Date: 22nd July 2017 at 11:08am
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We all have our opinions right? We’re all entitled to an opinion and we’re entitled to voice it.

We also have a moral compass. Some people’s compass points in different directions to ours – but we all have a view on what constitutes ‘appropriate’ behaviour.

If the world was perfect we’d all be paid based on what we bring to the world. Those who choose to work in a position of saving lives should earn more than those of us who sit behind a desk trying to make money for some faceless organisation’s shareholders.

Perhaps we could all hark for old-fashioned socialism and everyone could get paid by the state?

But we don’t. We live in a capitalist society. Let me explain the word capitalist as I see it. It’s not the ‘dirty’ word that the PC brigade see as driving our society off a cliff with their greedy fat-cat, dodgy-bankers, evil Governments – but the word that generates trade deals, brings prosperity to those that get lucky or work hard and allows business to thrive.

That’s the capitalist society we live in. It means your coffee costs £3 if you want a mocha-chocha-skinny-caramel latte or 5p if you stir in some own brand granules.

You get a choice.

Now, let’s get this back to the point in hand. Our editor wrote an article the other day suggesting that it was poor-form that people were being rather unfair to Jacob Murphy for choosing to join his boyhood club for a vastly improved salary. This article got a few of you hot under the collar – suggesting that Murphy was effectively dead to us as Norwich fans, that he was a greedy lad who had shown no loyalty. It certainly divided opinion.

One of these comments really stood out to me. It was from a reader who explained he turns down work when it does not meet his moral high-ground. Which is very laudable. If the whole of society could stand up to these values we’d be a better place. Let’s be honest here – there should be no famine in our world. There is more than enough food to go round. But there is…

His point was that Murphy should not be following the lure of the filthy lucre but rather demonstrating some loyalty to the club who has nurtured him. Well, that’s how I read it.

But this is where we come back to choice. We all have a choice. I could choose to quit my job and go and teach at a school. I’d be worse off financially but perhaps better off emotionally. I’d possibly earn more good karma – but I might not be able to go on a nice holiday every year.

Does that make me a snake? Does that make me worth your scorn, your bile, your hatred? How many of you can look in the mirror each morning and honestly say you wouldn’t double/triple your salary for the same job if the offer came in? I doubt any of you can.

Now, in the case of Jacob – he’s done that. But he’s also done it by joining the club he has supported his entire life. He’s also joined the premier league, increased his chances of representing England and probably secured his family’s future for generations to come.

So – is he worth it? Well, that’s where we come back to capitalism. Because it’s exactly the same situation that occurs in every business, every day of the year. We’re all a commodity. We’re all part of one big accounting spreadsheet.

When I worked for a major retailer if I had not delivered the uplift in sales expected then I would have expected the push. When I worked in the media if my products had not sold enough then my advertising would not have been required. It’s all about the filthy lucre.

If Murphy does not deliver the goods next season his shirt sales will decline, NUFC premier league status might be at risk, his contract will be terminated. It’s simple capitalism.

But how did we get to this insane situation where players are worth many many times more than a nurse? Again we need to look at simple business models. Supply and demand.

There is a demand. The TV audiences are huge. Generating huge advertising revenues. BT and SKY make millions from the advertising and sponsorship. So, they pay millions for the TV rights. So, the clubs that get the most TV exposure make millions. So the clubs that get the most success make millions. Come on guys – it’s not rocket science.

It’s happened. We’re not going to be able to turn back the clock – so we just need to accept it and move on. If you choose to buy SKY Sports then you’re part of the problem, I’m afraid. You can’t have your cake and eat it.

Murphy has done nothing wrong. Nothing. We’re all allowed to write what the hell we like on social media – as long as it doesn’t break the law. So, call him a snake if you want – but the only people you’re impressing are the other idiots who think like you.

Or, you could wish him good luck and leave a more pleasant taste in your mouth so that he looks back at his time here with pride and happiness.

But, of course….you have a choice.


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8 Replies to “Murphy madness”

  • Really good article and I agree with most of what you say
    But what annoys me very much is the posters who claim “he will always be one of us”
    No he won’t he forfeited that right and anyhow his alligence was with Newcastle not Norwich City

  • Very fair article well thought out. it is life in football , players move on, getting into the England scene at a different level, he sees a better way and who can blame him I certainly don’t, What did make me a little peed off was When it came out he was a newcastle supporter all his life and a baby picture, suddenly pops up. I dressed my children in Norwich shirts but didn’t mean they supported Norwich. Other than that good luck to him, a good deal I feel for City as he clearly to me was nowhere near the finished article. It will either make him or break him .. Hope it turns him into a International

  • Looks like I have been drawn into this debate sooner than anticipated : )
    I have been called rude and vindictive by a once in a blue moon non contributor to this
    excellent forum which as with all personal attacks has made me think.
    Football is important to me but my family, my home and Architecture is far more important.
    Why waste time obsessing and posting about football when working virtually every hour I am awake ? Mrs DG often asks me this question.
    I treat football as a social occasion. Yes I want to see as many games as I can but on a rare break from working it has to be combined with friends and pubs and discussions of other more important things in life.
    As such with more thought I have apologised privately to Tuckster for my comments on the snake article and wonder why I am worked up about a young man blessed with some talent to run and control a football as opposed to ensuring Disabled persons have somewhere to live which encompass their needs and School facilities are as good as they possibly can be to learn in.

    After a bit of soul searching I will now only mention one JM and for the time he remains at my home town club he will get my attention. If and when he goes he will not.

    Having said all that 50 years of actively supporting NCFC does not allow me to change my basic opinions of only being interested in one team and their players. Every game played that affects Norwich will result in me wanting it to benefit my team. If it does not then it is just another game I can hear about but not worry about.

    I am not an economist or would I pretend to be an expert on finance but I cannot see how all the money pumped into the game by tv companies mainly for benefit of arm chair supporters and
    causing problems for game attending supporters, goes to players and agents whilst even the richest clubs are in large debt. We all seem to shrug our shoulders and accept it as we have to but when thinking about it from a moral point of view it is unacceptable.

    Finally I cannot accept the ‘ short career ‘ argument and never want to hear it again.

  • ‘His point was that Murphy should not be following the lure of the filthy lucre but rather demonstrating some loyalty to the club who has nurtured him. Well, that’s how I read it’

    Neatly sidestepping that football exists in an anachronistic feudal world where players are chattel to be bought and sold on a whim to profit club coffers (and agents) when the time comes. Norwich (like all clubs) use their academy to speculate on players, most of whom will never get into the first team, but will have some financial value. The £12m return will cover development, help keep the academy going and go towards a replacement.

    Had a transfer fee not been involved, and all players had the same rights to leave a job as the rest of us (at the end of each season, say) then I might have some sympathy with this viewpoint. But morality and football have long since been strangers.

  • An enjoyable read and something that I fully agree with, We have all been in jobs were someone get a surprise pay rise or promotion and some make a joke of it while other get upperty and stsrt back bitting about said person creepy around the bosses or in the case of a female other bad if not slanderous comments, it is down to jealousy.

    We all make decisions on many things each day and asked why did we do that or why didn’t we do the other as you say it is personnel choice and we have to live with the decision once made, having spent most of my working life overseas the first question I was asked when getting home is when are you going back, second why do you work away from home and the last statement was alway you are a money grabber.

    My answers to the first was once my holiday has finished.
    To the second I enjoy the travel and being with like mind people
    And to the last was alway take what you can when you can as long as it help you and your family and doesn’t hurt anyone else.

  • His point was that Murphy should not be following the lure of the filthy lucre but rather demonstrating some loyalty to the club who has nurtured him. Well, that’s how I read it.

    If referring to me and my moral high ground it was not my point at all.
    I grudgingly accept as do all fans that players are overpaid and treat football as a job and not with loyalty, it was simply a point that we do not all sacrifice principles for money and notoriety.

    I have recently been told by a learned surgeon about a book where there is maximum happiness and contentment at a salary of around £ 50k. Above that it may lead to no more happiness and maybe even less !

  • There is another way of looking at it. Footballers aren’t people. Footballers are commodities’. Like at an antiques fayre, good ones are moved on for good money. Great ones go to auction in hope of great money. Poor ones end up at the car boot, or given away to Oxfam. We need to think of players with the same lack of compassion we do our opponents around a monopoly board.

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