The Swiss Ramble

The Swiss Ramble Substack, created by Kieron O'Connor, offers in-depth analysis of the financial aspect of football, focusing on the business strategies, revenue streams, and financial performance of major European football clubs. It covers a wide range of clubs and discusses topics like ownership changes, financial fair play (FFP) issues, and the impact of multi-club ownership.

Football Club Finances Ownership and Investment in Football Financial Fair Play Regulations Impact of COVID-19 on Football Finances Transfer Spending and Player Amortisation Revenue Generation and Commercial Strategies Cross-border Multi-club Ownership Financial Recovery and Sustainability in Football

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471 implied HN points 17 Jan 24
  1. Nottingham Forest is facing potential FFP issues in the Premier League.
  2. Forest's allowable losses were assessed based on their promotion and COVID-19 impacts.
  3. The club has reported significant losses, with a record deficit in the season they were promoted.
432 implied HN points 19 Jan 24
  1. Milan returned to profit after 17 years thanks to on-field success and financial sustainability.
  2. US investment company RedBird Capital Partners bought Milan in a multi-billion euro deal.
  3. Under new ownership, Milan's revenue streams saw significant growth and set new club highs.
334 implied HN points 29 Jan 24
  1. The top 20 revenue-generating football clubs reported record earnings for the 2022/23 season.
  2. Commercial revenue surpassed broadcasting revenue as the most significant income stream for the clubs.
  3. English clubs saw a decrease in rankings within the Money League, with only one club in the top four places.
373 implied HN points 22 Jan 24
  1. Manchester United announced financial results for Q1 2023/24, showing a pre-tax loss but increased revenue and profit on player sales.
  2. Revenue streams for Manchester United increased, particularly in match day, broadcasting, and commercial aspects.
  3. United's profit from player sales rose from £17m to £29m, attributed to the departure of certain players.
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373 implied HN points 15 Jan 24
  1. Newcastle United's financial performance improved with new ownership, benefiting from significant investment.
  2. Despite impressive revenue growth, the club still ended up with a substantial pre-tax loss of £73m.
  3. Major revenue growth was seen in all streams, establishing new club records in commercial, match day, and broadcasting.
196 implied HN points 09 Feb 24
  1. Stoke City faced financial challenges after relegation from the Premier League, despite being supported by bet365's wealth and receiving parachute payments.
  2. The club showed a significant financial improvement in 2022/23, with revenue flat but finding success in player sales and cost-cutting measures.
  3. Stoke's financial performance, with an £11m loss, was relatively good compared to other clubs in the Championship, ranking as the third best among eight clubs that released financial accounts.
216 implied HN points 05 Feb 24
  1. Luton Town achieved historic success by being promoted to the top flight of English football for the first time
  2. Despite operating on a low budget, Luton Town faced a notable increase in expenses due to promotion bonuses
  3. Revenue growth for Luton Town in 2022/23 was mainly driven by a significant increase in commercial income
157 implied HN points 23 Jan 24
  1. Preston North End's financial results for 2022/23 show progress with a reduced pre-tax loss and increased revenue.
  2. The club managed to increase revenue from all streams, especially from match day earnings.
  3. Preston North End kept expenses in check by reducing wages and player amortisation, despite overall revenue growth.
137 implied HN points 25 Jan 24
  1. Roma's pre-tax loss halved at €99m in 2022/23 season.
  2. Roma's revenue increased with match day revenue almost doubling.
  3. Despite improvement, Roma's pre-tax loss was still the second highest in Serie A.
1650 implied HN points 27 Mar 23
  1. The Swiss Ramble is a blog about football finance by Kieron O'Connor.
  2. Kieron O'Connor has been writing online about football finance since 2009 and has won awards.
  3. Readers can get a 7-day free trial by subscribing to The Swiss Ramble.
648 implied HN points 12 Apr 23
  1. Chelsea's 2021/22 season saw highs and lows, including finishing 3rd in the Premier League and winning UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
  2. New ownership led by Todd Boehly saw a record £481m revenue for Chelsea, with a reduced pre-tax loss of £122m.
  3. Revenue increase was boosted by fans returning to the stadium, resulting in higher match day and commercial revenues, although broadcasting revenue fell due to specific reasons.
471 implied HN points 15 May 23
  1. Paris Saint-Germain's finances show a significant loss despite an increase in revenue and profit from player sales.
  2. The team experienced a substantial rise in operating expenses and faced challenges with compliance to UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations.
  3. PSG's revenue improved mainly in commercial areas, but broadcasting revenue decreased due to poor Champions League performance and deferred income.
530 implied HN points 14 Feb 23
  1. Tottenham Hotspur finished 4th in the Premier League in 2021/22 and secured qualification to the Champions League.
  2. They reached the semi-finals of the EFL Cup but were eliminated in the group stage of the Europa Conference League.
  3. To read more about Tottenham Hotspur's finances, you may need to subscribe to The Swiss Ramble for a 7-day free trial.
491 implied HN points 10 Apr 23
  1. Newcastle United's financial performance improved after being acquired by new owners in 2021
  2. Despite increased revenue and profit on player sales, the club reported a record pre-tax loss of £73m in 2021/22
  3. Operating expenses significantly increased due to investments in the playing squad
471 implied HN points 13 Mar 23
  1. Aston Villa focused on maintaining their Premier League position in 2021/22.
  2. They finished 14th in the league but saw a slight drop compared to the previous season.
  3. Steven Gerrard was replaced by Unai Emery as the manager in October 2022.
471 implied HN points 08 Mar 23
  1. Queens Park Rangers finished 11th in the Championship in 2021/22.
  2. Mark Warburton left as head coach at the end of the season.
  3. The club has had three replacements for Warburton since June 2022.
452 implied HN points 20 Mar 23
  1. Wolverhampton Wanderers finished 10th in the Premier League in 2021/22 season.
  2. They secured their fifth consecutive season in the top flight since promotion in 2018.
  3. Head coach Bruno Lage led the team to improvement from a 13th place finish the season before.
2 HN points 06 Feb 23
  1. Chelsea's transfer spending has been unprecedented since Clearlake Capital acquired the club in May 2022.
  2. There is talk about Chelsea's use of an accounting trick, player amortisation, to manage their spending.
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