Why money doesn't buy you success!

8/9/13 in Soccer   |   Shaumik   |   3 respect

On Jan. 18 2011, a relatively unknown club in Russia, that finished 11th in its league last season, Anzhi Makhachkala was bought by billionaire Suleyman Kerimov. Rumors had it that he was planning to invest upwards of $200 million in the club, thereby making a strong mark in the soccer world.

A change of owners led to an immediate impact in the transfer market as the club immediately bid for Brazilian legend and 2002 world cup winner Roberto Carlos. Carlos was followed by two more transfers deep into the transfer window. In the next transfer window, they splashed the cash yet again by signing Yuri Zhirkov, after a rather torrid time at Stamford Bridge. The biggest transfer, however, was that of Cameroon and Inter forward Samuel Eto'o, a deal which made him the highest paid footballer in the world.

The results weren't satisfactory and the club brought in the highly experienced and successful Guus Hiddink as their manager. Roberto Carlos retired that season and took the role as the club's new director. The expensive signings continued.

In the 2012-13 season, Anzhi finished 3rd, two spots higher than last season, and failed to qualify for the Champions League yet again! A failure to win even a domestic trophy was coming back to haunt them! Guus Hiddink resigned as the manager on 22nd July and his assistant, René Meulensteen, who had also served under Sir Alex Ferguson in Manchester United, was promoted to the manager's position. However, he was sacked just after 16 days as the manager.

On 7th August, Kerimov announced his plans of drastically cutting the budget of the club stating that they needed to focus on the youth system to develop. The entire team of Anzhi was put on the transfer list with immediate effect to generate funds.

This is just a sad story of a poorly managed club, with a spoilt rich kid as an owner. Big money spending in the recent past has been a characteristic of clubs with powerful owners. Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG and now Monaco have been spending unimaginable money to get in established players. However, success doesn't come easy. Chelsea, after being taken over by billionaire Russian oil tycoon Roman Abramovich in 2003, could only achieve the ultimate glory of the Champions League nine years later! Manchester City, spending big since 2008 have only won two domestic titles since then, and performed very poorly in European competitions! PSG have a league title and Monaco have only been promoted to the French first division this year.

What is then required to achieve success? A well balanced budget, a good youth academy, with a good transfer policy is what is needed in the days of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) to succeed as a football club. The refusal of Chelsea to give in to Napoli's demands for Edinson Cavani and the shrewd signing of Marco van Ginkel, with faith in the youth gives you a rough idea that they are doing it right these days. I would not be surprised if Chelsea stop the pursuit of Wayne Rooney and rather bid for Anzhi's Eto'o- after all, it's all about saving the money and still getting the results.
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8/13/13   |   Shaumik   |   3 respect

mcleodglen wrote:
seriously?

Could you elaborate your comment?

8/10/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect

seriously?