May 31 – It may not be quite as remarkable a fairytale as Leicester City’s Premier League title a year ago but Huddersfield Town are the latest club to defy the odds – and all financial logic – by grabbing a spot in English football’s top flight.
May 26 – Chelsea topped the table of Premier League revenue share from TV, commercial and merit awards with £152.8 million for the 2016-17 season. The season marked an earnings breakthrough for Manchester City who came second, ahead of rivals and perennial cash machine Manchester United who were down in fifth spot in terms of PL earnings.
May 25 – With Europe’s giant clubs preparing for their pre-season invasion of the US for the International Champions Cup (ICC), Mexico is also looking to share in the Euro thirst for North America hosting Champions League finalist Juventus and Porto in the pre-season Super Copa Tecate.
May 24 – After hiring seven managers and being banned three times, Massimo Cellino’s spell as owner of Leeds United is over, with Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani taking charge of the giant English club which is still striving to get back to the top flight.
By Andrew Warshaw
May 23 – In a major development apparently linked to the ongoing United States probe into football-related corruption, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has been arrested, along with his wife, as part of a money laundering investigation.
May 23 – The German top-flight team owned by Volkswagen face relegation for the first time in 20 years as the carmaker continues to suffer from the fallout of the emissions scandal.
May 23 – American billionaire businessman Michael Eisner is poised to take control of Portsmouth, one of English football’s most iconic but, in recent years, troubled clubs after its Supporters Trust (PST), which took control in 2013, voted to sell its 48.5 per cent share.
May 23 – Manchester United have added a seventh game to what is starting to look like a pre-season globetrotting marathon. They will play against Sampadoria in Dublin on August 2 at the Aviva stadium.
May 22 – Livingston, newly promoted to the Scottish Championship, is looking to raise up to £3.8 million via a share issue but the club says that there are no plans to pay investors a dividend. Shares are priced at £1 each.
By Paul Nicholson
May 18 – The long expected sale of Nottingham Forest has been completed with NF Football Investments (NFFI), headed by Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis, taking 100% control.
May 17 – Chinese brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li (pictured) who failed to complete on the acquisition of Hull City last year after the Premier League ruled against their deal, may become Premier League club owners after all having become the majority shareholders in Reading.
By Paul Nicholson
May 16 – Manchester United, setting themselves up for a Europa Cup final season finale, are also predicting a big year-end finish for their financials, forecasting a better than expected financial performance.
May 16 – The International Champions Cup are having a second shot at staging the first ever Manchester derby outside Manchester. This time the US organisers are looking to play the game at the NRG Stadium in Houston Texas.