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Blackburn Rovers’ financial results for 2019/20 cover a season when they finished 11th in the Championship under Tony Mowbray, the “longest serving manager in the division”. Figures adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #Rovers
#Rovers loss widened by £4m from £18m to £22m, as revenue fell £3.2m (19%) from £16.7m to £13.2m, while operating expenses grew £3.6m (10%), partly offset by profit on player sales rising £2.5m to £3.1m and £0.6m government furlough income.
All three #Rovers revenue streams were lower, mainly due to COVID: commercial dropped £1.5m (27%) from £5.5m to £4.0m; match day fell £1.0m (29%) from £3.7m to £2.7m; and broadcasting was down £0.6m (8%) from £7.4m to £6.8m.
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Sheffield Wednesday’s financial results for 2019/20 cover a season when they finished 16th in the Championship, though they have since been relegated to League One. Manager Garry Monk since replaced by Tony Pulis, in turn succeeded by Darren Moore. Some thoughts follow #SWFC
#SWFC swung from £19m profit to £24m loss, largely due to prior year including £38m profit from selling the stadium and a £6.5m “confidential settlement payment”. Revenue fell £1.9m (8%) from £22.8m to £20.9m, while expenses were flat. Profit on player sales rose £3.4m to £6.2m. Image
#SWFC match day fell £2.0m (23%) from £8.6m to £6.6m, while commercial was down £0.4m (7%) from £6.1m to £5.7m, but broadcasting rose £0.5m (6%) from £8.0m to £8.5m. Note: match day and broadcasting not separated in accounts, so I have estimated these based on similar clubs. Image
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Fulham’s financial results for 2019/20 cover a season when they were promoted to the Premier League after just a single year in the Championship, finishing 4th, then winning the play-off under manager Scott Parker. Some thoughts in the following thread #FFC
#FFC pre-tax loss widened from £20m to £48m, as revenue fell £80m (58%) from £138m to £58m, due to relegation to the Championship and the impact of COVID, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £23m to £25m, while expenses were cut £29m (18%). Loss after tax was £45m. Image
#FFC £80m revenue fall was largely driven by broadcasting’s £65m (60%) decrease from £109m to £44m, due to lower TV money in Championship, though commercial also dropped £9m (52%) from £18m to £9m and match day fell £5m (48%) from £11m to £6m. Image
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#CardiffCity 2019/20 accounts cover a season when they finished 5th in the Championship following relegation from the PL, losing in the play-off semi-final. Manager Neil Warnock was replaced by Neil Harris in November 2019, since succeeded by Mick McCarthy. Some thoughts follow.
#CardiffCity swung from £3m profit to £12m loss, as revenue fell £79m (63%) from £125m to £46m due to relegation and COVID, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £12m to £14m, while expenses were down £33m and no repeat of prior year £20m provision for the Sala transfer. Image
#CardiffCity £79m revenue fall was largely driven by broadcasting’s £70m (66%) decrease from £107m to £37m, due to lower TV money in Championship, though commercial also dropped £5m (48%) from £10m to £5m and match day fell £4m (53%) from £8m to £4m. Image
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My latest attempt at a Marcelo Bielsa explainer for non-Leeds fans. If threads could have titles this one would be called ‘No, Marcelo Bielsa is not coming to manage to your club.’ #lufc
Modern football is a notoriously unpredictable business but here are two things you can be absolutely sure of:

1. Marcelo Bielsa is a truly great manager.

2. Marcelo Bielsa isn’t coming to manage your club this summer.

This thread is an attempt to explain why this is.
First & foremost, Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t have quite the same motivations as your average football manager. He’s been approached by some of the biggest clubs in the world & rebuffed them for very particular reasons. Perhaps most significantly, he doesn’t really care about money.
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Stoke City’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 15th in the Championship, two years after relegation from the Premier League. Manager Nathan Jones was replaced by Michael O’Neill in November 2019. Some thoughts in the following thread #SCFC
#SCFC pre-tax loss widened from £15m to £88m, as revenue dropped £21m (29%) from £71m to £50m and profit from player sales fell £15m (83%) from £18m to £3m. Total expenses increased £37m, mainly due to £43m impairment charge (reducing player values). Loss after tax was £86m.
The main reason for #SCFC £21m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £20m (39%) from £51m to £31m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though match day also fell £1.6m (25%) from £6.4m to £4.8m. In contrast, commercial rose £0.9m (7%) from £12.9m to £13.8m.
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#BarnsleyFC 2019/20 accounts covered the club’s first season back in the Championship following promotion from League One, when they narrowly avoided relegation by finishing 21st. Head coach Daniel Stendel was replaced by Gerhard Struber, since succeeded by Valerien Ismael.
#BarnsleyFC are owned by a group of international investors, led by Chien Lee of NewCity Capital and Paul Conway of Pacific Media Group, who follow the “Moneyball” approach of fellow investor, Billy Beane. They bought 80% from former custodian, Patrick Cryne, in December 2017.
Following promotion to the Championship, #BarnsleyFC reduced their loss from £3.4m to just £0.3m, as revenue increased £6.4m (83%) from £7.8m to £14.2m and profit on player sales rose £2.0m to £5.8m, partly offset by expenses growing £5.6m (37%) to £20.5m.
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I’ve been seeing discussions between Leeds fans & people who don’t seem to understand how much of an achievement it was to finish 9th in the Premier League after 16 years out of the top flight. This thread is an attempt to explain to non-Leeds fans why it is noteworthy. #lufc
Before Marcelo Bielsa arrived in the summer of 2018, Leeds had slumped to a dismal 13th place finish in the Championship under then coach Paul Heckingbottom, winning just 4 of their last 20 matches, losing 11 & conceding 35 goals in process. This was relegation form. #lufc
Marcelo Bielsa’s first game in charge of Leeds Utd was a landmark win against Stoke City (left). The match-day squad contained 11 players who played for Leeds this past season, including 10 players who featured on the final day of the season against West Brom (right). #lufc
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Happy for Llorente because he's been excellent in the back end of the season but it seems harsh on Rodrigo given that even in an uneven season, playing in the best league in the world for a newly promoted side, his stats are still fairly impressive. #lufc
Glancing over the stats of Bamford & Rodrigo - Paddy scored a goal once every 180 mins, Roddy every 183 mins. In 14 starts compared to Bamford’s 37, Rodrigo made 50 more passes (559), 37 more accurate passes (430) & 1 more key pass (31). #lufc
Obviously Rodrigo was primarily deployed in a position behind Bamford so they had different roles but it still goes to show that even amidst all of his injuries he has actually been fairly good. #lufc
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Queens Park Rangers 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 13th in the Championship, an improvement on the previous year’s 19th place, though the campaign was disrupted by COVID-19. Some thoughts in the following thread #QPR
#QPR loss widened from £10m to £16m, as revenue fell £16m (47%) from £34m to £18m, though expenses were cut £11m (24%) and profit on player sales increased £3m to £6m. Also impacted by £4.5m write-off of previous training ground development.
The main reason for #QPR £16m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £14m (62%) from £22m to £8m, as parachute payments stopped, though gate receipts were also down £1.4m (25%) from £5.4m to £4.0m, while commercial fell £1.4m (19%) from £7.2m to £5.8m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 37 [Monday]

💠 Man City

📢 Pep Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "Yeah, he’s been training for the last two days, he feels good. Kevin is important like everyone is..."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola asked if De Bruyne is available: "...everyone knows it [how important Kevin is] but everyone is at the same level - we will see his level and see if he is fit to play."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci #KDB
📢 Guardiola on goalkeeper selection for Gameweek 37 and #GW38: "Ederson will play the next two games."

#fpl #gw37 #CHpressers #fantasypl #mcfc #BhaMci
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🧵 Quotes thread Blank Gameweek 36 [Saturday]

🇦🇷 Leeds

📢 Marcelo Bielsa post-match: "Pablo [Hernandez] had a small knock that is not important. And we didn't want to take the risk, as we play on Tuesday, that he..."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
📢 Bielsa post-match: "...couldn't play then. And [Robin] Koch has a small knock in his hip and he could have played but we preferred not to risk him. The same with Pablo."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
📢 Bielsa asked when he decided that Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha were ready to start vs Burnley: "We constantly evaluate all the training sessions and it's not difficult to perceive a player. Apart from that, they are..."

#fpl #bgw36 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw37 #lufc #SouLee
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Swansea City’s 2019/20 accounts covered a season when they finished 6th in the Championship under head coach Steve Cooper, thus reaching the play-offs, but were eliminated in the semi-final by Brentford. Some thoughts in the following thread #Swans
#Swans swung from a pre-tax loss of £7m to a profit of £2.7m, despite revenue falling £18m (27%) from £68m to £50m and profit from player sales dropping £12m (41%) from £30m to £18m, as total expenses were reduced by £40m (38%). Profit after tax was £1.7m.
The main reason for #Swans £18m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £13m (25%) from £52m to £39m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though commercial was also down £2m (26%) to £6m and match day fell £1.7m (26%) to £4.8m. Player loans were down £1.7m to £0.2m.
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Triple Gameweek 35 [Thursday]

🇦🇷 Leeds

📢 Marcelo Bielsa on Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha: "They're being evaluated on a daily basis to see whether they can be available."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
📢 Bielsa asked if Phillips and Raphinha have trained this week: "Their presence is subject to an evaluation carried out on a daily basis."

Asked if he's hopeful they will play: "We have to wait until Saturday."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
📢 Bielsa on Helder Costa: "He won't be able to compete again this season."

#fpl #tgw35 #CHpressers #fantasypl #dgw35 #gw35 #lufc #LeeTot
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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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Birmingham City’s 2019/20 financial results covered a season when they finished 20th in the Championship, narrowly avoiding relegation. Manager pep Clotet was replaced by Aitor Karanka in August 2020, since succeeded by Lee Bowyer. Some thoughts in the following thread #BCFC
#BCFC loss increased from £8.4m to £18.2m, as prior year included £17m profit on the sale of the stadium, partly offset by profit on player sales rising £7m to £12m. Revenue fell £0.5m (2%) from £23.3m to £22.8m, while expenses were flat overall.
COVID-19 impacted #BCFC revenue with match receipts falling £0.4m (8%) to £4.7m, while commercial was down £0.9m (9%) to £9.3m. In contrast, broadcasting rose £0.9m (11%) to £8.8m, while other operating income increased £0.9m to £1.5m, including £819k COVID grant.
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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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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Blank Gameweek 33 [Friday]

🇦🇷 Leeds

📢 Marcelo Bielsa: "With Raphinha, we are controlling his evolution on a daily basis. And up until now, he hasn't recovered sufficiently to be..."

#fpl #bgw33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #lufc #LeeMun
📢 Bielsa on Raphinha: "...able to train again."

#fpl #bgw33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #lufc #LeeMun
📢 Bielsa: "Rodrigo is in the last stages of his recovery but not well enough to feature this weekend."

#fpl #bgw33 #CHpressers #fantasypl #gw33 #lufc #LeeMun
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West Bromwich Albion’s 2019/20 accounts covered a season when they finished 2nd in the Championship, thus securing promotion to the Premier League after a 2-year absence. Manager Slaven Bilic was subsequently replaced by Sam Allardyce in December 2020. Some thoughts follow #WBA
#WBA pre-tax loss widened from £7m to £23m, mainly due to promotion bonuses and COVID. Revenue fell £17m (24%) from £71m to £54m, while operating expenses increased £19m (22%), partly offset by profit on player sales rising £19m to £29m. Loss after tax up from £6m to £21m.
The main reason for #WBA £17m revenue reduction was broadcasting, which dropped £12m (23%) from £53m to £41m, mainly due to lower parachute payment, though gate receipts also decreased £2.5m (34%) to £4.8m, while commercial was down £2.4m (22%) to £8.4m.
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Leeds Utd missed out on a European qualification & thanks to a conflation of events, were ultimately relegated not once but twice. We spent 16 years outside of the top flight. The thing is, as a fan it wasn’t even that bad. We endured & when we got back it was glorious. #lufc
We spent a bit of money but by & large we got back in the PL through hard work & tactical brilliance - the same thing that allowed us to prosper this season. Even amidst the existing financial inequality - which is already farcical - we’ve managed to compete as equals. #lufc
Remember: at no point did Leeds Utd or Leeds fans claim it was insulting to have to play in the second & third tier, despite our storied history. We all recognised that football is/was a meritocracy. In our 16 year absence the ‘big six’ got bloated & fat on PL money. #lufc
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Our U23s can secure promotion if they draw or win tonight against Aston Villa. Adam Forshaw starts. No, really. #lufc Image
Leeds draw an early foul on the edge of the box, absolutely everyone on the YouTube chat immediately posts variations of ‘1-0’ & ‘this will be a goal’. Of course Greenwood obliges, again. Another collector’s item, third in as many matches. #lufc
Somewhat inevitably this has become the Joffy show. He’s already won & missed a penalty but has just been rugby tackled by his opposing number 9, before squaring off with him despite being half the height. Not sure why it always happens Vs Villa but it’s getting tasty. #lufc
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#ReadingFC 2018/19 financial results covered a season when the #Royals finished 14th in the Championship. Manager José Gomes was replaced in October 2019 by Mark Bowen, who has since been succeeded by Veljko Paunovic. Some thoughts in the following thread.
This was the third season that #ReadingFC were under the control of Chinese businessman Dai Yongge (and his sister Dai Xiu Li), who own 96% via Renhe Sports Management Co Ltd. Bowen said, “He has spent a hell of a lot of money on the club and still wants to spend money.” Image
#ReadingFC loss increased from £30m to £42m, largely due to no repeat of prior year’s £8m from sale of the training ground and £2m other operating income. Revenue dropped £3m (16%) from £21m to £18m, while profit on player sales fell £0.8m to £1.6m. Expenses cut £2m (3%). Image
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Leeds United’s 2019/20 accounts cover a season when they won the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa, thus securing promotion to the Premier league after a 16-year absence, despite unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #LUFC
#LUFC paid a price for success, as their pre-tax loss widened from £21m to £62m, despite revenue rising £5m (11%) from £49m to £54m, as significant investment led to expenses increasing £44m (52%), including £20m promotion bonuses and £7m TV rebate to broadcasters.
The main reason for #LUFC £5m revenue growth was £7m (25%) increase in commercial income from £27m to £34m (largely merchandising), as gate receipts fell £1.2m (9%) to £11.4m and broadcasting was down £0.5m (5%) to £8.7m. Profit on player sales dropped £6m to £10m.
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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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