Football’s Values: Unethical, Dishonourable or Ill-Advised?

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  1. An excellent piece which highlights a real problem with the way that football is run. The Notts County / Munto affair is a prime example of how both the authorities and the fans of that club could not see beyond the money despite al the warning signs.
    To make change though fans of clubs throughout the leagues will need to make a stand against questionable ethics. This might mean fans of clubs in the “promised land” or close to it being prepared to seek a weakening of their own competitiveness at least in the sort to medium term in order to reclaim the game for the long term and there does not appear to be much momentum in that direction.
    Will fans accept a less competitive team or even step outside of their clubs in order to critique them for a higher purpose?

  2. Charlie says:

    You’ll want to fix the “stated aim to make a profit” link – you’ve included http:// twice

  3. SJMaskell says:

    Link fixed Charlie – thanks.

  4. Sue says:

    Great article (but do check up on “creditability”).

    I particularly like this question..”it seems difficult to explain why some otherwise disinterested people become interested in buying a football club. Particularly those who seem to be interested in any club that happens to be on the market at the time. ”

    I would also add “why Pompey when there are far better buys available at the moment, considering infrastructure, crowd/income numbers and the level of debt?..”

    Answers would be even more interesting.

  5. Steve says:

    Ref Sue’s comments, what clubs are these that are available as better buys then? I assume Sue is a scummer (southampton fan) who cant see beyond their dislike of Pompey. Pompey are available for around £15m and while there are debts, the majority of them are covered by the remaining parachute payments. In addition, the leader of Portsmouth city council has already discussed the offer by Tesco for the land around the stadium and believes an additional £7m is all it would take on top of the Tesco money to fully re-develop Fratton Park. That money could pretty well be fully recouped from stadium naming rights.

    Fratton Park was filled to around 96% capacity in Pompey’s years in the PL at prices more expensive than some top four clubs. Those figures suggest theres a need and demand for a bigger stadium. Pompey’s fans have suffered the experience of their club eing used as a pawn in a battle between business rivals for the last couple of years.

  6. SJ Maskell says:

    Ahhh, ‘creditability’ … something of a Freudian slip – don’t you think?

  7. Franki Detori's Mobile Scooter says:

    In response to Steve.

    I think you’ve made a few inacurate statments.

    It’s pretty well know that the asking price for Pompey is £27-30m, not the £15m you quote. In addition to that 3 years of Parachute money have now been used up (the first tranche was used in Feb 2010, the second in May 2010 and they are just about to recieve the 3rd), the final 2 payments are around £6m each. The CVA payment’s were due to start being paid back this year, but have been pushed back a year. Pompey are reckoned to have recently been running at a loss, although this is now mitigated by contracts coming to an end.

    With regards to stadium capacity, it’s not reallu much of an issue in the CC. Yes, in the Premiership increased capacity would have helped, but in the current position it would have little if any impact. Naming rights as well would be worth a small percentage of what they were worth in the Premiership (going rate for a stadium in the CC is around £3m tops)

    Without a massive injection of funds, you’re goign to end up sliding down the Leagues.

    Whoever buys you, will need to front up £30m for the club, £15m+ gurantee on debts, and then there is the small task of getting in 10 players or so, and upgrading Franton Park (£10m ??), and buying a training ground, and that’s just the issues we know about.

    Why bother??? Bournemouth would be a much better investment.

  8. SJ Maskell says:

    New owners at Pompey.

    Old finacial set ups prevail? We ‘wait to see’ to bend the cliche.

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