Football is not just football anymore, it’s a business

by admin

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Time is precious, or so the saying goes, yet as we all know there seems to be very little afforded in football these days.

You don’t have to wait very long in any season now for owners to get nervous and take drastic measures and this is something which I think is really damaging the sport.

It would probably be going too far to say the football is being overshadowed by boardroom dramas but it would not unreasonable.

The media’s recent interest in Man City, Preston or Bolton for example is not because of their team’s captivating football but because of the changes at the helm. And like many footie fans this lack of patience granted to managers is something which, as Peter Griffin might say, really grinds my gears.

Clearly the reason owners continue to panic is because of money. Football is not just football anymore, it is a business.

I know nothing about business and nothing about owning or managing a club but I do know what it’s like to be a sports fan.

I love all sports, especially football, and I know what it’s like to be frustrated with the bureaucracy behind the scenes.

Personally I think football could do much worse than to take a leaf out of cricket’s book and be patient with its employees.

Admittedly cricket is an entirely different sport but like football it is still in the business of getting results for its fans. Yet the way it goes about this business is far more conducive in my view to being successful.

How many times have we seen an out-of-form batsman under fire for his lack of runs suddenly pull a really important innings out of the bag? Just look at Alistair Cook and Ian Bell in the second test in South Africa. Both faced calls to be axed but the England management kept faith and as a result, both provided the team with the platform to go on a win the match and take a 1-0 lead in the series.

It is impossible to say whether this season’s 52 dismissed managers would have been able to turn their club’s fortunes around but one thing which is clear is that they were not all given a chance.

Time evidently is precious and if given, can be very rewarding. Take note Hicks and Gillett.

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