Date:Wednesday January 18 2006
Herewith the gospel according to Bill Anderson as published on the Leicester Mercury's Blue Army website.
'Ex-City man Mike Newell's contention that, in these days of agents and get-rich-quick merchants, bribery and corruption surround many transfer deals in the game has caused such a furore.
'Where has everybody been since the days when the maximum wage was ended? The sanctimonious hand-wringing is absurd.
'Football is a big-money business and, as a business, all sorts of moves are made. In football they call it a bung, in business it is a finder's fee, simple as that.
'If you want football to be a business, you take on every aspect of what that means. Still, what an outcry! So what's next, politicians lie, athletes take drugs? Shocking.'
The implication of course is that there shouldn't be a big outcry about managers taking bungs, agents creaming millions from the game and contributing to the sordid practise of bribery and corruption because it's nothing new.
The implication is that there shouldn't be a big outcry if politicians lie (to start wars that get innocents killed etc). If you're going to have politicians you've got to accept they're going to lie. It's nothing new. Why get vociferous?
The implication is that there shouldn't be a big outcry if athletes take drugs and make a mockery of the notion of fair competition or honest pursuit of a prize and the right to stardom. If you have athletes, you've got to accept that some will cheat and do drugs. It's nothing new...
The implication is that there shouldn't be a big outcry, because some people connected with ''big business' can be expected to be shady but so what. It happens. No big deal.
Apart from the irony that Bill Anderson is a newspaper journalist and newspapers make hay from outcries and scandals and political exposures, what should we therefore be vociferous about, fight against, protect ourselves from? Sod all I presume. And certainly not if it's already well documented.
No-one today is nieve enough not to know that corruption exists in every walk of life from the priesthood to the monarchy.
But saying so what, why shout loudly about it, as Anderson implies, and letting these dishonest manipulators run riot without great media protest is an amazing attitude for a journalist.
Get Anderson cloned I say. And where would we go next in our new and unprotesting land.
There's a wonderful idea on the Foxestalk website from 'Vestan Pance' that would solve all City's problems for a start. It goes like this:
Sack Levein. City then send a man to the bookies to bet £10,000 on an outsider being the new City manager at 125/1 or whatever.
The outsider gets appointed next day and gets bunged £250,000 for his trouble.
The City man collects £1.25m winnings from the bookie on behalf of the City and gets his own pay-off.
City sack the outsider who thanks em for their kindness and jets off on holiday the next morning.
City thus cover their compensation payout to Levein (plus £0.5m for players and get a new manager in next day... and all in the certain knowledge there'd be no outcry.
I'd have a great time too.
I could register myself as a one-day-only managerial fallguy for any club who needs one and make myself a mint.
The more I think about it the better it sounds. Anderson should write a book... 'Making Millions For The Common Man. The Case for Corruption In Capital Letters'
He wouldn't half have an audience.
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