The revelation in this morning’s Times is that Daniel Levy’s pay rise has supposedly put the cat amongst the player pigeons.
I’m always concerned when it comes to publications with paywalls, they’re are rather like hookers under street lights. They show just enough to get one interested, but the prospective purchase isn’t exactly as one might view in a car showroom; every inch bathed in light. The Sun went through an appalling phase of football transfer rumours when behind its wall. Unless I messed ‘Messi’s Coming To London’, they went as close as they dared.
Pay restraint for some, but not for one; is what The Times are suggesting lies behind the angst.
Gladys believes that there is no discontent amongst the players.
Yes, they were ‘stunned’ but the initial reaction from most of them wasn’t so ‘so where’s mine?’, as ‘what a boy!’
In a business where only a handful of ‘staff’ are drenched in most of the money and just about everyone else is earning buttons – comparatively speaking. If Levy gatecrashing the Big Boys Bank Balance Club was greeted with anything by the squad, it was an ironic cheer.
Glad understands that The Times hasn’t spoken to any players at all. In fact, they have got their reaction from a football agent.
So don’t look to the dressing room for signs of revolt, you won’t see much. The group on the whole are genuinely happy. Levy up to his larynx in lolly isn’t enough to suddenly provoke mutiny.
The agent that spoke to the Times will be typical.
‘Don’t tell me there’s no money, you earn more than Harry Kane. You are disrespecting my client and trying to get him on the cheap!’
THIS is going to be the hangover from ENIC overpaying it’s chairman. At what point does Levy’s ‘Employee Of The Month’ badge look ridiculous? Id the answer, when you realise he’s the second biggest shareholder in the company?
The damage caused with this pay rise going public is going to dog every single future deal Levy ever does.
Recently the bald weirdo took back in-house the search for a sponsor, because the accredited experts in the field couldn’t secure the deal HE wanted.
Do ENIC think that Levy now going face to face with potential sponsors is going to make no difference at all?
It was precisely this unchecked arrogance that blew up in his face when he bungled the NFL discussion in New York.