Money in Football… Isn’t Everything

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Taken from Football Speak

Money, money, money, must be funny. In the rich man’s world – as ABBA would say- and I bet it is funny, for them. They have the power to control their ‘toy’. Because that’s all these clubs are: Toys. They’re like a real life Football Manager. Oh, you’re not scoring? 

Well, why don’t you go and sign a striker to add to your 4 already. Great transfer policy that. 

Tactics? Who needs them? Have some money to get some players and assemble a team and just send them out on to the pitch. It takes away the need for tactical nous because all you need to do is write a cheque worth millions and just sign a team rather than build one.

I understand transfer fees are expected to be high but it’s the wages that are ridiculous. It takes away passion and loyalty. It’s turning into a passionless sport. Players would rather go home and play golf for 6 months.

Money isn’t always an example of quality. It seems managers are ignoring the importance of ability and are just spending money to look powerful. Kenny Dalglish signed players for the image of the club, Liverpool. He intended to intimidate the opposition with his resources and it failed. 

As an Arsenal fan, I understand the benefits of low transfer fees for high quality. Mikel Arteta cost £10million and he’s settled in and become a key part of the Arsenal team. Jordan Henderson on the other hand was signed by Liverpool for around £20million and has unquestionably flopped.

Andy Carroll is another who’s flopped in his first full season. He cost £35million and that is £3million more than Radamel Falcao cost Atlético. Carroll has scored 9 goals in 43 games with 2 assists while Falcao has 32 goals in 44 games with 3 assists. Now tell me which club got more for their money.

This, by any stretch of the imagination, does not mean I am against high fees. Not at all, as said earlier I am against high wages, but fees should be spent on quality as opposed to image. I’d much rather my club was spending for the team rather than the fans. 

Newcastle are a great example of signing the best players available. They’ve signed players on the cheap and have built a squad full of talent that can challenge at the top.

Money doesn’t always bring you good things. I think some fans just like the sound of money being spent, I do too as it shows ambition – but it doesn’t necessarily assure success or that your ambition will be met and these things should be considered. 

I’m fully behind a manager (Arsène Wenger) – who has a great knowledge of football and a great eye for talent – spending big money as I’ll trust their judgment, but not every manager has this gift.

Teams are becoming greedier. They know some managers will pay over the odds for a player so they demand more that can also cause a player to become a huge flop. There are a quite a few reasons in reality.

In my opinion, billionaire owners are ruining football teams thus effectively ruining the league. I’ve seen people state it’s good for football that any team can win the league but it isn’t. 

Teams that don’t attract the rich business men will continue to suffer the new wave of high wages as their own players will have one good season and overstate their own worth, allowing a richer team to come in and take them. 

That weakens the already weaker team, and puts them in a situation where they need to sign an adequate replacement without the funds to do so. The league is fast becoming a stomping ground for prima donnas.

The owners are in it for the success and success only. They’re not looking to build a team with sustainable qualities. They’ll sack a manager or move on if things get a bit awry. They want a quick fix. The former is evident with Roman Abramovich. André Villas-Boas was brought in to change Chelsea and he was heading the right way. He was aiming to instill a philosophy which requires certain players they did not have. 

He actually made me somewhat interested in Chelsea. He removed their defensive tactics and made them play offensively. He was signing young players looking towards the future, something Roman was against. He was dropping the older players and rightly so. They weren’t going to last forever, they needed a new system. But Roman grew impatient and AVB was eventually sacked. 

In comes Roberto Di Matteo and he’s done a great job. I don’t dispute that, but I’m certain it’s because he’s played the elders. He’s kept the philosophy which makes Chelsea tick. Admittedly, it works and it would be wise to keep it. But in the long term it won’t be so effective, it will need changing and Villas-Boas was doing that but wasn’t given enough time.

I don’t know what I’d do if we had a dictator running Arsenal, because not only do you gain financial power, you also gain glory hunting supporters. And they’re the supporters who moan at any given opportunity, as we’re seeing now with Man City. 

Taken from The Guardian

More logical fans would have accepted second place in the Premier League as it would in fact have been their highest position, whereas the new fans wouldn’t because they just want success. That’s why every team having a rich owner is not a good thing

But unfortunately this system and way of doing things will catch on and there will be more clubs being taken over as it is a system that works. It motivates others to do the same thing, which, going back to a point made earlier, will ruin the league because all clubs will have more bad aspects than good.

I hope I’ve made sense and managed to get my point across without sounding jealous (I’m not) or like I’m not open to new things in the sport (I am), but I feel strongly about the money side of the beautiful game and feel it does more harm than it does good.

Disagreement welcome, let’s debate (on Twitter). Ta for reading.

Written by Ryan Goodenough
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