Oh, my, days bruv.
The news feeds are grinding to a Russel Holt, football might as well have imploded. I have nothing to talk about. What has the world become!
Well, at least Peter Hill-wood has chirpsed up with some bullet insight into this whole murky world of this take over bid.
‘If there is this consortium, they can’t make any progress unless they attempt to get in touch.
‘So I can’t say if there is anything to it or not.
‘But even if they did make an approach, my understanding is our two major shareholders do not want to sell.’
Well, that’s that then. If Peter Hill-wood doesn’t know, then clearly, nothing is happening. Because he’s on his BBM 24/7 with Ivan. From what I took from the Telegraph article, the people who’d spun the story said they weren’t in touch with the club. So it’s not surprising no one has been in touch. It takes a long time to count up £1.5b cash.
I have no idea the reasoning behind this story. If it’s a fake, what was the point. If it’s real, why would you make such a public show of yourself under the guise of anonymity. Either way, it was a fun idea for a weekend or so. Arsenal, when they’re failing, will always spark interest from stupidly rich people. Teams like Everton, Spurs and Stoke never will because they don’t have the key asset… a massive stadium.
My hope is that Usmanov gets more of a controlling stake in the club. It’s outrageous he hasn’t. The irritating issue I have with our current ownership status is the fans best interest is always ignored. What we’re actually talking about are the interests of the key stakeholders. Fiszman, bless him, always had the clubs best interests at heart… however, clouded by terminal illness, I can’t help but think his decision was based on his rift with Dein and jobs for the boys. Kroenke was appealing because he’d worked in sport and he promised not to upset the apple cart.
Well, a few years on and the apple cart needs upsetting, because much of it has gone rotten. I’m not fussed about day to day involvement from Stan. If I had him over for a chat, I’d be asking why he’s not fussed about having a competitive entity. I’d ask him what value he sees in having a club that’s in steady decline. I’d say ‘Stan, you’re a kept man, it’s not like £50m profit every year to you is work keeping… have you not asked yourself why United’s commercials are so mega?’… he might say, ‘hey Pete, I”m a billionaire, but I’d like you to educate me’… then I’d say ‘Stan, it’s all about success’. Then we’d come to a deal to install me as the new CEO. Ivan can stay, but he’d be looking after catering.
In other news, we’re after some second division called Yaya Sanogo. Excellent, just what our front line needs, more unproven talent to come in that will just get sent straight out on loan never to be seen again. Joel Campbell… are you really being outperformed by Carlos Vela in Spain? I think you are. Another deal we went to extreme lengths to secure. Another bundle of potential not fulfilled. Will JD Sports refund me on my printed menswear garments? Doubtful. That’s the cruel, cruel world of reading up about talent on youth team blogs.