Nobody’s happy, please understand why
No matter where you read,no matter the league, no matter which team that person supports chances are that supporter is unhappy.
It certainly feels like there’s a ton of supporter unhappiness everywhere you look, a fact I suspect has lead to less polls on the topic, they already know the answer.
Of those Celtic fans that won’t buy merchandise and season tickets, not being happy with the club and league is the root of the issue, and even for a large percentage of those renewing the same could be said.
Everyone who has read the new Champions League format is unhappy with it. 10 group games will mean playing kids in the cups and against minnows, but also a ton more cash to tear away at the top of your domestic league.
It just cements the current status quo, the big get bigger and the small get smaller.
Fans of the breakaway clubs weren’t happy upon hearing Superleague plans, joining Uefa and Fifa with their upset.
Some fans were already unhappy though, Barcelona’s eye watering billion Euro debt putting them at risk. Unlike Scotland though the Spanish football authorities ordered the club to decrease costs by a whopping 42 percent next season in order to meet financial fair play obligations.
They either cut their cloth and see their spot as perhaps the biggest placed in jeopardy, or no Euro action.
Ouch, no wonder they arent happy, it’s a massive failure on behalf of the entire membership not to elect belt tighteners years ago but I suppose they were having a good time and weren’t concerned with the future.
Where have I seen that before and will the football world accept a new Barca as the same should the worst happen?
If they did, would it change views of our rivals reincarnation?
All this unhappiness can’t last. It’s bad for the soul and I’m delighted it hasn’t boiled over into a spat, yet.
We’ve all been failed by the games rulers, then the clubs owners and executives.
Whether 55, VAR, Newco, Tonev, Dubai, the list is long and growing.
It can’t go on.
The game and it’s lifeblood are crying out for something, someone, to step up and show leadership, come up with something to replace the current model which has run its course.
UEFA caved into old threats of a breakaway with this new format which will bring in more money for the bigger clubs, but yet also force leagues to reduce games or risk having it’s big teams rest stars a lot more often, maybe even not enter cup competitions.
They could have, maybe should have, stood their ground against the giants and their threats, but tried to compromise and satisfy all involved.
The changes may not prove very successful in the long run, but at least they acted and can again if the will is there.
JP Morgan were the Superleague backers, and many USA born club owners were onboard with SL. The Yanks fancy getting involved in ‘socca’.
Can you blame them? The sports a mess, it’s top teams rarely meet, it’s club owners losing money hand over fist instead of actually earning like the Land of the Free.
No wonder they thought they could step in with a newer, sexier, glitzy setup with pricing tiers to match and the masses would queue to sign up.
They smelt blood because it’s there, football is in a weak state.
Colts, British League, VAR, 5 subs, standing tiers, Superleague, minimum number youth on bench, Bene-League, Atlantic League, taking the knee, piped in crowd noise,,,football just doesn’t stand still, it’s always evolving and there to be tweaked if and when needed.
Well it’s needed. More than ever.
Superleague has really helped place the spotlight on the general unhappiness and malaise the game currently finds itself in, which is a good thing. The venture itself may have failed (this time) but don’t count on it going quietly into the night.
The unhappy should not automatically mistrust those who would get involved in plotting the next version of the game, their aims may well align.
If there was an obvious solution to fixing football’s woes some bright spark would have announced it by now, which tells me it’s a complex issue that will require some give and take negotiations, and some out of the box thinking.
Football isn’t exactly known for either of these.
Nobody is happy, leadership has failed us and the sport they were hired to protect, so when clubs themselves get together to conspire against bodies they see as lazy and corrupt, please understand why.
If a troubled soul decides to announce he has had enough of the Old Farce, and will be bowing out for the foreseeable future, that they no longer get happiness from the games or feel pride in the club, please understand why.
If those who find little interest in the current boring setup suddenly become interested in a more competitive proposition containing a mixture of clubs, please understand why.
If Jose gets announced as our manager and there’s no petrol left in the pumps for your car, please understand why.
Those who run football often get accused of not understanding the common fan on the ground at all and what they actually want from the sport. That may well be true.
But in these testing and troubling times we can all at least show a little understanding for each other.
Whether renewing, foreign based, pro Palestine, boycotting, into snooker or not, to be forced into making a decision whether to continue support for your team or not is a terrible, terrible thing.
No one should be judged for their choice.
Please understand why.