Assessing a Club’s Financial Health

Posted on Jul 10, 2014

Assessing a Club’s Financial Health

Steve McCarthy (Blues Trust Chairman) and I recently attended a training session on assessing the financial health of a football club.  It was led by Dr John Beech, Honorary Research  Fellow Coventry University, with Kevin Rye, of Supporters Direct.

John Beech’s research interests include insolvency and indebtedness of football clubs, commercialisation of sports and corruption in professional football. He discussed several key concepts, such as the three overlapping versions of what people mean when they talk about ‘the club’.  It can mean the pride, identity and history that its supporters uphold. It can also mean the company/owners that run the club.  And thirdly it can mean the playing staff.

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The bidding process?

Posted on May 26, 2014

The bidding process?

Recent comments in the press about the bidding process, and other rumours, indicate that there are several bidders in the process of wanting to buy our Football Club. We understand that the parent company BIHL has sifted through the various applications from bidders and an announcement of a preferred bidder seems imminent, although the constant delays and lack of information are extremely frustrating. We urge the board of BIHL to update everyone associated with the club as to what the current position is and the potential time-line of the process; this will help alleviate the concerns of many supporters.

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Supporters Summit 2014 at Wembley Stadium! – Friday 25th July 2014

Posted on May 25, 2014

201405SupportersSummitWembleyThe Annual Supporters Summit 2014 at Wembley Stadium is a joint event by Supporters Direct (SD) and the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) aimed at bringing supporters together to discuss the challenging issues facing the industry.

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