Ivan Gazidis Is A Clown….

By on October 6, 2011

Today Gazidis has come out with some ludicrous comments. I mean how can the Executive director of a football club of Arsenal’s stature be allowed to talk like this. It appals me that such comments can come from a man of his position and just be put ‘to bed ‘ so easily.

“We would rather qualify for it but we have a really sustainable model that can cope without it. Not just cope, but we can do well and compete”

“It would be very foolish to build a business model that relied on being in the Champions League for perpetuity and I don’t think any clubs do that and, if they do, then they probably aren’t being run as responsibly as they should be.”

So let me get this right Mr. Gazidis. You are saying that it would not be a disaster for a club like Arsenal to NOT play in the champions league? What do you think the champions league is about? Is it only about money and nothing about playing and competing with Europe’s Elite? This is why I say this clown has no idea about what football means to supporters.

“Every club has the temptation to think that money is the answer to issues and ‘if we only spend just a little bit more, it would push us over the top of a curve’ and that is what drives the cycle of spending that you see in the game and that is not by any means always what is successful, actually”

No of course not. Instead of signing Arteta, on whom we spent 10 million pounds, if we could have added that to our existing offer of 15 for Mata, it would have been a disaster of unimaginable proportions.

“It is tempting to think that it is. It relieves pressure for a while but actually builds long-term pressure in other ways. We will continue to act with discipline to make sure we have got a good short-term and long-term future.”

So if you spend money on quality players it builds long-term pressure. As of this moment Arsenal have 50 million in the bank a/c waiting for more money to be piled on.

I believe it will attract strong and capable ownership that clubs at the moment are struggling to attract investment. There are many clubs in this country that have enormous potential that could be unlocked. But can it be done in a year by buying players? No.

Then why buy Chamberlain, Walcott and youngsters from such clubs? Let them have their players and unlock their potential.

We don’t have a salary ceiling. I don’t know where that story comes from. We have a very sophisticated business model that looks at what we need to do to compete today and what we need to do to compete next year and five years from now. I’m comfortable we will be able to be competitive in whatever environment is created.

Sorry Sir, but we don’t have a salary ceiling?! Mr. Wenger has said on several occasions that Arsenal can not compete with the wages being offered elsewhere. And I don’t think we will be able to compete with the current dross in the team. Yes, if you do sign a few players in January then your quote makes more sense. Otherwise, its just ‘pure’ garbage similar to what Wenger says in his post match interviews regarding team spirit and champions mentality.

“We are not looking for credit for being a self-sustaining club. I do think it is the right model for us. It gives us stability and the ability to look forward with confidence without worrying too much about the ups and downs, the competitive cycle or the economic cycle.”

I will give you credit for that though. Not many people do, but to keep in mind fans interests it just has to be tweaked a bit. Spend a bit more than what you think you are spending. And do it wisely.

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18 Comments

  1. coastead

    October 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    IS IT CLEAR NOW THAT ALL THESE CLOWNS – THE BOARD & AMERICANS ONBOARD – CARE ABOUT is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$?

  2. diamond dave

    October 6, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    i been blogging for months now about this idiot gazidis, kroenke and wenger, how gazidis can come out with comments like that is disgusting, with all the broken promises from him and wenger is it no surprise? is this not the man who came out about 2 weeks ago and said, ”we want to build a bigger fan base, and build success on the pitch” now please can someone tell me is it not playing and trying to win the champions league success, but does not the comments of the idiot gazidis actually show, what he terms success, as long as they can maintain staying in the prem he classes that as success, and lets look at the pattern, selling our best players and what did we get a bunch of dead donkeys, idiots running the club a manager who does not seem to have a clue and certain players who seem to be playing on other planets, well let me tell you idiot gazidis, in buisness you have to spend to re-cooperate, success is built on spending and building a platform to work from, your success and the boards and kroenke is to rip supporters off with high ticket prices to watch pure crap from an average team while you and the rest of the board line your pockets, you kroenke and wenger should go as you seem to know nothing about football.you have taken this club backwards and killed any chance of success something you seem to have no clue about

    • And_Arsene_Said...

      October 7, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Yawn..

  3. Northbanksy

    October 6, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Mr. Gazidis is a man who is payed to help run a business which happens to be AFC. Looking at the club from his perspective what he say’s probably makes sense. If he was a football fan he’s think otherwise. AFC may well be able to survive one season without CL football, but I wonder what he thinks about the possibility of several seasons without it?? I hope his sustainable model factors in a third empty Emirates stadium, because that’s what’ll happen if the current slide continues.

  4. iwasthere

    October 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Sorry, but Ivan is not the clown you think he is. You seem to be twisting everything said by Gazidis to fit own agenda. Before I get slaughtered I am no AKB (in fact I would prefer to see him go because I do not see him changing his ways) and do recognise that some of the items said by Gazidis are disappointing to hear from a fan’s perspective if interpreted a particular way. AND I do think you make valid points in some areas. But, my view…..

    Champions League football? – too damn right that no revenue model should be built on having to be in it year in year out. And as a fan I would prefer to hear that we would not implode financially if for a year or so, every now and then, we would not be in it.

    Money? I agree that money spent differently may have yielded different, better results, but the key word is MAY. Spending money is no guarantee of anything; countless examples of clubs overreaching and overspending to either get 2 points more in a season or do worse and slide into obscurity. Look around and see how many clubs have built new stadiums and slid down leagues. Not everyone can be a Man City – thank goodness(they are nothing more than prostitutes in sky blue)

    Salary ceiling? well I think what he means here is that there’s a collective budget for salaries rather than an imposed ceiling for any one individual. Where Arsene has blown it is in rewarding mediocrity with too much and not having enough left to reward the real world class players. And that’s why it’s been so difficult to shift them (i.e. Bendtner, Almunia, Denilson etc). Until 2014 when new commercial deals are up for renegotiation, we will also have a hole of about £40m-£50m a year in revenue streams that would allow the payment of big salaries to world class players. It may not be soon enough to keep RvP but should be OK for the Jack’s and AOC of the world.

    In the end of the day we all see things differently – that makes the debate worthwhile.

    • And_Arsene_Said...

      October 7, 2011 at 2:37 am

      A well thought out and delivered view. Please read @diamond dave as you come across as the idiot.

      • iwasthere

        October 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

        So, an alternative point of view, and I am branded an ‘idiot’. Charming….

        If you read my points there’s a lot I agreed with on the original but just need those comments to be seem in full context.

        Whether we like it or not football IS a business and needs to be run in a way that long term operations is not scarificed for short term gain.

        There is a huge amount wrong with Arsenal FC at the moment, from a distant, silent owner, to a board that does not function to a manager who has far too much power over far too many aspects of running club, to average players that are paid way too much.

        Gazidis feels the pain almost as much as we do but he is CEO of the club and this means sometimes having to say things he doesn’t like, we don’t want to hear. Let’s put it this way, I’d prefer him to speak that suffer another moment of the ridiculous utterances of PHW. Jeez, he makes more gaffes that Philip Duke of Edinburgh.

        In the end – we all want success and we all have opinions. Let’s debate without insulting each other – ‘cos if we do, that’s when it stops being ARSENAL

        • Arselicked

          October 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

          I thought ‘And_Arsene_Said…’ agrees with you. I thought he is calling ‘diamond dave’ an idiot. Read his first statement

          • iwasthere

            October 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

            oops!

  5. alireza fayyazmanesh

    October 6, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I have already written, this is a mad man talk, i am not surprise we are here now a club without ambition, what are u expecting more?????????? this is a message to fans, the board don`t care about team and fans,money money & money for them and F**ing Stand the only solution is boycott the club until they understand the power of fans, let Emarats be empty, as long as we go there they have no respect for our demand.

    • cin

      October 7, 2011 at 6:33 am

      Correct decision.

      We fans has to protect.
      He should realize, if CL is not there for club, not only 26mil lose.
      We have to teach them, it will be more lose.

      Most bloody person in world football.

  6. goonergerry

    October 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

    The corporate lunatics have taken over the asylum at Arsenal. The club are trying to justify its gross incompetence by cashing in on the paranoia about debt.
    Gazidis is not a businessman he is an American lawyer-he clearly does not understand the importance of sustainable investment-his one eyed notion of sustainability is based on selling the club’s highest value assets-to business rivals no less, and not investing in its core business-players.
    The term sustainability is a weasel word-used to explain why the club generate high incomes from ticket sales-but don’t invest profits in top players-they don’t compete at all in the transfer market at the top level-except to sell its assets. The only market arsenal are in is the kids market-Arsenal pay kids top dollar,fatten them up and sell them on to top sides.
    That is not a sustainable model-consumers will not continue to pay amongst the highest ticket prices in world football to watch a second rate team get beaten every week. If Arsenal get relegated this year-a distinct possibility-Mr sustainability Gazidis will have kissed goodbye to about 80 million in income.
    Arsenal, under this Board are not in decline, we are in free fall-and no amount of spin will change that-only performances on the field.

  7. ogban

    October 7, 2011 at 2:10 am

    The man was probably reacting to a journalist’s question.Did you really expect him to answer something like:”Oh, Arsenal without CL football would simply go bankcrupt”
    Come on!

  8. java_arsenal

    October 7, 2011 at 2:52 am

    sigh…i look at this and im hurt has a fan, we have been linked with some of the biggest names in football….juan mata, eden hazard and instead we bought some “players” and no disrespect they are ok but we are gonna be left behind if we dont make at least 2 big name signings or three . come on!!!!!!!!! and we are gonna reach a point where no one wants to come here…maybe if tht is nt the case already.

  9. wankerwengermustgo

    October 7, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Ivan Gazidis is an American lawyer??!! No wonder he is such an idiot!

  10. Jenkinson

    October 7, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Has anyone ever told you that you are very very stupid? Gazidis is a money man not a coach.

  11. cin

    October 7, 2011 at 5:16 am

    This foolish will destroy Arsenal FC.

    Is this a business organization or football club ?

    At last they told to fans, they are running a business organization not a FC.

    Now Arsenal will not be on CL.

    Great…. Keep it up foolish man.

    He think only he will lose 26mill. What stupid he is.

  12. Arselicked

    October 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

    “… Spend a bit more than what you think you are spending. And do it wisely.”

    I think thats what Ivan is saying. You come across as a fool who is only trying to be heard.

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