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Simple: football’s governance should be taken out of the hands of the self-serving private companies that run the game. This will prevent dodgy owners like Bates/GFH Capital, and others at too many English sides, running clubs for their and not the fans’ interests.
There was an excellent article by Glenn Moore in last Friday’s Independent. I’m including a link to the article, but here are its first paragraphs:
“Eighty-odd years ago Babe Ruth was taken to Tottenham Hotspur v Everton. After looking around White Hart Lane’s packed stands, he was taken into the away dressing room and introduced to Dixie Dean, the baseball legend’s nearest football counterpart at the time. “So you’re that Dixie Dean guy?” said Ruth. “Well, you should make some money today. What’s your cut of the gate?”
“I’m paid as much as everyone else: £8.”
The slugger was shocked. “I’d demand two-thirds of that gate if I was out there,” he said.
The gate money was not going to Dean, but it was not being spent on facilities either, or grassroots development. In the week the Premier League owners voted to cap wage levels in an attempt to trouser for themselves the cash currently draining away, via players’ pay packets, to agents, luxury car dealers and watch manufacturers, it is worth remembering that most have always been motivated by self-interest not altruism….”
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...More on ‘our game in their hands’ and how the funny money men manipulate football…
On 28 January 2013, Charles Sales wrote an article in The Daily Mail entitled: ‘Football has one year to get its house in order or it faces government crackdown’. (See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2269817/Premier-League-faces-government-crackdown-year-reforms.html#axzz2KbpOjoqL)
The article was published online and received comments; the majority of which expressed an opinion that the Government should keep its nose out of football. But, you have to wonder, how many of those comments were engineered by the football establishment with its money and sophisticated public relations machinery paying dolts to rubbish any change to its control. Just look at Bates’ manipulation of the media in Leeds to see how easily this can be done – for years, many of us believed the lie that Bates saved Leeds!