Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Hypocrites and the state of football today

Fresh from Daniel Levy publicly declaring Alex Ferguson's antics as "unbelievably hypocritical... and disgraceful", another football club boss has been exposed for what he really is.

Simon Jordan, the man with the flowing golden locks who failed as a professional footballer, has spent the summer on a one-man mission to discredit Spurs after we appeared to land Palace's teenage sensation John Bostock for a snip. Palace rated Bostock in the region of £5 million, so when the transfer tribunal apparently ruled that we would have to pay just £700,000,
Jordan branded the tribunal "a panel of halfwits".

However, in a letter seen by the London Evening Standard it is clear that the £700,000 is merely a down payment, and the fee could rise significantly if Bostock is successful at Tottenham.

If the London Evening Standard's claims are accurate, the actual deal looks like this: £700k upfront, plus £250k payments when Bostock makes five first-team starts and again after 10, 20, 30 and 40 appearances. If the player represents his country then Palace will get a further £200k taking the total to £2.15 million. On top of that, Palace will take 15% of a future transfer fee. So assuming Bostock makes the grade and is moderately successful and then one day we sell him, Palace's total package could easily be worth £3-6 million.

Now admittedly there are a number of 'ifs' there, but then Jordan's pre-tribunal 'ask' wasn't dissimilar. He wanted £2 million upfront, a further £500k when Bostock signs professional forms and a further £2 million after 40 first-team appearances. Not quite so far away from the final verdict as the man who once said "If I see another David Gold interview on the poor East End Jewish boy done good I'll impale myself on one of his dildos" would have you believe.

A week after the tribunal ruled on Bostock, Jordan then spouted on about quitting football. Apparently he has become disillusioned with it because one of the best players his academy has produced in the last ten years has been sold for "a packet of crisps". That's life mate. For as long as I can remember young players have migrated towards bigger clubs to stretch themselves and prove they can cut it at the higher level. Bigger teams invest more in their academies and any ambitious footballer wants to reach the top, so it's a fact of life.

Now you could argue that the same is happening to us right now. Any decent footballer wants to play in the Champions League and so why shouldn't Berbatov and Keane want to move to ManUre and Liverpool?

I have no issues with Berba wanting to move on. Since about this time last year it has been pretty clear that any Spurs fan who expected to see him in a Tottenham shirt during 2008-09 is mad. We've known all along that he'd be departing for new pastures - so as long as we get a decent wedge for him (and ensure he goes abroad) I'll wish him well.

But Keane's different, if his sole motivation is to play Champions League football and better himself, why did he recently declare his love for Spurs? He said that knowing where we are in the league's pecking order. I've never heard Berba or Bostock pledging such strong allegiances to Spurs or Palace respectively.

So maybe Jordan is right to be disillusioned with football. But not because one of his young stars has left for a success-based transfer fee not dissimilar to what he was looking for. Oh no, there are more than enough reasons to feel disillusioned when someone with so-called unfaltering loyalty wants to jump ship as soon as a bigger club comes in for him.

1 comment:

Dicky said...

I haven't paid much attention to Jordan as it seems other people have, he doesn't seem to be the most liked man in football. But I did think he had a very strong point about the Bostock saga. But if this new revelation about the deal is true then it certainly makes him look a bit of a fool.

Hopefully he will go through with his threat and get out of the football business.