Eddie N-the-Netiah, Arsenal Warning & UEFA vs Fans

The only place to start from an Arsenal perspective is Eddie Nketiah. He’s continued his good form with Leeds!Leeds!Leeds! and netted again. I think I’m right in thinking he’s scored four goals, all of them from about three feet out.

Arsene’s fox in the box has turned up.

Going to Leeds to learn under Marcelo Bielsa can only do him good. Arsenal put a lot of effort into choosing the right club for his loan spell and it looks like it is paying off.

Some might wonder how he fits in at Arsenal in the future. Given the head coach is may change before Nketiah returns, I’d suggest the future is a long way off.

That’s not me jumping on board the ‘Emery Out’ train either; his contract has a break clause this summer and a lot of whether he gets to use the one-year option afterwards is down to us finishing in the top four, I should think.

Bring Out Yer Dead

The EFL certainly have some dead to shift. It was a grave day at EFL HQ when Bury were expelled from the League while Bolton are heading in the same direction.

No-one should doubt that the owners are ultimately at fault. It is their stewardship by which clubs rise or fall but football authorities – the EFL, FA and Premier League – all bear their share of the burden. David Conn of the Guardian lays out the failings at Gigg Lane.

It’s almost inexplicable that the EFL didn’t give Bury more time to negotiate. Two more deals were apparently on the table and whilst I understand the situation cannot continue indefinitely, letting it play out is infinitely more preferable than the dreadful situation in Lancashire this morning.

The EFL compounded the decision by giving Bolton, a club in equally dire straits, 14 days notice of expulsion.

When one club goes under, it’s a rogue owner. Two? That’s carelessness on the part of the EFL as much as bad ownership.

The rules governing ‘fit and proper’ have long been criticised for their inadequacies. It’s basically a two-question form asking whether the new owner(s) had been a bad boy and then whether the answer to that was a lie.

Bury’s owner apparently never proved to the EFL that he had sufficient funds to bail out the club in the first place. Then all sorts of questions which his due diligence picked up on surfaced. His purchase of the club was more disastrous than the previous owners which nobody thought possible.

It raises a question about what to do with ailing clubs. Nigel Clough’s soundbite that the Premier League should do more is one half-arsed answer.

Premier In? Premier Out More Like.

There’s an issue with the PL giving EFL clubs more money. Where does it go, as Bolton and Bury’s fans are wondering? It’s weighted toward Championship teams presently and there’s no sense they wouldn’t snare a bigger share of the pie given half a chance.

The EFL, FA, Premier League and PFA could form a fund designed to rescue ailing clubs. Not to loan money as is currently done, but to take them over. The owners have to walk away with nothing, all loans they made to the club ae cancelled, etc., and the authorities find new buyers but keep the clubs alive.

It’s more of an idea than the EFL had in recent years. Their behaviour is shameful; they don’t keep anywhere near as tight a grip on owners as they should nor do they take the governance issues seriously.

Requiring the clubs to approve rules over governance is the same as turkeys voting over Christmas. There is no way they are going to act responsibly or vote for anything onerous. The EFL’s governance of clubs is broken and failing; the overhaul needs to be implemented by third-parties.

David Squires on the fate of the two clubs is as ever spot on.

Arsenal Warning Klaxon

When KSE and Usmanov became involved at Arsenal, alarms were raised. Plurality of ownership was mocked as irrelevant; just a small bunch of uppity fans who liked the kudos of being shareholders crying over their lost paper.

Bolton and Bury are the warnings about what happens when rogue owners get involved. At any moment in time, Nick Knowles is likely to turn up on your doorstep with a camera crew. Except this time, no paint, wood or MDF is going to put the club back together again.

You might think that the two clubs from Greater Manchester bear little or no resemblance to Arsenal. We’re self-sufficient and reliant upon owner investment. True, but then again so were Liverpool under Gillet and Hicks. Appropriately named for the former, because it was a close shave when they almost went to the wall.

It is a warning, however, that disaster isn’t the exclusive domain of lower league clubs. What happens if KSE lose any more interest in their London toy? Junior speaking publicly this summer is the first genuine engagement with fans since Noah began woodwork classes.

It doesn’t change a thing; KSE are not invested in the club in any way beyond the dollars used to buy the shares. Even that money didn’t go to the club; not a sausage.

What can you do? Destroying the shareholding structure means KSE can do things away from prying eyes. More so with the parent company registered in Delaware. Nobody knows what shenanigans Enos and Junior are pulling. There’s a chance they may not be but the secretive nature of that state’s laws mean nobody knows.

Tangoman, Johnson and all the others complain about tax havens and secrecy with this on their own doorstep?

UEFA Beef – It Won’t Be Brazilian

Which makes the issues raised by supporters groups all the more important. The rising number of issues addressed by coalitions of the groups is of concern. Never have supporters been so disregarded.

There will always be club-specific issues but most are part of a broader arc, affecting all clubs. Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham groups are clubbing together to engage with UEFA over the European finals, host nations and ticketing.

The so-called custodians of the game don’t care at pan-European level, an attitude bred from the national level. Money is the god of associations and leagues; they take the sponsors and television buck, bending with the wind depending on which way they are told it blows.

Football in the meantime is reduced to the same product level as toothpaste. Football clubs used to be an essential part of the community. Some still are but the higher up the ladder you go, the more global influence wrenches them away from their roots.

The balance they need to find, to embrace fans from all parts of the world as well as the locale, is lost. Yet the reason clubs appeal so much is because of their roots, how they engaged with the community. It formed their thinking and informs them to do this day.

If the custodians of the game don’t care, there is no hope. Football will eventually eat itself. As per usual, fans will watch through that restaurant window, viewed with the disdain reserved for snot-nosed Dickensian street urchins.

It’s our game; don’t let them steal it completely.

’til Tomorrow.

26 thoughts on “Eddie N-the-Netiah, Arsenal Warning & UEFA vs Fans

  1. consolsbob says:

    Excellent, YW. Absolutely spot on.

    Pissing in the wind, of course.

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  2. jonnygunner says:

    consolsbob:
    Excellent, YW. Absolutely spot on.

    Pissing in the wind, of course.

    Where have you been Bobster?…..long time no see

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  3. Pete the Thirst says:

    Clubs going bust has been coming down the tracks for years. Doesn’t make it any easier for the fans though.

    Bolton climbed the ladder to the top rung, brought world class stars to a suburb of Manchester and hardly ever filled their stadium. It didn’t add up. When the owner (Davies) died his debts were called in and Bolton were on life support.

    The mystery is why the football league has decided to let the clubs go rather than help them out. They must be skint too.

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  4. consolsbob says:

    jonnygunner,

    I don’t go far, Jonny!

    Just don’t have anything new to say. YW’s piece today pretty much explains why.

    Where is the game of my youth, the glory, romance, Highbury and all else that made football and Arsenal more than just a ‘product’ to be packaged and sold to make rich bastards richer?

    I just cannot engage with what we have now and it will only get worse, my friend. The rich are ruining the world.

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  5. jonnygunner says:

    Pete the Thirst:
    Clubs going bust has been coming down the tracks for years. Doesn’t make it any easier for the fans though.

    Bolton climbed the ladder to the top rung, brought world class stars to a suburb of Manchester and hardly ever filled their stadium. It didn’t add up. When the owner (Davies) died his debts were called in and Bolton were on life support.

    The mystery is why the football league has decided to let the clubs go rather than help them out. They must be skint too.

    I remember being behind the goal at Highbury when we played Bolton-and looking at the salad dodger that was Ivan Campo.
    I bet he never thought in his wildest dreams he’d be playing for Bolton.
    When he played for

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  6. Dalm says:

    To be fair – about a months of Mesut’s salary saves Bolton and the same for Bury…..
    But then a week of his salary is more than a top neonatal or heart surgeon earns in the nhs in a year.
    The whole thing is massively out of kilter.
    Feck knows where I’m going with this – am with CBob!

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  7. andy1886 says:

    The only way football will get rid of these parasites and chancers is when the great god called television loses interest. Until then, where there’s a potential cash pile to be made they’ll be thicker than flies on a freshly laid turd. Given that nothing lasts for ever (even Murdoch can’t cheat death even if he does look like a corpse already) one day it’s going to happen. There’ll be a blood bath of course but when the smoke clears and the rats have deserted the ship we might have a chance of finally getting our game back.

    Just hope I live long enough to see it happen.

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  8. Ferkov says:

    If there was anyone trustworthy in the game ….. theyd be hounded out of town , so I’ll quit this idea now.
    They’ll be drowned by their own greed eventually.
    All this short career bollox gets my goat too,. Lacks any kind of perspective or value, or Quality.

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  9. Las says:

    Good day. Excellent post YW, as good as it is sad. And very well phrased
    “.. viewed with the disdain reserved for snot-nosed Dickensian street urchins.”
    Football became a marketing tool a shadow of the original community. I myself often think that we should go back and support sunday league teams.

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  10. Las says:

    Actually, don’t you think that modern football and especialky PL is the biggest money-laundering machine in history?! I just don’t get it, where all this money comes from? Where was it earned? How?
    I started counting that a usual PL player weekly! salary is 50k £. I am as an IT sales pro earning about the double of this (less though) YEARLY. I wonder that they (put your team) really sell that many (put your favorite name) shirts to make a profit on this? This bubble must be blow up sooner or later.

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  11. Pete the Thirst says:

    Yes Jonny…Campo and Djorkaeff and Okocha…never made any sense when a few years before they had the toothless wonder John McGinley leading the line with a load of cast offs in support.

    Big Sam definitely had his hand in the till there…

    jonnygunner:
    jonnygunner,

    When he played for Real Madrid….I don’t know what I did wrong there…

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  12. Bill says:

    Great post Yogi

    The amount of money flowing into professional sports is unbelievable. The same thing has been happening and the amounts have been growing exponentially here in the the USA for many decades. Some people here in the USA have been saying its unsustainable and the bubble has to burst for all of those decades and they are consistently wrong. Sports is part of the entertainment industry and humans are are ravenous consumers of entertainment. I guess sports is one way they can escape from the real world and I don’t expect the real world to get any easier so I suspect people will continue to spend money to be entertained. I think the only thing that will stop the flow of money into sports is a world wide economic disaster in which all industries will suffer.

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  13. Ferkov says:

    Hope we put up a better display than the last cup meeting. Dark days. Anyone want a reminder of how insipid we’d become under Mr Wenger, need only take a brief view.

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