This was said by a guy called Bill Shankly – a Scot and a Scouser. Difficult to balance that – even more so when you know that he was a socialist, too.
“The socialism I believe in is everyone working for each other, everyone having a share of the rewards. It’s the way I see football, the way I see life” Bill Shankly
It is therefore a great pity that we see the demise, yet again, of an English side in an international tournament.
… the latest embarrassment for the Football Association has left the women’s game, like the men’s, at a crossroads
Crossroads? Eh!? Well no, no it doesn’t. It leaves the clubs with great wealth at a crossroads – it leaves the FA, like the government, with their pants around their knees. Big conglomerates and corporations have nosed dived the English game, as well as the Scottish, Welsh and Irish game into the ground and kept going. Great money to be had by the likes of Murdoch and Sky – yet the grass roots game must pull its socks up and get with the market. The mighty clubs – my own included – have left football in a terrible state because they won’t invest in English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish players. This is almost exactly the same as any business today – business will not invest in the nation they wish to do business in.
The crossroads can be dealt with in a simple manner – much like those businesses such as the large corporations. Simply put – they are told that if they wish to do business in this country they must, by default, invest heavily within the country – not tokenism as is now, or forfeit the business model so it can be run by people in the country.
If we invested as much in new talent as we do reaching for new fans to buy tops etc – just imagine the players we could have?
Imagine a government, or governing body, working for the benefit of those at grass roots level. Imagine a country whereby business was in business to do business for the benefit of the host rather than shadowy figures and insurance companies whom’s only desire is to make more unearned wealth.
As another great scouser once sang, ‘it’s easy if you try’.