Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Who's missing from the party?

Interesting times indeed.

Knights and knaves, leaks and spin.  And dragged back from 2005, United apparently "not for sale".

In the middle of all this is the two day Soccerex football business conference in Manchester, which starts this morning.  The BBC are holding an hour long live debate on "Football in the Red" on 5Live and the BBC News this evening to coincide with it.  At precisely the same time, the England 2018 bid team are hosting a VIP reception in the Victorian splendour of the Town Hall.  No handbags please lads.

I'll be at Soccerex for the next two days thanks to a kind benefactor and will try to take the temperature of the game (whilst also benefiting from happy hour sponsored by the Russia 2018/22 bid).

No doubt it will be weird and I can't help feeling there is something missing from this self description of the event  by Soccerex Chief Exec Duncan Revie (any relation?):

"The Soccerex European Forum in Manchester will provide the perfect occasion for UEFA, football clubs, leagues, global media, commercial partners and other key stakeholders to come together to assess how we need to improve the running of the game and help secure its long-term future,"

Spotted which "key stakeholders" are absent from the assessment of "how we need to improve the running of the game"?

Yes, that's right.  The fans.



Anonymous said...

LOL! Genius conclusion.

Anonymous said...

Nice to meet you the other night Andy. I think the organisers missed a big opportunity at the debate to give fans a voice. Yes there were a few questions allowed from the floor but they were glossed over as soon as they threatened to become anyway contentious. At least we got to see David Gold make a fool of himself. :)

Keep up the good work.


சிங்கிளா வரும் சிறுத்தை said...

Hi Andy,

Karthik from India.Die hard Fan of United since 98(that was when i was introduced to football)

Should United's worldwide fan base buy out the club by investing £100 each ?

Since Collecting £100 would be easy!

Please enlighten me if i'm wrong.

andersred said...

Hi there.

Collecting a £100 from 100m people is a lovely idea but strikes me as pretty impractical to be honest. I'd be amazed if there were actually that number of people able or willing to commit such a sum. MUST only have 140,000 members after all. The logistics would be totally impractical too in my view.

I think the best hope for United lies in a bid by the Red Knights supported by the fans.