Ah, football; it’s a funny old game but no-one is laughing at the moment.
A contingent of Leicester’s fans decided to let Spanish police know what they will be missing with Brexit, and missed the match as they were cordoned off in the plaza they decided to wreck. That worked out well, didn’t it?
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund were forced to kick-off against Monaco less than 24 hours after their team bus was attacked by explosive devices. Nuri Sahin’s interview is a man in shock and no wonder:
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Thomas Tuchel criticised UEFA for their decision,
“We weren’t asked at any point. We were told by text message that the decision had been made in Switzerland. When they told us ‘you’re up tomorrow’, we felt completely ignored.
“We would have liked more time to take stock. This gives you the feeling of impotence, that we have to keep functioning and nothing else matters.
“I encouraged everyone to take the game seriously but football is not the most important thing in the world.”
There are questions to be answered, mainly why they were hell-bent of playing the game last night. It’s easy to answer: money. UEFA, whose motto is “The show must go on”, was scared of losing sponsorship revenue and television money. Nothing is more important than the cash cow of the Champions League.
The disregard for footballers as people is staggering, even by the authority’s standards.
With Granada appointing Tony Adams as manager, only to see Kieran Richardson and Nigel Reo-Coker pitch up, the lunatics have truly taken over the asylum. I hope it goes well for Tone, I genuinely do, but he must talk a good game because his managerial record doesn’t.
Tears Are Souvenirs
It’s the end of season from hell apparently. Arsenal face 5 games in 15 days – yes, it’s 15 not 14 as the medja claim, count it out on your fingers beginning with the 7th of May, the date of the first match, if you don’t believe me. So that’s a match at the weekend followed by a midweek match followed by a weekend match followed by a midweek match and then a weekend match.
What a tough run of fixtures. A game every three days. Poor lambs.
The impact of Arsenal’s poor season was felt when the club was publicly humiliated by Sky’s decision to drop coverage of the Leicester match in favour of Tottenham v Crystal Palace. You understand’s the decision, with Spurs potentially still being in the title race at that point. We, on the other hand, are likely to be fighting for 7th place and the Europa League qualifiers.
That will get Stan’s attention. Revenues will drop by more than the savings on bonuses, that’s for sure, and hitting Kroenke in the pocket is the only way to get his attention. Such is the way the board think, the ‘transfer warchest’ will be cut once all the season ticket renewals are received.
Which is the reason the club is on media lockdown on Wenger’s contract. He’ll play a straight bat and the directors won’t have to listen to the ungrateful serfs showering them with dissent instead of being pleased that we’re allowed to buy tickets to watch the Arsenal.
Missing out on the Champions League for one season was always the premise put forward during the ‘austerity years’. The Arsenal could survive financially without it. Oh, the irony that now, when the club is wealthier than ever, the cash cow isn’t there to be milked.
Excuses Have Their Uses
No doubt Arsène will be tasked with cutting his cloth accordingly. When investment has been needed in the squad, no-one has pushed him before and no-one will push him now. Lip service will be paid to the problem but nothing more. The board talks a good game but has a track record in displaying a lack of ambition regarding the playing side.
According to former PR poodle, John Cross, Arsène is running around telling everyone who will listen that he wants two more years, despite claims that the hierarchy reportedly told him he had to cut some of the backroom staff. Colbert, Peyton and Rowley, are supposedly the unlucky ones but whether that is true or not is another matter.
After all, Arsène is big on loyalty and he surely will stand square, shoulder-to-shoulder, with his comrades and not selling them down the river to save his own neck?
This pathetic pantomime for the club continues for another month. Leaderless, rudderless and clueless. There used to be a football club over there, now it is a monument to Mammon.