Day: January 9, 2008

Newcastle – Entertaining Everyone Except For Their Own Fans

Well, considering that it was such a badly kept secret, the sacking of Sam Allardyce from Newcastle United is still something of a surprise, thanks in no small part to the fact that it is such a staggeringly stupid decision, and is such a staggeringly stupid decision on so many levels. Amazing. There seems to be no extent that the directors of that club won’t go to in order to make their club a laughing stock but, whereas I would normally express my sympathy to the poor, down-trodden supporters of the club concerned, I can do no such thing this time, because Newcastle’s supporters have been wholly complicit in this whole, ridiculous affair. The biggest complaints coming from St James Park over the last few weeks have come from the terraces (regarding the quality of football that Newcastle have been playing), from people who seem singularly incapable of accepting Newcastle’s place in the new world order of English football. I mean, and I ask this question in all seriousness, who are they going to get that is any better? Allardyce is no great favourite of mine (you’d noticed?), but the idea of getting a better manager, barely half-way through the season, with a team in “turmoil” (as the tabloid press would call it), seems to be the sort of leap of imagination that would normally be reserved largely for...

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Who’s Football Club?

Most of you will probably remember the little bit of investigation that I undertook on the subject of the My Football Club take-over of Ebbsfleet United towards the end of last year. Well, I thought that it was time for a quick update on how things were progressing for this peculiar little exercise in “fan” ownership. At the time of my last piece on the subject, the take-over of Ebbsfleet United seemed to be just about imminent. It would appear that the situation now is just about the same as it was then. The site has accumulated another 5,000 or so members (thanks, no doubt, to the mass of media interest when the news of which club it would be was made public), but they don’t appear to be much closer to having confirmed their take-over. Now, you may well think that this is not particularly important. After all, it’s very important to carry out the due diligence required to ensure that they’re not buying a turkey. However, we’re now a third of the way through January, and it would appear that any purchase is unlikely to be completed before the end of the January transfer window. The directors of Ebbsfleet have reportedly confirmed that they will put their hands in their pockets themselves to buy any players that the club needs before the end of the transfer window,...

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