Oil Money in Football | New City expose

Discussion in 'Football Forum' started by Pogue Mahone, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Dec 5, 2018

    endless_wheelies feeling dizzy

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    Even as a United fan I have absolutely no problem with City's spending whatsoever.

    How is Barcelona, Real Madrid, ourselves being able to outspend every club beneath us year after year a level playing field? Not only that, how is Barcelona, Real Madrid and ourselves being able to outspend those clubs INDEFINITELY fair as we prohibit the equalising investment from wealthy owners that bridge the gap? How does that encourage growth and competition within the game?

    People on this forum whinge incessantly about Manchester City gaining an unfair advantage over us through their owners and ourselves being unable to compete with Manchester City's spending... bull. Even if they are diddling their accounts they still officially record their revenue as less than our own - we CAN outspend them, we SHOULD be outspending them, it's just that our unbelievably appalling owners choose to skim off the top for their own gain rather than investing what we earn. Whether Manchester City's owners are only at their club to improve their own image has no tangible impact on how they run the club - they are brilliant owners. We should be rising to meet them, not dragging them down.

    There is an argument that mega-rich owners could ruin the game by simply outspending every other club that does not have a rich owner, but then you need to find a BALANCE to distinguish fair from unfair competition, and the current rules prohibiting any supplementary investment in the playing squad are so skewed on this scale it's unreal. A far fairer method would be that outside owners can spend an extra £100m per season up until their club starts making a certain amount of revenue, at which point it goes down to £75m, and incrementally so on. Saying they can't invest any of their money at all a la UEFA's FFP is abhorrent.
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    Oly Francis New Member

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    Most historical clubs had at one point a negative impact on football. Juventus with Calciopoli and links with the mafia, Real madrid and most spanish clubs were bailed out when their government erased tax debts, Bayern Munich uses its influence in Germany to systematically raid the best players in their league, Chelsea got lucky to find a sugar daddy before FPF (and english clubs benefit from lower corporate taxes) etc.

    FPF is necessary, but it's also necessary to let new investors enter the game or it would mean that a new wealthy clubs should wait 40 years to win a title, it wouldn't make any sense. There's a balance to find.
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    Ever heard of J W Gibson?

    Different scale of course, but he was the ultimate sugar daddy. Literally saved United from liquidation with his investment.
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    Denis_unwise New Member

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    I wish City fans would stop equating what Gibson did for us to what Mansour is doing at City. The two circumstances are vastly different. The difference is we didn't keep going back to Gibson every year asking for more money. We received an initial investment & then had to sort ourselves out to become self-sustaining. There is nothing wrong with this in my view. You have been receiving investment for 10 years & still show no signs of being able to support yourself. Your latest financials even state you are still heavily reliant on Mansours financial support.
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    Oly Francis New Member

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    Well, to be fair, Manchester United has the highest debt (570M) in the world for a football club, so technically, you rely on bank money... The only difference being the fact that when they need money PSG or City go to their shareholders when Man Utd goes to a bank.
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    Denis_unwise New Member

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    What in hell's name are you talking about. We are a totally self-sufficient club. We do not receive any bank or sugar daddy investment. The debt we have is due to the Glazers lending from the banks to buy the club. The club was highly profitable & debt free before the Glazers buy out. We are still highly profitable & easily able to pay off the bank loans. The club is worth between £3 - 4 Bill on the open market. If the Glazers ran into difficulties it wouldn't be a problem. They could easily sell the club & still walk away with a tidy profit.

    The situation with PSG & City is totally different. You were loss making clubs before the takeovers. You now have huge wage bills, outstanding transfer fees & various other liabilities. The ability to pay all this off is entirely dependent on your owners. If they decide they can't or won't pay then your lights go out.
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    grahamo Full Member

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    I had a horrible dream last night. City won the PL by 9 points. FFP officials docked them 10 points and the PL title was awarded to Liverpool. Nooooooooooooo!
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    Oly Francis New Member

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    That's only partially true, Man Utd debts was far lower 3 or 4 years ago, then it increased drastically because of the lack of ECL participation.

    I've never said PSG or City are more profitable than United, i'm just saying you rely on bank money and like many companies, United would have to make sacrifices should the banks decide to pull the plug (very unlikely). Actually, the virtue of a well designed FPF would be to limit the dependance on shareholder and i totally admit that it would be problematic for us if Qatar was to leave suddenly. I'm really happy each an every time a outside sponsor replaces one from Qatar because it lowers this dependance. The probleme with the FPF the way it currently is, is the fact that when you buy a club, you don't even have a couple of years to invest to try to catch up, so you force investors to use strategies to circumvent the rules.

    Don't get fooled, I'm a PSG fan, meaning I don't want my club to go bankrupt if Qatar leaves, I'm just saying it's ill-designed right now.
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    Huh?

    When have United ever relied on large bank loans to fund transfers etc?

    United's debt increased because of Brexit and the collapse of the pound.
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    Without checking I'm assuming it's because of change in conversion rate, fall of Pound vs USD.

    You need to do some basic research on why we are in debt,
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    Oh come on, this shows what a lousy job italian media did to tell this story. Also calciopoli was a lot more complex affair than what the average sports media told.
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    Oly Francis New Member

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    You're mainly in debt because your owner chose not to spend their own money in order to buy the club and prefered to accumule debts instead. I'm a corporate lawyer, I know how LBOs work.
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    roonster09 Correctly predicted France to win World Cup 2018

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    So club don't go to bank like PSG and City goes to owners? If anything we spend club money and then even feed the owners. Complete opposite to City and PSG.
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    City fans on Bluegoon slating De Jong for joining league-monopolising PSG, because of money. Those chimps really are something else
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    SteveJ all-round nice guy, aka Uncle Joe Kardashian Scout

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    MAME DIOUF 32 Full Member

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    Hilarious that people inside City saying they won't be banned is reported with such authority. It's like a robber telling a judge what sentence he should get. Probably accurate though.
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    marukomu The Gatekeeper

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    All the dodgy deals going on. Pep is like the Wilson Fisk of football. They're both fecking slapheads, too.
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    Good imagery. It seems to be a crooked judge though.
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    A poster asked me to post this video, assuming they can't post links.



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