Last week, Sir Alex Ferguson complained about the timing of our Premiership game against Boro, playing the early kick-off following a Wednesday night Champions League semi-final.
Ferguson ended his complaint by recognising if you sell your soul to the devil then there isn’t much room to complain. It’s true. We’ve seen millions of quid go through our hands thanks to TV revenue and so there’s no point getting bent out of shape when they want to us to play on Saturday lunch-time or Monday evening.
Wigan’s chairman, Dave Whelan, has complained about the unfair share of money the top four teams get for these games though, claiming it should be shared out.
“It is not a Premier League at the moment,” said Whelan. “There are the top four, some in between and the rest at the bottom struggling to stay in the division. We need an equal distribution of finance for the health of the league. We have to be fair because we are all in the same league and we all appear on television. Manchester United or Chelsea need somebody to play on the television, so we are as entitled as they are to the money that comes in from broadcasters. That is fair and would help bring some equality to the league.”
Now, it’s interesting that he would think that, with his club not proving to be the most desirable team for Sky Sports or Setanta. However, if he was owner of Manchester United, would he be prepared to split his money with the smaller clubs?
See, Whelan had the opportunity to buy United for just £1 million twenty years or so ago. He backed out though for fear that being associated with United would damage his JJB brand.
If Whelan was making £50 million profit every year from United, would he be sharing it around the smaller teams? I very much doubt it. Business men aren’t in to charity. It’s all fine and well for Whelan to ask for the money to be shared around when he isn’t getting a large cut, but if he was, I struggle to believe he would be all for giving it to the likes of Wigan and Hull!