If a team outside the ‘big six’ had a load of money pumped into them, which helped them break in, it would be a nice change. That does not mean that I am not a little dismayed by the amount of money that gets bandied around for this player and that player, particularly a precedent such as that of one player (Yaye Toure) earning more wages in a week than a whole team (Blackpool) put together.
They were in the same division last season, but the gulf in finance put them leagues apart. That is now literally true following the latter’s relegation, but its analogy also applies to the revenue generated by clubs in the lower tiers below the Premiership as they find themselves adrift in the stormy seas of the football league further away from the shore where the elite enjoy the fruits of their success.
Although this is not to say that spending money guarantees affluence on the pitch as it still has to be spent wisely, but there is still no doubt that big bucks can substantially help a side whilst at the same time leaving others behind. Don’t tell me that without Jack Walker’s millions, Blackburn would have still won the top division.
The majority, if not all of their regular first team members were bought after they were bankrolled by Walker and co. As I said, it had to be spent wisely, which it was, but those players who played such vital roles in their success could not have been brought into the club if it wasn’t for the finances available.
Clubs should be rewarded based on their league position, but with more money from Television rights going to the ‘big’ side’s, the gulf is surely too wide between the top and lower teams for those smaller clubs to mount a serious challenge to the elite. This wasn’t so much of a problem in previous years, so even though the Liverpool side of the ‘80’s gained more financial reward for their success, the gap between them and the other clubs in terms of revenue was not so great therefore it meant that less glamorous side’s such as Watford and Southampton (both runners-up to the Reds in the decade) were able to give the Merseysider’s a run for their money, both on and off the pitch.
This does not only apply to transfers, but also the opportunity to put more into youth projects, but if the game carries on at the unequal rate that it is going at the moment then the competition for success will dwindle further away.
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