One of my big interests in football is the way clubs are run as businesses – a natural interest since I run a business myself.
I’ve written many times about the problems afflicting clubs as varied as Manchester Bankrupt and West Iceland Utd, but in the past not mentioned Leeds United. (You can tell I haven’t mentioned them because I don’t have a silly nickname for them.)
Anyway, I think that is about to change because when
KPMG handled the administration, and they said that they had they are fully examined the relationship between Forward and
The court in Jersey has demanded that Leeds answer detailed questions about ownership of Forward Sports Fund who are registered in the Caymans, and who own
The Liberal Democrat MP Phil Willis has now called on the government and the football authorities to investigate the ownership of
The FA, League and indeed the government are notoriously awful at looking into company ownership issues, so nothing much might emerge, except that it looks like Leeds will lose their court case, and so quite a lot of money (the Jersey courts ask people to put in money up front to cover the situation in case they lose, and Leeds have done this).
Meanwhile the well-being of Arsenal on the pitch (although not off the pitch) is being called into question almost daily by the press. On the other hand more blogs than normal are suggesting that maybe “some commentators” were a bit too quick to dismiss a big Danish centre forward as being only worthy of playing for the Tiny Totts.
One point often missed it seems to me is that Bendtner is only just 21 – which is quite young for a big striker. If the Lord Wenger is right and most players are at their best aged 27, he’s got a long way to go.
Which raises the central question – should we be doing the developing? We’ve talked about a solution to this by having a reserve team playing in the lower leagues or the Spanish Second Division, (where such things are common).
Although neither look like happening, I’m very happy with where we are, but it does seem to me that issues about the leadership of the Lord Wenger are often miscast. The question is not “has he lost it?” but rather “would you sooner have Arsenal gamble all its money on success this year, rather than be economically sound, and wait for success in a year or two’s time when the new group of players come through.”
Certainly when Rosicky, Eduardo, Fabregas, Adebayor, Walcott, are all fit, the team will look really solid as far as I can tell. Waiting is fine by me.
(c) Tony Attwood sometime in the 21st century
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