Tottenham await Champions League riches
Tottenham today demonstrated the difference qualifying for this season's Champions League could make to their finances after reporting a pre-tax loss of £6.5m (€7.7m), despite record revenues.
This morning saw the club announce revenues were up six per cent to £119.8m (€141.5) and that their operating profit excluding player trading had rocketed by more than 23pc to £22.7m (€26.8m).
It was their transfer activity which prevented Spurs making an overall profit, with £37.8m (€44.6) spent during that period, including on the likes of Peter Crouch and Sebastien Bassong.
By comparison, player sales raised £24.6m (€29m), including the departures of Darren Bent and Didier Zakora.
Last year saw the club make a record pre-tax profit of £33.4m (€39.4m), largely due to the sales of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane.
They also splashed out £119.3m (€140.9m), more than three times than for the same period this year.
But barring a massive spending spree in January, Tottenham should be able to announce another healthy profit next year when the riches garnered from the club's maiden Champions League campaign are taken into account.
Finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League last season also made a difference to this year's figures, as did additional broadcast revenue and the fact every one of the club's home matches was sold out.
Spurs also confirmed the cost of redeveloping White Hart Lane had risen by £50m (€59m) because they had changed the original plans.
Chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement: "This period has seen the club produce a record turnover and a 23pc increase in operating profit.
"We are benefiting now from our investment to date in the first-team squad.
"Our challenge is to accrue further benefits from our investment in capital projects in order to lay the strongest foundations for the future stability and prosperity of the club.
"I would like to commend everyone at the club for their continued hard work and thank our supporters for their magnificent support both home and away throughout the season."
Meanwhile, Roman Pavlyuchenko is undergoing acupuncture in a bid to ease manager Harry Redknapp's striking worries ahead of Saturday's game with Blackburn.
Redknapp fears he may be down to one fit forward after Pavlyuchenko was forced off at half-time of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Sunderland with a back problem.
Pavlyuchenko said: "I felt the pain around the 25th minute after clashing with an opponent.
"My back cramped up and I was in a lot of pain.
"In the dressing room, I told the doctor and had a massage, but it didn't help.
"But, on Wednesday, I had a check-up which, thank God, revealed only a muscle spasm."
Redknapp is still without Jermain Defoe, while Robbie Keane remains a doubt with an ankle problem, leaving only Peter Crouch definitely available.
Pavlyuchenko is eager to recover in time to play a part this weekend and is doing everything in his power to get fit.
"I'm walking gingerly, but I'm being intensively treated with acupuncture and massages," said the 28-year-old, who hopes to be fit for Russia's friendly with Belgium on Wednesday.
"I hope that, after a couple of days, everything will return to normal.
"Then nothing will stop me from coming to the national team for the game against Belgium (next week).
"But I can only say that with confidence closer to the weekend."