The Premier League trumpeted the £7.6bn contribution to the British economy it makes each year. Not only that, the £3.3bn in taxes paid just as HMRC mention the £355m in back tax claimed from players and agents.
Not by those in the 100,000 jobs it claims to have created. A large proportion of them aren’t paid much beyond the minimum wage and certainly not the living wage. Arsenal is one of the many clubs which continue their shameful practice of not insisting that all agency staff are paid this but they are not alone.
Everton, Chelsea and West Ham are the only top-flight clubs accredited by the Living Wage Foundation. Given Enos’ extended family and their source of wealth, it’s no surprise Arsenal isn’t on that list.
What the rest of the world found highly amusing, particularly Bielsa’s press conference ‘mansplaining’ how crap Derby County were at Elland Road, the clubs think is rotten behaviour and they jolly well want the truth. The trouble is, as Bielsa’s media event showed, they can’t handle the truth. Particularly
That pales by comparison to the woes facing the Championship. They’ve written a letter – A LETTER! – demanding that Leeds United divulge all the times they spied on their opposition.
If only football clubs would focus on their social responsibilities and less on the fripperies. Their contribution might make a little bit of the world a better place beyond the tribalism of the stands.
Thank god there is a match tomorrow…
Toasted White Bread
Unai Emery met the press yesterday and told them to direct their enquiries about which suit was being appointed to the club. He worked well with Monchi and Sven’s a bloody nice bloke. A diplomatic way of letting the world know his former boss at Sevilla would be a welcome addition to the staff. Unai wants to get the band back together.
There’s a film in there where they recruit all the backroom staff they once had, including the
ARETHA: “We got two hombres out there dressed like Hasidic diamond merchants.
KITMAN: Say what?
ARETHA: They look like they’re from the PFA or something.
KITMAN: What’d they want to eat?
ARETHA: The bearded one wants white bread toast with nothing on it.
KITMAN: (whispers) Monchi…
ARETHA: And the other one wants four whole fried chickens and a Coke.
KITMAN: (aloud) …and Unai! Shit, the Los Rojiblancos Brothers!
The transfer market continues to occupy more column inches than a meaningless League Cup semi-final second leg. Emery pointed out that we need players before we’ll get a new suit:
I think we need — and we can — sign some players to help after our injuries like Rob Holding, like [Danny] Welbeck, like Bellerín.
We only want to sign one or two players who can help us with our performance. The club knows our intention and is working
“Quality” is the issue and not wasting time trying to sign a player whose role is already filled, e.g. Denis Suarez on the wing, or where we have a number of youngsters who can be promoted to the role. Better to focus on the defensive weaknesses, surely?
Talent and Hard Work Are No Guarantee of Success
Is that driven by Suarez or the role Emery spoke of him filling? Three years after Unai used him as a winger, the player is drifting following an ill-thought out move to Barcelona.
It’s a salutary warning that even having talent doesn’t automatically make you a success at a big club, particularly when you have Xavi, Iniesta, Rakitic and Messi playing in your position.
But as I mentioned, I’d rather see the youngsters who are good enough for the Europa League be given their Premier League chances when we have bigger problems.
However, this is Unai’s domain and his input into filling in the holes in the squad is the key. Mind you, it looks like he has the same level of funding for filling in holes as most local councils.