Phil Gartside, The Old Firm & The Premier League


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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9 Responses

  1. Neil says:

    I take issue with your claim that Norwich are a ‘Premier League stalwart’.


  2. Pete says:

    Cracking post. But I bet if it happened, they’d still find some way for Celtic and Rangers to play in the Champions League, even if they were in the second flight of the extended Premier League. These kinds of anti-meritocratic ideas are starting to be voiced without shame now: witness the ‘history pass’ that would allow underachieving behemoths to still compete in the ECA’s proposed European ‘super league’.

    As you say, we all have to resist this shit as much as we can.

  3. Martin Drake says:

    Gartside is just another of the selfish greedy tossers that football specialises in.

    The Football League was a virtual closed shop for almost a hundred years when all the old boys looked out for their own so it’s hardly a surprise that some of the old boys occassionally suggest taking up the ladders yet again.

  4. Allan says:

    Gartside’s timing is interesting. It emerged at the weekend that Setanta are looking to re-negociate the NEXT SPL television contract (which doesn’t start until season 2010/11), with clawbacks of £25million being discussed.

    The reaction, if “Reporting Scotland” if anything to go by is decidely muted, lots of fans would prefer to stay where they are, and no wonder. A similar scheme by the SPL to have 2 SPL divisions (a top one of 12 with a second made up of 10 teams – a coalition of the willing so to speak) is steadily falling apart.

  5. Michael Wood says:

    Why stop at inviting Rangers and Celtic? A flight to Amsterdam and back is within reach of clubs and the Dutch League is not strong so why not invite Ajax? Why not invite Paris SG? If one wants to invite clubs because of their size why not invite Leeds from League One?

    Pretty soon you get to a point where Bolton are 39th on the list of clubs and one wonders where Phil Garside would stand on the proposal then.

  6. Mystery_Bob says:

    Despite the possibility that the individuality of the home nations would be under question, despite the fact that significantly less money would come into the Scottish game, I can’t help wishing the Old Firm would just bugger off and leave the rest of us to enjoy what would be a smaller scale, but much more competitive and enjoyable football league.

    I am sure they won’t see the loss of ‘guaranteed’ Champions League football much of a hindrance. Just look at Rangers who lost out on Europe this season and then openly stated they had to get rid of players to balance the books. They would jump at the chance of higher sustained income from the lower reaches of the EPL, than gambling it on the third qualifying round of the Champions League.

    Besides, they have such a sense of arrogance and entitlement that I am sure they believe they could challenge the big four in England given a couple of years. Not that I am bitter about the old firm sucking up the players and resources from the rest of Scotland but… please can’t they just fuck off somewhere else. I don’t really mind where.

  7. Harold says:

    I suggest a ‘kill Phil’ campaign. The abuse we endure from those bastards north of the border yet here is an Englishman proposing to let their greedy snouts in the trough just to save his own arse? Jocks are shameless. They refuse to contribute to a British team for the Olympics yet want to play in an effectively British league. They whine about independence yet when OUR cash is used to bail out THEIR failing banks we get not a word of gratitutde. Likewise they’ll call us every name under the sun but won’t balk at these proposals. They knew the English were gullible but perhaps not to this extent. I believe this is a done deal. Look how O’Neill (irishman) is suddenly shooting his mouth off in support of the idea, though it isn’t his country. The English, not for the first time, have been betrayed by their own leaders. All that’s left to us now is a little baseball bat diplomacy, though we probably haven’t the stomach for that either.

  8. Matthew Feetenby says:

    Gartside is an idiot and he continuously proposes these ridiculous ideas which are just for the goal of raising more money for these millionaires. Fuck You Gartside, these proposals will not benefit use, the fans. The prices will go up and they will get richer, Gartside knows this ans that is the point. Ranger sand Celetic are not good enough to contest the likes of Blackburn and West Brom, but they can be marketed as big teams. They are hugely supported and this would enable a massive interest from television and for fans wishing to go to these games. The English league and its millionaires have enough fucking money, this proposal will give no benefit in terms of an improvement in competitive football. It will be 1992 all over again, but probably worse, say goodbye to the game you know and love.

    Phil Gartside Murderer of the English Game.

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