Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Ownership | One Comment
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Property is Theft

Once upon a time, earlier on in my real career in book publishing, I was present at some tense negotiations in which a nicotine moustachioed representative of the National Union of Journalists lost the room a bit with the old adage that ‘property is theft’.

At the time, our smooth operator of a company MD plunged his head into his hands, the look on his face something akin to …

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Ownership, Uncategorized | 3 Comments
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Marching on, Direction Unknown

As we move into Day Three of our Football Ownership series, Gary Hartley tries in vain to make some sense of what, exactly, Massimo Cellino is up to at his beloved Leeds United.

It’s not particularly new, this football clubs subsumed by rich men’s egos thing. It’s just that in the presumed halcyon days, the egos were more the Rotary Club, cigar on Sunday type of affair – …

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Ownership | 4 Comments
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: History and the Need for Change

For the second of our posts exploring the theme of football ownership, we are pleased to welcome Jon Keen, a long-standing supporter of Reading Football Club and founding member of STAR (the Supporters’ Trust at Reading). Jon is also a regular contributor to Reading blog, The Tilehurst End. Here, Jon unpacks the issue while asking the inevitable question of how it came to all this? Jon can be …

Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 in Ownership | 13 Comments
Dilemmas of Football Ownership: Are Foreign Owners or Dodgy Owners the Problem?

When Vincent Tan, the Malaysian owner of Cardiff City, made the – apparently unilateral – decision to change the club’s colours from blue to red, I posted a few remarks on Twitter intended to express some solidarity with those Cardiff supporters who felt that this change was the last straw. Some fans had even made the painful decision to stop going to watch their own club as a result.…

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