Posts from 2016-02-01

Premier League clubs' spending reaches £1bn this season

Premier League clubs have spent more than £1bn on transfers in a season for the first time, new figures reveal.

A record £965m was spent in 2014-15, but that figure has already been beaten, with clubs having until 23:00 GMT on Monday to sign further players.

The 20 clubs have already spent £130m in the January transfer window alone, with Newcastle spending £29m.


They have signed Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet, and bid £21m for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: "We've seen Premier League clubs again use the January window to invest significantly in playing talent.

"With a day left, the total gross spending this season has already reached £1bn for the first time." 

Premier League spending since 2003-04 SeasonSummer transfer windowJanuary transfer windowTotal *2015-16 January transfer window figures as at 09:00 GMT on 1 February 2003-04 £215m £50m £265m 2004-05 £215m £50m £265m 2005-06 £235m £70m £305m 2006-07 £260m £60m £320m 2007-08 £470m £175m £645m 2008-09 £500m £170m £670m 2009-10 £450m £30m £480m 2010-11 £365m £225m £590m 2011-12 £485m £60m £545m 2012-13 £490m £120m £610m 2013-14 £630m £130m £760m 2014-15 £835m £130m £965m 2015-16 £870m £130m so far £1bn so far


Pep Guardiola to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss

Pellegrini leaving Man City

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as manager next season, Manchester City have announced.

The club's surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini's future.

Guardiola will take over from the start of the 2016-17 season having agreed a three-year contract with the club


BBC's take:


Pep Guardiola has agreed a three-year contract to become Manchester City manager in the summer.

The 45-year-old, currently in charge at Bayern Munich, will replace Manuel Pellegrini, who will leave on 30 June.

A statement from City said Chilean Pellegrini, 62, was "fully supportive" of the announcement being made.


The club said negotiations with former Barcelona coach Guardiola had been "a recommencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012".

Roberto Mancini was City boss in 2012, when he led them to the domestic title.

Pellegrini succeeded the Italian in 2013 and took the club to a Premier League and League Cup double the following season.

He has won 64 of his 99 Premier League games as a manager, a record only eclipsed by Jose Mourinho, who won 73 of his opening 99 league games as Chelsea boss.

City could yet win four trophies under Pellegrini this season.

They are already through to the final of the League Cup and are second in the league behind Leicester City.

The Blues are also through to the knockout stages of the Champions League and will play Chelsea in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Why City went for Pep

  • Barcelona's most successful manager with 14 trophies in four years, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
  • Took a year's break before joining Bayern in 2013, following the club's Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble under Jupp Heynckes.
  • Won the league twice in his two full seasons with Bayern, who are eight points clear in his third campaign. He is yet to win the Champions League with the German club and has been knocked out at the semi-final stage twice.
  • They face Italian giants Juventus in the last 16 of Europe's elite club competition in February and Guardiola said: "Winning the Champions League would make my time here complete."


Former City winger Trevor Sinclair said news of Guardiola's appointment was "a massive, massive statement" by the club and "huge news for all City fans".

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "He's the hottest manager out there. Every club would want him.

"And when you look at the recruitment possibilities now, that's where you really start to get excited. He'll be able to bring in some huge players."


Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer:

The announcement that Pep Guardiola is to be the next Manchester City coach is not a huge surprise - but the timing is.

Manuel Pellegrini is still in charge and is still in serious contention for four trophies.

What is beyond question, however, is that this is the most powerful statement of intent from City's Abu Dhabi owners that they intend to construct a club to stand alongside any in world football.

Guardiola is the game's most coveted coach with a history of claiming the top prizes.

The combination of the charismatic Catalan's coaching brilliance and the financial backing he will receive makes this a partnership the rest of football world could come to fear.