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The Premierships New Clothes

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It’s important to remember the true spirit of Football, am I right?

Earlier in the week a well-known football writer suggested that the new football dreams of billionaires owning football clubs and throwing millions upon millions at elite sportsmen(and women) is a new age of Sportage and should be celebrated instead of us curling our toes as the latest youngster leaves for soccer stardom. Embellished recently with the move of Birmingham City’s young starlet Bellingham, a great talent, but a footballer none the less.

Is this the new normal we speak of?

I’m not hear to criticise the money or the prospect of throwing money at young superstars but I do wonder how success is now monitored throughout the game. Is it as easy as hiring a top manager and giving him the purse strings to supplement his employment wishes?

I don’t know, but what I do know is that the gap between football clubs in the EFL compared to the PREMIERSHIP is a growing segregation at an alarming rate. Yes, we have all seen it coming over yonder since the arrival of the Premiership in 1992, but did we realise the implications it would have on the traditional grassroot, Hackney Marshes demographic.

I doubt it. I fear the golden glimmer of traditional football has long since kicked the bucket and furthermore the historical monumental heroics of the “Tackle”.

God, I miss the tackle.

To stay on point and to give further fuel to this debate and argument, should we celebrate the acquisition of football clubs by foreign Magnates? Does it hamper the progress of young British talent? and what can the Premiership do to untarnished the grip that Billionaire football owners have grasped on the national game?

In recent seasons I’ve noticed that clubs have taken to singing the charm “He’s one of our own” a sacred song and dance about the upbringing and promotion of homegrown talent by your football club.

Does this happen often? Is this success in the modern game?

I can name maybe a few…Harry Kane, Harry Winks, Ebere Eze, Wan-Bissaka……any other suggestions???

My point being, do we now measure success of our clubs through silverware that is bought by Billionaire backers or the traditional nurturing of youngsters.

I’m at a loss, its confusing and it harnesses the point that I’m trying to make, why not just buy every talent that moves in the English game and wait for the flowers to grow. I call out Manchester City, a reality that was accustomed to the old era at Manchester United and adopted by that genius Sir Alex Ferguson.

I say genius because managers have only just caught up with his philosophy.

Gregarious and Humbling, the achievements of the not so mighty anymore Manchester United.

We all watched them in Europe, what else to do on a Wednesday night in the 90’s.

Moving to a conclusion, but by no means an answer, how do we measure success in sport.


The Billionaire money train or Home grown talent…

Answers on a postcard,

Alex – Monde Sportif

September 27th, 2020                                                                                                                                                                                      Page 2 of 2


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