The Way Forward?
Football is The Worst Business In The World. (Soccernomics)
‘A man we know once tried to do business with a revered institution of English soccer. “ I can do business with stupid people,” he said afterward , “ and I can do business with crooks , But I can’t do business with stupid people who want to be crooks”
Sound familiar? Scottish soccer? Anyway,it got me thinking-which can be hard work-so to get help I pulled the following thread from Twitter as it was the laziest way to introduce the idea stumbling around my head looking for the way out. (There is none btw, only deeper dungeons) but I digress.
Remember the days when we all used to support the Celtic through thick and thin? Remember dreaming about scenarios like the current one? Then why are so many Tims unhappy? I’m at a loss
I think questions are being asked because lots of people can see the opportunities that present themselves for improvement with cash in the bank etc, and are frustrated that more isn’t being done to give us the best possible football team on the park with all that this brings.
Has the glorious balance sheet got out of kilter because profit rather than balance (to avoid insolvency) has taken priority and selling best players is the most profitable revenue stream and if profit is a kpi then motivations face the tension of profit v team quality. Look at Man Utd as an example where for all their riches and rich history the quality of player has dropped and the Glazers get a profit.
Which begs the question,is PLC the right format for Celtic who are at heart a large community club, global in reach for sure, but the sense of community is the glue that binds us and that risks insolvency (see what I did there) if profit is now the goal?
Supporter representation is required me thinks. Hopefully someone like yourselves or perhaps another of your ilk with Celtic and the game as a whole as a concern could be brought onboard. Hope is forlorn though.
Hell would freeze over first but on re reading the chapter on Soccernomics ” The Worst Business in the World : Why Soccer Clubs Don’t (and Shouldn’t ) Make money ” the whole PLC thing would have to go and with it the trophy glitter that isn’t go
Check how Malmo are organised & they still get the same kind of bite at the UEFA cherry as we do and even played in the European Cup Final like us.
“The club (Malmo) is an open member association, & the annual general meeting is the highest policy-making body where each member has 1 vote, so no shares are issued!”
Being a plc puts Celtic at risk ,but I don’t see any way of changing that.
The last one is perhaps something that folk can discuss based on experience (Bilboa anyone/TET) or research, because I think the idea expressed by Tweeter 3 (me) is something we as a support might have to face up to, particularly if we became attractive to some oligarch wanting the PR or have run out of record consecutive titles to keep us happy .
The issue then would be the questions: “ For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36 which I think is behind some of the debate on Sentinel Celts.
The above is a guest article from AULDHEID. Just the sort of thing to get the site into overdrive on a Friday as we wrack our brains trying to figure out how to get out of the current malaise that we are in.
Great stuff,AULDHEID. And again,grateful thanks for offering it up for us. If anyone would like to do the same,have their thoughts as Article of the Day,we always publish. Just mail your article to Mahe