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Arsenal, ek chutki sindoor

Arsenal, ek chutki sindoor

This one takes the biscuit! Courtesy Arsenal India Forum on facebook.


The Entertainment Wing of the Oil Industry

One line from an article here by @jonaWils:

But in the era of the superclub, as football essentially becomes the entertainment wing of the oil industry, it increasingly seems that transfers become almost an end in themselves, with little thought to the overall tactical picture.

The rest of the article is worth a read as well

Football: Net Spend, Salary and Wage -Turnover Ratio

Taken from a comment in the Guardian website:

Net spend is NOT the primary financial factor when it comes to transfer strategy.Wage-turnover ratio is much more important.

Man United are firm about keeping it below 50% Utd’s wage-turnover ratio is currently around 46%. Its hovered between 45 & 50% since the Glazers took over. Turnover has actually increased since the Glazer’s took over and as a result, the 08/09 wage bill increased from £123m to £132m in 09/10.

People love to talk about the burden of debt on the club and how this negatively impacted the amount of money SAF has to spend. Yes, it might affect how much money SAF can bid for a players, but it doesn’t affect the wages Utd can offer to players. Turnover (revenue), is calculated before the debt payments are deducted. The debt has no impact on the wage structure or the contracts Utd can offer to players. Utd could have given SAF £100m to spend on players, but he probably still wouldn’t have been able to offer Nasri the wages City were offering him because of the strict wage structure at Utd.

And when we Arsenal fans crib about why we could not get Juan Mata, however much we wanted him…. That’s why.

At the risk of re-stating the oft-stated..


Dan Levy and Sp*rs ….. Dimi ….. ManUre…


Alex Ferguson and ManUre…. CRonaldo ….. Real Madrid….


And ‘Sir‘ talks of Real showing disrespect to him and his club!!!

Her highness, wouldn’t you like to take the knighthood back from such a lying, conniving, two-faced scumbag as this?

Transfers – Best bidders vs. being loyal

I am happy that I follow A Cultured Left Foot (click here for link). Less jingoism, less chest-thumping than most others, and solid analysis. Best Arsenal blog of all, IMHO.

Check here what they write about Adebayor’s transfer saga (click here for link to article)…

A final observation. Consider the fact that football is his career, his job. In principle, what is the fundamental difference between a brickie and footballer? Leave aside the salaries and there is none. Both are services that people pay for. You pay for a house, you pay for a footballer. We expect loyalty on what basis? The club that we love? Forget that; the club we love is their employer. The loyalty we crave is born from a bygone era when players had summer jobs because their salaries dropped in the close season.

Or this…

There is also the question of loyalty. Two decades ago, there was a common trait of loyalty to your employer, something that the Premier League’s evolution has diminshed. Whilst winning trophies is important, money is not far behind. No longer is a testimonial considered necessary for the top echelon of players for moneys earned from one match are incrementally smaller to their overall wealth than in previous years. It is not the English players who are responsible for this change in loyalty either. Plenty of English players have moved or are requesting moves to pastures new within relatively short spells at clubs. Some might have come through the ranks but that makes little or no difference any longer.

And I agree. while we fans can feel aggrieved, to the footballers, it is really about their careers. And it’s a job that they are doing.

And well, two questions:

1. You are having a $100,000 job. Another company offers you a $200,000 job, with the job profile and perks being more or less the same. Will you take it or not?

2. A common man’s professional career lasts for 30 years and more. A top flight footballer’s, much less so. And do take into account, one major injury can put paid to all of that in an instant.

And then in football forums, there are guys who scream and shout comparing their salaries with the top-flight athletes. They should get real. Most of us are in jobs for which there are i) replacements (easy replacements, if you consider regular jobs) ii) little career risks involved. And there are maybe 10 people in the world who can play approximately as well as Adebayor as a typical big-man center forward? Now I am doing reasonably well in my professional career, but aren’t there around fifty in the radius of ten miles around where I am right now, who can do the work I do, appproximately as well as I do? An organization has to pay big money for premium services.

And as they say, you always get the money you deserve.

And as for loyalty, here’s a statement. Will I ever be loyal to a company which I haven’t started myself? And here’s the answer. i wouldn’t. I am and will continue to be diligent, I will continue to work hard and use my abilities and smarts to perform at the best of my abilities at my workplace. Because obviously they are paying me for my daily bread and material comforts, and paying me well. But will I be loyal such that a much better offer comes along, and it makes professional sense to leave, I will still stick along? I wouldn’t. And it isn’t about loyalty, it’s about common sense.