Delia Smith blasts 'terrible' finances

Norwich City joint majority shareholder Delia Smith has hit out at the financial structure of English football and called for a major overhaul. The disparity between English clubs has never been greater in terms of finances, with Premier League side Manchester City expected to push their summer spending beyond the �100m mark before the end of the transfer window, months after Chester were expelled from the Football Conference and wound up for failing to settle debts with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Norwich City joint majority shareholder Delia Smith has hit out at the financial structure of English football and called for a major overhaul.

The disparity between English clubs has never been greater in terms of finances, with Premier League side Manchester City expected to push their summer spending beyond the �100m mark before the end of the transfer window, months after Chester were expelled from the Football Conference and wound up for failing to settle debts with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

Asked what she thought about the money in the game, Smith told the BBC: “It's terrible. Let's say to the world 'why don't we do something about football in this country to get it back on track?'

“It's shocking that we pay our national manager an enormous amount of money and a football club like Chester ceases to exist. There is something radically wrong with football in this country and it needs a major thought.


You may also want to watch:


“I would go back to before we had the Premier League, when it was the best team wins.

“Now it is Premier League, it is money and it goes back out to Europe when we spend money on foreign players and this country is left struggling.

Most Read

“Little football clubs are going out of business and it's wrong because the social side of it is very important. For young people football is a safe drug - I watch young people going to football and they let off steam in a safe way.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus