Football & The Media – There’s Something In The Air


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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15 Responses

  1. Martin says:

    Good stuff. Let’s hope more people are waking up to this obvious reality.

    Two wonderful quotes from one of your links:

    “But Redknapp, 59, said he is “a one million per cent innocent party” and has never taken a back-hander to sign or sell a player. And although he said that being personally investigated will not destroy his focus on leading the regeneration of his unfashionable club…”

    “Scudamore said: “The issue isn’t who the owners are, neither their country of origin nor the colour of their skin. The issue is how they conduct themselves and how we regulate what goes on.””

  2. Allan says:

    About time there was a serios expose of the corruptionat the heart of the English game.

    Can I recomend Broken Dreams by Tom Bower, as a book which also exposes dark things at the heart of the English game, and paints a dim light of Alan Leighton (at Leeds, now running the Post Office), Adam Crozier (at the FA, now running the Post Office), Andy Burnam (an administrator in the Football taskforce, now the English Health Secretary) and James Purnell (a Downing Street policy wonk, now a former cabinet minister).

  3. Poots says:

    It’s shocking that a man who’s managed to run a number of clubs into the ground by paying too much for players and giving them over the top wages is being prosecuted by the Revenue. I have no idea where he got his reputation for being a wheeler dealer from, and clearly any allegation of the modern equivalent of stuffed brown envelopes must be a huge misunderstanding.

    I do feel a bit sorry for David Conn, as after reading 300+ pages of the bond prospectus and highlighting the important information therein contained, he gets accused on the Guardian pages of having an anti-Man U bias

  4. Wibbly Wobble says:

    Dave Conn only gets that ‘anti Man Utd bias’ because a handful of head-in-the-sand fans don’t like the idea of his childhood love of Man City, yet he criticises any football club at any level that’s screwing up its finances or the fans. Including Man City I might add.

  5. James says:

    Tom Bower’s ‘Broken Dreams’ was the “exposé” of football’s chronic mismanagement problem – Leeds United’s downfall was the public demonstration of it. Clearly these warnings have gone unheeded.

    It’s one thing to criticise the individual owners of clubs, but surely, as has been indicated in the fine article above, it’s up to football’s authorities to police the game better. How, for instance, was Peter Ridsdale able to walk out of Leeds and straight into another executive position at a football club? I’ve often heard the phrase ‘it wouldn’t happen in any other business’. Perhaps a head of steam is finally building towards ensuring that it doesn’t happen in football either. Too late for some clubs though…

  6. Dermot O'Dreary says:

    “How, for instance, was Peter Ridsdale able to walk out of Leeds and straight into another executive position at a football club? I’ve often heard the phrase ‘it wouldn’t happen in any other business’.”

    Actually, James, I’d have thought this sort of thing is quite the opposite – it’s football mirroring real life.

  7. ejh says:

    Quite. The phrase “it wouldn’t happen in any other business” is cant, and a sort of cant we hear far too often.

  8. Martin says:

    There aren’t many businesses with football club’s relatively small turnovers who pay their directors million pound salaries.

    Before Leeds collapsed Risdale was paying himself well over 1% of their entire turnover.

    Storrie is still paying himself well over £1m a year to “manage” a completely insolvent disaster.

    The concept of performance related pay doesn’t seem to have permeated into football boardrooms yet.

    The FA had the chance to amend and strengthen the non-payment of directors rule when Irving Scholar’s Spurs tried to get round it by forming a holding company in the early 80s. But they predictably failed and let the cat out of the bag leading to the past twenty-odd years of embarrasing exploitation and asset-stripping.

  9. NickDunmore says:

    A million per cent innocent? Well, I’m convinced. Call off the dogs.

    And it is always nice to be able to ‘regenerate’ an ‘unfashionable club’ by spending £60m. The scrappy ragtag bunch.

  10. Steve says:

    Good to see more and more coverage of what is wrong with football, and I agree, to some degree people are noticing it. However, I can’t see any fundamental change in the near future. Government won’t step in strongly, neither will TV. And the footballing authorities themselves have time and again shown themselves to be spineless. All that leaves is the supporters…but I can’t see any sort of widespread boycott of games or merchandise anytime soon. There will always be a waiting list for Old Trafford, no matter what happens.

  11. phil says:

    hi i am from aberdeen i like ping pong and fc united and aberdeen and carlos roca

  12. But a boycott has to be undertaken at some point? I read that United fans were planning on delaying their entry into the ground until 5 minutes before a match but surely the only effective complaint is to not show up at all – for a really important game like the next Champions League home tie.

  13. Damon says:

    Sea change? I think certain mainstream hacks are just belatedly jumping on a bandwagon. This is a good thing but why has it taken them so long when the likes of 200%, John Beech, SD et al have been warning of this for years?

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