Badly run clubs ruin themselves. They don’t need to be punished any more by the Football League.
Being a bad Football club is punishment enough, it does not need extreme action from above. In the form of transfer embargos and heavy fines as in the case of Blackburn Rovers, QPR, Notts Forrest and Leeds United.
Bad football clubs impose their own penalties, with bad business. Bad owners make bad signings, buy bad players, for bad money, get bad results and achieve bad League positions.
The good players cant wait to get out, and decent managers become contaminated by the foolishness.
Near the foot of the Championship are Blackburn Rovers, a club that may yet be relegated into oblivion by the Football League. Rovers have 3 points from 5 games and were eliminated from the Captial One Cup by Shrewsbury.
Gary Bowyer, is already being touted as the first managerial sacking of the season. As of January this year, Blackburn had debts of £79.8m. So this is a bad club, no doubt of that.
Yet it is also one operating under the restraints of a transfer embargo since the start of the year. The Football League allow an annual loss of just £8m and in season 2013 / 2014, Blackburn were down by £42.1m. In this way they were bang to rights.
Rovers are able to sign only free transfers or loan players, have wage restraints and a maximum squad size of 24. At the time, the embargo was imposed they were ninth in the league.
They are now in a relegation battle and their best players, such as Rudy Gestede, have left. The FL punishment is disproportionate, potentially ruinous when Blackburn were halved - ruined anyway.
Venky’s (pic above) who took over the club in 2010, have been disastrous owners. They sacked Sam Allardyce and appointed the inadequate Steve Kean, who promptly got them relegated. He was replaced by Henning Burg, gone in 57 days, and then Michael Appleton, gone in 67 days.
Bowyer had at least consolidated, and Blackburn had settled into relative mediocrity as a mid-table Championship club. And then along came the Football League with their giant ant-squasher of justice. League One now beckons.
Why are Blackburn losing so much money ? it’s a familiar story. They bought poorly, but expensively, in the Premier League and after relegation could not get poor, expensive players off the books. Due to poor ownership and the trust the owners put into agent / advisor Jerome Anderson. Further punishments from the football league are not needed for badly run clubs, they punish themselves.