We find ourselves half way through the January transfer window already, and so far it’s been less than inspiring.
As the media so kindly love to remind us, the financial credit economic crisis crunch is here Ã¢â‚¬â€ and now it has hit football too. So apart from the odd ‘Championship Manager’ style Ã‚Â£100 million bid for world class Brazilians, there sadly is very little to report.
The funny thing about Manchester City’s bid for Kaka is that with the phenomenal amounts of money available to Mark Hughes, you’d think that he’d be looking to sign three or four players to help City avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle, rather than spending silly amounts on one, albeit world class, player.
So it’s fairly obvious that Mark Hughes hasn’t had much to do with the Ã‚Â£100m bid. Of course he won’t say no to Kaka joining the team, who would? But unfortunately for City, their form has been so poor that they must now forget the possibility of qualifying for Europe this season, and concentrate instead on staying in the top flight Ã¢â‚¬â€ they are two points above the relegation zone and it seems the whole bottom half of the table are candidates for the drop this year.
But more worrying is the lack of control over transfers that Hughes appears to be subject to. It’s a manager’s job is to create the best team he can using the resources available to him. So when the owner of a club begins to interfere with footballing matters, managers have the right to get ticked off: Alan Curbishley walking out from West Ham earlier this season, and now Rafa Benitez’s contract rejection are good examples of managers sticking to their principles.
And you only have to cast your eyes in the direction of the doom and gloom surrounding Stamford Bridge to see how quickly tides can turn in football. Roman Abramovic has told Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari that he must sell in order to buy, but Scolari won’t even get the money made from Wayne Bridge’s move to Man City. And in a seemingly desperate attempt to cut costs, Abramovic has even halved the Chelsea player’s allocation of complimentary match tickets to home games.
So whilst City’s move for Kaka is both marvellous and ludicrous, it’s also sad. Sad because it seems that football clubs are giving in and letting foreign owners Ã¢â‚¬â€ who surely care little about the actual club in the long term Ã¢â‚¬â€ come in, make some money and have a bit of fun, and then probably leave a few years down the line.
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