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THREAD🧵: Sven Botman - Newcastle United's Sensational New Centre-Back

The Dutchman is set to finally sign for the Magpies after a long and drawn-out transfer saga. Why was Eddie Howe so keen on Botman, and how will he impact #NUFC? 🇳🇱🦇 Image
An Ajax academy graduate, 22 year-old Sven Botman has been one of the most impressive defenders in France over the last two years. The Dutchman played a huge role in Lille’s title win in 2021, and although 'Les Dogues' slumped in 21/22, Botman’s brilliant levels did not waver.
Under both Galtier and Gourvennec, Lille have mostly operated in a 4-4-2 mid-block, with Botman filling the role of the left-sided centre back. He’s started more-or-less every game which he’s been available for, and has been a consistent presence in Lille’s back line. Image
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UEFA have announced new Financial Sustainability regulations from June 2022. President Aleksander Ceferin explained, “The evolution of the football industry, alongside the inevitable financial effects of the pandemic, has shown the need for wholesale reform and new regulations.”
UEFA director Andrea Traverso noted, “Competitive imbalance cannot be addressed simply by financial regulations. It must be addressed in combination with other measures. This is why we changed the name. The name fair play was interpreted as creating a level playing field.”
Ceferin added, “UEFA’s first financial regulations, introduced in 2010, served their primary purpose.” Now, instead of so-called Financial Fair Play, the focus is on the financial sustainability of clubs with 3 key pillars being monitored: solvency, stability and cost control.
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Newcastle are releasing a 'limited number' of season-tickets to supporters with 'previous purchase history'. These will be available from 10am on June 28 on first come, first served basis. #nufc
More than 10,000 fans are in an online queue to log into their ticket accounts to see if they are eligible to buy a new season-ticket next week. #nufc
Understand there will be 1,000 new season-tickets available next week. #nufc
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A three part vid on the recent lows and highs of Newcastle. Newcastle UNITED - A Tranformation #nufc #nufcfans 1 of 3
2 of 3 #nufc #nufcfans
A three part vid on the recent lows and highs of Newcastle. Newcastle UNITED - A Transformation
3 of 3 #nufc #nufcfans
A three part vid on the recent lows and highs of Newcastle. Newcastle UNITED - A Transformation
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Hugo Ekitike (19) is the next exciting prospect coming out of France, with a reported move to Newcastle reaching the final stages I have detailed a scout report to guide fans on what to expect from their new signing.

(Thread/Blog post)
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This report will use the English FA’s four-corner model to provide a complete observational analysis looking at all aspects of player performance with a blend of statistical analysis to provide context.
Last season was Ekitike’s break out season, this is the first season he has recorded over 1000 mins and has given a good indication of his current ability and the wealth of potential he possesses. Player info below:
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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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🧵 As the 21/22 season draws to a close, I thought I’d share a thread of images and moments in time which best depict the “story of our season” for me.

I hope this brings as much joy to you as it did me. Strap yourselves in for an emotional 🎢

Spoiler Alert🚨: It gets better.
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Newcastle publish 2021 accounts covering 11 months (13 in 2020) when Mike Ashley was still owner. 🔑 figures
Revenue £140m ⬇️ £13m
Wages £107m ⬇️ £14m
Loss £16m ⬇️ £27m
Player purchases £41m ⬇️ £35m
Debt £112m⬆️£5m
Cash £13m ⬇️£50m
Furlough claim £900k #NUFC
Total revenue down mainly due to shorter accounting period and so less earned from sponsors, plus a full year of matches played BCD.
Matchday revenue down 99% due to Covid. Even before Covid it had fallen by almost a quarter during the MA reign.
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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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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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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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Been looking into the next stage of the #CFC sale. Raine are hoping for close to $4.5bn. That's very high, essentially double the market value of the club. Offers are more likely to be within the $3.5-4bn bracket.
However, shortlisting in this manner and encouraging failed suitors to join other consortiums gives the club leverage to potentially get a higher price. There won't be much between offers, so important to stress #CFC will judge suitors on other criteria, too.
Bidders have two weeks to present their final offers. That's not a lot of time to do due diligence, which again gives the Ricketts family (who did some in 2018) a bit of a head start.
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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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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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An attempt to explain the impact of FFP upon NUFC 💰🧵
1/ Simply put, FFP regulations stipulate that a PL club can lose up to £35m per year over a three year period. Therefore taking the total to £105m of losses over three years.
2/ However, due to Ashley’s frugal ownership, NUFC have actually been left with around £100m FFP profit. This means that NUFC could actually afford to lose £205m over the next three years (£105m allowed PL losses + MA era profit of £100m).
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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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Queens Park Rangers 2020/21 financial results covered a season when they finished a creditable 9th under Mark Warburton, their highest in the Championship since 2013/14, though the campaign was badly disrupted by COVID. Some thoughts in the following thread #QPR
#QPR pre-tax loss narrowed from £16.4m to £4.5m, despite revenue falling £3.8m (21%) from £18.3m to £14.5m, as profit on player sales rose £11.7m to £17.6m and there was no repeat of prior year’s £4.5m write-off of previous training ground development.
#QPR £3.8m revenue reduction was entirely due to the COVID driven £3.8m fall in match day income from £4.0m to just £207k. Broadcasting rose £0.1m (2%) to £8.6m, including iFollow streaming income, while commercial was flat at £5.8m, thanks to furlough payments.
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Following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s move to Barcelona, questions have again been asked about Arsenal’s recruitment policy, as the club has once more left a lot of money on the table after the free transfer of an expensive purchase #AFC
Looking at players that #AFC have sold in the last 5 years (2017/18 to 2021/22), we can see that the club has lost £163m (in cash terms) in this period with £136m of that coming from just 3 acquisitions: Aubameyang £57m, Mesut Ozil £42m and Shkodran Mustafi £37m.
In this period #AFC have rarely made big money on any transfers with only 3 deals generating gains above £20m: Alex Iwobi to #EFC £27m, Joe Willock to #NUFC £26m and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to #LFC £22m. The first two are homegrown with only The Ox being a purchase.
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#NUFC transfer window 🧵

Contrary to popular belief, #NUFC aren't richest club in world. Well, not really.

They're 80% owned by mega investment fund, PIF, who have access to incredible riches. True.

They make sustainable, measured investments, don't 'splash cash'. Also true.
Think mostly long-term. Not short.

Thing is, I'm told, this is biggest obstacle #NUFC face in doing deals, particularly with clubs abroad.

They see NUFC & immediately it's 🤑

PIF don't work like that, despite their incredible wealth. Probably largely why it keeps increasing.
While spending will + exponentially from MA era - already has - it will not be the wild, 'pay whatever they want' approach some crave.

And that's where this 'richest club in the world' causes undue frustration re fans. It shouldn't, given what's gone before, but it does.

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Premier League clubs have pushed back against the independent regulator proposed in the recent @tracey_crouch government-led review, raising concerns about the “unintended consequences” of the report’s recommendations. But what is the actual state of English football’s finances?
This analysis looks at how football clubs in the top two divisions have fared in the last 10 years up to 2019/20, the last season when all clubs have published accounts. It therefore excludes 2020/21 when COVID had a big adverse impact as matches were played behind closed doors.
Just looking at revenue, people might think that there are no problems, as the 44 clubs in the Premier League and Championship have generated an impressive £41 bln in the 10 years 2011-20. That said, there is a clear gap between the Big Six, led by #MUFC £4.7 bln, and the rest.
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Cited in the @qpostsnow2 article along with a number of other analysts, concerning the recent scandal over the 2 British MPs who accepted lobby money to debate the issue of prisoners in #KSA. I address the link to the anti-@PIF_en campaigns. #NUFC
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After I put together a thread looking at the financial trends in the Premier League over the last 10 years from 2011 to 2020, a few people asked me if I could do the same for the EFL Championship. So here are the finances for England’s second tier over the last decade.
This analysis comes with caveats, as not all Championship clubs published accounts in the last decade, e.g. Derby County in 2019 and 2020. Also no accounts for clubs in administration, e.g. Portsmouth (2011 & 2012), Bolton Wanderers (2018 & 2019) and Wigan Athletic (2020).
Nevertheless, the themes and trends can still be highlighted, including the impact of COVID in the last three months of 2020. We will also feature some comparisons with the Premier League to illustrate the immense differences between England’s top two divisions.
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[Thread] 1/ For those speculating about Kate Stewart, An analysis of her tweets highlights some things of note. Firstly, I sampled 69000 tweets and retweets from her account. The most commonly used word is Saudi, used 6312 times. KSA is also used 1802 times. NUFC is the 14th
2/ most common term used. Regardless of who operates the Kate Stewart account, the purpose of the account is fairly clear, to promote positive news about Saudi Arabia. The second most common term apart from Twitter handles, common phrases, and adjectives, is NUFC, indicating
3/ the second purpose of the account is discuss issues related to #NUFC, which will not surprise any NUFC fans. In the below graph, you can see that Kate started tweeting a lot about NUFC in April 2020 (the green line), when the takeover bid was filed.
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