On Tuesday 9 February, BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast telephoned the question "Does the Premier League need a club to fail to teach it a lesson?" The consensus was that it would be a very sad day if this happened, but there have been serious shortcomings in UK football for some time now and there are certainly lessons to be learned. There are clouds hanging over a number of Football League clubs today, including Portsmouth, Cardiff City, Crystal Palace and my home team, Notts County, and it will be a surprise if there is no victim during 2010. I have supported the Magpies since 1968, when I used to go to Meadow Lane with my grandfather and uncle, and like so many fans across the country I would hate to see clubs with so much history lost forever.

Alan Sugar, the businessman, well-known media figure and former owner and benefactor of Tottenham Hotspurs FC, said at the beginning of the phone conversation that too many football clubs have been irresponsible for the way they have managed their finances. It was inexcusable for some clubs to spend up to 90% of their income on salaries.

What has aggravated the situation in the last ten years has been that the teams at the top have expanded disproportionately to those at the bottom. In the Premier League today there is an elite 'big 4' from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool and the teams below are desperately trying to hold on to their 'warm skirts'. This has had a ripple effect on every other division of the Football League and even on the grassroots of park เว็บดูบอลพรีเมียร์ลีก.

As one gentleman remarked on the phone call, "if you had someone on your way who made more than £ 100,000 more than you, you shouldn't try to keep up." However, even though the clubs outside of the "big 4" did not get the revenue or the resources, this is exactly what they were trying to do. Manchester United is said to pay Wayne Rooney £ 90k a week, Notts County pays £ 15k a week to keep their goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and even some park soccer teams are paying their players £ 500 - £ 1,000 with the pretense of starting to climb. football hierarchy. The sport is now so involved in the pursuit of success that much of the innocent enjoyment has been lost forever.

Funding at the highest level has been by one or two very wealthy benefactors and media coverage, mainly foreigners, but underneath is a sticky cauldron of debt and of course ticket prices are now out of sync with other entertainment. As with other business sectors, during this recession period, a correction is now overdue. The cracks begin to appear and can no longer be covered.

So how has the situation gotten so bad? Well, part of the problem is that the government and the Football Association, the body that regulates football in the UK, still consider football as a sport. Unfortunately, for the last twenty years, Premier League football clubs should have been treated less like sports clubs and more like large corporations. The regulation surrounding these organizations should have evolved in proportion to their increasing size and complexity. However, during this time, there has been a feeling that football has elements that transcend normal business, those responsible have been slow to recognize that the rules established in other areas of business should now apply to themselves.

The other problem, of course, is that several of the big investors in the best football clubs are not real footballers. Unlike the managers of yesteryear who cared about the state of the game and the effect this was having on the local community, the new owners care more about the investment potential, the multinational brand, the players as assets on a balance sheet. general than individuals and effect. on your own individual ego.

The large amounts of money have also resulted in an influx of foreign players, which has had a detrimental effect on local talent. Kids who go to their local club's academy rarely get a chance to progress to the top, as there is a lack of opportunities. The English Premier League has become a showcase for the best footballers in the world and this, in turn, is not helping the national game and may eventually hurt the national team if it has not already done so.