What Ian Watmore’s Resignation Tells Us About The FA


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. It seems fairly obvious that the only way that the Premier League’s hold on English football will be diminished is through their own greed. The general lack of sympathy for Portsmouth’s plight (the club, not their fans) shows that the average fan wants English football to change.

    The truth is that Portsmouth are fairly expendable where the PL is concerned – there are plenty of other clubs with bigger resources who could replace them next season – and they can happily wave goodbye to Pompey at the end of the season and pretend it was a one-off case of mismanagement.

    If the unthinkable were to happen to one of the marquee names, such as Liverpool and the RBS situation, then the story might be different. In other words, it will only be when the PL is forced to go cap-in-hand for salvation that things will change.

    However, I disagree that the FA are ALL we have got in opposition to the PL – the proposals of Michel Platini & UEFA regarding club finances, which were painted as an anti-English conspiracy in another PL-driven media campaign, are starting to look oddly sensible.

  2. mick says:

    Wherever there is poison, there is Dave Richards.

  3. Martin says:

    What are Dave Richards and Richard Scudamore’s qualifications to run football in this country?

    What successful businesses or other leagues have they run?

    They pay themselves many millions to oversee their gravy-train and don’t appear to add anything constructive whatsoever.

  4. mick says:

    Don’t know about the latter, but Richards ran a company called 3 star engineering in Sheffield before taking over at Wednesday. One of them no longer exists and the other is close to the same fate. He’s either very unlucky or very clever.

  1. March 23, 2010

    […] What Ian Watmore’s Resignation Tells Us About The FA “Eighty days before the World Cup finals and not more than a year after he took the job in the first place, Ian Watmore has quit as the Chief Executive of the Football Association. When Watmore spoke at the Supporters Direct annual conference in Birmingham last October, he didn’t inspire a great deal of confidence. His with the Premier League’s Richard Scudamore’s comment that, ‘You can’t bar people because you don’t like the cut of their jib’ seemed ill-placed, considering the audience that he was addressing that he may even have already been in the pocket of the Premier League to some extent. That the rumours are that he is leaving because he has been unable to bridge the implacable gap in values between the FA and the Premier League comes both as something of a surprise and no surprise at all.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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