Welcome to class. Please take your seats. Today’s lesson will look the notion of footballing power. What is footballing power? What grants a football club true power, and how can powerful clubs wield it?
We live in an age where any club can legitimately force their way to the top of the table provided that the right conditions are met; Manchester City have gone from ‘typical City’ and playing Darius Vassell to two-time Premier League champions, while Paris Saint-Germain went from mid-table mediocrity (in Ligue 1, not forgetting) to seemingly permanent Champions League fixtures. It’s a sign of the modern day that a super-rich business person can pick a club - any club - and turn them into a global powerhouse through finances and will alone. Does money, and even more significantly, success, equal power, though? Let’s discuss.