State Intervention in Football? Get Lost!
July 1, 2010
(Hat tip to Jeff Randall of the Telegraph)
Across our green and pleasant land people are asking themselves how our footballers could perform so miserably in South Africa.
Why are they failing? What’s going on? It can’t be a physical thing, because apart from Fulham, our clubs have been fairly poor in Europe and have played comparatively fewer games than in normal seasons. Maybe it’s a mental thing, maybe something is distracting the players, maybe off field incidents are affecting their performances? Who knows? I’m sure we’ll find out over the next few weeks, especially as one senior England international is allegedly applying for a “Terry-esque” super injunction to prevent a Sunday newspaper printing damaging revelations about him and his wife.
Anyway, leave the rumours, back to the football.
People have offered numerous suggestions as to how to improve the state of our national football team, ranging from the totally necessary total shake up of the team (dropping established players like Terry and Lampard), to the slightly more “out-there” sacking of Capello, to the totally ludicrous suggestion of pumping state funds into training academies and having David Beckham picking the team.
Easy there! state funding for football academies? Yeah, right, that’s sensible. It beggars belief that there are some people who would seriously suggest this as a solution. Considering that the all encompassing message from Westminster is “Slash and Burn” on public spending, what makes these people think that our money should be used to prop up the national game? The Premiership is absolutely swimming in money for Christ’s sakes, Sky have funnelled billions into the Premiership over the years and we’re seriously pondering using tax payers money to pay for academies? How ironic that the Premiership and the professional game as a whole, for so long the ultimate expression of total capitalism may find itself receiving government subsidies for youth development.
When Osborne, Clegg and Cameron have sorted out the £1.5 TRILLION national debt (Thanks Gordon), sorted out a suitable plan for withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq (Thanks Tony) and can reduce the crime in my neighbourhood, then they can get involved in sorting out football, and not a second before.