Okay so we constantly debate how much money we have to spend on players, how good or bad their stats are, why we don’t spend the money we do have and why we pass up the chances to buy world class players when they are available and when we all know we should.
I got fed up arguing the point yesterday so I decided to do a little digging.
So we didn’t win the EPL and we didn’t win the ECL, we also didn’t win the Carling cup and we didn’t win the FA cup, we did however win the FA Youth cup and the academy league, but that didn’t rake in much money, but well done the boys and in particular, Steve Bould, you were fantastic!
So we all thought it was a disaster and indeed some strange decisions were made since we lost Hleb, Lehmann, Gilberto, Hoyte and Flamini last summer, so I thought, why on earth did Hill-Wood and Gazidas say we didn’t need 4th place to balance the books, well here’s why Grovers. Here’s a little snippet I found on the state of out finances.
Fourth-placed Arsenal earned £73.4million compared to fifth-placed Everton’s £49.5million with the Gunners bringing in £23.4million from European football. The figures do not include ticket money and merchandise income where the big four also dominate.
How does that compare to ManU and their EPL, Carling cup, World club championship wins and ECL losing finalists prize money? I figured maybe £50 mil or so, no, it was £16.6 million, that’s all, and we spent nothing on players (more in than out) so is that showing that success on the pitch isn’t that important to our hierachy? You call.
So by the time you put on gate receipts etc, we probably earn more than the Mancs and for winning nothing, and given we won’t have to spend £63 million to service our debt like they will, it makes me wonder… I’m saying nothing, just assembling a few snippets, you decide!
Onto the famous Carling Opta stats that so many expert bloggers use to tell us we are all wrong about certain players, I hit Carling Opta stats in google, I couldn’t believe what I was reading, every man and his dog thinks they are shit and make no sense, so why is that?
Well according to the internet, a women, named Suzie Randall got the great Don Howe as her advissor and put the idea of player stats to Carling, they agreed and sent in some technical people and the stats were born.
Not as you may think from the greatest brains in world football and a mainframe computer the size of GCHQ, no, it’s Suzie and Don.
Again I’ll say no more but leave it to you people to debate.
Finally I read with glee that Milan maestro Benito Galliano said they would struggle to hold onto Kaka as Real and Chavski are circling, and it’s no longer a level playing field, as they have so much money.
Well forgive me for sniggering and chucking the odd bit of schadenfreude in, but when you got Kaka and all those stars like Sheva, Gullit, Van Basten, la de da de da for all those years, when no one else could afford them, that was okay was it? Not to mention stealing Flamini and screwing up Ade.
You, my pasta eating friend have been well and truly hoisted by your own petard, as you my son have been doing it for years, so as much as I hate the bully boys with their bent money from Fulham broadway and their best mates from Madrid, I think you are getting what you deserve, finally your star player is a man of god is he not? He wouldn’t leave the San Siro for a bucket of cash surely? That’s not very Christian is it?…
Finally on Milan, Leonardo, the Ninja turtle leader is said to be preparing a bid for Ade of £18 million, the same player we told last year they could have for £32 million. Well, given they will have gazillions from the sale of Kaka, we should say ‘go swivel’ also they unsettled him in the first place so they must pay.
Either that, or say Pato and Flamini in a swap deal or Flamini plus £15 mil, I think they would you know as Flamini cost them nothing, we’ll see, that’s what Gazidas should be doing though, not me.
Have a great day debating Grovers, maybe today we’ll buy someone!