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How much is your Club really worth?

October 26, 2015

- Grant Whittington

The recent television deal for the Premier League generated a staggering £5.1 billion for clubs, meaning that teams finishing at the bottom of the league will receive more than ever before over the course of the next three seasons. This continues an ongoing trend, and one that is creating an increasingly competitive and unpredictable league. It is also inflating the value of the 20 clubs fortunate enough to ply their trade in the league, meaning that even newcomers can boast an impressive portfolio of financial resources.

How much is your club worth?

This means that while the financial status quo remains unchanged at the top of the table, adding to the millions the clubs owners already pump in, those towards the bottom end of the spectrum are continuing to make up considerable ground. From the perspective of the leading clubs, Manchester United lead the way with an estimated value of £1.848 billion, while Arsenal come in a relatively distant second with £1.118 billion. Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool make up the top six, with each club worth in excess of £500 million.

There is a considerable gap between these clubs and the remaining teams in the Premiership, as Southampton lead the chasing pack with an estimated value of £259 million. It is at the bottom of the league where the most interesting statistics lie, however, as while newly promoted Bournemouth prop up the rest the Cherries currently boast a financial value of £104 million. There are one or two further surprises elsewhere, with Potteries side Stoke City worth £192 million and Aston Villa a surprisingly low £165 million.

Which teams are struggling to manage their finances?

While these figures showcase the increased wealth at the bottom end of the top-flight, they also highlight which clubs are managing their finances most efficiently. It is Manchester United and Arsenal offering the best example in this respect, with the Red Devils leading the way in terms of generating profit and the Gunners delivering the most cost-efficient business model.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Sunderland continues to set an example for other teams to avoid. After recording a loss of £16 million in 2014 (which went against the grain of Premier League football), the club has continued to maintain and even add to a huge wage bill £68 million for a limited squad. This is despite flirting with relegation last term, so there is much for the Black Cats to do to improve their standing both on and off the pitch.

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