With rumours abound that Leeds may even once again go into administration before Sunday’s closing game (which would see them docked ten points this season, not next), it seems a pretty bad time to be a Leeds fan. But up and down the country, others are hardly mourning the Elland Road team’s dramatic demise.
I was listening to Five Live on the way back home today, and they were going on about how we should all feel sorry for the Leeds fans, and all those connected to the club for the last five years.
My first memory of Leeds was as a nine year old, when those same ‘fans’ decided it would be a cracking idea to rip Dean Court to shreds. That’s partially community-run, perpetually bankrupt Bournemouth, and their one asset (or at least part of it). So for me, every single knock that the club get is a small victory for karma. It would be poetic justice if they were to head down to the south coast and get an absolute pasting at the Fitness First next season.
As for the others ‘connected to Leeds’, who is that exactly? Bowyer? Woodgate? Risdale? Wise? ‘Ow I broke a nail’ Kewell? Ken Bates, for goodness sake? Even O’Leary, an Arsenal legend, but unfortunately a crap manager, who blamed every defeat on his young (but expensively assembled) side. Nope, not for me.
Leeds, you can go down with my blessing. Now, if you can just go out of the Paint Trophy to Accrington, that would be splendid. It just seems ridiculous that a club like that can get the gates they do, sell the players they do, and still be utterly broke. It is this summer that the final payments of those stupid contracts get paid – some for players who haven’t been near the club in three years.
While we’re on the subject of teams I’d love to fail, West Ham have put themselves firmly up the list. They used to be a more likable club, but the deceitfulness they’ve shown this season, and the flagrant disregard for the rules, should’ve seen them docked the points that would’ve put the final nail in their coffin. Instead, they will probably stay up, such is the nature of these things.
Some may say Dave Whelen is being petty, but I say he’s absolutely right. A £5.5m fine is nothing compared to the money they’ll get for staying in the league, and the Premier League are running a massive risk of giving the advantage to fraudsters. That is very very bad.
In other news, Wenger was again fined by the FA, this time for his ‘liar’ jibe following the Carling Cup final, which brings his season’s payouts to 15k. I have to say though, I think the FA realised that he was at least partially right in his claim, because having already been reprimanded twice, I was expecting at least a one match touchline ban.
Not a lot of other Arsenal news around. I don’t count the Vieira interview as news because the papers liked to turn ‘Wenger will be affected by Dein leaving / Wenger is the best manager I’ve played for’ into ‘Vieira says Wenger will leave! Pleads for him to join him in Italy’. And I certainly don’t count Mihir Bose as writing anything newsworthy. Head over to Arseblog for more on that wonderful example of the BBC ‘being impartial’.