £494k, and commercial, down £1m (4%) to £28m. Image
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Everton’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 10th in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of both domestic cups under Carlo Ancelotti. The COVID-19 pandemic had a “dramatic” impact on the accounts. Some thoughts follow #EFC
#EFC loss narrowed from £140m to £121m, as revenue rose £7m (4%) from £186m to a club record £193m, though profit on player sales dropped £27m to £13m. Total expenses, including exceptional items, fell £42m (12%), but interest payable increased £3m to £9m.
#EFC broadcasting income rose £48m (49%) from £98m to £146m, mainly due to money deferred from 2020 for games played after accounts. This offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £12m (98%) to just £222k, and £29m (39%) fall in commercial to £47m (naming rights option).
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Deloitte have published the 25th edition of their annual Football Money League, which ranks the world’s leading football clubs by revenue, this time covering the 2020/21 season. Some thoughts in the following thread.
Deloitte said that the Money League remains “the most contemporary and reliable independent analysis of the top clubs’ relative financial performance”, which is largely true, even though they had to re-issue this year’s report after initially mis-stating #Milan revenue.
Revenue has obviously been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Deloitte estimate that the Money league clubs have missed out on well over €2 bln of revenue over the 2019/20 and 2020/21 season as a result of the pandemic.
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Southampton’s 2020/21 financial results covered a “mixed” season when they dropped from 11th to 15th in the Premier League, but reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Finances were significantly impacted by the COVID pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #SaintsFC
#SaintsFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £76m to £23m, as revenue rose £30m (24%) from £127m to £157m, profit on player sales increased £2m from £14m to £16m and operating expenses fell £25m (12%). Net interest payable was up £6m to £9m. Loss after tax was down from £62m to £15m. Image
#SaintsFC broadcasting revenue increased £43m (46%) from £93m to £136m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, while commercial rose £2m (10%) to £21m. Offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £14m (96%) to just £625k. Image
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Thread on how much money clubs have already received after the Champions League 2021/22 last 16. Also includes estimates for English clubs in the Europa League and Europa Conference League. Some assumptions made about the TV pool, but figures should be reasonably accurate.
My calculations suggest that 9 clubs have already earned more than €75m from the 2021/22 Champions League. Bayern Munich lead the way with €111m, followed by Real Madrid €106m, #MCFC €99m, Atletico Madrid €96m, #CFC €94m, PSG €94m, #LFC €92m, #MUFC €81m & Juventus €79m.
Looking at how Champions League revenue is distributed, the importance of the UEFA coefficient is clearly evident with the TV pool being much less significant than it was before. This rewards historically successful clubs rather than those with larger national TV rights deals.
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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 13th in the Premier League. Although lower than previous two seasons, still third best since 1980. Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo replaced by Bruno Lage in June 2021. Some thoughts follow #WWFC
#WWFC swung from £40m pre-tax loss to £145m profit, £18m excluding £127m waiver of debt owed to owners Fosun. Revenue rose £61m (46%) from £133m to a club record £194m, while profit on player sales increased £51m to £61m, partly offset by operating expenses growing £54m (30%). Image
#WWFC broadcasting revenue increased £73m (77%) from £96m to £159m, mainly due to money deferred from 2019/20 for games played after the accounting close, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £13m (99%) to just £144k. Commercial rose slightly (2%) to £25m. Image
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Aston Villa’s 2020/21 account covered a season when they finished 11th in the Premier League. The “rebuilding” of the club continued apace, following the arrival of owners Nassef Sawiris & Wes Edens in July 2018, despite the challenges posed by COVID. Some thoughts follow #AVFC
#AVFC pre-tax loss narrowed from £99m to £37m, as revenue rose £71m (63%) from £113m to club record £184m, though profit on player sales remained low at £1m. Investment in the squad increased operating expenses by £10m (5%). Image
#AVFC broadcasting revenue more than doubled, rising £79m from £78m to £157m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £11m (97%) to just £311k. Commercial rose £3m (16%) to £25m, while player loans halved to £1m. Image
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Liverpool’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished third in the Premier League and reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Period also included 2019/20 league title win. Finances adversely impacted by the pandemic. Some thoughts follow #LFC
#LFC reduced pre-tax loss from £46m to £5m, driven by operating expenses falling £37m (6%). Revenue overall was slightly lower at £487m, but profit from player sales increased £12m to £39m. Loss after tax narrowed from £39m to £10m.
#LFC broadcasting revenue rose £64m (32%) from £202m to £266m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reduction in match day, down £67m (95%) to just £4m. Commercial was flat at £218m, as sponsorship growth offset losses caused by the pandemic.
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Arsenal’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 8th in the Premier League and reached the Europa League semi-finals under head coach Mikel Arteta, but their finances were adversely impacted by COVID-19. Some thoughts follow #AFC
#AFC pre-tax loss shot up from £54m to £127m (after tax £107m), as revenue dropped £16m (5%) from £344m to £328m and profit on player sales fell £48m from £60m to £12m. Operating expenses were cut £17m (4%), but bond finance break costs increased interest payable by £26m to £40m.
#AFC broadcasting revenue rose £65m (55%) from £119m to £184m, mainly due to deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reductions in match day, down £75m (95%) to just £4m, and commercial, down £6m (4%) from £142m to £136m. Player loans slightly down at £3m.
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Leicester City’s 2020/21 accounts covered “one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history” when they finished 5th in the Premier League, won the FA Cup and reached the last 32 of the Europa League. Finances significantly impacted by COVID. Some thoughts follow #LCFC
#LCFC pre-tax loss reduced from £67m to £33m (after tax £31m), as revenue rose £76m (51%) from £150m to £226m plus £2.5m other operating income, partly offset by profit on player sales falling £19m to £44m and operating expenses rising £22m (8%).
#LCFC revenue increase helped by on-pitch success, but also recognition of revenue from delayed 2019/20 season. Broadcasting rose £77m (71%) from £108m to £185m, while commercial grew £12m (41%) from £29m to £41m. These offset £13m (96%) reduction in match day to just £552k.
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Following yesterday’s thread on Manchester City's financial results, I had a couple of requests to look at the combined cost of wages and player amortisation for a view of total staff costs, i.e. considering both wages and transfer fees, so here’s a quick analysis #MCFC
#MCFC wages + player amortisation has risen by £209m (72%) in last 5 years from £292m to £500m (half a billion), which is only £5m more than #CFC £495m. City’s £355m wages are £22m higher than Chelsea’s £333m, but the Londoners’ £162m amortisation is £16m more than City’s £146m. ImageImageImage
In terms of wages + player amortisation, #MCFC £500m and #CFC £495m are well clear of the other Premier League clubs with the closest challengers being #MUFC £443m and #LFC £432m (2019/20 figures), then another sizeable gap to #AFC £334m, #THFC £279m, #EFC £264m and #LCFC £235m. Image
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Four Premier League clubs have now published their accounts for the 2020/21 season and it may surprise to many fans that two of them managed to increase their revenue in a season so badly impacted by the pandemic. This thread will explain the reasons, which are mainly technical.
West Ham reported significant (38%) revenue growth from £140m to £193m, while Chelsea also increased revenue by 7% from £407m to £435m. The other clubs saw relatively small revenue falls: Manchester United from £509m to £494m (3%) and Tottenham Hotspur from £392m to £360m (8%).
As almost all games were played behind closed doors without fans in 2020/21, match day income took a real pasting, with substantial reductions across the board: #THFC down from £95m to £2m, #MUFC from £90m to £7m, #CFC from £54m to £8m and #WHUFC from £23m to £1m.
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West Ham’s 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished 6th in the Premier League, thus qualifying for the Europa League, though it was “another difficult year” with finances significantly impacted by COVID. Some thoughts in the following thread #WHUFC
#WHUFC pre-tax loss reduced from £65m to £27m, as revenue rose £53m (38%) from £140m to £193m, while other operating income was up £3m to £5m, offset by profit on player sales falling £7m to £18m. There was growth in operating expenses £7m and net interest payable £4m.
#WHUFC broadcasting revenue virtually doubled from £83m to £163m, including deferred money from 2019/20, which offset COVID driven reductions in match day, down £22m (98%) to just £508k, and commercial, down £5m (16%) to £29m. Other income included £2.5m insurance claim.
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