[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I think were most of us go wrong is that we believe we have some 'ownership' of our football team and that somehow we are entitled to a say in how it is run - in Bolton's and many other clubs - particularly those in the top divisions - we don't.
Many clubs, including Bolton, are privately owned multi-million pound businesses, run by people whose private agenda is to make money - and not necessarily out of playing football.
These owners are multi-millionaires themselves and surround themselves with people they have made their wealth with, so they don't need any advice from the average fan off the terraces.
A second mistake that most people make - particularly at the Premier League end of the football world is that the fans count - as they are the clubs customers - we are not.
The income derived from Sky is so vast is that it dwarfs the fans money for season tickets, on day match enterance, sales of shirts, programmes, etc, etc - so much so that it renders the fans income stream to all most meaningless. Yes this does change when the club falls out of the top tier, when the fans income then becomes more significant again but the damage as been done by then - which amongst us knows how to manage a £175 million debt?
Of course the club pays lip service to the fans - they attened the Supporters Association meetings and have fan user group working partys - but that is just more a PR exercise and tinkering about at the edges rather than having a say on the clubs policy formulation and direction.
Most people would never consider telling Tesco, BP or your local pub or favourite takeaway how to run their business - yet we all spend considerably more (and more frequently) on food, transport and other entertainment, than we ever do at the football club - so why then think we have more of a right to TELL the club what to do?
It is an emotional and irrational desire to do so if you think about it coldly but then again football is the only venue where men do act emotionally and irrationally - do you see grown men crying or leaping about singing and dancing anywhere else apart from football (or othersport related) events?
It's almost as though ot is the only time we allow our emotions to rule us, like womens seem to rule them.
Is it any wonder then that the most influential persona on this board is that of a 'womans' - Natasha!
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