Well are you all excited about the return of the Premier League in 4 weeks?
I am sure we all are or are we? Recently I got back in touch with an old work colleague from the later 1980’s, actually through a comment on a blog of all things. Subsequently we exchanged and email or two and in one of them there was an extended paragraph which I enjoyed immensely. I think we could describe it as a rant against the Premier League and modern football. Dave Gorman style, ‘Modern Life is Goodish’ I have taken the liberty of turning said list or rant into a poem.
Before you read it however I should offer some context on my old friend. Whilst not a Gunner is a true supporter of a top third Premiership team. He is in his 45th season as a regular attendee at his chosen place of worship and while he no longer goes away he has missed 3 home games in that time. Those missed were a 90th Birthday and 2 weddings.
In short I think it would fair to say this individual is qualified to hold a strong opinion or two and I am fairly sure his thoughts, the poem may strike a chord or two, particular with, shall we say, more senior Gunners!
Four weeks away from cheating and diving players;
Nasty managers with cynical tactics;
Agents demanding millions for themselves from the clubs when they act for the players;
Average players earning £2m per year;
Players going on strike because they want to leave after signing a 5 year contract;
Foreign players strolling around; young English players not getting a chance;
Big clubs buying 16 year old foreigners so they can claim they brought them through;
FFP maintaining the status quo!
Rich owners circumventing FFP by setting up ridiculous sponsorship via another of their companies;
Sky pretending it’s the best league in the world and too many believing them;
Ridiculous ticket prices;
Referees taking bungs;
FIFA money laundering and taking bribes;
FA’s right and proper scheme for owners blah, blah, blah.
Thank goodness for cricket.
I hope you enjoyed the rant/poem and smile ruefully as I did. So much there that it is hard to argue with.
Thanks to my anonymous friend and to you for reading.