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All Things Footie | Thursday, August 1 | Jordan

All The Best

With the good news that legend George Best is out of intensive care following his liver transplant operation, all things footie would just like to add to the get well soon messages. I don't think anyone really knew how serious the situation had gotten (apparently pre-op Best had only a few months left) and hopefully this should help keep the great man in shape for a lot longer.

I Find Football in Contempt of Court

Nationwide clubs will find out soon if they are to be offered any compensation over the ITV Digital fiasco. A High Court Judge is set to deliver a verdict on the case, where Carlton and Granada television could be liable for up to £178.5m or walk away scot free.

If I'm being honest I reserve my sympathy for many clubs in financial difficulties. The sense of not spending money before you've got it is fundamental, and those who've ignored the premise deserve everything they get — the fans involved do not. Mismanagement and board/directorial incompetence is endemic in the Nationwide league and the ITV Digital situation has just highlighted the naïvety and over-ambition of many of the clubs involved.

Not all clubs are in as dire straits as Bradford (who've just had a rescue package agreed by their creditors) and this is not down to better luck or a bigger fan base. It's down to being sensible with what little cash is available and knowing your place. A team needs to be well established in the Premiership before agreeing to pay a player like Benito Carbone £30 000 a week. It doesn't work the other way round. The less said about the sense in paying Ashley Ward similar wages the better.

Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan said of Bradford;

“If they had gone bust, it might have shocked a few people into looking at the way clubs are run.”

I really hope there's a hint of sarcasm there. If not it seems that a neon billboard at every Nationwide ground screaming ‘you're a mess, sort yourself out!’ is the only way forward. Then again, if it needs a club to go under before so called businessmen realise they're in trouble; I fear they're already lost.

Injured yet?

Peter Schmeichel, Gus Poyet, Robbie Fowler and Steve Finnan are the latest players confirmed to be missing out on the first couple of months of the new Premiership season. Schmeichel and Poyet are out for around 3 months with knee injuries, Fowler is out for 10 weeks after a knee operation and atf team of the season 2001/2002 right back Steve Finnan will be out for 2 months.

Why… Is preseason training too intensive? or not intensive enough? are too many friendlies played too early? or have the players spent too much time on the beach and not enough in the gym?

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