It took a foreigner,,,
So the talks to have EPL teams bail out the lower leagues have not been progressing well, the two sides are 200 million apart at the moment.
The top flight wish to hand over 50 million to the other professional leagues but they want five times that.
And finally someone spoke some sense and wouldnt you just know it was a foreigner, clearly not schooled in the English way of things.
Or perhaps he doesnt give a toss for them.
But Wednesday the Man City chief executive told the truth, as unpalatable as it may have been to some, and to be frank he deserves a huge pat on the back for his speaking up for if it brings any degree of sanity to the English game then he is worth his weight in gold.
” Why should we give you cash when your model is unsustainable?
You need reform, not money!”
Or something similar in business talk but the chap with no regard for the history or homes of those holding the begging bowl made his point in very succinct fashion.
Every bit of his argument is true and with the Championship spending 107% of turnover on wages, a restructure is incumbent not something to be pondered over to be whilst squandering the next round of family silver.
It will take a while to see how many heed his call, if the snowball becomes an avalanche, and if this becomes a top flight lower leagues stand off.
But just as the cops don’t believe in coincidences, when taken alongside Dermots comments, it must be said that there is something afoot.
Our wise friend MIT is always quick to point out that if and when our majority shareholder talks to the media, it’s because he has something to say or a point to get out there.
“Rangers are a great club” is a case in point in that he was going on the record attaching ourselves to the ‘still ongoing’ Old Firm rivalry.
So to hear Dermot speak of restructuring the footballing pyramid down south, and then the same message echoed is simply too much of coincidence to be shrugged off.
The last time DD smelt entry was when Bolton stood up and backed us. We now know why that was, on Boltons behalf they were a basket case but EPL2 offered a glimmer of hope. It didn’t happen then and they collapsed ironically aided by our ‘prodigal son’.
But now we have a different kettle of fish altogether. This is no basket case seeking something, anything, to aid survival but these are serious players, the biggest spenders in the biggest league on average over the last while.
They are the most visual, high profile club yet to call for a pyramid shuffle.
And that’s where we come in.
We do have a cosy relationship with them, well documented, so again this strengthens the belief we could be part of a reshuffle.
A man who only speaks with a message sees that message echoed aloud by his powerful friend?
You would think he knew what was coming.
As mentioned Dermots tag team partner this time has clout and the wedge to back it up, and it’s clear they dont like what they see. He likes the idea of colt teams but it will take more than that to sell an EPL 2.
It would take a collapse of some segment of the game, and leave a rejig necessary.
That grows closer every day the Prem say Nah we aren’t funding your splurge as we aren’t allowed one.
It also grows closer every day there are no significant crowds allowed.
If I didn’t know better I would swear the majority shareholder of our club of choice smells an opportunity here, and when a hole appears in the dyke up north, himself and friends will be down south knocking on the EPL door with a smile and oven ready deal.
I’m aware Boris couldn’t deliver an oven ready deal, but make no mistake Dermot and Park/Douglas/Whoknows could.
The Old Firm derby and all that it entails would be on the table, all yours for the going television rights rate per annum and not only that available instantly with no three year leaving period as the game up north went tits up (because we don’t pony up to lower leagues just like City down south) leaving whilst there’s major rebuilding necessary alas we decided to move on but can supply a Colts to help out the lads at home.
So long and thanks for all the fish Scotland (name that movie below)!!!
It’s been long clear this has been the Dubliners dream, to dine at the top table of football, but it is yours?
On the one hand we know entry to that league brings a degree of sanity in that FFP protocols are actually adhered to and the allocated referee shall not on paper have any allegiance to either team involved, something we should not celebrate but expect, a sad indictment of Scottish game.
We also know we would at last be in the position to wipe the smirk off many ‘drunk on Tv money’ average club supporter like say,, most of them.
I’m sure you’re the same in that almost every fan of a ‘high profile’ English club you’ve had a beer with thinks we would get relegated.
“Down first season”
And this despite the results of modern day clashes don’t bear out the theory they imagined.
Finally joining the top tier of football gives us a real shot to do something I always dreamed of, adding another star. My father God Bless his soul watched us earn that first star the right way and spoke in awe of what he had witnessed.
To add another would be a dream come true personally, like father like son, and only a higher platform than where we reside offers that opportunity in this day and age.
The higher the level of scrutiny should in theory help lower the level of violence and division in the city of Glasgow also, I might be wrong but I believe there are minimal incidents surrounding EPL games and with the money at stake plus keeping your reputation clean for signings, maybe just maybe songs of hate and violent clashes would become a thing of the past, once there is a new actual sheriff in town that don’t take no crap. For real.
The flip side is look what you are leaving behind.
Without fail the visits to Swinecastle are my favourite away trips of the year, that narrow high sided throwback cauldron simmering with sectarian-based hate resulting in what might not actually legally qualify in a court of law as sport nevermind the eel masquerading as an impartial official.
Then there’s Pittodrie with its beautiful drive up and stadium view, plus Big Packy swears on the way back is the best fish supper going.
Nothing like putting Killie in their box the shower of, and a cup tie to Abroath or Brechin is always a welcome day oot!
You will have your own favourite and possibly second and third.
But that’s the point, its home, all these opponents just roll off the tongue and all these games just speak of home sweet home.
There’s historic game after historic game between many of the teams up north, so do we really want to break that chain, because make no mistake leaving would and I haven’t even mentioned Brexit or future Indy ref yet, more huge spanners in the works.
I’ve written before how none of us should foist our vision of what we believe Glasgow Celtic is upon others, that we are a broad church and as such we all must be accommodated when making huge decisions regarding the clubs future.
But yet we aren’t.
This looks like it will be pushed through without consultation just as embracing Sevco was.
I firmly believe this would be the wrong thing to do, and that the support be listened to before any move of league.
It’s much too important an issue and like Brexit, when its done its done,,you have left and you ain’t coming back.
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