It was back on May the 18th of 2011 that “Not the Footy Show” broke the story about Perth Glory’s intention to take over Inglewood United (“Glory in State League”) and have a team in the Western Australian State league. This now appears to be a reality.
As stated then we worried that this would be pushed through and not be given adequate thought, and it appears that this could well be the case.
“Not the Footy Show” understands that Perth Glory’s Recruitment Manager Graham Normanton will be the man at the helm with former Glory legend Bobby Despotovski involved with the coaching.
It is “Not the Footy Show’s” understanding that at the Football West AGM in December a representative of Inglewood United attending chose to say nothing on the matter when it was raised, and at a recent state league club Presidents meeting again information on how this arrangement is to work was again not forthcoming.
Having made a few phone calls “Not The Footy Show” has been advised by legal experts involved in the sporting sphere, that Football West acting on behalf of the FFA who in turn act on behalf of FIFA, have every right, and are in fact obliged to request complete disclosure as to the arrangements between the two parties before allowing the newly created ‘Inglewood Glory’ to compete.
Apparently a fully professional privately owned club buying into a semi- professional club – be it community based or otherwise – in another competition falls under the auspices of Competition Law, and all financial arrangements and structures must be disclosed to the game’s governing body, to ensure that true and perfect practice in its operations are carried out.
This makes perfect sense. This is for the protection of all concerned. It prevents the professional club putting untold pressure on young players to come and play for them with the hook of a possible full time contract. That is not good for the League, the clubs or the players concerned.
As stated back in May there is merit in this move, but it should not be rushed and for it to be accepted in 2012 is far too soon. There are many things that need to be disclosed and discussed before such a move should be accepted.
For example should the club be allowed to take its place in the State League competition when player compensation payments to those very same clubs who have developed players that they have signed have not been paid for three years?
This should certainly be a part of the agreement. The games governing body, in this case Football West should be insisting that such payments be made before the team is allowed to participate.
Such a move should not be rushed through, if it is it could cause irreparable damage to both the State League, which is already struggling, and also Perth Glory.