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Premier League football bubble set to burst?

Recently there has been a lot of talk of the football bubble bursting, what do you think!?

I saw this on the Vital Villa site by Fear, who runs the network, and thought it was worth discussing here as well, is the bubble bursting?

We seem to be talking more and more about the frustration of fans, not just us Villa fans but fans in general... there are three clubs at the top, then there are the also rans! Great clubs with great traditions, not exactly low spenders but none of us can really compete.

You have to buy the league now, although I don`t and never would accuse Manchester United of doing that, as much as I`d like to. They stuck with their manager (who if legend is right, was only a game or two away from the sack) and did bring through a 'freak` generation of fantastic youth players to supplement the quality.

I`ve been saying in the fourm for ages, I worry that the football bubble is about to burst.

Attendances appear to be dwindling, fans of different clubs are discontent on our forums, we saw Everton fans marching before their game v Villa due to the lack of investment in their team. We have fans of all sorts of Premiership clubs questioning their owners and/or the managers, some blaming the players for where they are in the league and others saying football is just too expensive.

Are those the problems? Well, some say that money in the game has ruined it. Lets be honest, the game has been transformed, in fact it actually has become trendy and more of a family experience as opposed to the old spit and sawdust days. Grounds have improved, tv coverage has increased massively, we`ve seen some of the World`s true superstars grace the fields but..... ?

Well, discontent seems to be massive and in our humble opinion at Vital Towers, if this isn`t arrested, the bubble will burst, we`ll become, if we aren`t already, the next La Liga or Serie A... It already looks like a 2-3 horse race and even clubs who were in touching distance and others who were winning things all of a sudden are simply also rans.

What we found fascinating at Vital, especially as we have got more involved with The Great Football Experiment, is that some of the fans of the 'big` clubs are now also agreeing!

After the 8-2 between Man Utd and Arsenal (as predicted by Kev from Ivory FC.... Click Here) we saw these comments on our sites.

The one from an Arsenal fan stinging from being beaten in that manner having seen his team at the top of the tree (and many neutral fans seem to agree they have done it the 'right` way ie not just thrown money at the game but have actually bought and sold wisely)

'This is finally the consequences of the crazy money in the game. The biggest clubs can take whatever players they want and pay them obscene money, leaving the rest of us as 'also rans'!!! We are now going the ranks of clubs who are not likely to win anything of substance again while the billionaire owner brigade run the show. It's a sad day for football and for us Arsenal supporters, our season is over b4 it even began. I don't even know where to begin in terms of our future I am so depressed.'

Right, so, an Arsenal fan saying that. So what you might ask? Of course they would be fed up.

But it was followed by a Manchester United fan:

Being a United fan, it was sad to see the demolishing of your club today. The 2 Manchester teams are now top, I have too agree with your fans stating that money has ruined the game, PL Will turn into La Liga, FIFA must intervene.

We at Vital Towers know many fans who have simply walked away from the game OR who are watching football at lower league / non league clubs or looking at grass roots and actually playing.

There are some massive historic clubs in the Premier League now who never had a God given right to win things BUT were always within a shout of winning. The Premier League when it first started and the First Division before it, you had at least 10 clubs who could be in with a shout of winning the title. You now have three and probably realistically two.

How has this tide turn changed your opinion of football? The authorities watch our network with interest, so tell them... it might not make a difference but at least you`ll feel better!

Our sponsor over the next few months is Nivea who are running the The Great Football Experiment

We`d love you to join in with us on our official GFE blog site: Click Here

With Nivea they are covering both ends of the spectrum, from grass roots with Ivory FC right the way to being the official grooming product supplier for the England team. I find myself drifting grass roots way, how about you?

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Writer: The Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 20 2011

Time: 12:00PM

Your Comments

Talk about rose-tinted specs! There used to be 10 clubs in with a shout? When? Not in my lifetime. In that time there has been a Leeds then Liverpool domination of all domestic trophies. That is to say, if they didn't win it, you probably had to beat them to.From when my memory kicks in (mid-seventies) there were two seasons,when Villa and Forest won a title each and Liverpool won every other year.Look how long it took United to over-haul their record of titles.Since the PL break-away Blackburn, United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all won it.The "bubble" as I saw it was the game being "sold" to a completely new "audience". Of course that bubble is bursting, it was always going to. As soon as those that had been attracted by Sky's version of the game found out that chances are you're never going to see your team win a single thing,they decided; no thanks. Let's not beat about the bush here, the pricing policy of clubs, regarding matches, was designed to keep out "undesirables". Unfortunately, for those who knew no better, those people considered themselves born to support a club. No thought needed, regardless of results, your club was your club and you suffered it.They were also responsible for that thing we call "atmosphere" at grounds;it's them that does the chanting! No them=no atmosphere. I've commented on other threads how football, especially the PL, is being sold and regarded as a product. Well, in that case, if the product doesn't prove satisfactory, the consumer finds a new product. Fans don't. Those responsible for this particular piece of social engineering may not be around to see it's true cost to the game. Each club will have lost a generation of those fans who have been deliberately priced out of the grounds.Coupled with the disappearance of the "consumers" (and disappear they will), grounds are going to continue to empty and to be like morgues as regards atmosphere (Villa v Wolves?). As Leeds dominated the late 60's early 70's, Liverpool the mid 70's through the 80's ,we now have United dominant.That alone is nothing new, then. No dynasty lasts forever but excuse me if I don't share a tear for any Arsenal fans.Some of us know what real suffering is!
all4divisions
Talk about rose-tinted specs! There used to be 10 clubs in with a shout? When? Not in my lifetime. In that time there has been a Leeds then Liverpool domination of all domestic trophies. That is to say, if they didn't win it, you probably had to beat them to.From when my memory kicks in (mid-seventies) there were two seasons,when Villa and Forest won a title each and Liverpool won every other year.Look how long it took United to over-haul their record of titles.Since the PL break-away Blackburn, United, Arsenal and Chelsea have all won it.The "bubble" as I saw it was the game being "sold" to a completely new "audience". Of course that bubble is bursting, it was always going to. As soon as those that had been attracted by Sky's version of the game found out that chances are you're never going to see your team win a single thing,they decided; no thanks. Let's not beat about the bush here, the pricing policy of clubs, regarding matches, was designed to keep out "undesirables". Unfortunately, for those who knew no better, those people considered themselves born to support a club. No thought needed, regardless of results, your club was your club and you suffered it.They were also responsible for that thing we call "atmosphere" at grounds;it's them that does the chanting! No them=no atmosphere. I've commented on other threads how football, especially the PL, is being sold and regarded as a product. Well, in that case, if the product doesn't prove satisfactory, the consumer finds a new product. Fans don't. Those responsible for this particular piece of social engineering may not be around to see it's true cost to the game. Each club will have lost a generation of those fans who have been deliberately priced out of the grounds.Coupled with the disappearance of the "consumers" (and disappear they will), grounds are going to continue to empty and to be like morgues as regards atmosphere (Villa v Wolves?). As Leeds dominated the late 60's early 70's, Liverpool the mid 70's through the 80's ,we now have United dominant.That alone is nothing new, then. No dynasty lasts forever but excuse me if I don't share a tear for any Arsenal fans.Some of us know what real suffering is!
all4divisions
Well I have to say I liked the article, it is true that football is now a business and not a passion. But I have to say A4D that I think you have hit the nail on the head! We are going to lose a whole generation due to one thing and one thing only SKY!!!
supersparkes
Well I have to say I liked the article, it is true that football is now a business and not a passion. But I have to say A4D that I think you have hit the nail on the head! We are going to lose a whole generation due to one thing and one thing only SKY!!!
supersparkes
"share" should have read "shed". I couldn't type through the smoke coming off my crack pipe.
all4divisions
"share" should have read "shed". I couldn't type through the smoke coming off my crack pipe.
all4divisions
I know what you mean abou the Arsenal fans though, I know quite a few and they are bleating about the death of their club!! I just laugh at them. I thought however that it was the tears of rage that you couldn't see through!
supersparkes
I know what you mean abou the Arsenal fans though, I know quite a few and they are bleating about the death of their club!! I just laugh at them. I thought however that it was the tears of rage that you couldn't see through!
supersparkes
Don't worry Sparkes, I haven't sunk so low I need the brown stuff yet...but another season like last and who knows!Quite right about Arsenal fans though. Poor them!
all4divisions
Don't worry Sparkes, I haven't sunk so low I need the brown stuff yet...but another season like last and who knows!Quite right about Arsenal fans though. Poor them!
all4divisions
LOL I should hope not mate. but I was giggling on Saturday at them, put up a few updates on FB about it. But then we played. hey ho you reap what you sow!
supersparkes
LOL I should hope not mate. but I was giggling on Saturday at them, put up a few updates on FB about it. But then we played. hey ho you reap what you sow!
supersparkes
... and don't forget WW in the late 1950s! Nice riposte, A4D. You nom de plume encapsulates the fickleness of fortune in relation to WW but the same could be said for a number of other teams. Moneybags management has certainly skewed the game to the extent that a mere multi-millionaire like SM cannot compete. Well, he does not want to throw enough money at our problem to compete effectively. On the other hand, he seems genuinely interested in the fortunes of the club, whereas some of the billionaires seem to have picked their team with a pin and will abandon them at the drop of a ... er ... pin.
Southbank60
... and don't forget WW in the late 1950s! Nice riposte, A4D. You nom de plume encapsulates the fickleness of fortune in relation to WW but the same could be said for a number of other teams. Moneybags management has certainly skewed the game to the extent that a mere multi-millionaire like SM cannot compete. Well, he does not want to throw enough money at our problem to compete effectively. On the other hand, he seems genuinely interested in the fortunes of the club, whereas some of the billionaires seem to have picked their team with a pin and will abandon them at the drop of a ... er ... pin.
Southbank60
 

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