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www.red11.org DAILY NEWS
Date: Tue Sep 29 05:14:24 GMT+00:00 1998
Mail: barry@www.red11.org

This Issue:
2. Big-spending Ferguson reveals a canny streak
3. Transfers cap profits at bid target Man Utd  
5. Man Utd shops to take on the world 


Daily RED Trivia  Tues 29th September:

1957: Les Sealey born in Bethnal Green, London. In two spells Sealey collected an
impresssive array of silverware; an FA Cup Winners medal in 1990, European Cup
Winners Cup medal in 1991 and losers medals from the 1991 and 1994 League Cup
Finals. Initially joined the Reds from Luton Town on loan, making his debut
At Queens Park Rangers in April 1990. Between 1990-94 he made 55
appearances in United's goal. He moved to Blackpool in July 1994.

1976: United beat Ajax Amsterdam (Holland) 2-0 at Old Trafford in the UEFA Cup
1st Round 2nd leg watched by 58,918. Sammy McIlroy and Lou Macari scored the
goals to ensure a 2-1 aggregate win. Team was: Stepney, Nicholl, Houston, Daly
(Albiston), Greenhoff, Buchan, Coppell, McIlroy, McCreery, Macari, Hill (Paterson).


Next 4 games: 
Result/Fixture Index:

Wed 30/9  Bayern M    (A) CL
Sat  3/10 Southampton (A) PL
Sat 17/10 Wimbledon   (H) PL
Wed 21/10 Brondby     (A) CL

UNITED Stats v Southampton are here:


Date        Opposition                        Score   Pos.   Attend.
15/08/98    Leicester City           Home     D  2-2    11    55,052
22/08/98    West Ham United          Away     D  0-0    11    26,039
09/09/98    Charlton Athletic        Home     W  4-1     9    55,147
12/09/98    Coventry City            Home     W  2-0     5    55,193
20/09/98    Arsenal                  Away     L  0-3    10    38,142
24/09/98    Liverpool                Home     W  2-0     3    55,181

Worthington Cup
Draw for the cup
MANU V Bury to be played week commencing 26th October.

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Subject: NEVILLE HAPPY WITH A EURO DRAW By David Anderson, PA Sport Gary Neville believes Manchester United can afford a draw on Wednesday's Champions' League showdown with Bayern Munich. United have already taken one point from their opening Group D game against Barcelona at Old Trafford, and Neville does not think another draw would seriously damage their qualification hopes. Brondby top the group after their surprise last-minute victory over Bayern, but United still see the Germans and Barcelona as their main rivals. "At the end of the day, we don't have to win this game," said Neville ahead of the sides' first meeting in European competition. "A point would not be a bad result - as anyone who has been to Bayern Munich would agree." That said, Neville claims United will not play for a draw and will try to beat the Bundesliga side in the imposing Olympic Stadium. "It's a game we go into with a lot of confidence following our win over Liverpool," he said. "We will go there to win, and that is something that is within Manchester United as a club that we go for the victory." Neville may continue at centre-half following his starring role against Liverpool on Thursday because Ronny Johnsen is still sidelined with damaged ankle ligaments. But United boss Alex Ferguson might prefer to return him to right-back and bring in Henning Berg. Ferguson has been grateful for United's five-day break in the build-up to the match and he took the opportunity to watch Bayern in action at Werder Bremen on Saturday. Brazilian Elber scored the only goal three minutes from time to underline his threat and maintain Bayern's 100% start to the season. The Germans, who were second in the Bundesliga last season, have hit the ground running and they have banged in 18 goals in their six league wins. They also boast as coach Ottmar Hitzfeld, who led Borussia Dortmund to the 1997 Champions' League title, beating United in the semi-finals. Bayern have selection problems going into the game, and midfielder Mehmet Scholl is out through injury, captain Thomas Helmer is doubtful, while midfielder Mario Basler hopes to shrug off the flu to play. end PA Sporting Life
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Subject: Big-spending Ferguson reveals a canny streak Tuesday, September 29, 1998 Ken Lawrence reports on a manager who looks after the pennies as the millions mount Alex Ferguson has lived up to the image of the tight-fisted Scot while spending 78million as Manchester United manager. Despite shelling out 10.75m on Jaap Stam, 4.4m on Jesper Blomqvist and 12.6m on Dwight Yorke this season, Ferguson has cost United only 3.41m a year on average in his 11 years and 10 months at Old Trafford because of his urge to get value for money when selling players. United yesterday announced pre-tax profits of 14.1m, down almost half on last year after the summer signings of Stam and Blomqvist, while the investment in Yorke will be shown on next year's balance sheet. But if the Old Trafford club's prospective new owner, Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB, is concerned that the fall suggests the start of a downward spiral, it can relax in the knowledge that the club's manager has recouped almost half of what he has spent in the past. Today, the arrival of United in the city that was the scene of the Munich air disaster will be a poignant one. But, as Ferguson and his team bridge the 40-year gap between the late Sir Matt Busby and his legendary Babes, the patron saint of Old Trafford would surely be as proud as punch of the current manager. Sir Matt could never have imagined that, one day, the club he raised from the 1958 disaster to become champions of Europe would be one of the wealthiest in the world, with a near 90m turnover. Despite the loss of two home games and reduced replica kit sales, turnover dropped only 100,000 to 87.8m last year while profits before transfer fees increased from 27.3m to 29.6m. Wages also rose by 4m but the planned 12,500 increase in Old Trafford's capacity will boost income by 4m per year. United's third year in the Champions League brought profits of 12m while 1.3m people attended home matches. Yet for all the seven-figure finances, Ferguson has continually chipped away at his transfer deficit. Big-money newcomers such as Yorke, Stam and 7m Andy Cole create the headlines, but in the background an unknown called Wayne Heseltine left for 40,000, Deniol Graham for 50,000 and Simon Ratcliffe for 25,000 has also nurtured youngsters such as David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and the Neville brothers, who on today's market would be worth at least 80m, while the club have won four championships in the 1990s. Yet Ferguson, who earns about 650,000 per year, will not only have to wait until next summer to be given confirmation that he will receive another contract but even then is unlikely to be given the 1m-a-year enjoyed by other top names. For once, in Ferguson's case, the figures simply don't add up. Manchester United Team Value Value when Estimated signed () value () Peter Schmeichel 550,000 4m Gary Neville Free 4m Denis Irwin 625,000 2m Ronny Johnsen 1.2m 3.5m Jaap Stam 10.5m 7m David Beckham Free 15m Nicky Butt Free 6m Roy Keane 3.75m 12m Jesper Blomqvist 4.5m 4.5m Ryan Giggs Free 15m Dwight Yorke 12.6m 12.6m Total: 33.725m 85.6m
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Subject: Transfers cap profits at bid target Man Utd By Keith Weir LONDON, Sept 28 - English soccer club Manchester United *, subject of a billion dollar bid by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB *, said on Monday its annual pre-tax profits were halved by heavy investment on new players. The premier league club, which suffered a rare barren season in 1997/98, reported an 8.4 percent rise in profit before tax and transfer fees to 29.6 million pound ($50.14 million) in the year to end-July, at the top end of share analysts' forecasts. However, the recruitment of Dutch defender Jaap Stam and Swedish midfielder Jesper Blomqvist for the new season cost the club over 15 million pounds. Profit after tax and transfers was 10 million pounds, down from 19 million a year earlier. United, deposed as English champions by Arsenal last season, have spent a further 12.6 million pounds since the financial year-end on striker Dwight Yorke from Aston Villa *. British pay TV giant BSkyB, 40 percent owned by Murdoch's News Corp *, has made a 623 million pound bid for the club, which the United board has recommended. BSkyB sees the deal as a key part of its plans to develop content for the multi-channel digital TV era. United fans initially protested vocally over plans to make the club part of the Murdoch media empire but opposition has since become more subdued. Britain's Office of Fair Trading is also looking at the deal, with analysts saying it is very hard to predict whether it will recommend clearance or further scrutiny by regulators at the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. United shares slipped a penny to 220p on Monday, the discount to the 240p BSkyB offer reflecting the regulatory uncertainty. BSkyB has the rights to live coverage of premier league matches until 2001. Its move for United has prompted a flurry of takeover talk as other media players look at the prospects of buying into British soccer clubs. Premier league clubs Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur * both gained on Monday after a newspaper report said they were bid targets for commercial TV company Carlton Communications *. Villa shares jumped 47-1/2p, or 7.20 percent, to 707-1/2, although no trade was reported at this level, while Tottenham firmed 3-1/2p to 77-1/2p. United's global appeal was underlined by the announcement on Monday that it had established a new subsidiary to develop its merchandising operations overseas. Its strategy is to develop outlets in the Far East, Middle East and Scandinavia via franchise partners. The club has been involved in talks on a proposed European Super League but stressed again that it remained committed to the premier league and would not join a new competition until what it called "all appropriate consultations" had taken place. Total staff costs grew by 5.1 million pounds in the period, with player wages accounting for four million pounds of that rise as improved contracts kicked in. Total staff costs rose to 31 percent of turnover from 25 percent but United said this remained the best ratio in the premier league. Turnover was unchanged at 87.9 million pounds as higher income from a new BSkyB TV deal with the premier league helped to offset a decline in merchandising sales. ($1=.5903 Pound)
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Subject: Team news CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE: Bayern without Helmer and Basler for United clash Copyright 1998 Nando Media Copyright 1998 Reuters MUNICH (Sep 28, 1998 - 13:13 EDT) - Bayern Munich will be without defender Thomas Helmer and midfielder Mario Basler when they entertain Manchester United in an European Champions' League group D match in Germany on Wednesday. Helmer, a key figure in the air for Bayern, is nursing a pulled thigh muscle while fellow German international Basler has influenza. Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said after Monday's training that neither of them would be fit to play.
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Subject: Man Utd shops to take on the world By Roger Cowe Tuesday September 29, 1998 Manchester United, which faces takeover by Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB, has developed plans to go global. The football club aims to have 150 United shops around the world within three years, selling merchandise such as replica kit, videos and memorabilia. The first will open at Dublin airport next month, to be followed by airport shops in Copenhagen and Hong Kong early next year. The club is looking for a suitable site in London. The expansion will be carried out with a small number of retail partners. The first to be announced is a subsidiary of Swissair, which will operate the stores in Copenhagen and Hong Kong. A second deal will be signed with another airport shop specialist in the next few months, and the club is looking for retailers with experience in Asia and the Middle East. Professor Sir Roland Smith, the United chairman, said yesterday in presenting results for the year to July: "We have established a new subsidiary, Manchester United International. The strategy is to develop outlets in the Far East, Middle East and Scandinavia, via franchise partners." He acknowledged that economic turmoil in much of Asia had hit the club's exports this year. "Our research indicates that medium-term prospects for the business are more encouraging." Merchandise sales over the year were down from 29 million to 24 million, in part due to an accounting change but also because of impending launch of a new kit and Asia's problems. Martin Edwards, the United chief executive, insisted that the merchandise bubble had not burst. Peter Kenyon, his deputy, said the club had recruited design consultants experienced with leisure brands such as Levi, and aimed to create the kind of "retail experience" pioneered by Nike stores rather than a straightforward shop. "We want to get some of the atmosphere of Old Trafford into the stores." Mr Kenyon said there would be three store formats. The first would follow the megastore concept already developed at the club's Old Trafford ground, which is the size of a small supermarket. The club will also have stand-alone shops similar in size to conventional sportswear outlets, and merchandise will also be sold through "concessions" in department stores. Mr Kenyon refused to speculate on the expected level of sales or how much United would invest in the ventures. Mr Edwards reported that heavy transfer fee spending had cut profits, which fell from 27 million to 14 million. Before transfer fees on players such as the Dutch defender Jaap Stam, profits edged up to nearly 30 million. He said the club's finances were very strong but would be even stronger following a takeover by BSkyB. "We are trying to compete on the world stage," Mr Edwards said. "We believe involvement with Sky will give us more opportunities."
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