Marlon King: A Habitual Criminal, Or Capable Of Redemption?


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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3 Responses

  1. John A says:

    The fact that Coventry have signed King is very sad. Surely they have a half decent youth striker that they could throw into the mix rather than wasting wages on this criminal buffoon!

  2. Rich B says:

    Must admit, as a (now former) Coventry fan I’m disgusted with the actions of the club, and a lot of the fans. The message boards are full of praise for King. He’s seen as the saviour on the pitch – largely ignoring the fact that he has had only one good season, and that was some five years ago. Since then, nothing. So footballing wise, he’s not the £5million man that Boothroyd insists on claiming him to be.

    You then look at the wider context and 18 convictions for a 30 year old millionaire. How many times has he got away with things? He proclaimed his innocence, for his last attack, in an interview on Radio 5, stating his desire to clear his name. The question is why has he not used due process if he is so confident of a mistaken identity? He was picked out by the girl, her friends and more importantly a former coach who happened to be in the bar at the time. It was him, and he has showed no remorse.

    This isn’t a second chance, this is his 19th chance. And frankly, he doesn’t deserve it. Football is worse off for this signing.

    Interestingly, the rumours doing the rounds in Coventry are that the shirt sponsors were looking at the option of pulling financial support from the club should the signing go ahead. It did take a long time for him to actually sign. Maybe for once, the corporate interest in football was working for a greater good. Even though unsuccessful, if true, makes a refreshing change.

  1. September 24, 2010

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