Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Is this the only way Asians get a game in the UK?

Jim Duffy, former manager of then Scottish Premier League club Dundee, writes in The Guardian of increasing club owner interference in the work of the football manager:

"I can understand it from a commercial perspective, though. While I was at Portsmouth, Mandaric bought the Japanese goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi to try to open up the Asian market. The only way to do that was to sell the games to Japanese television and Mandaric was adamant he had to play.

"Football is a global enterprise and owners have to sell it to make money and keep the club going. Managers will have to adapt because interfering in selection will become more and more prevalent in the next five years."

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