Thursday, September 28
Monday, September 25
UNITED IN CRISIS
Tuesday, September 19
Shut Up Already
Friday, September 15
Classic emails Thread (Do I f*cking know you?)
Wednesday, September 13
Tuesday, September 12
Make the Lambs Stop Screaming
Ashley Cole Book Review
Friday, September 8
Can't wait for Man U - Blackburn
Wednesday, September 6
The Irish Chelsea?
Under the proposal, Carroll – who is reputed to be worth in excess of €1.5bn – will pay Bohs approximately €40m, including annual payments of €3.2m until the new stadium is ready, with the balance payable after Bohs leave Dalymount Park.
Early projections forecast that the new stadium, off the M50 near Ballymun, could be built within five years, when the balance of approximately €25m would be paid.
Dalymount has been home to Bohs for the past 105 years. It was also historically the "home of Irish football" holding Irish internationals and FAI Cup finals. However, the ground was hardly developed from the 1940s until the early years of the new century and has fallen out of use as a major venue, except for the home games of Bohemians.
Now this would be a decent amount of money to most English clubs but to a League of Ireland club it is astronomical. All clubs in the top division are already full-time professional but I think wages are probably on a par with English Division 1 and 2.(or lower) As a result, the top clubs in the league have been able to attract players who could be playing in Div 1 and 2 in England. (feels weird to write that but you know I mean the good old-fashioned division 3 and 4)
Since the league switched to a summer format a fwe years ago, the European results have really improved as it gives the League of Ireland teams a chance to play European matches while they are in peak mid-season fitness and their opponents are in pre-season shape. Derry City for example have beaten IFK Gothenburg and hammered Scottish Cup Finalists Gretna 5-1 away in the UEFA Cup so far this year and play Paris St Germain next.
Anyway, I am not sure what this influx of cash to a single club will do for the League of Ireland as a whole but it will be interesting to keep an eye on Bohs over the next 5-10 years. If they can start attracting players of an even higher standard than English Div 1 and 2 and make it through to the Champions League league stages some year (Shelbourne went out at the final hurdle last year to Deportivo) that means even more money down the road. Of course, in true Irish fashion, all the money might just go missing and the club could be broke in 10 years.
Tuesday, September 5
I know we covered this last week but it just is so ridiculous their unveiling needs a mention.
Striker Tevez justified his move to Upton Park. He said: "First and foremost West Ham were very interested in our services and made us a firm offer and the chance to play in the Premier League which were important factors in why we chose to come to West Ham." Mascherano insisted: "It was a boyhood dream of ours to come to England. You want to go where you are going to be most wanted."
Pardew stated "These are two guys on the world stage who have come to us in a manner which is undisclosed and has some mystery around it." Meanwhile the Daily Mail reported that this Joorabchian fella is a business failure with precarious finances
I think this whole thing will blow up and could spell the end for West Ham. I doubt he has a sound financial base to buy West Ham. Therefore, he brings in two world class players to woo the supporters and prempt any opposition to his bid. He then buys the club presumably with a web of holding companies blurring a clear picture of his finances. Bang a year later he sells Tevez and Maschareno for a nice little profit, takes the money (the terms of the contracts are not disclosed, methinks the sports agency retains any profit on subsequent sales whilst West Ham gets use of players) and saddles the club with his debt involved in buying club or more likely one of the holding companies involved goes bankrupt and WestHam is taken over by creditors / lose their ground.