Monday, 17 October 2011

Abolishing relegation.... One step too far?

Most people think that football has already changed for the worse. Some people think that its irrevesible. But the latest news is that some foreign owners want to abolish relegation.

I had to read it twice to believe it. First was the famous 39th game, where teams jet off midweek to some super country like America, and play a game against each other infront of an audience of random football fans, for no other reason than an extra 0 on the bank account.

The people in charge of the clubs are not real fans, and they don't have the faintest clue about football. Thats when it became a business. Would you employ someone to take over a biscuit company because they once ate a hobnob? Or someone else because they was passionate about the company, and wanted to carry on what had been left behind.

10 of the 20 clubs in the Premier League are owned by foreigners. Not that I have anything against foreign people with a lot of money, but they are ruining the game, and threatening to bury the coffin they have already nailed a few hundred gold plated nails into.

For a motion to be passed, there needs to be 14 of the 20 owners of clubs defending it. As a football fan, you have to ask, who would vote for that? Then you think back, and realise these are businessmen. Scraping relegation. A terrible idea to the football fan, but to the owners, guarenteed money, and a threat taken away from them.

£80m is the reported figure for promoted clubs. The euphoria, the passion, of that playoff final. That last day of the Premier League, scrapping away for a point to stay up. That famous phrase, its not the winning, its the taking part that counts. Pass a couple more motions, and there won't be a competition to win.

So, what else would this legislation mean for clubs? Of course the Man Citys and the Chelseas shouldn't worry. But say a team like Blackburn, whose foreign owners may well vote for the system, then end up relegated on the crucial d-day when it takes place. A team that won the Premier League in its early days, now having zero chance of winning it again? On top of the owners voting for it to happen.

To say that the idea defies logic and is stupid would be an understatement. In the same week, we have had Liverpool's owners suggest that the top teams deserve more TV rights than the bottom bunch, trying to make that ladder to the top even harder to climb.

Falling attendances, increased wages, players rebelling against managers. Fans are already desperately unattached from their clubs, now you've got people trying to distance clubs from leagues.

Give it 20 years and we'll all be paying £3000 to see Manchester United in their yearly football encounter against Manchester City in the 300,000 Google Stadium in London.

Football's fine though, isn't it guys?