When I came back to live in England in 2008 I would have considered “Yes!” to be the only possible answer to the question above. I was gutted because I’d been living abroad the whole time Blues were in the Premiership and hadn’t seen them play in the top tier since 1982.
Now, I find myself nodding in agreement with many of the points Chris made in his comments on my last post. The Premier League is great for watching talented players with the skill and vision to make incredible plays. But I agree with Chris that it’s not good to have a league in which the main aim of most of the teams is to avoid relegation. Watching your team just surviving is not very entertaining.
The Premier League has succeeded is making a lot of money for some people with very little trickling down to the lower tiers and grassroots football. The system for sharing out TV money was designed to keep the top teams at the top and that’s what it has done. Only a few teams have a chance of coming top of the Premier League.
And as competitiveness has been destroyed, so has hope. In the past, however unlikely it was, fans could hope that their team would one day rise to the top of the top tier. In modern football that hope has died for fans of most clubs, even the most hopelessly optimistic ones.
The quote of the day is on Often Partisan*, where it quotes Thongs’ comment:
Just give me hope, without it football is futile.
Chris’s comment on last post: Money can’t buy atmosphere
Is it me and the fact that either i’m getting bored with the whole greedy, overpaid average footballer in the premier or the actual football played is boring, negative, ten men behind the ball, tippy tappy no end product football.
Look at England last night and it typifies the prem.
Slow build up making sure to retain possession that leads to no punch up front or decent tip tap, one two’s and movement off the ball but still nothing in the final third. So little excitement, loads of frustration and no shots in the box.
How many shots did the German keeper need to save similar to the certain goals that Hart saved on at least 4 occasions.
A prem built on a remit of 12 teams out of 20 just happy to stay up, isn’t the way to build a future based on a strong, skilfull, entertainment business, instead it’s built on fear, debt, greed and only today counts mentallity.
It attracts the wrong owners, the wrong directors, the wrong players and even the wrong fans all based on selfishness, no morals, glory hunting and money.
It’s a celeb version of the Banking Industry.
Sick of it!