5 items from 2016
The Eclipse Film Partners 35 scheme helped members including Sir Alex Ferguson and Sven Goran Eriksson access £117m in tax relief
A film partnership accused by Hm Revenue & Customs of using industry exemptions to help its members avoid paying their fair share of tax will this week take its case to the supreme court.
The Eclipse Film Partners 35 scheme, whose 289 members included Sir Alex Ferguson and Sven Goran Eriksson, denies using distribution rights to Disney films Enchanted and Underdog to generate tax relief. It was today due to challenge Hmrc’s 2012 ruling at a tax tribunal that it constituted an aggressive avoidance scheme.
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- Ben Child
Louis Van Gaal’s time at Manchester United appears to be coming to a close.
After David Moyes struggled to maintain the high standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson, who built the Manchester United Kingdom from the ground up, Van Gaal was given the chance to sit in the throne and bring glory back to Old Trafford. However, it just has not worked out for Lvg.
The former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss has had success across Europe, but has failed to claim any silverware on English shores, with only the Fa Cup left to play for this season.
Van Gaal did manage to get Manchester United back in the Champions League after slipping out for a year under Moyes, but they did not manage to get past the group stage despite having what appeared to be a relatively easy group for a club like Manchester United. »
- James Rutherford
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Arsenal’s annual collapse is becoming such a fixture in the English football calendar that the F.A. might have to start penciling in dates for it to happen like they do with the later rounds of the F.A. Cup.
The last few weeks have seen Arsene Wenger’s men stumble on all fronts – held by Hull, beaten by Barcelona and then mauled my Manchester United, things got worse in midweek when they were savaged by Swansea. The last two league games were the perfect time for Arsenal to make a statement of intent. They were limp against a youthful, injury-hit United and error-prone against relegation battling Swansea. That result was made to look even worse by the fact that title rivals Tottenham and Manchester City both lost and pace setters Leicester City were held to a draw.
Arsenal’s travails as the Premier League »
- David Fox
In football these days it’s not unusual for someone who had no success on the pitch to be a genius in the dugout. Many of the most successful managers in the modern game barely know how to kick a ball. Sir Alex Ferguson may have had a modestly successful career as a striker but the likes of Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, Louis van Gaal and Roy Hodgson achieved nothing in the game before turning to management.
Why is that so many world class managers never played a high level, while so many world class players can’t seem to manage their way out of a paper bag? We may never know the reason, but maybe we can study the most egregious examples of managerial laughing stocks to find out why these legendary players failed so badly at management.
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- David Fox
Second edition to open with sports doc Dennis Viollet - A United Man and close with the international premiere of There Should be Rules.
The Manchester International Film Festival (March 3-6) has announced its official selection this morning and will open with the international premiere of sports documentary Dennis Viollet - A United Man.
The film is a portrait of the late Manchester United football player who survived the notorious Munich air crash of 1958 and went on to become not only the captain of Manchester United but also the first British footballer to pioneer the sport worldwide and bring ‘soccer’ to the Us.
The film is directed by his daughter, Rachel Viollet, and features commentary from footballing greats including Sir Alex Ferguson; Brian Robson; Dennis Law; Nobby Stiles; Wilf McGuinness; Paddy Crerand; and Mike Summerbee.
The film will be presented alongside two short films: I’m Sorry To Tell You from Manchester-based actor-director Ben Price; and, A Walk »
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5 items from 2016
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