One club, 61 million owners

Posted by Ian

The replacement of Manchester City’s previous owner, "a human rights abuser of the worst kind"*, with the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, is about a big a demonstration you can get of how unpopular leading British football clubs are to British millionaires.

Why is there so little interest among the rich and powerful of this country? Why does no-one seem to think it worthwhile owning a Premier League team from their homeland?

Clearly something has to be done, before all these teams become mere units of collateral in foreign bank accounts.

Step forward the British government. Just like important art treasures are "saved for the nation" thanks to generous grants from the Treasury, so important teams should be "saved" the same way. And because they would be financed out of government expenditure (or even Lottery funding), in theory we would all own them and therefore all be entitled to have a say over match selection and transfers.

Now that would make the beautiful game truly beautiful. 

*Amnesty International

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48 Responses to One club, 61 million owners

  1. CLIFTON says:

    Dear friend,
    I  am pressured by your argument to start managing a football club. It seem to be a very worthwhile profession and its really cool if you are doing what you like and still getting paid. Thats great, but owning a football club in Britain is really an investment. it should be ok for britons to refuse the novelty of owning a football club… Football is a big part of the british culture but it is not as important as family structure. You just cant gamble with that.   Owing a football club is certainly not the most important asset on the human priority scale. Its really a sport and we can live or die without it. THE FACT IS…PEOPLE WHO HAVE ONLY £30 MILLION POUND WILL THINK TWICE ABOUT GAMBLING ON BUYING A PLAYER. THE BENEFITS CAN BE QUITE SHORTLIVED AND VERY VERY RISKY. if you so desire to puchase a player with your family or personal fortune then go ahead and lead by example. Yes, go ahead but dont be disappointed if other dont. The credit crunch is for real and people who has their  priorities in place will not want to spend £30 million on one player. It is too much of a gamble mate!  Good luck and i am looking forward to see you at the games.

  2. chris says:

    My local football club a premier league team, is owned by the family of the late businessman who owned it, both come from the town where the club is.
     
    There are clubs owned by British people if u stop looking at the top clubs.

  3. gary says:

    I have two opinions about football depending on whether you\’re talking about playing in the local team or as kids in the nearest park or Premier league type football..As for working class fans with limited incomes spending £1,000\’s a year on season tickets, this seasons kit & of course \’liquid refreshments\’ I have one thing to say…. pay some of that attention to your family, to your kids and get a life!Football is just a money grabbing exercise these days.. the only talent is the depth of the owners pockets and really, is it so important to spend 10% to 20% of your entire family income watching 22 overpaid arrogant \’men\’ (?) run around for 90 minutes trying to kick a ball into a net? If that\’s the centre of your life\’s attention I\’d seriously suggest you have a look at the quality of your life… spend the money on your family, make sure your kids don\’t leave school with 5 crappy GCSE\’s – so what if they\’re \’ok\’ at football… it\’s just a cynical game & I\’m at a loss to understand why anyone can\’t see that watching \’your team\’ full of players from the 4 corners of the planet considers that the team has anything to do with Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle etc.. Back in the day when local talent played for local teams – of course I can \’see it\’ but watching a bunch of Dutch, Italian, Peruvian, Brazilians running around a stadium at £10,000 an hour has very little to do with local pride and everything to do with exploiting the fans!Sorry… that\’s just how I see it..

  4. Theresa says:

    The government owning and running a football team; now that would be interesting to see. Completely unworkable but an interesting concept nonetheless.

  5. Si says:

    Why the hell should we finance premier league players 50k a week wages out of our taxes and lottery grants when this money should obviously be spent on schools hospitals and the disadvantaged rather than overpaid sports stars??? Maybe the next time someone is denied cancer treatment because the cost of the drug was too much Mr Ian can personally explain to them why he has wisely chosen this money to be spent on a premier league football club instead….

  6. andy says:

    The Government? Can we let them just try to run the country first they are finding that hard enough as it is. Plus i don\’t want to spend £40 million in taxes on football players who are overpaid and underworked in the first place do you?

  7. Tony says:

    so what are we gonna call this team? northern rock? its bad enought the govt are bailing people out who don\’t deserve the help, and then giving them a big wad of cash for f**cking it all up.mind you, it would be an interesting way to bankrupt the country, unless of course you were going to put a cap on the players wages to say £30,000pa, but allow them to earn money from endorsements, then it might be worthwhile, and you never know we might actually get a world cup win because the attraction would be the sport, not the money. We all saw, I hope, how the wage of £21,000 got us a cycling gold medal and the honour of having the only women on the planet, in the form of Miss Romero, to have gotten gold in 2 completely different disciplines. That is public money well invested, and I don\’t see one Premiership player who is worthy of that kind of help. The premiership, although glamorous is as exploitative as the sex industry, but at least the sex industry is more honest about it. There is only one man who is really benefiting from the premiership and that Rupert Murdoch, and you\’d essentially be putting public money in his pocket. I know it already goes on in the form of the PFI, but this would be going a bit too far.I must say Ian, you have provided an interesting topic of debate. Unfortunately it reminds me of that wonderful article posted by MSN that suggested women should go and get a job as a lap dancer rather than get a qualification, plumbers are uneducated, and black cab driving is easy.

  8. Tom says:

    Is it such a bad thing that we have foreign investment in our football clubs? surely we have succeeded in exporting our football game to an international market and we will only reap benefits as the bring money into our country. People go on about how much players are paid but it is only relative to the money they create through media sponsorship etc etc, I mean remember the Beckham situation, clubs were willing to pay obscene amounts of money, not for his talent but more for his face and name.Think about it, if player x earns £100k a week, that\’s approx £5.2million pa, of which near all is in the 40% tax bracket = a lot of money in tax and that is only one player and all money from another countries economy.

  9. John says:

    Amusing idea.  If the players are British citizens and young enough we could enter the team in 2012 Olympics.  We may have to endow British citizenship on some foreign players in order to create a decent team (anything for medals – remember Zola Bud?)

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