Tuesday, 19 April 2011

No more sugar daddies

For too long, our football club has relied on sugar daddies - rich men who appear to be willing to spend their money on the club purely for the joy of seeing on-field success.
The experience of the past decade should have opened our eyes to the reality that millionaires seldom part with their money voluntarily. The club and its assets have been there to be milked. The current owners have taken this to the extreme - refusing to pay their own company tax bills and thereby endangering the club at a key moment in the season.
The media are carrying a story about John Marek helping to pay the bill and the BBC (ever mindful of producer guidelines and political balance) has asked for a quote from the other Assembly candidates. This is what I had to say:

"In the short term, Dr Marek's loan to prevent the winding-up order is a generous gesture, assuming it's not being charged at 6% interest like his last loan to the club.
But this farcical situation where a millionaire owner refuses to pay his tax bill and destabilises the club during a key part of the season demonstrates the need for stability at the club. For the avoidance of doubt, that can only be achieved by community ownership and the full involvement of the Wrexham Supporters' Trust. This would release additional funds from a variety of sources and also ensure that fans never again have to put up with the constant parade of dubious wannabe owners looking to make a quick buck from our club."

I hope someone is writing a book about the last decade's twists and turns at WFC. It would be rejected as a soap opera plot but would be fascinating reading.

1 comment:

Anti-Corruption said...

Marek is only doing this for political purposes, what he's doing in effect is bying votes. Unfortunately Sections 113 and 114 Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 doesn't cater for such situations, there is clearly a loophole in the law. If Marek was genuiely interested in the club and not buying votes he would have waited until the 6th May before making an announcement, the hearing after all is not till the 11th May.