“An analysis of transfer fee trends and the implications for English football”

The Business of Sport – Seminar Series

Room 101 – Clore Management Centre, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 25th February 2009 at 6pm
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“An analysis of transfer fee trends and the implications for English football”

Given by:

Geoff Mesher, Head of KPMG’s Sports Disputes Team

In this presentation Geoff Mesher will present an analysis of transfer fee trends that have emerged in the English leagues over recent seasons as highlighted by KPMG’s Football Transfer Monitor publication. Geoff’s analysis will consider the factors driving a number of key trends relating to average fees by player age and position, spending patterns of traditional Big 4 Premiership sides in comparison to non-Big 4 Premiership sides and the destination of non-English based Premiership transfer spending.

Geoff will consider the significant implications that these spending patterns will have on the English game including the increased likelihood of legal disputes over player valuations and the need for clubs and governing bodies to strengthen their controls to mitigate the risk of unwittingly becoming involved in money laundering via player transfers. Geoff will consider issues such as the level of debt at clubs, the importance of the “fit and proper” persons test for key individuals involved with football finances and investment and the possible affects of the “credit crunch” on football.


Geoff is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and is Head of KPMG Forensic’s Sports Disputes practice in the UK assisting clients in the sports industry with issues of quantum and valuation.  Geoff’s experience includes considering financial conduct issues in respect of football club directors; providing expert evidence on financial impropriety in football; considering fraud risk issues and valuation issues.

Geoff is regularly quoted in many UK and overseas press articles relating to his expertise on the transfer market and football finances in general.


For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street

Tel: 020-7631 6763 or Email:

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