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A subject deserving of a more serious approach
on 3 April 2012
Unashamedly written by a fan - who happens to be a journalist - but written in a populist style to appeal to the fan base.
Nothing wrong with a journalist being a fan but the book is full of generalisations - about businesses, Americans , Bankers etc. Does the author seriously think the RBS should have suspended the interest payments that were crippling the club when they have a duty to their shareholders (the British working people!) Does every fan believe it is the owner's duty to inject funds into a club if the Managerial/Executive team cannot manage expenditure properly.
David Moore's letter comes across as a considered and compassionate piece of writing but the author derides him throughout the book and having sold a major company myself to American buyers I know there is only so much you can ever find out when doing checks into the buyers credibility. We did the checks and had no problems because the buyers kept their word but if they had been lieing we could have done nothing once they were the owners.
Too many of the observations in the book would carry more weight and not be devalued if they were based on researched fact rather than banal generalisations designed to apeal to the masses on subjects about which the author clearly knows very little - how many corporate tranactions has he been involved in? Big clubs like Man Utd and Liverpool feel they have an automatic right to success and lord it over small clubs and are happy to do this with Corporate money but then start bleating when it all goes wrong. if you sup with the devil or choose to live by the sword then you have to be prepared to take the consequences.
The writer is no fool. He is a passionate fan and the current predicament of the club under Dalglish (praised whilst Hodgson is derided) shows that parts of the book are written subjectively not objectively.
An interesting read - but I think the topic deserves a more considered and serious approach. And Yes - Hicks and Gillet were an absolute disaster for sure and there are sadly many clubs in the UK blighted by owners who have no understanding of the game or their community responsibilities.