A good day for Notts County as Sven stays and ratification edges closer
October 21, 2009
Well now, there are quite a few journalists with egg on their faces today. Despite all their assurances that Sven was ‘destined’ to leave Notts County for the Swedish national job, he turned them down to concentrate on his role as Director of Football at Meadow Lane.
I for one, am delighted that this is the case, but it has seriously made me question the standard of sports writers in this country. Some journalists who claimed Sven was about to pack his bags didn’t even bother finding a quote, and yet if they had spoken to the club they’d have discovered Eriksson had already turned down ‘more than 20’ jobs since he took on the role. Now even if I’d done that at University I’d have been slated, let alone working as a paid journalist!
But this is nothing new for Notts supporters. For weeks now, the Guardian have been publishing stories attacking the Notts ownership, claiming that the club will fail in the ratification attempt. They are also keen to know who owns the club, when the important issue should be ‘who owns any club’? Do we actually know who owns every club in the league? I mean 100% ownership, not just the ‘face’ of the club?
I’m also quite alarmed at just how negative the press have been towards the club in general since Munto’s takeover. Here is a small club with ambition, and yet the press seem determined to drag the club through the muck. If it was another League 2 club in our position, take Lincoln City for example, I’d be delighted for them, as it’s a chance for a club to break the status quo. What puzzles me is on one hand journalists complain about a ‘lack of competition within the Premier League’, and the domination of the ‘Big 4’, and yet when clubs demonstrate any level of ambition the press seek to destroy them (I’m clearly talking about Manchester City here, before you think I’m jumping the gun on Notts)
However, if Notts do achieve promotion this media glare is inevitably going to continue, so I think we’re all just going to have to accept it.
Fortunately however, the club’s fans seem to be united in their support, and the Football League’s decision yesterday to announce that the club’s backers have passed the ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ test is fantastic news, and league ratification is now only a few days away.
Now we can all look forward to the new manager’s appointment, safe in the knowledge that we’ve finally been accepted by the league and ‘future Notts County legend’ Sven is right behind our little ‘project’.
And that, my friends, is good news indeed.