Is Notts County just an expensive play thing for Eriksson?
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So Sven-Göran Eriksson, what attracted you to the new multi-millionaire owners of Notts County? I am being facetious, but surely it wasn’t the prestige of being the world’s oldest league club?
Maybe it is a sleeping giant?
An average attendance over the past few years of 4,500 and a ground capacity of 20,000 doesn’t indicate it has a latent support.
What about league position and future and prospects?
Well, League Division 2 is a long way off from the Premiership and Champions League, but, hey, you must have vision and ambition.
But what has this got to do with Australian sport?
My fear is the power, ego and potential corruption or financial ruin of private owners who use sporting clubs as their latest plaything.
I know of one Notts County fan in Brisbane who is not salivating at the injection of money to buy success.
He has fears of a Leeds Utd-esque collapse once the short term success is over.
The recent jailing of three Derby County directors for fraud is a stark reminder to fans of all clubs to be vigilant about how your club operates. Keep asking questions to keep them honest.
It’s arguable the greatest loss when a club folds is felt by the supporters more than employees or the owners.
As global media exposure increases and rewards become more attractive, the possibility of Australian sporting club administrators cutting corners may just be too tempting for some.