How Literal Will The Premier League’s Survival Sunday Be?

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  1. George says:

    Is it especially relevant to this article that West Ham’s co-chairmen are, respectively, a soft-pornographer and sex shop ‘entrepreneur’? How ‘classily’ did the other owners you mention gain their fortunes, or is this just Daily Express-style sniffiness?

    Is this about finances or morality? Is there some relationship between Dave Whelan’s humility (or perceived lack-of) and his club paying a wages-to-turnover ratio of 90%? If so, it’s worth drawing out, but otherwise petty snipes like this distract from the strong central message of the item and should be left to the tabloids.

  2. Mark Murphy says:

    Sullivan and Gold make great play of how they are local boys made good, so I don’t think it’s a big deal to detail exactly how they made good. And it’s not sniffy at all to have a low view of the soft-porn and sex shop industries.
    I Whelan’s attitude directly links to his benefaction at Wigan. But yes, I could have drawn it out.
    I don’t think he’s a hypocrite or a reckless businessman. But he is a vociferous critic of EPL over-spenders, of which he is a prime example. I think that’s down to his view of Wigan as a vanity project.
    That’s not all bad by any means. But “there’ll be another benefactor along in a minute” is a risky business strategy.
    In general, while emphasising that I wrote my article first, David Conn has addressed the issues in it rather better than I in today’s Guardian.

  3. David Howell says:

    I knew that Wolves were the only profitable club in the relegation battle – although I had not realised just how ridiculously Blackpool had spent last season, because I was focused on their comparative restraint this. (Let’s not forget their shirt sponsors this season were quasi-loan sharks, either.)

    Whelan – hypocritical? Maybe.

    I can’t decide which two teams I most want to see relegated – Blackburn probably my favourite to show up Venky’s, but I’d be plenty happy enough with Birmingham going down (and ecstatic if it means they’re thrown out of Europe). As long as Wolves stay up, I’ll be content.

    It terrifies me to think that one of the relegated clubs might need to go to the wall to even begin to fix football’s finances. It terrifies me even more to think what it would take for that to happen, seeing as there is still a Portsmouth Football Club – and I don’t say that angrily with ties to the city of Southampton, because that club should have folded first anyway. In a world where football clubs were wound up like any other company, the South Hampshire derby would be Eastleigh v Havant, simple as that…

  4. SJ Maskell says:

    The relationship between finances and morality is surely a key issue in football?

    This is a sport and a family social event and whilst Gold and Sullivan do not push their other products at matches the source of their money and their business ethics are reflected in the way they run the club I think.

    The question is, I suppose, where do we draw the line? Other football clubs have owners with far more questionable sources of funding of course…

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