Ok so we’ve done Theo to death and Wenger says Appiah is a no go so let’s move onto a real concern of mine, the well being of the EPL and football in general.
The English economy is in recession as is the Spanish, the French is stagnant as is the Italian, the rest of Europe is heading for the shitter and the USA is already in it, in fact I think the world economy is about to suffer a little wobble.
We are seeing record bankruptcies, repossessions, rising unemployment and the inability to raise money and these are all concerns for the football fan.
Even the oil rich sheiks will soon run out of oil and be left with their tourist and property industries to see them through, with the housing markets in Spain and Great Britain going down the pan fast and the UAE hot on its heels I see the football money go round coming to an abrupt halt in the next year or so.
What bollocks you may say, but already we see gaps at the Grove and people are saying, wow, this is more than I can afford, players costing ridiculous amounts and their wages are just becoming silly, and when the consumer pulls back, certain things go with it, like Sky and Setanta sponsorship, and given that’s where most of the money comes from I can see the end of the gravy train not too far off.
Remember what happened with digital TV and the championship? That could happen again in a heartbeat.
Sponsors like Ford are in the deepest shit worldwide, how long can they keep pumping money into the Champions league?
Now Abramovich isn’t the king pin anymore I can see him heading off into the sunset, the Glazers are just sitting on an unmanageable debt and you’ve seen how quickly the Liverpool and Villa owners have held back when it comes to spending huge amounts of money with no return, hey even that beer swilling berk from Footlocker, Ashworth is fed up pumping money into a bottomless pit.
The truth is there are only five trophies up for grabs and two of them are in Europe, footballers are being paid vast amounts when their clubs are making huge losses and the moment the rich bitches sod off, all that will be left is debt, if FIFA bring in curbs to stop these people spending it will only hasten their departure.
They are beginning to realise that billionaires ruin football, they don’t enhance it, remember when all the best players went to Italy and Spain? Not anymore they don’t and that has to piss off UEFA.
So, where does that leave us? In great shape, no debt and a great young squad that could dominate for the next 15 years, so maybe Wenger and the board aren’t as mad as the bag of snakes we all think they are.
Or maybe that’s just me and wishful thinking, trying to justify why we haven’t spent any money for the last three years and thinking we’ll come out of this the better team with the best options..
More and more people tell me they can’t afford to go to matches anymore, it costs me over £200 a game and that doesn’t include travelling and the minute you take away the crowd and the supporter, the heartbeat goes and the sponsors will follow, so watch out the EPL and don’t be so greedy, or you will end up killing the goose that lays the golden eggs…
Have a great Friday Grovers, only a day to go to see if we are making progress!
P.S. XL went bust today and left 85,000 stranded… were they not aware they were skint when they took up sponsorship with West Ham? Le Grove reccomends that when buying cheap flights, stick to the big boys!