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  • Football Finance Directors Report 2019

    How football clubs and investors are responding to developments in football finances.

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Football Finance Directors Report 2019

27 August 2019

The English Premier League (EPL) and English Football League 2019/20 seasons are now underway. However, during the summer break, we have been interviewing Finance Directors to better understand the financial health of football clubs across the English football leagues. 

Although economic conditions are not at all unfavourable, this year’s report shows an underlying sense of rising discontent as market disruptors continue to threaten long-term stability for many clubs. 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Over a quarter of clubs’ finances are in need of attention or a cause for grave concern, compared with 18% last year 
  • 70% of clubs are reliant on shareholders to fund losses, up from 57% last year
  • Across the leagues, more than two-thirds of clubs do not expect to be profitable after player-trading
  • 80% of Championship clubs are spending over 75% of revenues in player wages, well above their own target levels
  • Relegation remains the primary concern for one-third of clubs across all leagues, but, a quarter of clubs across the leagues noted increasing player salaries as their primary concern
  • Growing domestic fan base remains top of the commercial agenda for a second year running with 21% of clubs listing it as their top priority 
  • Development of youth academies also remains a key focus for most clubs, with over 75% of respondents highlighting this as a key investment area

The report is based the findings of our annual survey of finance directors from a cross section of English Premier League, Football League Championship and Football Leagues One and Two. 

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