They think it’s all over………
The Government are entering a period described as time added on for injuries and stoppages.
Much has been said about the recent financial woes of football clubs, especially since the last casualty, Portsmouth FC, was a member of that elite cash generating cow that is the Premier League.
Labour are said to be planning reforming the way our clubs are run.
Now this may be an admirable idea, the recent “green and gold until we are sold” campaign by Manchester United fans and the Liverpool fans attempts to also rid themselves of their American owners has received lots of publicity. Both of these clubs would be attractive propositions for their large fan bases to buy into.
But what about the likes of Darlington FC currently languishing at the foot of League 2 and facing relegation to non league football? The couple of thousand who regularly turn up to watch them would have no chance of raising the necessary capital.
That the government are looking to control the financial side of football, especially on the subject of foreign ownership can only be a good thing. But it needs to go much further than that. The football authorities need to put their houses in order before someone else does it for them.
When Labour came to power one of the first things they did was to set up the football Task Force, if they were serious about this they have had 13 years to sort it out.
The fact that this latest news comes just before a general election could lead to the more cynical amongst us thinking it was just a cheap electioneering stunt…..
For all you footy fans out there, HERE is a bit of fun.