American owners have a sketchy record in British football – can Sunderland afford how to get rid of red ants in the house another one – Roker Report

When I first heard the news that stewart donald was how to get rid of red ants in the house in advanced talks with a new york based consortium with how to get rid of red ants in the house links to the “far east” (whatever that is) I was initially excited. My mind was set racing with fantasies of spending tens how to get rid of red ants in the house of millions, signing whoever the league one equivalent of robinho is, and blowing other teams out of the water in a how to get rid of red ants in the house quest to get back where we belong in the premier how to get rid of red ants in the house league.

I look at the current regime, and the absolute masterclass they’ve performed in transforming the entire atmosphere around this club how to get rid of red ants in the house that just 12 months ago was on its arse, with the emotions of the fans ranging from depressed to how to get rid of red ants in the house apathetic, pink seats conspicuously faded and the whole point of the how to get rid of red ants in the house club lost.

The idea that we’re replacing donald and methven with financiers from the one how to get rid of red ants in the house continent on the whole planet that doesn’t have a rich footballing backdrop and cultural heritage from how to get rid of red ants in the house which to draw on makes me fear we could potentially how to get rid of red ants in the house see the club literally sell its soul.

They call football soccer, they call clubs franchises, they talk about mvps, they don’t have promotion or relegation, they call penalties pks and sometimes they run from the how to get rid of red ants in the house halfway line to take them, they cheer zlatan when he’s playing against their home team. They’re just… wrong.

Fenway have recently achieved record profits at the club that how to get rid of red ants in the house was on the brink of bankruptcy when they first took how to get rid of red ants in the house over, but instead of doing it by scrimping and refusing to how to get rid of red ants in the house spend, they’ve done it the right way – from on-field success and ruthlessly effective player trading.

By accepting their limited knowledge of football and installing people how to get rid of red ants in the house at the forefront of the game in backroom and leadership how to get rid of red ants in the house positions, liverpool have managed to turn themselves into the model football how to get rid of red ants in the house club, an on-and-off the field success. Liverpool have recently been outspent only by man city, and when was the last time they signed a flop?

Rather than scouring the premier league top scorer list in how to get rid of red ants in the house a desperate bid to replace coutinho, they waited until the summer and targeted what must be how to get rid of red ants in the house the best £35m transfer in history – mo salah. They’re also not afraid to spend big and refuse to how to get rid of red ants in the house compromise, and backed klopp’s decision to sign virgil van djik with a record how to get rid of red ants in the house transfer fee.

If the new ownership were to take this approach, and bring this synthesis of american sports methodology, focusing on data and sports science, with english football heritage and a global understanding of the how to get rid of red ants in the house sport, we’d have absolutely no complaints.

It’s become clear that apart from extra resources, we obviously require more smarts when it comes to the how to get rid of red ants in the house transfer market, especially if we need to recruit almost an entire new how to get rid of red ants in the house XI with promotion this season. If there’s one thing american sports can teach football, it’s the value of data and the need to embrace how to get rid of red ants in the house the new science of the sport. Fenway sports group liverpool FC

First up, the one most familiar to sunderland fans, the hopelessly incompetent. Owners that cross the atlantic in search of premier league how to get rid of red ants in the house glory with their hearts largely in the right place, but their brains back in the US. Ellis short at sunderland, and randy lerner at aston villa are the two clearest how to get rid of red ants in the house examples of this.

I don’t think I can say anything about ellis short that how to get rid of red ants in the house hasn’t been said before. In my opinion, his catastrophic failure at sunderland can ultimately be traced to how to get rid of red ants in the house the fact that he just didn’t “get” football. He might have initially had billions of dollars and a how to get rid of red ants in the house bit of enthusiasm at his disposal, but he just couldn’t fill that knowledge gap.

Short also curbed his own spending in an overly naïve how to get rid of red ants in the house following of the FFP regulations that don’t seem to hold tiny clubs like bournemouth back a how to get rid of red ants in the house jot, something I personally believe was tellingly reminiscent of american sports how to get rid of red ants in the house clubs’ adherence to measures such as salary caps.

As we all know, this all ended with ellis getting fed up with his how to get rid of red ants in the house shiny new toy once the extent of the consequences of how to get rid of red ants in the house his mismanagement became clear to him, something in my opinion that no amount of debt write-offs will ever make up for. Photo by stu forster/getty images

At aston villa, randy lerner had a very similar trajectory to short. Initially arriving with an enthusiasm for the premier league and how to get rid of red ants in the house british football, randy honestly tried to embrace the british model of club how to get rid of red ants in the house ownership, touting himself as a steward of the club running it how to get rid of red ants in the house for future generations and the local community.

However, the differences between american and british sports club ownership soon how to get rid of red ants in the house became too much when he discovered to what extent he how to get rid of red ants in the house was expected to use his own personal money to fund how to get rid of red ants in the house the club, especially in the transfer market, and make significant losses.

The fact is, lerner and short failed everyone surrounding their clubs, including themselves. The two owners progressively saw stars leave and be replaced how to get rid of red ants in the house with dross, relegating two big, proud clubs, and leaving them on the brink of administration in the how to get rid of red ants in the house name of financial responsibility.

This is the most obvious risk I see in embracing how to get rid of red ants in the house american ownership of the club, the fact that the most glaringly obvious truisms to us how to get rid of red ants in the house can just seem lost on those not brought up in how to get rid of red ants in the house the same sporting climate. In some areas this can be fantastic, such as the aforementioned approach to statistics and sports science, but in other areas it creates a divide between fan how to get rid of red ants in the house and owner expectations that will ultimately leave all parties unsatisfied.

While america certainly isn’t the only nation to breed the asset-stripping parasite of a club owner, and we certainly have had plenty of our own here how to get rid of red ants in the house in britain, they seem ruthlessly effective at it, and immune to any criticism from fans on the issue.

No, avram and co. Bought a brand, a “franchise” to be whored around the world to malaysian tractor manufacturers how to get rid of red ants in the house and russian vodka sellers. The reign of the glazers has seen a footballing giant how to get rid of red ants in the house fall prey to a culture of greedy mediocrity and mission how to get rid of red ants in the house drift, the whole institution turning from a winning machine into a how to get rid of red ants in the house vehicle for official bedwear partners and dividends to be extracted how to get rid of red ants in the house tax-free to the cayman islands. Any excitement or enthusiasm for buying the club came not how to get rid of red ants in the house because of the team or the history, but the logo, the “brand”, and what it could do for bank accounts in tax how to get rid of red ants in the house havens around the world.

Similarly, stan kroenke didn’t buy arsenal because he was swept up in the how to get rid of red ants in the house romance of the club, or recognised an opportunity to help the club kick on how to get rid of red ants in the house and make the most of its new stadium. He bought arsenal because he could sit back and rake how to get rid of red ants in the house in the champions league revenue, fostering a culture of 4 th place being a trophy, and of mediocrity becoming the norm.

This is his modus operandi when it comes to the how to get rid of red ants in the house running of the LA rams, the denver nuggets, and the colorado avalance and rapids – the clubs are private businesses that exist to maximise the how to get rid of red ants in the house profits of the shareholders, anything more is a bonus. Steve kaplan and jason levein swansea city FC

Further down the football pyramid lie steve kaplan and jason how to get rid of red ants in the house levein. These investors led an american consortium that bought swansea in how to get rid of red ants in the house 2016 and have overseen the complete regression of a once how to get rid of red ants in the house model football club. This pair took a club with a clear tradition of how to get rid of red ants in the house football that wasn’t just attractive but successful, and replaced it with bob bradley.

The result: a strikingly similar apathy to the one surrounding our club how to get rid of red ants in the house last season. For swansea fans, the two shining lights throughout this mess have been dan how to get rid of red ants in the house james – who came into the first team by accident as a how to get rid of red ants in the house result of poor recruitment and was initially agreed to be how to get rid of red ants in the house sold to leeds in january – and graham potter, who has now left for brighton. No one on an upwards trajectory sticks around these clubs how to get rid of red ants in the house for long.

To the profit-maximisers, fans don’t represent stakeholders in the club, but customers there to be exploited. Games become an inconvenience, something that takes players away from their real job of how to get rid of red ants in the house promoting apps and face creams, and winning or losing takes place on the balance sheet how to get rid of red ants in the house not the pitch. Photo by michael regan/getty images

While I’m not deluded enough to think we’re as attractive a “brand” as manchester united and arsenal, I have the fear that someone with an eye for how to get rid of red ants in the house making overseas agriculture sponsorships has seen sunderland ‘til I die on netflix and recognised an opportunity to how to get rid of red ants in the house exploit some pre-made marketing. As we saw with ellis short, all it takes is one owner to use our top-class club facilities as collateral for financing and the very how to get rid of red ants in the house existence of the club can be at risk.

For better or worse, football does strange things to grown adults. Football needs emotion to thrive, and these profit-oriented vultures destroy entire fanbases, creating a culture of apathy and avarice that in the how to get rid of red ants in the house long-run devalues their investment.

Those who fundamentally do not understand the culture of football, and view fan expectations as irrational or trivial, cannot replace owners like donald and methven that may lack how to get rid of red ants in the house their financial firepower but make up for this in their how to get rid of red ants in the house common understanding with the fans. Sunderland AFC via getty images

How can a culture that accepts “franchises” moving thousands of miles away from their fans, and has created sports with a complete lack of transfer how to get rid of red ants in the house fees and the degree of owner investment we expect, adjust to owning one of the biggest clubs in england how to get rid of red ants in the house without significant help from someone who does indeed “get it”?

If the new investors come in with an acceptance of how to get rid of red ants in the house the great work done by the current regime, possibly even installing methven and donald in a permanent role how to get rid of red ants in the house on the board, a lot of my fears will be alleviated, but even with this in place I think we all how to get rid of red ants in the house know that men with enough money rarely will take no how to get rid of red ants in the house for an answer.

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