Scudamore positive on future

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is optimistic about the financial state of the top-flight despite a flurry of recent negative publicity.

This season there has been widespread criticism of the amount of debt carried by the likes of league heavyweights Manchester United and Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth's future remains uncertain after they were given a further seven days to sort out their financial problems by the High Court on Wednesday.

Pompey, the league's bottom club, owe HM Revenue and Customs £7million in unpaid taxes.

However, despite fears of a financial meltdown in English football, Scudamore remains upbeat about the state of the Premier League.

He told the Daily Telegraph:"It depends on whether you're optimistic about football or pessimistic.

"Those of us closest to it remain eternally optimistic, even though, much like your own children, you see some of the faults as well.

"I've been here a long time and, generally, the level of professionalism in the way clubs are run is better than ten years ago. There's some emotiveness about leveraged debt. I understand that.

"We go through this constant struggle between people saying 'clubs should be more professional and businesslike' but actually a lot of people don't like some of the business methods brought into the game – like leveraged debt."

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