Man City need plan to close £42m+ gap to Man United and Tottenham

By Kieran Maguire

2nd Nov, 2023 | 6:30am

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Man City need to address their matchday revenue after falling £42million behind the likes of Tottenham and Manchester United.

That is the view of finance expert Kieran Maguire, who explained that the new Financial Fair Play rules mean that City will need to boost their revenue.

City posted matchday revenue of £64million in their latest 2021/22 accounts, although that figure is expected to rise for their 2022/23 release after Pep Guardiola’s side played more matches on their route to the treble.

However, City’s matchday figures are the lowest in the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’, and trail significantly behind Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Red Devils revealed record-breaking matchday revenue of £136.4million in their 2022/23 accounts, while Tottenham earned £106million – £42million more than City.

Maguire praised City for their affordable ticket pricing but admitted that they need to find a way of boosting their matchday income.

“The big issue at the Etihad is that matchday revenues are probably less than half of that of Manchester United and Spurs,” Maguire told Football Insider’s Sean Fisher.

Arsenal are also likely to double their matchday revenue this season as well.

Part of that is due to the pricing structure at Manchester City.

They don’t try to fleece their fans in the same way that other clubs try to.

They’re aware that they do still have a core Mancunian working-class fan base.

“But as we go forward into more and more iterations of Financial Fair Play, trying to increase match day revenue will be an area that will be addressed.

We’ve already seen things such as the tunnel club start to address that.

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