Day: February 24, 2009

The 20 “Most Important” Football Clubs In The World

It doesn’t do any of us any harm to occasionally remind ourselves of the sheer blustering pomposity of the biggest clubs in football. Tonight’s ambassadors for “giving the fans what they want” (as ever, a thin mask for “making more money for ourselves”) are Milan, who had some very important opinions to give on the subject of a European Super League. “”I still believe a European league will be an unavoidable step, though it may take more time than expected,” said the Milan director Umberto Gandini. “Between the 50 most important continental clubs, none would give up playing in their respective countries”. Disregarding the increasingly popular opinion that perhaps the “most important” clubs should perhaps be expelled from all other competitions, packed onto a space shuttle with anyone that likes the idea of Milan playing Manchester United every week for the rest of eternity and sent to Jupiter so that they can get on with it there without inflicting it upon the rest of us, the use of the phrase “most important” which is the giveaway. The winding up of G14 and subsequent inclusion of the biggest clubs into the European Clubs Association was supposed to put an end to all of this, but it was simplistic to assume that the more atavistic tendencies of the biggest clubs would vanish merely because Michel Platini invited them for tea and...

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Brighton & A Media Scrum

As my train from work pulled into Brighton railway station, the weather felt unseasonably warm. It was the hot air produced in the local press over the last forty-eight hours regarding the replacement of Mickey Adams as the manager of Brighton & Hove Albion. The timing of Adams’ departure was somewhat surprising in that it seemed to come at ten o’clock on a Saturday morning on the day of a match. The assistants took charge for the day, and they had one of their best results of the season so far – a 1-0 win away to promotion-chasing Millwall – although the effects of this were somewhat diluted by the fact that their position wasn’t proved any because of wins for both of their rivals, Leyton Orient and Swindon Town, won as well. By this morning, the local paper, the Argus, seemed to have decided that it was a done deal. Paul Ince, most latterly of a pretty disastrous spell in charge in the Premier League at Blackburn Rovers, was this morning loudly proclaimed as the favourite job. Over the course of the day, however, more and more candidates have been being put forward over the course of the day. Jim Gannon, who has worked little short of a miracle in taking Stockport County up from League Two and into the race for a League One play-off place. In...

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