FOOTBALL managers, bless ‘em, they don’t half come out with some twaddle. Take Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini for example. Speaking before Saturday’s home game against Chelsea he said: “They will probably win the Premier League easily”.
After City’s 1-0 triumph at Eastlands, courtesy of a Carlos Tevez goal, Mancini commented: “I still think Chelsea will win but it’s not possible they can score four or five games every game”, a possible reference to the one-sided stroll-in-the park encounters Chelsea enjoyed prior to Saturday.
The side City put out against Chelsea cost £167.1m to assemble and they coughed up another £88.5m for the substitutes (Chelsea’s figures were £131.6m and £35.7m).
Mancini knows full well that for that outlay, City’s owners and their supporters are expecting them, and not Chelsea, to win the Premier League title this season so who is he kidding?
Across the city of Manchester, the United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, uttered words of wisdom, not twaddle, when he spoke about his troubled striker Wayne Rooney. The England star has been under constant media spotlight for the last few weeks following sordid newspaper revelations about his private life, and Ferguson senses the player is now feeling the strain of the scrutiny.
“I don’t believe he has a confidence problem,” Ferguson told Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. “But he is starting to realise finally, without any question, what kind of focus is on him as a human being. He is realising what it means to be at the centre of media attention for non-football-related questions. I don’t think the boy can turn a corner at the moment without a camera on him. He can’t move without the paparazzi being on him and, for a young person, that is not what you want. You want to play and enjoy your football without that attention on you, because that can be quite exhausting. He would like to keep playing with freedom, but the siege of the tabloids can wear out anyone.”
Arsenal may not win the title this season but once again they have demonstrated that they are being run in a proper manner. The club has announced record pre-tax profits of £56m and also revealed that it had paid off all debt on its Highbury Square property development of flats, built on the ground of its old stadium.
Figures covering the year to May 2010 showed that pre-tax group profits went up by £10.5m compared with the previous 12 months. The overall level of group net debt had fallen from £297.7m last year to £135.6m. And despite Saturday’s shock 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Premier League new boys West Brom, manager Arsene Wenger shows no let-up in producing quality players who play quality football.
Whether you think Championship side Norwich are also good housekeepers when it comes to money matters is a matter of opinion. The club’s chief executive David McNally has revealed Norwich almost went into administration last season before going on to win the League One title. McNally said Norwich club had been in ‘a very dark tunnel’ until the new board took over and also admitted the forthcoming financial figures will not make ‘pretty reading’. He told the local Eastern Daily Press newspaper: “The realism is that when the new board took control we had £23m of debt and an income plan which would not cover costs for the coming year, no way.
“We were heading for administration and we were in League One. Our £23m of debt was weighing us down and we had to think about what this great football club needed. We put in place a business turnaround plan. We needed to ensure we survived as a football club last autumn because it did get very close.”
One wonders what would have happened if they did not clinch promotion.
The phrase ‘what goes around, comes around’ came to mind after reading that Portsmouth complained to the Football Association and the Italian Federation over non-payment of money from Genoa for Kevin-Prince Boateng’s transfer. “Genoa were due to pay the first instalment two weeks ago,” said the Championship side’s administrator Andrew Andronikou. “We’ve been listening to excuses. We’ve had enough.”
Portsmouth went into receivership with debts of over £120m and one wonders how Portsmouth’s many creditors felt about Andronikou’s whinging?
!Note - The phrase "What goes around, comes around," is the English definition for Karma. Basically it means that what you do to others, tomorrow they may do to you. So, if you are a bad person, and do bad things to people, eventually, it will catch up with you, and bad things will happen to you.