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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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Eddie Howe comes to a #NUFC side who are 19th in the league and still winless. How will he set up at the Magpies, and what type of football can we expect to see? ⚫️⚪️
Howe will play a 4-4-2 of sorts, and typically employs a possession-based brand of football. There’s a clear emphasis on the defenders being able to play out from the back, and the movement of the two strikers and wingers is key in helping his sides progress the ball. #NUFC
- System

The front 2 tends to shape up as one out-and-out number 9, and the other playing as a support striker, making the system more of a 4-4-1-1. Wilson was traditionally used as the more advanced one, with King dropping in to provide a passing option between the lines. #NUFC
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Eddie Howe - Everything you need to know about our manager-in-waiting🧵#nufc #Howe #howeythelads
1/ Howe is young and innovative. A staple of Howe’s personality is that he’s constantly striving to learn and improve himself - as well as his players. As a bare minimum, Howe holds himself accountable for giving absolutely everything he has to his role. 100% commitment only.
2/ At Bournemouth, Howe was renowned for his attacking style of play and inventive set pieces. He advocates playing possession-based football and attempts to dictate games in the opposition half to create as many chances as possible. The foundation to his philosophy is teamwork.
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Norwich City’s 2020/21 accounts covered a “challenging period” for the club due to the financial impact of COVID, but they did win the Championship, securing immediate promotion back to the Premier League. Some thoughts in the following thread #NCFC
Despite the impact of relegation and the pandemic, #NCFC pre-tax profit increased from £2.1m to £21.5m (post-tax £15.7m), even though revenue fell £62m (52%) from club record £119m to £57m, as profit on player sales shot up from £2m to £60m and operating expenses were cut £23m.
As a technical aside, the #NCFC 2020/21 accounts only covered 11 months up to 30 June 2021, while the 2019/20 accounts were extended by a month to match the longer Premier League season, so covered a 13-month period. This presents “the best comparable financial information”.
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Following Newcastle United’s takeover by a consortium led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (80% stake), #NUFC fans are eagerly anticipating a spending spree, due to the enormous wealth of the new owners, but how much can the club really spend, especially with FFP rules?
#NUFC spending ability will be limited by the Premier League Profitability and Sustainability rules. These allow a £5m loss a year, which can be boosted by £30m equity injection, giving allowable losses of £35m a year. This works out to £105m over the 3-year monitoring period.
#NUFC made £38m pre-tax profit over 3 years up to 2020 (latest published accounts), but they can make a £30m adjustment for “good” expenditure (depreciation, women’s football, youth development & community). Adding this £68m to £105m allowable loss gives £173m possible spend.
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While we wait for clubs to publish their accounts for the 2020/21 season, I thought it might be interesting to look at the trends in the Premier League over the last 10 years from 2011 to 2020, especially with COVID impacting last 3 months of 2019/20. Some thoughts follow #PL
#PL loss before tax widened in 2020 from £155m to £992m,  as the initial effect of the pandemic began to bite. It is true that the division was already loss-making in 2019, but it had reported profits in 4 of the preceding 5 years, amounting to £1.3 bln in this period.
The situation in the #PL was much the same after tax, though the 2020 loss was smaller at £953m, due to £39m tax credits. Tax accounting entries can have a major impact on net profits, e.g. 2018 included a £149m tax charge, while 2103 was boosted by £147m tax credit.
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A 🧵 of PIF's (KSA-specific... and yes there will be broader, too) strategic goals away from football. Imminent focus and fan interest will naturally be around staffing the football department and the next transfer window, but there are clear brand goals tied in to Vision 2030.
The first commercial task will be to find a front of shirt sponsor. PIF don't want a betting partner long term (sources have always admitted this) & British government could ban foreign gaming firms anyway. More details by end of 2021 on latter.
Saudi is launching a new national airline to rival Emirates & Qatar Airways. This or 'Visit Saudi' messaging are likely. Consortium will respect the Fun88 agreement, but it's very much a Mike Ashley deal they've inherited due to the takeover delay.
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@tfalex1892 we might actually agree on this one?
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So the Newcastle United takeover saga has finally reached a conclusion, as the club has been bought by a consortium (with Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund owning 80%), but what do the new investors get for their £305m? #NUFC
This #NUFC 10-year overview up to 2020 shows a profitable club. The only losses came in 2017 (after relegation to the Championship) and 2020 (COVID impacted). Relatively low profit from player sales for a club in the Premier League.
#NUFC revenue growth has been driven by central broadcasting deals. In contrast, match day has declined, while there has been virtually no commercial growth in the last few years. As a result, broadcasting accounts for 70% of total revenue.
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A few extra bits on the #NUFC takeover.

Firstly, to reiterate, piracy has always been the main issue stopping a deal. It's largely why the EPL argue a lack of separation, since then they can tie PIF directly to the KSA State and the KSA State directly to beoutQ.
For 18 months a vocal proportion of #NUFC Twitter have dismissed piracy or failed to link it to the separation argument. But now beIN have their license back & a settlement, the most likely scenario is arbitration doesn't proceed since a takeover can be green-lighted without it.
The reason this may happen in 2-3 weeks (or even sooner) is because direct talks between PIF and the EPL have taken place since early September. These were led by Yasir Al-Rumayyan & Majid Al Qasabi.
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For people asking if EPL soften stance on piracy why it makes arbitration redundant...

Arbitration is on separation. But why do you think EPL argue PIF/KSA State are the same? Because EPL also argue KSA supported theft of their rights via the most advanced pirate network ever.
A lack of separation is a way of EPL directly addressing beoutQ having failed several times to get civil action started in KSA.

So if they're now content (and we don't yet know if they are) with today's progress then the landscape changes.
A large part of this whole saga has always been about piracy. EPL don't want to approve a sale to those they think helped steal their rights.

There are also other reasons why EPL may also want to test KSA State, but none are as personal as beoutQ.
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The Saudi GAC has confirmed the four-and-a-half year ban against beIN Sports will be lifted. beIN and KSA are also in the process of a settlement agreement for damages. This is part of $1bn arbitration case in London initiated by beIN.
KSA government has also pledged to work directly with beIN to shut down any offshoots of beoutQ. It is the first direct engagement between beIN and the KSA government and comes 10 months after the blockade was formally lifted.
beIN's sole objection to the Newcastle United takeover was over beoutQ and their own ban in KSA (their biggest market). The latter was purportedly for commercial breaches dating back to 2016... but clearly a byproduct of the political climate, too.
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This is a brilliant thread 🧵by @uglygame

A fraudster with a shady #Crypto company looking to invest in football clubs (#PerthGlory / #Nantes)

It's a great tale - It also links to some seriously questionable characters...

The link is #AlanJohnFrankHitchins

#Portsmouth & #AstonVilla fans may have seen his name before.

Think mining scams, laundering money via offshore & criminal networks…
Mining scams can be a brilliant way to con investors (pump & dump) and because of their erratic revenue streams & international make-up, they can be great vehicles to launder money through.

Maybe if you've just robbed a bank and need a getaway vehicle 💸…
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Potential Restructuring of the Deal? 🧵
1/ Rumours been gathering pace that there’s a potential restructuring of the deal to finally push through a takeover. Want to clarify these are rumours - but they’re cropping up through different sources now.
2/ It’s on good authority that MA is visiting Newcastle this week. He doesn’t just come up on a whim. We all know that the day to day running of the club is left to Lee Charley - including all things Bruce.
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Gameweek 4️⃣ Previews! #FPL

Below we summarise all of...
🔘Key Press Conference quotes
🔘A resulting PREDICTED lineup

LIKES ❤️ and RETWEETS ♻️ appreciated! Good Luck and Enjoy.

#TipzLineups #FPLCommunity #GW4 Image
Arsenal Gameweek Preview

Suspended / Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Xhaka (suspended)
🔘 Elneny (injured)

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 White, Gabriel, ESR & Partey available
🔘 Tomiyasu fit and work permit cleared

Predicted lineup below

Written by @FPLRayGooner_49

Villa Gameweek Preview

Suspended/ Injured 🤕📕
🔘 Trezeguet
🔘 Davis

Quotes/Notes 📝
🔘 McGinn and Ramsey have recovered from their illness.
🔘 Watkins and Bailey are back available
🔘Traore back training

Predicted lineup below

Written by @fpl_Marsh
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🧵 Pre-match press conference thread Gameweek 3 [Friday]

🐦 Liverpool

📢 Jurgen Klopp on Andy Robertson: "Robbo trained the whole week, of course he [is] in contention, no doubt about that."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
📢 Klopp on team news: "Millie [James Milner] will not be ready – I think that's it pretty much. All the rest trained and looked good and sharp."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #lfc #LivChe
☔️ Aston Villa

📢 Dean Smith on team news/injuries: "Ollie Watkins will train with us today and if he gets through training, he’ll be available for selection.

"[Leon Bailey's] progress is going ok but tomorrow will come too soon for him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #avfc #AvlBre
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🧵 Quotes thread Gameweek 3 [Tuesday]

🏰 Newcastle

📢 Steve Bruce on Darlow and Martin Dubravka: "With Karl, it is seeing how his physical wellbeing is. How long that will be? We have known in the past we had a player..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc
📢 Bruce on Darlow and Martin Dubravka: "...that took at least six weeks, so we have to be patient.

"With Dubravka, not to set a time limit but we are hoping in eight weeks maybe. Unfortunately his wound has got infected which is going to set him..."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc
📢 Bruce on Darlow and Dubravka: "...back another couple of weeks.

"Timescales on them two is a bit difficult."

#fpl #gw3 #CHpressers #nufc
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on football clubs, though it is important to distinguish between money that has been completely lost to the game and income that has simply been deferred. This thread will analyse what this means for the Premier League.
Many clubs have listed the revenue impact of COVID-19 in their accounts, while others have not quantified the amounts. In the latter case, I have made assumptions consistent with those clubs who have provided figures in order to estimate the impact.
On the face of it, Premier League revenue held up quite well in 2019/20, though there were only 3 months impacted by the pandemic that season, as 4 clubs reported revenue above £400m (#MUFC £509m, #LFC £490m, #MCFC £478m & #CFC £407m), while all but one club was higher than £100m
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Newcastle United’s 2019/20 financial results cover a season when they finished 13th in the Premier League for the second year in a row. Disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Some thoughts in the following thread #NUFC
#NUFC swung from £41m pre-tax profit to £26m loss, as revenue fell £23.8m (14%) from £176.4m to £152.6m, partly due to COVID, while expenses increased £45m (28%), including an additional month of accounts. Profit on player sales was up £2m to £26m. Loss after tax was £23m. Image
Main driver of #NUFC revenue reduction was broadcasting, which fell £18m (14%) from £124m to £106m, while match day dropped £7.4m (30%) from £24.8m to £17.4m. However, commercial rose £1.4m (5%) from £27.7m to £29.1m, including £1.2m from government job retention scheme. Image
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Crystal Palace accounts for 2019/20 published, covers 13 months to include whole of season which ended in July:
Highlights #CPFC
Revenue down 8% to £142m
Wages up 11% to £132m (mainly due to 13 months)
Operating loss £60m
Player sale profits £0.5m
Total income includes all matches from 19/20, down a bit but expected due to loss of matchday & broadcast rebate.
Palace matchday down 19%. In bottom six of EPL which reinforces view that stadium expansion & new stand needed. #CPFC
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🧵I love #football

Have done since the 1980's ⚽️

Nowadays though, the off-field stuff seems to get as much coverage & column inches as the game itself 🗞️📺📱

Competition isn't just about trophies - it's about eyeballs, soft power, geo-politics, PR and #money

Quick tale...
Did you see that news report from the #US this week about the #billionaire financier #TomBarrack being arrested? ($250m bail)

In the weird (but fun) world we live in, that incident ties to #NewcastleUnited & the #PremierLeague

Say what?! 🧐

#FollowTheMoney #Networks #Power 💸
We have;

- Billionaires acting as back-channel diplomats (💰)
- Political actors orchestrating things but pretending they're not
- Qatar buy rights to #EPL for region
- Saudi pirate them #AJ #BeIn #BeOut
- SA try to buy NUFC
- Qatar say "No Way"

#Rights ✍️/👨‍👩‍👧‍👦
#Value (s) 💸🙏⚽️
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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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