Non-listed football clubs fair better

The news will comes as reassurance to Liverpool and Swansea who plan to follow the example of Manchester Utd and Aston Villa when they issue shares later this year.

Gerry Boon, head of the Deloitte & Touche football industry team, said chairmen at clubs had been given a ‘golden opportunity’ after the sale of television rights, but said: ‘It remains to be seen whether the money will go straight into players pockets or into building a sound business infra-structure.’

The survey reveals that pre-tax profits reduced to a combined total of £13.6m for the Premier League in the 1998-99 season, while the rest of the Football League saw its profits shrink by 45% to £75m.

Manchester Utd remains the most profitable club with £22.4m pre tax profit.

Explaining why club listed on the LSE faired better Boon said their expenditure was less, they were under close scrutiny and tend to have better discipline to please shareholders.

However, the Deloittes football expert said pressure from fans forced club chairman into ‘unrealistic’ spending.


Highlights of the report

Deloitte & Touche website

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Football’s big league finances

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