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    Google searches on football clubs

    We thought it might be a good gauge of popularity to assess the frequency of searches on google for some of the top clubs - the answers are slightly surprising, we think. Check out the charts below, which compare the global search frequency of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool:


    Manchester United is massively more popular on this basis than any of the other big clubs, indeed than all the other three put together. This is partly...

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    Posted in Football | Statistics
  • Man Utd Share Price


    Manchester United shares have fallen over 5% since Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. They are still trading on over 25x next year's earnings, which some would say is justified given the earnings visibility. Current year EV/EBITDA is over 20x, which even the bulls would admit is harder to justify, given that the balance sheet debt has been reduced by massive levels of sponsor payments in advance in addition to the natural season ticket "float". 

    This is a much higher quality...

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  • Sir Alex Ferguson - A Financial Perspective


    Manchester United shares floated on the London Stock Exchange in May 1991 when the company had a market capitalisation of £47m. Today their value (quoted in New York) is nearer £2bn - Apple may have grown nearly twice as fast, but few others can match this record.

    How much of this is down to Alex Ferguson? He has clearly has been the most successful club manager ever, and he has certainly been a brilliant steward of Manchester United’s resources, of late often constrained by the Glazer’s...

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