It can be tough to balance the books and the boots but the question being posed is; should there be a limit to how much money an owner can contribute in the transfer market?
It’s four years since Man City were bought by Abu Dhabi United Group Investment and Development Limited lead by Sheikh Mansour. In that time they have spent more on transfers then Sir Alex Ferguson has in his 25 years at Manchester United. This has turned the blue side of Manchester into contenders for the Premier League and in the last year winners of the league. Is this fair? That in 4 years a team can spend its way to a title.
In these times it is hard to run a football club just like any other company. We have seen strong examples of this in recent years with teams like Leeds former Champions League semi-finalists playing in Coca Cola League 1 and working their way back up. Similarly Portsmouth a former giant killer in the Premier League is now 14th in the aforementioned League 1. Most notably Rangers, The most successful Scottish team ever have had to drop to the Scottish 3rd Division.
This really is something the Premier League and maybe other leagues need to look into. Similar things happen in Spain and nowadays Russia. The thing that will improve football is the trust in the youth academy. It’s a great feeling to see players come up and come good for a club they have spent the lives at and stay loyal to them. In this day and age loyalty is a very rare thing to have.
Arsenal are a great recent example of relying on your youth academy to bring you up and help you progress. No doubt if teams like Chelsea, Man United and Man City didn’t have sugar daddies Arsenal would have won more trophies in the last 7 years. Man United showed how the youth system can win you anything with players like Beckham, Giggs and Scholes coming through the set up.
For the support of the sport to continue growing, spending needs to be assessed and FIFA need to decide if this is the way they want football to go with players being bought for tens of millions and players earning quarter of a million a week. This is where people have become more critical of the sport and in turn losing its respect.
By Killian Murphy