Dundee Count The Cost Of Failure (Part 2)


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. Herb Jenkins says:

    Hi Herb. Just to let you know that we don’t tolerate abusive messages on here.

  2. bill says:

    Boards are forever telling us that you cant run a football club like a normal business and that may be the case as you as you can only compete in your own country and you cant open a new branch where it s suitable etc. But why cant they at least run a club like you would your own household? you pay your rent/mortgage, your tax and other bills and then whats left over you use on players? The amount of clubs that think they can spend without any comeback is crazy. In Dundee’s case I note that the board are looking for the fans yet again to bail them out of a mess that they themselves have created but they will keep fans in the dark over whats happening at the club when it suits them. Ridiculous situation.

  3. dan says:

    a fine article. Yes this club has had many chancers in the boardroom who have promised the earth and delivered misery to the supporters. There was Angus Cook in the 80’s who launched a ridiculous takeover bid for Dundee Utd that nobody wanted and then a couple of seasons later the club was relegated through in part, a lack of investment. Then there was ice hockey loving Canadian Ron Dixon who knew nothing about football and used to refer to the goalkeeper as the goaltender! He promised big name players and a new stadium but delivered neither. He lost interest when he realised that you couldnt really make much money out of football and was never seen except for the occasional visit to pick up any money he could get. Then there were the Marr brothers who signed loads of great but expensive footballers but forgot to put in a manager that could mould them into a team as well as forgeting to sell them on and eventual administration with £20m debts. Now there is this lot who were continually telling everyone how they were debt free but cant pay the tax bills. These people wouldnt run their own personal businesses like this so why do they think ts ok for a football club?

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