Writer: Andy Leggott
Date:Wednesday May 23 2007
I`m finding it hard to comprehend some City supporter`s of late. After a season of calling for the chairman to up sticks and go there now appears to be a growing consensus that are unhappy at his choice of who to sell the club to.
These doubts are seemingly built on a non too subtle political article delivered in the sports pages of the Guardian and the musings of an unelected military government in Thailand.
I am sure that Thaksin Shinawatra has resorted to all manner of unethical dealings in order to build his personal fortune, probably just like Roman Abramovich, the Glazers and all of the other billionaires now involved in English football have.
Does that stop supporters of those clubs embracing the new money? Certainly at Chelsea it doesn`t. United`s support offered resistance but post Glazer the club are still selling out an increased capacity week in week out. West Ham, Villa and Liverpool have all embraced the money that will undoubtedly have had its roots in some third world sweat shop.
In a world dominated by capitalism the Premiership is growing into one of the world`s largest brands, hence why it is now attracting some of the world`s leading capitalists. If there is a buck to be made you can be sure these people will sniff it out, just as you can be sure that when the bubble bursts they will be the first out of the country.
Personally I would rather see Manchester City stay in the hands of English businessmen but not if they are to jeopardise the club to the extent that all of the other English businessmen have in previous years.
The club, if reports are to be believed, is losing between twelve and fifteen million pounds sterling a year. They cannot continue to compete with the Readings, Boltons and Portsmouths of this division let alone the top four. Under the present regime that can only end in one thing; long term relegation from the top flight.
Some may prefer that option, certainly the experience outdoes the Premiership every time, but I want Manchester City to be successful. If that means embracing foreign money then so be it.
If Shinawatra is as guilty of all that is said and written about him then let the British Government restrict his business dealings. In the meantime if he wants to throw his money at an ailing but still great football club then Manchester City should be that club.
At least that would give us a chance before the Premiership bubble finally does burst and the money men jump ship.
Date:Wednesday May 23 2007
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