FC Business News http://www.fcbusiness.co.uk/ Football Industry and Community News Player LENS Ready For January Launch http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3624/title=player+lens+ready+for+january+launch Player LENS (Loan Exchange Network System) is set to hit the transfer market aimed at enhancing and streamlining the recruitment operations of its club users. Working in conjunction with Opta, Player LENS offer a first class solution and ground breaking platform to help football clubs control the loan movement development of their players and understand what players are available from other clubs. The benefits have been endorsed by Neil Doncaster, CEO Scottish Professional Football League... TMH Confirm Takeover Of Hartlepool United http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3623/title=tmh+confirm+takeover+of+hartlepool+united TMH 2014 Limited have confirmed that they have agreed a takeover of Hartlepool United FC after IOR announced its decision to sell its shareholding in the club. TMH will become the controlling shareholder of the club with Peter Harris taking over as Chairman with immediate effect and Ken Hodcroft leaving the board. The deal is subject to Football League approval and it is anticipated that such approval will be granted in due course. A statement released by the club read, We would wish to... SAFC Molson Coors Toast New Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3622/title=safc++molson+coors+toast+new+partnership Sunderland AFC has announced a new major partnership with global brewing giant, Molson Coors. The company has committed to a long-term deal with SAFC, which sees it become the clubs official beer partner from summer 2015. Molson Coors will supply beverages throughout the Stadium of Light, with its range of high quality products featuring across concourse bars, hospitality and events suites. The five-year agreement also includes 1879 Events Management, Sunderland AFCs growing... Tottenham Launches Spanish Language Website http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3621/title=tottenham+launches+spanish+language+website Tottenham Hotspur continues its expansion into new territories with the launch of a dedicated Spanish-language website in recognition of its growing fanbase across Spain and Latin America. The new website gives Spanish-speaking supporters access all the latest club news, interviews and special features in their native language at tottenhamhotspur.com/es . With an estimated fanbase in excess of 50 million within Spanish-speaking territories, the new platform follows the launch of localised social... Three Championship Clubs Breach FFP Rules http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3620/title=three+championship+clubs+breach+ffp+rules Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have been placed under a FFP Embargo for breaches of Financial Fair Play rules by the Football League. An initial analysis of Financial Fair Play submissions from the current 24 Championship clubs indicated that the three clubs have failed to meet the Fair Play Requirement under the divisions Financial Fair Play rules. Consequently, all three will be subject to an FFP embargo under Football League regulations from January... Rangers Mike Ashley Charged By The SFA http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3619/title=rangers++mike+ashley+charged+by+the+sfa The Scottish Football Association (SFA) have charged Rangers FC and Mike Ashley over his involvement at the club. Ashley, the Sports Direct billionaire who owns English Premier League club Newcastle United, will appear before the SFA charged with a breach of Disciplinary Rules 1, 19 and 77. Ashley owns less than the 10% permitted by the SFA but his involvement has steadily increased in recent weeks in the form of loans to the Glasgow club totaling 3m. A stipulation of the loans was that... Managerial Merry-go-Roundí Leads To Poor Performance http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3618/title=managerial+merry-go-round%92+leads+to+poor+performance As we head into the busy Christmas period with a Premier League manager yet to be shown the exit it seems that chairman have finally heeded the warning that constant managerial upheaval has a negative impact behind the scenes. Big managerial changes at Premier League football and County Cricket clubs threaten the productivity and effectiveness of staff for up to six months afterwards, a new study has found. The research, published by scientists from the University of Portsmouth, is the first of... Matchday Selfies Replace The Traditional Autograph http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3617/title=matchday+selfies+replace+the+traditional+autograph A matchday selfie with a football player is the new must-have piece of memorabilia for football fans signalling the death of the traditional autograph according to research from HTC. One in three (32%) fans now want to leave the stadium with a selfie with a football player and a massive two-thirds (64%) of fans want to keep a digital memento of their match day experience. The Digital Memorabilia Report , commissioned by HTC a global leader in mobile innovation, investigates... National Football Museum Launch Exhibition To Mark WW1 Centenary http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3616/title=national+football+museum+launch+exhibition+to+mark+ww1+centenary A first-hand account of one of the First World Wars most enduring stories forms the centre-piece of a new exhibition opening at the National Football Museum on 19 December. The handwritten account, told in a diary kept by Lt C.B. Brockbank of the 6 th Bn Cheshire Regiment, details the famous Christmas Day football game of 1914. The exhibition, The Greater Game Football The First World War, commemorates the centenary year of the conflict, and the roles played by... Memorial To Xmas Day Truce Football Match Revealed http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3615/title=memorial+to+xmas+day+truce+football+match+revealed On Christmas Day 100 years ago an extraordinary event occurred during the First World War in Flanders. The British and German troops organised a spontaneous cessation of hostilities, and met each other between the trenches to exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols together, and organise an impromptu football match. UEFA is celebrating this remarkable event on 11th December at a ceremony in a village near Ypres in Belgium, where a special memorial will be unveiled by federation president Michel... Premier League Title Odds At A Glance http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3614/title=premier+league+title+odds+at+a+glance After the latest round of Premier League games, it is once again tough to predict who will take the Premier League crown. Current frontrunners Chelsea suffered a setback in their bid to clinch their first title since 2010 under manager Jose Mourinho, commonly referred to as The Special One. With the best title odds from Paddy Power available at freebets.co.uk and Chelsea going unbeaten in their opening fourteen games in the Premier League, it looked as if Mourinho was targeting an... Chelsea Gain Living Wage Employer Accreditation http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3613/title=chelsea+gain+living+wage+employer+accreditation Chelsea have become the first English professional football club to be accredited as a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage Foundations accreditation means that from January 2015, Chelsea will pay all directly employed members of staff the Living Wage as a minimum - currently 9.15 in London or 7.85 an hour outside of London. The current national minimum wage is 6.50 an hour. At the same time the club will also start the process of ensuring staff of external... Football Crowdfund Looks To Help England Score A Winning Goaaal! http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3612/title=football+crowdfund+looks+to+help+england+score+a+winning+goaaal%21 Coinciding with the FAs announcement of plans to change the England teams DNA, a British inventor has launched a crowdfunding campaign to back a patented football goal invention. To watch the video, click here . Open Goaaal could help nurture a new generation of young English football players. Garden football is the source of most young players skills development, with hours of time spent shooting at a small plastic goal. However garden football is often also characterised... 90min Extends PFA Fansí Player of the Month and Year Partnership http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3611/title=90min+extends+pfa+fans%92+player+of+the+month+and+year+partnership 90min has announced that they are extending their partnership with the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Fans Player of the Month and Year Awards, and will act as the official media partner for the awards for the remainder of the 2014/2015 season. The global football media platform will support the awards that cover both the Premier League and the Football League, designed to give a strong voice to fans, and are endorsed by the players and supported by the clubs. Fans from... Paris Saint-Germain Renews Deal With Repucom http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3610/title=paris+saint-germain+renews+deal+with+repucom After qualifying for the next round of the Champions League despite losing to Barcelona last night, Paris-Saint Germain have announced they have renewed their collaboration with the Repucom, the sports marketing research company. The deal marks the start of a two season long extension for the company to evaluate Paris Saint-Germains media exposure, both nationally and internationally, as the club looks to provide sponsors with an accurate evaluation of their own relationship with the... Everton Build Stateside Connection http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3609/title=everton+build+stateside+connection Everton Football Club has formed a partnership with Global Football America to give Stateside fans greater access to all things royal Blue. The link-up will see the Blues become the first European club to offer fans in North America exclusive access to matchday tickets, travel packages and US-specific merchandise through the launch of evertonusa.net . Global Football America runs the official US Everton Supporters Club network, EvertonUSA which has over 60 affiliated groups and 35,000... IOG Awards Recognise Excellence In Groundsmanship http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3608/title=iog+awards+recognise+excellence+in+groundsmanship More than 400 of the UK and Europe's leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, have honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the country's grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards, in partnership with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). Now in its sixth year, the prestigious ceremony... George Osborne announces £50 million funding boost for grassroots football http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3606/title=george+osborne+announces+%A350+million+funding+boost+for+grassroots+football FA chairman Greg Dyke has praised the Government for its shared ambition with the Football Association after chancellor George Osborne announced a 50 million funding boost to support grassroots football in England. Speaking in Manchester on Monday, Mr Osborne revealed that over the next five years the treasury will make a further 8m annual contribution to The FAs action plan to improve facilities for the 7.76 million people who regularly play football in... Manchester Cityís new youth development and first team training centre opens http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3605/title=manchester+city%92s+new+youth+development+and+first+team+training+centre+opens Manchester Citys new youth development and first team training centre the City Football Academy (CFA) was today opened by former manager and captain, Tony Book. The unveiling of the 80acre regenerated brownfield site, adjacent to the Etihad Stadium and part of the wider 200 acres known as the Etihad Campus, was overseen by Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and the Right Honourable George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer during his visit to the city. Prior to the... NI Football League Attendances On The Rise http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3604/title=ni+football+league+attendances+on+the+rise NI Football League attendance figures have increased by 12.9% compared to the first half of last season. With a cumulative total of 108,494 fans making their way through the turnstiles since the opening day of the season in August, this is an increase of almost 12,500 more supporters attending our games. This is the equivalent of 109 more fans attending each Danske Bank Premiership game. Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of the NI Football League, is delighted with the latest attendance figures... Fulham FC Announce New Charity Partnerships http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3603/title=fulham+fc+announce+new+charity+partnerships Fulham Football Club have announced two charity partnerships with Prostate Cancer UK and local childrens hospice charity Shooting Star Chase for the next two seasons. As part of the partnership Fulham Football Club (FFC) and the Fulham Football Club Foundation (FFCF) will join Men United and stand side by side with Prostate Cancer UK, the Clubs national partner, to confront a disease that kills one man every hour. It will also continue its affiliation with Shooting Star Chase,... Evertons Website Puts Fan Engagement First http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3602/title=everton%26%23039%3Bs+website+puts+fan+engagement+first Everton Football Club's brand new official website, built using the feature-rich Sitecore Experience Platform, has been officially launched as part of a long-term digital strategy to drive fan engagement. Created by Rippleffect , the clubs retained digital agency since 2003, the website has already received its first industry recognition, winning the Sitecore People's Choice Award for 2014. It features a bold and distinctive new design, enriched functionality, intuitive navigation and a... Sports Governance Is A Business Issue http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3601/title=sports+governance+is+a+business+issue Lord Moynihans Governance of Sport Bill, being debate in the House of Lords, has been welcomed by the Institute of Directors, the UKs leading voice in corporate governance. The IoDs Corporate Governance Adviser, Oliver Parry, said: Sport is big business and sports governance must be recognised as a business issue. Lord Moynihan is absolutely right to say that if it wouldnt be acceptable in the boardroom of a FTSE company, it cant be... Liverpool Set To Begin Anfield Redevelopment Next Week http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3600/title=liverpool+set+to+begin+anfield+redevelopment+next+week Liverpools long and protracted wait to begin work on the redevelopment of their home, Anfield will finally be over with work set to begin on Monday (8 th Dec). After a long and drawn out process work will finally get underway on Liverpools home ground, Anfield which will see an extra 13,000 seats added to the stadiums Main Stand and Anfield Road End. Forming part of the wider regeneration of the Anfield area the work is expected to be completed in time for the beginning of... Manchester City Step Closer To Self-Sustainability http://fcbusiness.co.uk/news/article/newsitem=3599/title=manchester+city+step+closer+to+self-sustainability Manchester City have generated more than 300m in revenues for the first time according its Annual Report for the 2013-14 season. The detailed report outlines the achievements and continued progress of the current Premier League Champions over the past season and in the context of the six years of planned development under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed. With 347m of income being generated the report also reveals a bottom line loss of 23m for 2013-14. This figure...