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Saturday, June 25, 2005

Spurs cash settlement for Arnesen below £10m??

Frank Arnesen was at PSV Eindhoven, having risen from assistant coach alongside Bobby Robson to the post of technical director, holding an advisory and managing role over scouting potentials and transfers at the club, for 10 years before Guus Hiddink changed things. While at PSV, Arnesen was responsible for spotting the likes of Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Ronaldo, Jaap Stam, Mateja Kezman and Arjen Robben. Add to that he brought Eidur Gudjohnsen to PSV and the final piece of Chelsea's curiosity and pursuit jigsaw is there - the last three names are at Stamford Bridge, bring in Frank Arnesen.

With a reputation like that, Spurs seem to have made a potentially talent-developing signing in the form of the Dane, someone who I hadn't heard of before he came to White Hart Lane. He initiated Jacques Santini coming over and his successor and current coach Martin Jol. Spurs now look much more a UEFA place challenging side, at least, than before. They had a staff member who has experience in spotting good talented potential and could be pivotal to Spurs becoming a top six team. Paul Robinson the current England goalkeeper, Ledley King potentially one of the best centre-backs in the league rumoured to be an Arsenal target, Michael Carrick playing well in midfield, Wayne Routledge has pace and skill and is another England player at U-21 level, Jermaine Defoe hungry and lethal upfront and then add to those names Andy Johnson, who arguably could be a better striker for Spurs and therefore England, it looked very promising on the horizon.

Now the right arm of that promising outlook has been poached, and while it seems better in the business sense to negotiate a financial compensation agreement than report it to the authoritative association, which is currently going through a metaphorical washing machine without any water because Faria Alam decides to take them to the cleaners, initial rumours indicate a settlement of around £5m or £6m. That has to be below value haggling. The Dane is worth more than that.

Sorry, Chelsea fans, but your club hasn't been conducting business in the conventions of the game on two occasions, but I sense Chelsea fans will not shed a tear. Business is business, and in the realm of football anything goes as it does in the business world in general in this country. Money and size is power, and if you wish to get ahead of the competition you need to be pushy, demanding, stubborn and ruthless in your application to get there. Off-hand tactics are commonplace, kepted surreptitiously, who will be any the wiser?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is not a single entity that comes out of this sorry saga with credit.

Firstly Messrs Abrimovic, Kenyon and Mourihnio continue to act like gangsters. Second Tottenham should, in my opinion, have reported Chelsea to the Football authorities, although the very term "FA" appears oxymoronic. Third I would think that Arnesen will find it difficult to preach loyalty and integrity to young players.

I find it sad that a game I have loved for nearly sixty years should fallen ito the hands of such people and been so demeaned.

6/26/2005 3:42 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think its rubbish i think chelsea should be chucked out the premiership and arnesen should not be aloud to have anything to do with football, but i am pleased spurs are getting somthing out of it

6/26/2005 5:25 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

arnesen is worth 15 mil and spurs shouldnot settle until they get atleast that. i think its a descrase that english football has been bought by a russian oil company, the game we all love is turning into a dump

6/26/2005 5:28 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Thanks, anonymous, agree with you in part there. When a club maneouvers like Chelsea have and appear to suffer very little for it, it does go to question the integrity of the football in terms of where it is going, and that of the FA, who seem so topsy-turvy at the moment they instill less confidence in us than before.

The FA are meant to be governed, for want of a better word, by executive members who aim to hold such integrity and fair-minded within its rules and that of the game. But they have been caught, perhaps literally, with its trousers down. Instead of keeping within that mindframe, certain members, including our national team coach, are alleged to have been aiming to score themselves via an office secretary.

The lure of Chelsea has occured yet again. I'm waiting for replies from Chelsea fans.


6/26/2005 5:30 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

That was to the first anon, the second and three came as I typed my reply. Nonetheless, I agree with you all, what is the point of having an authoritative body and rules if they and it are not enforcing enough to deter the likes of poaching that will stain the game if not snubbed out right now?


6/26/2005 5:33 pm

Blogger T said...

UEFA's changes the rules to suit one team's financial interest.

Spurs choose not to enforce the rules to suit their financial interest.

Money 2 - 0 Rules.

6/27/2005 6:18 pm

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