Date: 20th December 2017 at 7:42am
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Asides from the departure of Marcel Franke we learned some interesting news yesterday regarding the takeover of Barnsley by a Chinese consortium.

It seems to be the sign of the times.

It’s true, money doesn’t buy Championships, nevertheless it can help you an awful lot, as we have seen this season with financially backed Wolves, Villa, Derby and Bristol City all in great form.

How much longer will Norwich City be able to survive and compete in this new league of rich owners? Only time will tell, and results of course.

There aren`t too many family owned, family run football clubs nowadays. Sustainable and debt free football clubs are almost utopia these days.

It seems to be the tendency – we will see each year more and more clubs being purchased by rich foreign investors. Money is good for entertainment and for sure the football league loves it, don’t they?

The Barnsley takeover seems a bit more interesting than most in some ways. I say this because of the presence of ‘Moneyball’ Billy Bean as one of the investors.
You may have seen the movie or not and if you haven’t I would strongly recommend you to do so, as this is the guy that changed the sport of baseball forever – some american football teams are also now using his approach.

His statistics based approach may not be such a novelty for football management these days, nevertheless what he did for modern sports is remarkable. I will let you judge yourself once see the movie, if you haven’t already.

If he is able to do something similar with Barnsley, like he did with the Oakland athletics, it will be very interesting although it might not be so different to what Paul Heckingbottom has been doing already.

Basically it means being successful on a shoestring budget – although in this case with new investors that actually might have a decent budget to back up the manager, this could be even more interesting.

The bottom line is that each year things will be more difficult for Norwich City, so hopefully the squad starts delivering on the pitch or in a few years time the club will face the inevitable: either swim with the stream or drown.


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12 Replies to “The Barnsley Takeover And Moneyball”

  • How much longer will Norwich City be able to survive and compete in this new league of rich owners? Only time will tell, and results of course.

    To answer that question. We already know. We are lower mid table and unable to score goals.
    If the Smiffs stubbornly will not let go we will be in league 1 in 2 years.

  • and on a side issue. Yes I have seen moneyball but it is also very worth watching Major league
    ( one of my favourite movies ). Comparing it to NCFC, Smiff is played by character Rachel Phelps who wants to move the club to Miami ( in Smiffs case Suffolk ) but has to get the attendance to fall below a certain figure to trigger the contract clause ( hence the removal of anybody standing ).
    In major league Phelps hires a load of no hope’rs to fail on the pitch to help the attendance
    drop. Smiff is on the way to doing this too. In the film they all pull together and win the league.
    We can only hope Smiff is thwarted like Phelps.

  • I beg to differ. English clubs and league are riding high a on wave of huge TV money, and there is a limit to which how much subscribers are willing to pay. This is IMO a bubble growing bigger and bigger each year. So-called investors come in, register the club as a company, and take up loans based on their reputation, and technically, can leave without any financial liabilities. Self sustainability is key, and although it?s a tough road ahead, we will reap the rewards when the day of TV money drying up comes. Many Germans clubs operate on a focus on youth, which renders the club being able to sustain financially, and that is the model the club is going towards right now. Let?s have some faith in Webber and I think we?ll be all right in a couple of years time.

  • Hope you are right Adrian. Nevertheless the bottom line is that if success does not come beyond next season the club will find it quite hard to operate with current wage levels, and self sustainable would eventually mean that we have to sell our best players. In that case we can hope that the academy is packed with good prospects and Mr. Webber can do some “moneyballing” himself.

  • As much as we all want the bubble to burst it will if happening at all take longer
    than it will for Smiffs to drag NCFC down to lower leagues.
    How many times have we all said that the property market cannot continue to
    maintain such high prices for houses !! It is still £ 250 k for a bog standard terrace
    in Norwich. They are unlikely to go down and even if they do a bit it is the owners who will still be better off in the long run.

  • Self sustainability does not work, which is why no one else with ambition to mive forwards does it. Also, I cannot for the life of me see webber being here in two years. He lays foundations. More sitting around waiting to see how much further our club can be driven down? No thanks, I have quite rightly and fairly had my fill of watching that since Hughton walked through the door.

  • I’m not sure why the German model is brought in to the discussion from a lot of people as well. That is in germany…English football is not o my different, but the only club that could compete in england would be bayern and they dont use that model. They purchase anything successful at Dortmund to reduce their threat and keep costs low, hence why the German transfer record is so low compared to here.

  • This financial mess was created precisely because the club had money to burn, and wrongly spent by 2 turnip-managers. For example, Naismith for 9m pounds and Super high wages (and we couldn?t get rid of him now). The most successful period was when the club was poorest in recent times. Money may get good players, but motivating a set of players is far more important. As for the ?German-Self-Sustainability? theory, it extends to other major European league too… for example Ajax (Europa League Finalist). The Italian Serie A is the perfect example of over investment: virtually no youth system and the league and national team are struggling. Money may bring short term success, but if not careful may result in long term stagnation.

  • Another point to note is that there are no known wealthy Norwich fan who is able to invest substantially into this club. Investors look for returns, and why would a non-Norwich-fan pour millions, of not billions into a Club based in a City- with due respect- where there are no equal marketing or economic returns?

  • To add on, the worst scenario would be a Chinese-based consortium coming in with huge fan-fare, register the club as a private limited, spend tons of money, and then just leave with enormous debts after getting tired of the ?trend and fun of owning a English Football club?.

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