What do you think of foreign ownership in football clubs

October 30, 2008 1:11am CST
In the Engligh Premier League (EPL), we have seen an influx of foreign investments and ownership into the EPL clubs such as Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Spurs, West Ham, etc. To me, there are the pros and cons to this. The pros would be more towards providing sufficient fund/ money to the manager to buy the best players, more revenue for the clubs in terms of sales of merchandise, marketing (i.e. global branding, TV rights, etc). The most common cons is if the ownership of the club is in the hands of more than 1 partner, like Liverpool. Liverpool have Tom hicks and George Gillet as their owners. Initially, it was a fairy-tale takeover, when both expressed their love for Liverpool and their vision of making Liverpool a great team again. Now, all their promises and sweet talks are over as both are not in talking terms. See, that's the problem of having 2 heads leading a club - no compromise, couldn't agree with one another, etc. The club and supporters are the victims of this "drama" and I guess, it's about time these 2 owners sell their stake. So, ladies and gentlemen out there (i.e. especially Liverpol fans) what do you think of foreign ownership in football clubs?, Do they bring more good than bad into the clubs?, Do they invest in the club for business purposes or purely for their "love" of that football club?. Happy commenting
1 response
• Malaysia
1 Nov 08
i think it is good since it is a free world now....