February 02, 2018

What a Shambles!!!


What a Shambles!!!



GREAT GRANDAD SHOUTY




Thousands of words have been written on the plight of Pools and what I say probably won’t make all that much difference. 

The fans have been kept in the dark as to what is happening and there’s been very little from the club. All we’ve had to rely on is social media and its from this that we learn that wages were late in being paid during Craig Hignett’s reign. In essence, therefore, there was a slow burning fuse.

What we have got to ask is: "How on earth did these scavengers pass the ‘proper person test’ for taking over a football club?" It does appear that the Football Association and Football League have completely failed to police and regulate the game of football and Pools have been victims.

Some months ago I suggested in MB that the Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League were not fit for purpose and that their functions be taken over by a non - governmental panel, preferably presided over by a retired High Court judge. I believe that that course of action is more urgent than ever.
"It does appear that the Football Association and Football League have completely failed to police and regulate the game of football and Pools have been victims"

The FA are, of course, responsible for the development of the game as a whole yet two things stand out: one is that they have presided over a decline in the English national side and secondly, the grass roots game is starved of resources. Yet, in the January transfer window, Premier League clubs spent a total of £391.6m and one transferred player is being paid £500,000 per week. Perhaps Mr Hammond in his next budget could impose a windfall tax on the television money – thus ensuring that some of the money is channelled into areas where it will do some good.

And then you have the situation where the Chief Executive of the PFA is the highest paid trade union leader in the country – for what? Have the PFA been involved in the Pools situation? I certainly haven’t heard anything. In my view, the game as presently constituted is only fit for the gutter and the pig sty. I desperately want Pools to avoid administration or liquidation and hope that something will emerge. The way I feel at the moment is that if Pools went into liquidation I would want all trace of football removed from the house in which I live.

The one heartening aspect of recent weeks is the support from fans of other clubs – particularly Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Luton Town and Glasgow Rangers. One thing the clubs all have in common is that they’ve gone through very hard times and bounced back. Let that be an inspiration to us.