Fairer distribution of wealth is vital

PUBLISHED: 15:05 23 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 10 September 2010

John Wilkinson, NCISA

It was good to see that there is still a sense of humour at Carrow Road even when the season has not started as fans would have wished. It was during a particularly quiet period of the game against Blackpool when the Snake Pit began the old chant, '˜Huckerby, Huckerby, Huckerby.

It was good to see that there is still a sense of humour at Carrow Road even when the season has not started as fans would have wished.

It was during a particularly quiet period of the game against Blackpool when the Snake Pit began the old chant, '˜Huckerby, Huckerby, Huckerby.' The Barclay responded showing some disapproval with a muffled groan. It brought a smile to many supporters when the Snake Pit gave a perfect reply with a chorus of, '˜Iwan, Iwan, Iwan.'

On a more serious matter many of us expect that the Championship, hopefully with Norwich City playing a major part, will provide a more competitive and exciting league than the Premier League.

It is not in the long term interest of English league football as the leading spectator sport that the vast amounts of money in the hands of a few clubs continues to grow as does the gap between the very rich and the rest of us. The Premier League is becoming as predictable as the Scottish League.

It is almost beyond belief that the rest of the Premier League have tightened the rope around their own necks by agreeing to a substitute bench of seven players this season.

Only the rich clubs with large squads can gain from this decision. The selfish use of their power is a danger to the healthy future of football. Competition can only thrive when teams have a realistic possibility of success.

This is not to deny that money is an essential part in football success. It is a reality that football is a business.

Without a fairer redistribution of money within English football more clubs will face administration and it will be their fans and the good name of football that will suffer.

It is stating the obvious that many Canary fans have had difficulty in understanding how the directors seem to turn down a very large sum of money which might have provided the manager with the funds to rebuild the team.

The problem is that we are not in a position to know the fine details of financial negotiations or if the club would have been in safe hands for the future. Certainly the next AGM shareholders meeting may be very interesting if the team is mid-table or even worse at Christmas.

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