The contrast between Man City & Bury FC fans shows there’s no stream coming from the big pond

You can train 1000 nurses for the price that Manchester City have paid for Rodri, but there will be little concern about the €70 million price tag.

The amounts of money involved in building a Premier League side are mind-boggling and show no signs of diminishing. It appears that there is no limit that a club will go to in a search for the player they need. Without any danger of being admonished for their reckless extravagance.

Little or no attention is being paid to the crisis at the other end of the league pyramid. With local teams, Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC facing uncertain futures before the season has got underway.

Money

The idea that money from the top trickles down to the lower leagues is a myth. Clubs like Bury would have been rubbing their hands at getting a percentage of the fee Manchester City paid for Mahrez.

In fact, Bury could wipe out their total debt with what Mahrez earns in 10 months at Man City.

The difference on social media between Man City and Bury fans today sums up the chasm that lies between them.

Bury fans are currently studying the list of creditors the club has. Bizarrely one of the creditors is ex-Man City player Shaun Goater who is owed £800. He applied for the Bury manager’s job in 2013 but there is no evidence the money is linked to that!

The people in charge of the game may feel that the clubs who find themselves facing winding up orders and liquidation have only themselves to blame. But the current checks on potential owners have been shown to be flawed on numerous occasions.

If the future of football is to be fought out with a drastically reduced number of clubs, just because checks cannot be made precisely on the suitability of owners. Then it is the game that will suffer as a consequence.