Arsenal will be the top team in the Premier League
Raymond Verheijen, whose CV includes stints at Chelsea, Manchester City and Barcelona, Russia, South Korea and Holland says an increasing emphasis on the finances of top sides will mean billionaire owners can no longer decide league titles. Currently Gary Speed's assistant at Wales, the Dutchman told MSN Sport Wenger will have the last laugh over his critics.
"Arsene Wenger only spends money that the club has. What you will see in the coming years is most Premier league clubs have so much debt they will have to release players. Arsene Wenger and Arsenal are already financially healthy...that is a big advantage compared to other teams," Verheijen explained.
He also said that the very strength of the Premier League could be its undoing as the concentration of resources at the top club means many great players aren't getting an outing.
"They (the top clubs) have better players on the bench than the opponent has on the pitch so overall that will reduce the quality of football."
Fifa changes that are to be implemented by 2012-13 means clubs are not able to spend more than they earn so the huge wage bills will have to be met from income generated and not by the handouts of billionaire owners. Some other leagues already have different financial rules and tax regulations from the English Premier league. This will lead to a shift in power away from traditional big spenders like Chelsea and Real Madrid, according to Verheijen.
"The German Bundesliga will become stronger and stronger because all the teams in Germany are financially healthy."
"The message to all Premier league clubs in the future is to develop a strong youth academy instead of just buying all these players" advises Verheijen.
Raymond Verheijen is the founding director of the UK Football Academy, an innovative organisation dedicated to the education of football coaches, staff members and practitioners. For further information or to book places on UKFA courses, visit: www.ukfootballacademy.net
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I love the way in Britain we adore knocking people down. While there was a number of people saying that wenger should go there were plenty more that said otherwise. We as a club will never stop kids moving on for pastures greener, its like that in life and cant be helped.
I'm actually proud of what my club has achieved not just in the last 10-15 years but going way back to the 70's 60's etc.
I have no doubts that we will finish in the top 6 clubs this season (due to the poor start) or the normal 4th. This sounds mad but to be fair to all concerned not too shabby for a youth team!
Mr Wenger is right in his approach to the game, its just a shame footballers are only human and those that get their head turned for a few quid are happy to move on in my eyes.
Good luck to all those clubs that are financially unsound and who pay players excessive wages while their fans struggle with their pay packets
To Jeff Gardner, re read the article you numpty, he says that big clubs will have better players on their bench than someone like wigan or wolves have in their first team. And don't forget, Chelski were useless before Roman came along and threw hundreds of millions of pounds into the club. You guys can't even fill Stamford Bridge so when the revenue rules come in you are buggered
'We think we are "more superior" than we actually are,but get it very wrong.It,s often the Germans who are accused of arrogance,but perhaps we should try looking in the mirror'
your bang on Les, and it is'nt just in football were we have this superiority complexe !
If you read my comment properly you'd see I didnt refer or compare Arsenals academy to barca's at any point. My comment was based on Veheijen's comment which said
"The message to all Premier league clubs in the future is to develop a strong youth academy instead of just buying all these players"
This has nothing to do with the quality of the barca players, because they were all 'developed' in an effective way the same with paul scholes, giggs, tony adams, gerrard, etc.
Dont be narrow minded. Youth development is most important in all countries from spain to nigeria.