Does football really have a moral code?

SPORTSWASHING, apparently, has become a trendy word. It has been applied to the practice adopted by dubious regimes, individuals or corporates in buying credibility through investing in or sponsoring big-time sport. In doing so, they attempt to change public perception or distract people from some of their less acceptable activities. Furthermore, by pouring money into football, they also look to leverage the financial power and … Continue reading Does football really have a moral code?

With Lampard, it may be different

REMEMBER when Chelsea went left-field and hired André Villas-Boas, the 35 year-old Porto head coach? It was meant to be bold, innovative and – with absence making the heart grow fonder for the man who brought two league titles to the club – a Mourinho-lite appointment. It all turned sour and inexperience, over-expectation and tactical confusion led to AVB out of work in mid-February 2012. … Continue reading With Lampard, it may be different

Chelsea and Lampard – where’s the biggest risk?

REMEMBER when Chelsea went left-field and hired André Villas-Boas, the 35 year-old Porto head coach? It was meant to be bold, innovative and – with absence making the heart grow fonder for the man who brought two league titles to the club – a Mourinho-lite appointment. It all turned sour and inexperience, over-expectation and tactical confusion led to AVB out of work in mid-February 2012. … Continue reading Chelsea and Lampard – where’s the biggest risk?

Chelsea may be at the end of the Roman road

GEORGE HARRISON once sang, “All things must pass”, a reminder that no matter how presumptious the human condition can be, nothing lasts forever. In the context of football, both Liverpool and Manchester United now realise that the regimes they created, supposedly rock solid and built to endure, eventually succumbed to the changing times and new pretenders. We can never assume that success is a given … Continue reading Chelsea may be at the end of the Roman road

Football’s missing moral compass

SPORTSWASHING, apparently, was one of the trendy words of 2018. It has been applied to the practice adopted by dubious regimes, individuals or corporates in buying credibility through investing in or sponsoring big-time sport. In doing so, they attempt to change public perception or distract people from some of their less acceptable activities. Furthermore, by pouring money into football, they also look to leverage the … Continue reading Football’s missing moral compass

Chelsea create a new revenue record – money for the window

AMID talk in recent months that Russian owner Roman Abramovich may be tiring of project Chelsea, and indeed the UK, the club he bought in 2003 has posted record revenues for the year ended June 30, 2018. For the first time in the club’s history, revenues went above £ 400 million to £ 443 million. Furthermore, the club posted a profit for only the fourth … Continue reading Chelsea create a new revenue record – money for the window

Football Media Watch: Fall of the Roman Empire?

SPECULATION is rife that Roman Abramovich is ready to sell part with his stake in Chelsea, ending a summer of rumours that the club’s glorious era might be about to end. Matthew Syed of The Times said Abramovich’s arrival in 2003 represented a watershed in the game. It was the moment that clubs became “strategic rather than community or commercial assets.” Syed describes the Russian’s … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Fall of the Roman Empire?

If Abramovich goes…

THE recent decision by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to put the club’s stadium redevelopment on hold has raised many questions, not least speculation about the Russian oligarch’s long-term commitment to the United Kingdom, London and the club itself. Could the man who effectively kick-started the wave of inflated investment in football be about to call it a day? Naturally, with the issues over his visa, … Continue reading If Abramovich goes…