The Premier League have today confirmed that departing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will receive a £5m bonus with a £250,000 wip round from all 20 Premier League clubs.
Maybe it’s just me but this seems ubsurd. Fans are left bemused as ticket prices continually rise, club merchandise is very expensive and Premier league TV subscriptions increase annually, but clubs can just come up with £250,000 at the drop of a hat.
Of course £250,000 is really just pocket money for most Premier league clubs but it’s the principle of the matter. OK, the guy did a good job over the many years he worked there, but that’s why he was getting paid £2.5m per year. He’s also staying on with the Premier League on an advisory capacity, which probably brings it’s own ‘modest’ salary.
The Premier League has grown exponentially over the past 20 years and Scudamore has surely played his part in all that but let’s be honest on the reasons we watch. These billionaire owners have came along and brought some of the best players in the world with them. We watch it because of the Aguero’s, Salah’s and Hazard’s, but also because the league still has that typical tough English core that we all love. None of this really has anything to do with Scudamore and the growth of the Premier league was inevitable.
If Scudamore has any shred of decency he should take that money and give it to charity or pump it into a worthy project in need of investment. With the rise of the Premier league, grass roots football has taken a hit over the years. More people are going to the pubs to watch football on Saturday afternoons on some dodgy foreign channel instead of playing for their local clubs. This seems like a worthy project for Scudamore to invest his £5m in. Give back a little from the area you slowly chipped away from all those years.