Clear Out Begins, Is the Premier League the best Football League in the World??

The English Premier League has been hailed as the best league in the world, the league that every player wants to play in. The Media tells us this at every given opportunity, managers say it and players also have been heard to boast about it.

Well I for one can’t see it.

Every time the English sides come face to face with the so-called best from other leagues in football, seldom do they come out on top.

There is no doubt in my mind that the EPL is not the best.

If you take the best team in our league, which at this point in time is Manchester United and see how they have fared this year, you have to agree that they only won the Premier league by others misfortunes.

In all honesty four to five teams could have won the league this season but mistake after mistake opened the door for United. Our own team, The Arsenal could so easily have won the league if only they hadn’t self destructed.

Chelsea had the same problems as us, they had injuries which resulted in bad games at times and bad results followed, the sacking of Wilkins didn’t help their cause either. Manchester City also had their chances but new players, which they acquired often need time to gel. That, coupled with silly slip ups saw their chance go.

So how in all honesty are we the best?

Manchester United may have reached the final in the Champions League but it has to be said they had the help of the draws throughout the rounds but in the final they were matched with what the media have hailed as the best team of all time. Great praise for a team who supposedly play in an inferior league to us.

Barcelona. I could write about Barcelona exploits all day long but at the end of the day they absolutely hammered our best team. To be fair they hammered us as well, yes I can say that we beat them at The Emirates but an honest fan would say that it really was against the run of play.

When we played the return leg at The Camp Nou, Barcelona overpowered us to the point of us not having many shots on target other than our goal. That was an absolute hiding for a team who are supposedly the fourth best team in the best league in the world. I could of course mention that we played almost the whole of the second half with only ten men, but that still wouldn’t detract from the point that we were battered.

In my eyes Manchester United have been the best team in the EPL for many years not forgetting Chelsea who have had their own successes as well, but Utd have been there all the time.

Utd were humbled in the final and this will ultimately affect them in the future, you only have to look at our own Arsenal who self destructed after their humiliated defeat against Barcelona. We plummeted from second in the best league in the world to a fortunate fourth.

We were fortunate that the season ended when it did as we could so easily been out in the cold had it continued for another couple of games but it didn’t and we secured fourth, just.

Manchester United have been fortunate that they played Barcelona in the last game of the season, they will now have the close season to try and build their confidence back up and make changes where needed. I have no doubts that the hammering they encountered will stay with the players for quite some time but I am sure Ferguson will endeavour to replace some of his players in the hope that this humiliating defeat will be diluted.

Of course we have to remember the other teams in the Premier league; the teams that make this league the best in the world. Birmingham must receive some acclaim, they beat us in the final of the Carling Cup but they will be playing their football next year in a lower division owing to their relegation from the best league in the world.

Manchester City winners of The FA Cup made a spirited surge at the end of the season to squeeze into third place they could be the dark horses of the Premier league for next season, although when they played us they shut up shop and were quite happy with a point. Next season should they get paired with Barcelona or Madrid a point will not help them much.

Our Old neighbour’s Totteringham made their début in The Champions League this season but after getting hammered by Real Madrid, they too will have to wait a few years before they reach these dizzy heights again.

So who has the best league in the world?

I just believe that when all our top teams have been well and truly humiliated surely it cannot be ours, can it?

Written by Steve Palmer

Bit of news re the squad, Mark Randall has been told his services are no longer required at the club. Young Guns report that he has been  released after the decision was made not to offer him a new contract – he is the third young gunner to be released this summer, George Brislen-Hall and Roarie Deacon being the other two.

I hope they all find new clubs and do well in the future….

Looks like the clear out of the youth/reserves has begun….

105 thoughts on “Clear Out Begins, Is the Premier League the best Football League in the World??

  1. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 9:43am

    Morning all

    Good read Steve, I think our league is the strongest, many more teams are competing for top spot, where as in other leagues it is just one or two who really have a chance…

    I would love Barcelona to play in the PL, not sure they would maintain their high standards playing against some of the sides in our league 😉

  2. Michael

    May 30, 2011 at 9:45am

    I can’t agree with that though, as the fact that 5 teams could of won it this year, makes it a better league, than the la liga, which is Barcelona’s every year. No competition. Barcelona may be better than United, and United are the best in the Premier league and Barcelona are best in La Liga, but that’s a comparison on which league has the best team, not which league has the most competition.

  3. sig

    May 30, 2011 at 9:50am

    We beat both Barca & Utd this season…

    I think that makes us the best team in the world!!

  4. DragonDragon

    May 30, 2011 at 9:51am

    United have all summer to recover from their Barca defeat. I don’t think it’ll affect them as much as it did us.

  5. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 9:51am

    Hi Michael…

    I think ours is a stronger league, but do we play the best football in our league?

  6. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 9:53am

    Morning All.
    Hi ricolicious,I must admit rico it would be an eye opener Barca in our league we could bring them down to our level pretty quick, or maybe we could reach theirs, always two sides to a penny. It did seem like they were in our league last year and the year before seeing how we played them twice in both years, and in all honesty we hav,nt done that bad against them, overall we lost but we can do that against any team as has been proved this year. But next year, yeh next year we’ll have the beating of them, as long as we get through that is.

  7. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 9:53am

    I still cannot believe how we reacted to that loss at wenbley….

    Hi sig & DD

  8. Damnit

    May 30, 2011 at 10:00am

    Still think the EPL is the best overall. Barca and Madrid are two exceptions.

    No doubt the best of england isnt as good as barca but our league has a stronger 4-20th teams and it isnt a 2 horse race. You have wolves beating manure and birmingham beating arsenal etc.

    Also the financial power of the premier league with Man City and Chelsea means the best players and coaches are brought in from around the globe.

  9. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 10:03am

    Hi all.Steve i have to disagree with you on this one.Barca and madrid are probably the best teams in Europe but that doesn’t make their league the madrid/barca our top 5 teams would beat their 3rd-5th teams.there is more competition here both top and bottom.also don’t forget madrid/barca get 60% of the TV revenue in Spain unlike in England where it is equally shared so id be very surprised if they weren’t the top 2 teams in the world.

  10. Dgob

    May 30, 2011 at 10:09am

    There is a big difference between a league with ‘the best team’ in it (Barca) and ‘the best league’. The latter would demand that Barca and RM were faced with teams who could regularly and genuinely compete (both financially and performance wise). That is not the case unlike the EPL.

    This seems so obvious that it makes me want to question the knowledge and/or viewpoints of the author of this blog.

    Strange, indeed!

  11. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 10:09am

    I also think you could argue that the mancs are not the best team in the league but the most consistent.they are built to win the league.we on the other hand are more technical than them/chavs/city and thats why we performed better especially at home against barca.we were closer to beating them than madrid themselves despite us finishing 4th.going on that i don’t think that your theory that the mancs loss in the final makes la liga the best holds.

  12. Goonerjim

    May 30, 2011 at 10:16am

    How would Barca fare if they had to play teams like stoke, Blackburn and Bolton every week? Kevin Davis would make mincemeat of their defence with English refs.

  13. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:20am

    Dgob – your comment was sensible until the last bit, no need to be rude is there??

    It’s a good post which is asking for views, we are all entitled to our own opinion aren’t we?

  14. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:20am

    Morning Kt..

  15. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:22am

    Goonerjim – I’d love to aswell, they would be rolling on the floor from start to finish, they wouldn’t cope in the PL – Real Madrid would though imho…

  16. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:24am

    I have a feeling that the club are sorting out the youth/reserves before the window opens, those who will stay are being offered contracts and those who need to move on are being told..

    Three out so far, wonder how many more will follow?

  17. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 10:24am

    I have to say Steve, you have missed the goal on this one.

    As has been said, how would either of those teams deal with Stoke and Blackburn on a freezing winter Wednesday night?

    Shame to see Randell go but if you are not good enough…..

    Rico, I said I think around 15 will go this summer, remember?

  18. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:26am

    Re the Mancs, i don’t think they are the best in league either, but, as Steve says, they won the PL are therefore (on paper) they are….

  19. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 10:31am

    I don’t think it’s as clear cut as everyone’s making it out to be. Outside of the top two the Spanish league is very competitive.

    If competition is the key sign of the quality of a league, then the Dutch and French leagues are better than the EPL.

  20. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:32am

    Hi Will,

    3 down 12 to go then 😉

  21. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 10:37am

    Id say in terms of competition though Bundesliga is the best.

  22. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:38am

    Hi G4L – good point, we tend to forget those beyond Real and Barca…

  23. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:40am

    Each league seems to have a top two and a bottom 4/5…

    I think we could see an early break away in the PL next season.

    Man City and us 😉

  24. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 10:45am

    I was gonna mention Bundesliga, but Dortmund cake walked it, so I’m ignoring that league this season. But last year and before, yes, it’s a very competitive league.

    In the last 8 years, they’ve had 5 different teams win it. They might not have the best teams in their league, but I’d have to say they have the best league.

    Even Werder Bremen almost got relegated.

  25. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 10:51am

    Will, the bit about the goal in the post was my fault, i must have lost it while editing, wordpress does funny things sometimes 😉

  26. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 11:01am

    Back later folks, got the builders in and got tea to make 😉

    Not bad eh considering it’s a holiday here…

  27. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 11:18am

    Funny, I read a lot of blogs (this is the only one i comment on) and pretty much every one of them is calling for the same players to leave.

    Surely Wenger and his staff must see this.

  28. RGG

    May 30, 2011 at 11:36am

    Barca are the best team ever. The only position I think they can strengthen is in goal. When we beat them Messi missed a first half hatrick and in the second half they tired. Before Sat their key players had the previous 2 weeks off – given that kind of preparation they are unbeatable. They humiliated ManU – it would have been the same whoever they’d played. When Inter beat them last year they were not at their physical peak. You can only beat that team if they are tired, and still you need a lot of luck (ie they need to miss a hatfull of chances)

    Our league is the best in the world. Barca are just on another planet.

  29. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 11:57am

    good post
    top debate topic
    the pl is the best league though..spain has the best team in the world but as far as leagues go this is the most competitive

    randalls time was up years ago
    shame we didnt get a fee, seems a waste of time and money but at least hes off the wage bill

  30. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 12:01pm

    take blackpool for example..
    they just been relegated from the pl
    does anyone think with there style of play they would have been relegated from spain??
    i dont..
    mid table i reckon

  31. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 12:13pm

    I am not sure we can laud our league. How many defensive cloggers do we have that play for the draw?

  32. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 12:13pm

    JonJon, please. No way, they play attacking football, great, but they are used to that in Spain and they have more skillful players. They would’ve been relegated for sure in Spain.

    People are just blinded by the billing given to the EPL. It’s a strong league, but it’s too lazy to just declare it the best, the most competitive, when there are indications that it isn’t.

  33. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 12:16pm

    Will, it’s just a statement pundits have been rolling out for years because the EPL makes the most money and in the Champions league the four English teams make it out the group stages most of the time.

    Now fans are just echoing that statement without paying attention to the other leagues. These are the same pundits that tried to mention Rooney and Messi in the same breath. Nonsense.

  34. W.A.T.H

    May 30, 2011 at 12:21pm

    G4L, Rooney is the same breath as Messi of course he is……… He can carry Messi’s boots for him…!

  35. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 12:40pm

    spain have 2 teams
    the rest are shite
    like scotland…
    the two big ones dominate..anyone else can get relegated..even deportivo got relegated this year..
    we have a top 6..
    our league is stronger and barca nor madrid would stroll our league..

  36. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 12:44pm

    the pl is the quickest league in the world
    try watching italian matches..then come back to me with lazy

    blackpool v bolton makes more entertaining veiwing than hercules v gijon

    spain isnt anywhere near as good as PL..

    barca make that league..real madrid havent won cl for years..without barca cl would be dominated by everyone else but spain..

  37. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 12:46pm

    without barca spain wouldnt even win national honours..
    spainish league is overrated..
    its crap..
    barca make it what it is..

  38. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 12:52pm

    I have to disagree JJ, Bolton Vs Blackpool or Stoke Vs Blackburn does not make entertaining watching.

  39. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 1:02pm

    it does when you compare it to watching sides of the same position in other leagues will..and thats my point

    blackpool got relegated from PL..

    how many other top leagues in europe would they get relegated from??
    not saying they would win that league but im pretty sure you put blackpool in the dutch, italian, german, even spanish league..they wouldnt go down..

  40. Joaquim moreira

    May 30, 2011 at 1:07pm

    No. For example, Valencia and Villa-Real would be title contenders. Barca and Madrid are from other galaxy.
    Where to play better football is the Spanish league. They are good games, emotional, exciting and good football. All clubs have great players. The Corunha come down, is far superior Professional Football, the majority of English clubs. And I could speak also of Malaga,Gijon, etc.
    The German league is well played. Play to score goals.
    French is very technical and also play to score goals.
    In Italy, they play not to lose. It’s annoying to see.
    PL, is soulful, has a good environment, have good players is very combative. It’s good, because that’s where Arsenal play. It’s not where you play better football. Fight a lot. It is very muscular.
    In the Netherlands, throws himself forward. Do not know how to defend. There is always a lot of goals.
    In Portugal, football is a slower, very technical, it is very argued.

  41. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 1:14pm

    With their idea of defending? Most leagues.

  42. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 1:25pm

    Thank you Will, they would be relegated in a lot of leagues.

    Talking about Spain, Seville have won the Uefa cup twice in recent times. When was the last English winner?

    Atletico are crap with Aguero and Forlan? Really? Villareal and Valencia are crap? We couldn’t even beat Valencia for a while. Ridiculous statement.

  43. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 1:26pm

    W.A.T.H. Lol, too true. Messi makes me sick, why is he so good?

  44. W.A.T.H

    May 30, 2011 at 1:38pm

    G4L, it’s not just that Messi is so talented it’s the fact that he also grafts big time and ppl overlook the the side of his game a lot.

  45. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 1:52pm

    where would valencia and villareal finish in Pl..

    would they finish in top 4?? top 6 even??


  46. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 1:55pm

    Afternoon all, sorry i had to leave it to you rico had to go out. I see we have different views about our leagues, and you guys make great comments and i take in all you say, even the ones doubting my mental state, i must agree i am as mad as a hatter even madder after this year. But you must admit that we have seen some good football from foreign leagues this year not just the top clubs that win everything but clubs like shalka who were given no chance and stayed in for ages, even that team down the road played some cracking stuff, never to be seen again of course but i don’t mind that. I must admit i look through our league and am not impressed by what i see, billionaires dictating what happens and i see that as manipulation by money, Transfers are only fair when everybody has the same money How could teams without billionaires compete, and when the fair play rules come in the big clubs will have acquired all the talent about, to sustain them for the next five years and with the youth all being assigned to these top teams will also dominate for another ten years, you may think its the best but definitely not the fairest

  47. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 2:02pm

    ajax had one of the best teams of all time at one bit did that mean that the dutch league was the best in the world??

    would dortmund, porto, lille, milan, twente, win the PL..?? lol

    barca might..but they wouldnt if the relied on the same players every game like they do in spain and wouldnt be easy..not like it is for them in spain..

    messi xavi ineista would get kicked up in the air every other game in this league they wouldnt get a full season like they do in spain..see how they do without messi for 10 games of the season in PL

  48. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 2:05pm

    Good points JJ, but how many games did Messi miss this year, and i have seen him bowled over everytime i have seen him play he’s pretty robust.

  49. W.A.T.H

    May 30, 2011 at 2:10pm

    JJ barca would only really come unstuck at the back as thats where I think they very average and its hoof ball that would bother them I reckon but they’ll still beat 98% of teams in the PL. I think the PL is the most competative but is it the best…??? hard to say it’s def not the most skillful thats for sure.

  50. Steve of Chiang Mai

    May 30, 2011 at 2:16pm

    The question of the best league is answered by the make up of the UEFACL Quarter finals. Of the 8 teams 4 are EPL sides. This is further backed up by the competitive nature of games featuring top and bottom sides in the 2010-11 season.

  51. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 2:23pm

    barcas best players dont get injured because in spain and CL your not allowed to tackle..
    PL you are..we think play actings bad in this league try watching a spanish match..
    madrid v barca anyone????

    i dont think tika taka would work in this league for a full season..( weve proved that)
    tika taka only works if youve got a messi..anyone can pass pass pass but you need to be able to finish and thats what messi provides..

    if they lost messi for 2months in PL they wouldnt win the league..i dont think so anyway..they would get contained much the same way we do when everyone parks the bus..

    as far as skillfull is concerned no i dont think pl is..its not the most techical..but its the quickest, toughest, and most competitive..

    on a whole..its better i think

  52. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 2:26pm

    Afternoon peoples :)

  53. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 2:33pm

    Nasri had a spell this season where he was similar to Messi, broke through and finished many times on his own, and that almost won him player of the year, he has proved that a player who is talented can do the business up front, Nasri only lasted a short time spectacular yes but not for long why can’t they last

  54. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 2:39pm

    Afternoon rico thank you as normal

  55. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 2:40pm

    Pleasure Steve, thanks for writing it, good topic too…

    Anyone going to watch the match this afternoon??

  56. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 2:44pm

    hi rico
    great topic
    come on reading 😉

  57. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 2:47pm

    I’m almost as nervous as when i watch us, take me back to my younger days at Elm Park 😉

  58. Joaquim moreira

    May 30, 2011 at 3:21pm

    I gave my opinion about the championships. There are other factors:
    a) The number of teams in each
    b) The climate and conditions of the pitch during the season
    c) the stops, such as French and German League who quit one month
    d) The number of internal competitions and how they are structured. Many countries have a league, cup and league and cup where the cups have different rules, especially in the playoffs two hands
    e) International Commitments
    f) Quality of power players and the media. Now starting to be previewed Russian league, which I think quality and disputed. Is the level of Dutch, French and Portuguese in importance.
    g) the dissemination of world championship teams and the own

  59. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 3:22pm

    Steve, that is far too one sided. You have to look at both Euro comps to get a wider view of each countries league, factor in the Uefa cup then give us some new stats please.

  60. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 3:52pm

    Another player gone…

    Tom Cruise is the fourth reserve/youth to be released….

  61. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 3:52pm

    And another one bites the dust

    Tom Cruise will not get the chance to be Top Gun at Arsenal – he’s been released by the club.
    Arsene Wenger and his coaching staff had high hopes for Cruise but the defender has failed to develop to the standard expected of him.
    The 20-year-old failed to make a single league appearance for Arsenal but did make his debut for the club in the 2009-10 season, when he played the full match in their Champions League group game against Olympiakos.
    But the rookie Gunner has failed to earn a new deal at the Emirates and has been released.

  62. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 3:55pm

    Spooky Will……

  63. Gooner4life&beyond

    May 30, 2011 at 3:56pm

    Good I say, we have too many youth players hanging about. Streamline it a bit so you have the really promising ones, send a few out on loan at a time and the rest must be left to get on with their careers elsewhere.

  64. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 3:56pm

    You can see Gazidis sat in his office can’t you, all the reserves and youth sat in a room nearby…

    ‘Next’ shouts Ivan….. 😉

  65. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 3:57pm

    G4L, exactly what we have been saying for a while….

    At last, why has it taken them so long?

  66. Will

    May 30, 2011 at 3:57pm

    I have an idea for an entry that I will work on tonight.

  67. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 4:01pm

    Afternoon all.Steve i think nasri is very talented.i however think he has yet to show that he can turn on that ruthless streak that he can turn on at will.if you saw messi’s eyes as he alighted the team bus you could see something in his eyes.he gets ideas on the pitch that he isn’t afraid to try even if it means running past a half a dozen defenders to score.nasri has lots of talent but he lacks that streak that top top players have.

  68. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 4:06pm

    Remember henry’s solo effort against the spuds or madrid?thats what top players can do at will.nasri has shown he can do it like the fulham and porto goals but he isn’t consistent enough to do that week in week out regardless of the opposition.

  69. W.A.T.H

    May 30, 2011 at 4:10pm

    JJ re your earlier comment tika taka doesnt work in the PL just look at us, well they happen to be twice as good at it than us and park the bus and try stop them won’t work in my opinion as they have far to many options where as we don’t…!

  70. arsenal fan

    May 30, 2011 at 4:17pm

    hello everyone,
    a point i would like to make is that all the other leagues have a their winter breaks
    and if you take barcelona for example i wouldnt be suprised to see them in our position ,
    6-7 games in two weeks iniesta out for a season due to a leg break due to a horrible tackle by shawcross or messi out for 4 months due to a late tackle by robinson they would struggle for sure…..

  71. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 4:19pm

    come on reading

  72. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 4:24pm

    good point re winter breaks..

  73. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 4:26pm

    3-2 and game on 😉

  74. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 4:27pm

    Hi KTR7 lets hope he can find a pair of Messi eyes then, his runs have been exceptional.

  75. Joaquim moreira

    May 30, 2011 at 4:27pm

    The Premier League and its investors …
    Premier League’s success is underpinned by the transformation of English clubs in companies and the abundance of money available to teams.
    The site has raised Football Finance who are the investors in the Premier League and how much they spend …
    However, the vast majority of investors have their companies registered in tax havens, which drastically reduces their tax obligations.
    Manchester United – The American Malcolm Glazer acquired 100% ownership of the club for £ 810 million (about 928 million euros) by Red Football Limited and Red Football Partnership General Partner Inc., companies registered in Nevada in the United States, famous for its low taxes.
    Chelsea – Roman Abramovich holds 100% shareholding in the club. Since coming to the Russian club team has already pumped in £ 739 million (about 847 million Euros), a figure that was later converted into shares of the club owned entirely by himself.
    Manchester City – Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed al.Nahyan holds 100% ownership of the club by Abu Dhabi United Group, a company registered in the UAE. Sheikh Mansour has spent £ 493 million in the club (about 565 million Euros).
    Arsenal – Stan Kroenke is the shareholder majority of Arsenal Holdings plc holding 62% shareholding by Kroenke Sports Enterprises UK (American company). Nina Bracewell-Smith’s owns 15.9% of the holding. Red and White Securuties Ltd (based in tax haven of Jersey) holds 27% stake in the club.
    Tottenham – Joe Lewis holds 70.6% of Enic International Limited, a company registered in the Bahamas, which controls 85% of the club. The club chairman Daniel Levy has the remaining 29.4% of the holding. The Enic only £ 15 million invested in the club (about 17 million) including the issuance of new shares.
    Liverpool – The American John Henry through Fenway Sports Group owns 100% of the capital club. The businessman has invested £ 144 million (approximately Euro 165 million) in Liverpool, including the payment of interest on loans.
    Everton – the club is held by Everton FC Limited, where its largest shareholders is 25% with Bill Kenwright, the American Robert Earl with 23% and 19% with Jon Woods.
    Fulham – The capital of the club is owned by Mafco Holdings, a company that is owned by Mohamed al Fayed. Al Fayed has invested £ 187 million (about EUR 215 million), including through interest-free loans through other companies held.
    Aston Villa – The club is owned by U.S. company Reform Acquisitions LLC, owned by Randy Lerner. The company has injected the club £ 206 million (approximately 236 million Euros), including £ 116 million in cash and stock for £ 90 million in loans.
    Sunderland – Club owned by Drumaville company registered in tax haven of Jersey, owned by Ellis Short, who has invested in the club £ 47 million (about 54 million Euros) in cash and interest-free loans.
    West Bromwich Albion – The capital of the club is 60% owned by chairman Jeremy Peace and 10.4% by Geoff Hale. Without injections of capital.
    NewcastleUnited – Mike Ashley owns 100% of the club through the St. James Holdings Limited. The club has invested £ 140 million (160 million euros), particularly in loans.
    Stoke City – The club is owned by online gaming company bet365 Group, controlled by Denise Coates, daughter of chairman Peter Coates. Already been invested in the club £ 43 million (49 million) of which £ 28 million in cash and £ 15 million in interest-free loans.
    Bolton Wanderers – The club is owned 95% by Fildraw fund, which owns Edwin Davies, resident in the tax haven Isle of Man Edwin Davies made a loan to the club £ 85 million (about 97 million Euros) with interest of 5%.
    Blackburn Rovers – the club’s owner is the Indian company through Venkateshware Hatcheries Venky’s. The owner has injected the club £ 100 million in cash (about 114 million Euros) over £ 4 million interest free loan.
    Wigan Athletic – Dave Whelan by Whelco Holdings is the owner of Wigan. Whelan has invested in the club £ 52 million (60 million) of which £ 7.5 million, are borrowing at 5% interest per year.
    Wolverhamptom – The club is owned 25% by Steve Morgan, the remaining 75% also belong to Morgan, but through his company Bridgemere Investments, based in Guernsey. The club owner has already invested £ 30 million (about Euro 34 million) in new shares.
    Birmingham – The Birmingham International Holdings company based in the Cayman Islands holds 100% of capital. President Carson Yeung has already invested £ 15 million (17 million euros) in loans.
    Blackpool – The club is held on by Owen Oyston 76.3% and 20% by Valery Belokon. Oyston made a loan to the club for £ 2.7 million (about 3 million Euros).
    West Ham United – The club is owned by Icelandic investment bank Straumur and in equal parts of 30.6% by David Sullivan and David Gold. In total, the club invested £ 34 million (39 million euros).

  76. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 4:27pm

    I don’t want winter breaks :(

  77. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 4:31pm

    Tiki taka can very easily work in the PL.The 07/08 team almost won the league that way.there a key component that makes barca better at it than us apart from the obvious one that they have better iniesta and messi they have insane dribblers of the ball.when pass pass doesn’t work these two will run at the defence forcing you to commit.the CL final was a perfect the 1st half messi was beating players for fun creating lots of space for the 2nd half the mancs were scared to charge at him leaving lots of space and time for him to need dribblers for tiki taka to beat all forms of defences.hleb got castigated for not shooting but he was our key to slicing apart parked buses.cesc enjoyed playing with him because of the amount of space he created by beating players.this season we were doing fine when nasri was on fire but when he stopped we had very few dribblers accelerate play in and around the area to open up options.messi/iniesta do that villa/pedro/alves make the off the ball runs knowing xavi will find them.we need more direct dribblers i say.

  78. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 4:31pm

    Good point Arsenal fan, i think that will come in our league before long, either make the season longer or get rid of the Micky mouse

  79. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 4:34pm

    Jimmy Kebe went to the same school of crossing as Gael Clichy 😉

  80. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 4:35pm

    Sorry, i am not being a very good contributor to the debate right now.. :(

    blame Reading 😉

  81. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 4:36pm

    Nasri can do it steve he just needs to believe in himself more.

  82. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 4:38pm

    i januray..
    xmas and new year wouldnt be the same without the sports calender so let them play until new year and then bring em back at start of feb..

  83. arsenal fan

    May 30, 2011 at 4:41pm

    4-2 swansea wasnt that a eboue part -2 penalty

  84. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 4:42pm

    scott sinclair.. 😉

  85. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 4:46pm

    Steve i think messi has that tunnel vision that when he starts charging forward there is no turning back in circles.thats what makes Ryo such an exciting talent as he has this so does hazard.nasri has it but doesn’t have enough belief to go through with it.

  86. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 4:46pm

    He better sign soon Kt or he could follow some of the youngsters, Wenger wont let him hang around long.

  87. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 4:49pm

    i dont think the o8 team was tika tika though
    our best football was 442 that year
    ade and dudu up front rosicky and hleb in the wing and cesc and flam in the engine..
    the fbs would back up the wingers and visa versa, both won player of the year..
    we were a thrusting team we werent patient we were direct and passed it through you not around you..
    its the best ive seen us play in years but it went to shit when we lost rvp, dudu, and rosicky and wenger found his magical 451 and ade couldnt score for 10 games by himself..
    weve been stuck with it ever since..

  88. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 4:53pm

    Although Messi has sublime skills he could also get an Oscar every year as well he only has to see a foot and a free kick comes his way

  89. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 4:59pm

    Two teams I love F**K it up at Wembley :(

  90. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 5:00pm

    Bloody Chav Sinclair…

    Loan moves should not be allowed, but for him Swansea wouldn’t even been at Wembley 😉

  91. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 5:03pm

    commiserations rico

  92. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 5:07pm

    Thanks Steve, disapointed for the team, and all my family/friends who are at Wembley but i sure don’t feel like I did in february 😉

  93. JonJon

    May 30, 2011 at 5:12pm

    do you still think we should sign sinclair rico..
    maybe hes worth a punt

  94. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 5:13pm

    JJ it was tiki taka no doubt but the key difference was that we played 100miles/hr when we reached the opposition penalty area.

  95. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 5:18pm

    Imogen Thomas is elated a fresh eleven entering the premier, Defoe’s knackered already.

  96. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 5:18pm

    He works hard jj, very hard and has a pretty good finish, and we’d have a cracking penalty taker on board if we did sign him…


  97. K-TR7

    May 30, 2011 at 5:29pm

    You know what they say steve:All men are the same.

  98. rico

    May 30, 2011 at 5:39pm

    I’m off folks, got some friends coming for dinner and I have some Italian Ricotta dough balls to cook, might be back a little later….

    Be good all, and thanks again Steve for today’s post….

  99. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 5:42pm

    Take your word for that rico, not my thing,

  100. Steve Palmer

    May 30, 2011 at 5:46pm

    Nte Nte all catch you tomorrow.

  101. SD-London

    May 30, 2011 at 8:43pm

    hello everybody, i think the clear out should start from the 1st team but i think Stan Kroenke has started to look at the accounts.

    Then why the transfer rumours , the window is not opened until the 1st of July now i have decided not to read any transfer rumours anymore.

  102. Dgob

    May 31, 2011 at 9:11am

    Rico @ 10:20am,

    I did not intend to be rude but simply offered my opinion and my uincertainty following the thrust of the statement in question.

    I hope I did not hurt anyone’s feelings.

  103. rico

    May 31, 2011 at 9:30am

    Morning all…

    Dgob, no probs, thanks for coming back re that…

  104. Will

    May 31, 2011 at 9:31am

    Morning guys.

  105. rico

    May 31, 2011 at 9:37am

    New Post up

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