Are takeovers bad for football?
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Are takeovers bad for football?

Are takeovers bad for football?

Are takeovers bad for football?

Whilst it is not suggested Villa will have the type of funds available that Chelski have had, our recent good fortune suggests we will have much needed investment.

However, with West Ham now in their own takeover talks it does raise an interesting question;

Are takeovers good for football?

It is clear that once one or two teams break through with limitless resources the rest can forget it. Fans become disillusioned, matches can become predictable and boring.

Even some Chelsea fans are reported to yearn for the days when games were more open and postmatch discussion was about moaning about bad players,
managers and refereeing decisions.

Should there be limit on funds available to spend on players or even wage caps?

Are the Randy Lerner's of this world ruining the beautiful game?

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Sunday September 3 2006
Time: 11:13AM


Selfishly I suppose, I'm only interested in how a takeover relates to AVFC. It was our only way forward, and as such has to be a good thing. Football is changing, and we have to keep up with the changes, the new ideas, the innovations. The traditionalists wont like it, but the alternative is to be left hopelessly behind.
05/09/2006 04:31:00
tylervilla I would much rather have Lerner, we do not need any argies to be succesfull, a lot of imports end up as expensive missfits, unable to cope with life in the premiership, the grass is rarely greener, I may only be speaking for myself, but, yes I have to admit to being a very happy and contented villan (did those words really come from a villa fan????) I think our squad have tremendous promise even with our lack of size, and we have a manager who is second to none, VOTN good post, I do not believe that Lerner is the same kind of owner as Roman, and the pennies will be spent wiser, I would trust our management to do the job right.
04/09/2006 15:48:00
Just a we think the backers behind AV06 may be the people behind the west ham takeover (couldnt get the real claret and blue but went for the soft southern alternative). AV06 did claim to have billionaires and london based which would fit in with the MIS company. If this is true would we have been the club getting tevez and the other argie if AV06 had been successful?
04/09/2006 10:31:00
Football is a business and as such takeovers are part of business, you cant stop it. Personally I think the more money being pumped into football the better, just so long as measures are put in place to make sure some of that money gets filtered through to grass roots.
04/09/2006 09:40:00
Without takeovers some clubs will just sink into oblivion. We were going that way with you know who. Whether we like it or not premiership football is about money.
04/09/2006 09:03:00
I think this question is misguided. The question shouldn't be are takeovers bad for the game. It should be are the 'Are player wage/transfer fees too high and should agents 'own' the rights to players? Look at the West Ham situation - who owns the two Argentinians? My suspicion is that the agent will be the one to decide when and to whom they are sold. This is an area that needs investigation. It has been practice in south american football for agents to buy the rights to players and then move them on to places like Russia - hence all the Brazillians plying their trade in the frozen wastes of that country. They establish a name for themselves (a gamble on behave of the agent) and move on for a bigger sum and then eventually a move to 'glamour' club ensures a hansome profit for the agent. Players in south america are cheap (relatively) and thus offering a potential windfall to the agent willing to take a gamble on a player with potential. This is the situation with West Ham. Two players who haven't played outside of south america - it's a gamble but imagine the profit the agent will make if they are both successful! This is just another cattle trade and this is where FIFA or some authority really needs to step in and investigate the situation.
03/09/2006 21:53:00
The choice is quite simple. If you want football to remain a sport, where all teams have similar chances, there must be a "cap" on what players are paid otherwise those clubs with the deepest pockets will buy the best players and obviously have the best chance of winning most trophies -what a bore! Let's see every team in the Premiership all paid on the same pay structure and more money going into "grass roots" football and soccer academies.
03/09/2006 20:19:00
superb post Villain, think you are spot on, RAL won't be throwing silly money they will be using good business practices and building an empire. I hate the way Chelski have been 'bought' and they were Abramovich's third choice behind Man Utd and Arsenal.
The Fear
03/09/2006 17:10:00
Thank you, Villian Of The North I think your assessment of the situation is good. In a way I actually feel sorry for Chelski because sooner or later their house of cards will come down while , like you I believe RAL is building for the future.
03/09/2006 16:55:00
i think takeovers are good really gets more money into the game and more fans through the gates
green giant 12
03/09/2006 16:41:00
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