Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football today:Too Much Money and Too Little Sense? the Premier League and Money Go Hand in Hand These Days. ADRIAN PEARSON Looks at How the Fans Feel about the Current Game

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football today:Too Much Money and Too Little Sense? the Premier League and Money Go Hand in Hand These Days. ADRIAN PEARSON Looks at How the Fans Feel about the Current Game

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TOO much money, too distant and no role models is the damning verdict of the modern game.

In a poll reflective of many a terrace conversation, fans have overwhelmingly hit out at the way football clubs are now run.

An exclusive Journal poll, carried out by Other Lines of Enquiry North, using their in house Panelbase service, showed that some 88% of people the North East thinks there is too much money in British football.

Across the age groups and genders asked, the majority always expressed concern at the way football is now driven by financial concerns, with 90% of those aged 65 and over agreeing money was a damaging part of the game.

And when asked if they think Premier League football players make good role models for children and young adults only 7% said yes nationally.

In the North East some 77% said they did not think Premier League footballers were good role models.

Across the region footballers have repeatedly appeared in courts, although the region's big clubs do much to publicise their charity work.

Even in the 18-to-24 year old age range some 65% said they did not think footballers were an example to follow.

When it comes to working with those fans, rich premier league clubs have much to learn. Few will be surprised to learn that nearly 50% said no when asked: "Do you think Premier League clubs are good at working with their fan bases?" In Tyneside alone Newcastle United have had a running battle with some fans, with owner Mike Ashley seeing little thanks for the money he has spent on the club.

His backing could be worse. When asked if they think foreign owners have a positive influence on British football some 55% of the UK said no.

The problem has not escaped the notice of our politicians.

An early day motion has attracted wide spread support when MPs called for the premier league to hand over to grassroots clubs some of the PS3bn it will make over the next three seasons due to new broadcasting deals. The Premier League currently give 3.25% of the money to grassroots football projects.

A subsequent epetition has called on the Government to "encourage the FA to ensure that 7. …

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