It Doesn’t Grow On Trees


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Vic Crescit says:

    Agree with 99% of this but the only thing stopping UEFA and the FA from acting, or the Government for that matter is them being afraid of the big clubs (one of which I support, Arsenal).

    Time for the PL to be looked in they eye and told, “go on, punks, make our day!”

    Breakaways simply don’t work, as both Packer and Murdoch found with cricket and rugby league. Interest in the Champions League at the gate and on TV dropped when it went to two group stages. Don’t get me wrong, I love European nights and away trips (when I can afford them) but Europe is the cherry on the top, not the main course.

    As for pulling support from the World Cup bid, the PL is as about as popular as a pooh sandwich with a lot of the big-wigs in FIFA of which Platini is a vice-president and Beckenbaur an executive committee member. I’m all in favour of 2018 (but would like games/groups in Wales, Scotland and both parts of Ireland too) as long as the fans are genuinely involved in the bid, but not at the expense of allowing the PL gravy train to continue sailing.

    I think China will get it if they bid in any event (which shouldn’t stop an English or a British/Irish bid but to run away from the PL because of this threat would be surrender to the forces of darkness.

    My two bob’s worth anyway.

  2. Gervillian Swike says:

    While agreeing with the point that Premier League clubs seem naively blase about operating in a debt-fuelled environment, I’m not sure the Chelsea example is a good one; unless there’s a huge sting in the tail, their debt to Abramovich is for official purposes only – he’s not going to call that one in, which then brings the ratio between debt and income in the Premier League to little more than equal. I can’t help feeling that Trieseman’s comments have been made with an eye on their effect in terms of publicity; the real effects of debt are felt at the lower end of the pyramid, these countless examples over the last few years of small clubs being unable to pay their players, their staff, the Taxman and, most tellingly and disgracefully, St John’s Ambulance.

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