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The Power and the Glory
“The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning,” “It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish.”
Written by the great Spurs Double Captain, and all round top bloke, Danny Blanchflower in the ’60’s when Spurs were amongst the best clubs in the world.
But his words do not translate into modern football. It is no longer a Glory game – it is a business, pure and simple. We are no longer fans, we have become Clients.
When did this start? In my opinion with the Bosman agreement. Players were no longer “owned” by clubs, now they could negotiate their own contracts and leave at the end of them, this led to the development of the Player Agent. And it all went t*ts-up.
So we get player power. A disaster for the clubs. An example … Gareth Bale (another ex-Spur) earns €600k a week and is totally disrespectful toward his employers!!
Well, I have insider information from Tottenham’s dressing room and was told two weeks ago that there was a rebellious atmosphere with the players determined to remove Poch. And they have.
I very much doubt they expected to have the disciplinarian Me-rinho as his successor (but that’s another story).
What has this to do with AFC?
Do you think the players enjoy Emery’s work ethic and tactics? Does a lethal striker like PEA want to spend much of his time in front of his own back 4? Will Pepe be satisfied with a bench position and playing 15 minutes a game? You know the problems – we have discussed them extensively.
If the BoD are so financially driven that they don’t want to pay off Emery and his staff perhaps the players will be the catalyst to effect change.
We can only hope.
By Erik the Red.