It has been muted before and no doubt will be again. Some believe it’s high jinks and a negotiating ploy to get more out of UEFA in advance of imminent meetings. Not this time, I feel, as the concensus of PR from the 6 so-called ‘BIG CLUBS’ cries a done deal. I’m just hearing that BVB Dortmund may have refused to join, yet good on them if so – though the German model of ownership has offered more security to stakeholders including the fans and been applauded previously. It is blatant ‘fat cats’ behaviour, the drivers behind this so called ‘European Super League’ (ESL) with overseas owners of United, Arsenal and Liverpool one tier beneath the former Real Madrid President in the new hierarchy. Will it go ahead? Of course if these ‘big ones’ want it enough. The objective is simply more revenue. A logical ‘target’ with shareholders seeking greater returns on investment. However, what has clearly been betrayed is the fans. No consultation, no advance warning, no solicitation of opinions. Owners can do what they want, but this is adverse to the heritage, tradition and DNA of the “beautiful game“. Reactionary tones suggest bans from Europa and Champions League for Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, City, United and Liverpool. Also, potential dismissing from future participation in the EPL. Then finally, potentially no players from these 6 teams featuring in the Euros or World Cups. I know my Son and I had fun selecting our new England best eleven this morning over breakfast without recourse to any of those six clubs. Will they get their own way? If they want to yes! Will the threats outside the ESL, prove toothless? Who knows? Only time will tell. Claimants to be ‘Football Finance’ experts are now mushrooming on every corner. So just take a peek at this huge wave of continuity, in opinion, against those North West or London owners and their clubs. You’ll detect from those posts that I have selected below, my take on this all. And yes, the silver lining might be cast on County or FC United amongst others.
The new hierarchy, assisted no doubt by some old faces, had to listen to the ‘mood’ of the supporters after some recent poor performances. The new managerial incumbent had delighted fans with the first (Woking) and last (Solihull) results but little cheer inbetween.
See what our Friend, Jon Keighren teased out of the Director of football this Week at Carrington:
We are delighted to announce that Stockport Volleyball Club, “the S’PORT” has agreed to extend and retain the services of our first ever professional PT. He has kept members fitter, stronger and conditioned throughout the pandemic. We salute you Adam Heywood of @achperformance. He has become a firm favourite every Thursday for the S’PORT ZOOM Fitness sessions. We have also been blessed by other sessions run by NVL Coach Ant, Ruth and Marion.
For those that don’t know Adam has been a reliable supporter since we moved NVL fixtures to Brinnington Park and was an instant hit with his knowledge and enthusiasm. His professional routines have been used by Oldham Rugby League and Stockport County Football Club. Coaches will work with this valuable PT resource so we #return2play bigger and better.
We are delighted to announce that through Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport Volleyball Club has become a recipient of its ‘Ward Flexibility Award’. The decision was taken and approved by both: Bramhall & Cheadle Hulme South and Central Stockport Area Committees. The Club would like to put on record its gratitude to Cllr. Helen Foster-Grime for signposting us to this funding regime. As a result of this recognition, the S’PORT will be able to purchase new equipment and deliver coaching for young people in the Borough for a twelve months’ period.