Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne has told The Advertiser that there has been ‘interest’ in one of the Millers players and he expecting there to be offers for more.
I don’t think there would be much surprise if we find out the players he means are Will Vaulks and Semi Ajayi with perhaps someone coming in with a cheeky bid for Michael Smith and, as the Gaffer says, ‘if we do sell players then it means we are doing something right.’
Of course, as fans, we don’t want our ‘better’ players to leave but that’s the circle of football. If players are doing well they are going to catch the eye and as the Millers have dropped down a league there are some players who will probably think they are too good to go down. (Always makes me smile that because if they were too good to go down then why did they get relegated – but hey, as I said, that’s football). And there might be others who enjoy playing their football at Rotherham and want to stay but if a good bid comes in for them are we going to turn it down? No, I don’t think so either.
Money, like it does everywhere, talks loudly in football. Football clubs can’t survive without it. In the Championship we were one of the ‘poor relations’, in League One we should be up there with the royals of the division. I imagine, though don’t know for sure, that the wage bill will be lower – but, on the other hand, will the crowds be lower which then means revenue is lower.
It’s all swings and roundabouts.
Is money ruining the game? Well, for lower league clubs it probably is. But, if you are a football fan and like the excitement of watching quality teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal then it’s odds on that it’s loads of money that has brought the players to these clubs. And I’m not knocking that. But, once in a while, just take a minute to look over your shoulder at the lower league sides in English football and remember what it really is all about.