Clarets Asked to Give £250,000 to Premier League Chairman
As with most businesses in this country the top executives are earning massive salaries and bonuses each year and then when they are dismissed or make the decision to move onto something new they receive another massive lump sum as a bonus or gift.
Never did I think that English football would start to follow this trend, however this week all twenty Premier League clubs have been asked for a £250,000 contribution so that the league’s outgoing Chairman Richard Scudamore can be given a £5million farewell gift.
The clubs were asked for the money before a Premier League meeting on Tuesday and it is expected they will agree to Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck’s request. Scudamore, who is reportedly paid £2.5M per season is stepping down next month after nineteen years in the business, Should every club contribute, the outgoing boss will receive an additional £5M windfall as a token of appreciation for his successful tenure.
Having been a Burnley Football Club supporter for the last thirty-eight years many of which have been spent in the lower league, I have followed the club through thick and thin and as a current season ticket holder I have to say if Burnley pay this morning it will leave me with a decision to make next season in terms of buying a season ticket.
Richard Scudamore has to be far done an excellent job for the Premier League taking the TV UK rights from around £670M a year when he joined to £5.1Billion now he is leave, but he gets paid £2.5M a season for doing that as it is part of his Job.
If Burnley Football Club is to handover £250,000 I would much rather the club spent that money on local community / charity projects in the name of Richard Scudamore. As a club they could give £50K to the Lenny Johnrose Trust to fight MND and support an ex-clarets who has given something to the club, £50K to buy 2 houses in Burnley for the homeless to use, £50K to support new start-up businesses in the town, £50K to share between other local improvement projects or £50K to the local hospital for equipment.
The club chairman Mike Garlick and indeed the manager Sean Dyche are always saying in the press and media that Burnley Football Club is a community club, well this is a perfect time to prove it, Mr Scudamore does not need an extra £5M however the local people of Burnley need the club’s help in these very difficult times. So as a club make the right decision and if we are to give out £250,000 give it to support the people who have supported the club and not the outgoing Premier League Chairman.