Pressing Issues: Money can’t buy you success

2012-11-24 20:37

Just like the most misquoted verse in the King James Version of the Bible – “the love of money is the root of all evil” – the saying “money can’t buy you love” is usually used by people who do not have a lot of maphepha (moolah).

In football circles, it goes something like, “money can’t buy you success”. And this has been proven time and again.

Current cases in point are megarich English Premiership clubs Chelsea and Manchester City.

For the second year running, The Citizens have failed to make it past the group stages of the European Champions League despite all the maphepha from their Abu Dhabi-based owners.

It also seems that Roman Abramovich’s billions are not going to be sufficient to save The Blues from becoming the first champions of Europe to be eliminated at this stage.

The trigger-happy Russian oil mogul is into his ninth coach since taking over at London’s Stamford Bridge in 2003.

That is Claudio Ranieri,José Mourinho, Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, André Villas-Boas, Roberto di Matteo and now Rafael Benitez.

And you tell me if there is something wrong with the above-mentioned men, or is the problem with the man who has had nine coaches in the same number of years he has been in charge?

You be the judge.

And just next door to Chelsea, there is Arsenal, who have had Arsène Wenger at the helm since 1996.

The Frenchman is the second-longest-serving club manager after the highly decorated Sir Alex Ferguson, the 70-year-old who has been with Manchester United for 25 years.

The Gunners are through to the Last-16 knockout stage of the Champions League for the 14th year running.

While they are not as well off as Chelsea and Manchester City, and have not collected a lot of domestic silverware over the past few years, their consistent progression in this tournament has ensured some financial stability as they have received quite a fair share of the prize money.

There is an important lesson for the impatient billionaires in consistency and not expecting results at the drop of a hat.

And here at home, we have our very own Patrice Motsepe, who has poured millions into his toy, Mamelodi Sundowns.

The club, however, remains rooted at the bottom of the Absa Premiership log table.

At the moment, while there are many who look at the mining magnate and turn green with envy thinking what they would do if they had the billions he possesses, no one looks at “Bafana ba Style” and drools.

Maybe there needs to be a conference of billionaires called “How to Buy Football Success With Your Money”! This is definitely a great idea for events management companies.

But while the billionaires do whatever they like with their toys, the biggest victims are the coaches.

Isn’t it time for an organisation called Coaches United Against Billionaires?

»?smseleku@citypress.co.za


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