Date:Friday April 23 2010
I know we have debated this a lot, so we cannot keep going on about it but this issue incenses me!
Ok, I can see some side to the 'not allowing us', and will get to this, but I DO feel a real sense of 'injustice' here as I believe a decision is being made by those WITHOUT the 'right power' and somehow using there 'muscle', the financial one, to apply pressure to those that SHOULD be strong enough to stand up to them and prove 'who the Daddy' is...
Admin Andy says that he WILL continue to fight for a European place next season, and I say good on him! He has my full support and backing here.
First and foremost it is my strong belief that the ONLY reason we missed the 'deadline' to apply to the 'domestic powers that be', even though uefa - you know the ones that control the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - have a deadline of the end of May, is purely and simple because they did not want anyone 'looking over our books' until they were good and ready. As I have said in comments, and in the forum, it is my firm belief that those 'running us' KNEW what would be found, so by not applying for the uefa license things did not come out that they did not want to come out...
So, given it was, yet again, the actions of shysters costing us surely a level of commonsense and decency to this clubs future, and us the fans, MUST be given here and if uefa are happy with us applying the FA - who for me, SHOULD have this final say domestically, and not the premier league - should at least give us the chance to PROVE we can be in a position to compete in the Europa league.
I know people argue that we cannot 'afford' to enter it, but the exposure it will give the club will be beneficial - it will also, in theory, allow us to keep some players we might not have otherwise been able to keep, and not just because we 'could not afford it', but because they would then say as European football could tempt players, that we could not have kept otherwise, to stay with us. Or at least be the extra incentive.
Not to mention the fact that I would think this gives us a fantastic chance of keeping 'our leader' Avram Grant, and hoe important could this be to us...
The positives of allowing us in could have many knock-on affects to other positives, further negatives of not letting us in could see things snowball further into decline - we are talking about actions that 'might' have such an impact on our future as a club!
An argument given by David Moyes is that Everton NEED European football to progress as a club, hence why he felt we should miss out...Then WHY can the same not be said of our club too? We are trying to rebuild and this gives us a better platform to build from, surely?
Again I have also said countless times, IF we are not in a position to prove that we can financially compete in this fair enough - a club in administration could not do this, but a club that HAS come out of this, and has seen a CVA agreed to see us then control 'manageable debt' has as much right as ANY of the other English clubs playing in Europe who ALL have debts, of varying amounts, yet they are not prevented from doing this. Well, at least not yet, I think new rules are soon coming into play though?
My BIGGEST gripe is against the poxy premier league though!
If you go onto the FA.com and look up the cup, the best cup competition in the world, you will see that this is called the FA Cup and NOT the premier league cup so what the hell has it got to do with Dick Scudamore and his chums at premier league towers?
It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the premier league, so WHY their 'permission' is needed is beyond me...
I had previously written something saying it was the FA's chance to stand up to the premier league and show where the true power lies, but these spineless old gits at FA headquarters have just rolled over and proven that the REAL power lies with the premier league!
So, they may as well just accept this and let the domination of English football that the premier league has continue to grow until they, the premier league, finally get their way and football 'outside of the top flight' basically does not exist - they have no time for this, and do not want this, hence why a 'no power championship' side cannot be allowed to fly the flag for England in Europe, what sort of 'impression' does that send out if a 'giant' from the promised land of the premier league is not in European football and a 'no hoper' from the championship is.
Ok, we will not get in but why not, as a compromise drop a European place? Forfeit the FA cup one and prevent someone from the league from benefiting from our loss - cutting off your nose to spite your face? Perhaps, but that way the FA do not lose face and the premier league does not 'look after one of their own?'
If we genuinely cannot prove we can be in a position to play in Europe next season, fair enough I will hold my hands up, granted still be gutted, but say 'fair play' - again we would have to be out of admin without a doubt and have a CVA agreed to see debts 'manageable' and 'maintainable' for this.
Yet to be denied the opportunity to have a chance at this at least stinks, it is a disgrace and the FA should be ashamed of themselves for not being stronger, the premier league just prove how power crazed they are and how their strangle hold on the English game grows...
PLAY UP POMPEY!
Date:Friday April 23 2010
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