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Big clubs' monopoly means Southampton could do nothing to prevent this summer exodus


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Rubbish. Connor you are wrong here mate. Katrina is the one pulling the strings and hofsetter advising her. She doesn't want to spend a penny more. Board haven't shown any intention of pushing on. Poch and players wanted out as soon as they knew that. Lovrens comments say it all.

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People will disagree with the title, but if you do accept we had to sell them there is simply no excuse for not having replacements lined up with fees agreed etc before you confirm sales. Judging by Guan's last post it would appear as though that isn't the case. Pathetic from Reed

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If it's correct in it's assumptions, then it's time for the spineless fools in the FA to do something - English football cannot go on like this before ticket sales plummet.

 

Except English football isn't about ticket sales anymore is it? there is more money to be made showing it on TV to hordes of SE Asians.

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What I find nauseating is that the very media that fuels the greed and disloyalty with their sycophantic pandering to the big clubs will now throw a ton of ink at sympathizing with Saints and lamenting the state of football.

 

Hypocritical scumbags.

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Yes, they are using Mr. Platini as the cover excuse for asset stripping.

 

Players are not the assets of SFC Ltd, they are contracted to it, not owned by it.

 

But as the owner KL can decide to give herself some dividends quite legally and that is her perogative.

 

We may not like it, but.....

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The article is absolutely spot on in the sense that the new FFP rules, instead of widening the competition, will only serve to strengthen the stranglehold of the elite clubs.

 

Yes it's frustrating to see all our prize assets being lured away from the club, but in the modern world of football finance, the moment a richer club declares an interest in a player and offers him a huge pay rise and the prospect of CL football, a move becomes inevitable. Long-term contracts mean absolutely nothing any more as the buying clubs hold all the cards. The only thing the smaller club can hope to achieve, as we have, is to hold out for the biggest possible transfer fee.

 

We are the victims of our own success. We can try our best to sign exciting prospects and bring through youngsters from the academy, but as soon as we display any sign of success and CL teams come sniffing around our players, we are powerless to keep them. The only way any club can ever hope to break the stranglehold of the elite clubs, as we have seen in recent years with Chelsea and, more recently, Man City, is if a multi-billionaire owner comes in with no hope of ever making a return on their investment. But the new FPP rules mean that can't happen any more anyway.

 

Football in this country is completely f***ed. But the people running it really don't care about dismantling the status quo because it makes them very rich, so why should they?

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Except English football isn't about ticket sales anymore is it? there is more money to be made showing it on TV to hordes of SE Asians.

 

You're right insofar as matchday punters aren't a major part of the Prem's "income stream".

 

But you might want to re-think that "hordes of Asians" comment. Particularly as "hordes of Europeans" make up the bulk of Sky's subscription income, and you don't want to look like you just walked out of a 1973 Enoch Powell fan club meeting, do you?

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