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Deloitte Sports Business Group comments on the announcement of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement

8 May 2013

Dan Jones, Partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said:

“Manchester United has been transformed as a football club under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson. Financially, the last 26 years has coincided with a wider revolution in English football with massive investment in the game and the growth of the Premier League, particularly driven by domestic and international broadcast deals. Since the 1992/93 season, United’s revenue has grown from £25.2m to £320.3m for the 2011/12 season; an impressive average annual increase of 14%. During this time the on-pitch accomplishments have underpinned the commercial success of the club and led to increases across all revenue streams and the establishment of United as one of, if not the, biggest brands in world football.

“Manchester United is the top revenue generating club in England. For the 2011/12 season, United’s revenue of £320m was £60m more than second-placed Chelsea. United’s total wage bill of £162m was the third highest in English football for the 2011/12 season, behind that of Manchester City (£202m) and Chelsea (£173m). United’s ratio of total wages to revenue of 50% remained amongst the lowest of all English clubs, thereby sustaining a level of annual operating profitability to help fund investment in facilities, youth development and playing talent.

“In world football, United’s 2011/12 revenue of £320m ranked third in the Deloitte Football Money League, behind only Real Madrid and Barcelona who each currently benefit from having individual, rather than collective, broadcast deals.”


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