On Monday, the Denise Coates Foundation made a donation to the charity that supports North Midlands University Hospitals.
And Denise Coates is getting a lot of money. Every year, her reward for masterminding a trailblazing online gambling company – and she’s revolutionized an entire industry, with all her rivals copying her model – sparks a debate about executive salaries.
But as Gordon Taylor undoubtedly points out, she pays an extraordinary amount of tax. And one could argue that this is enough on its own. The Coates family didn’t think so. The donation was £ 10 million.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson led a #playerstogether initiative on Wednesday evening
And it is that simple. If you have a few million left, you really don’t need the professional footballers’ union mediating for two weeks and counting, or Jordan Henderson to go out and set up a charity all over again.
Regardless, footballers are not asked to fund the National Health Service, despite Henderson’s decent intentions. Right now we have the government and many existing charities to do that.
The request for footballers comes from their clubs and, if anything, it gets resolved more easily than any charity donation.
Stoke City chairman Peter Coates and his daughter Denise have already donated £ 10 million
“The first thing I have to say is that if Derby County needed me to get a salary cut to save the club, I would understand them and look to support them in any way possible,” Wayne Rooney wrote in the weekend.
Much of this emotion is about it.
“You can’t prescribe a general approach,” Ryan Bertrand of Southampton told The Guardian. “Maybe you need a 19 percent discount at one of the smaller clubs and 36 percent at the bigger clubs in the Champions League. I’m sure if you do 40 percent here, 20 percent there and 16 percent there, you’ll make the total 30 percent. ‘
He called it “math for dummies,” which is appropriate because that model works out at 25.3 percent, not 30.
However, you’ll find that while these are noble sentiments, and not without logic, it’s actually not a penny, for clubs or even our much-loved NHS to date.
Simon Jordan, the former Crystal Palace president, is considered a controversial by many, but he had a point when he conjured up the image of players being dragged to deferments kicking and screaming. “They didn’t do it because they don’t want to do it and they will have to be made for it,” he said.
“What can you do in three weeks? I don’t know, maybe you can build a 4,000-bed hospital in London. But we cannot ensure that Premier League players receive a cut that is clearly needed to save their football clubs. ‘
Ex-Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has sympathy for Premier League players
The launch of Henderson’s charity doesn’t change that. It is a noble gesture, but does not solve the problem within the game. In every way, footballers remain resistant to austerity financed by the club.
And footballers are easy targets, we know that. Everyone is now drawing that line. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United, repeated it this week.
“It is unfair to appeal as an individual or footballers as a group,” he said. Well yes and no. No one calls his player, Marcus Rashford, for example. He is not an easy target.
A few weeks ago, Rashford started working with the charity FareShare, which provided healthy dinners for school children who may not have been locked up during the closure. He won help from food providers for a total of £ 20 million.
So no, Rashford is certainly not an easy target. Henderson has also received widespread praise for his charity initiative.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has also given his help to local charities
The Leeds United players, who agreed on a package of pay cuts and deferments that allowed the club to cut a third of the budget, are rightly praised.
This week, it was revealed that they also gratefully received a two percent reward bonus when football resumes, and despite the club reporting an annual pre-tax loss of £ 21.4m on Wednesday, there doesn’t seem to be any grudge on either side. That is also not allowed.
Players will receive the standard rate for artists at the height of the entertainment industry. The game makes fortunes and in the good times these salaries can be justified: private companies pay individuals what they are worth in today’s market.
“If the government approached me to help nurses financially or buy fans, I would be proud – as long as I knew where the money was going,” added Rooney. And no doubt he would. I have seen his charity work firsthand. It is exceptional.
But why the element of implicit mistrust of the use of his money?
This was noticeably absent from the donation from the Denise Coates Foundation. Peter Coates did not comment on the £ 10 million. It’s just been given.
What has ground football in the mud are the constant qualifications, seemingly driven by PFA chief Taylor, the endless ifs and buts.
Football has not been helped by the way PFA chief Gordon Taylor handled things
Football players will help, but first this, if proven, if that happens, with this guarantee, provided that.
One of the complications surrounding Henderson’s charity was that players at various clubs wanted their local unit to take advantage of it, or the health care system in their native country.
As far as club finances are concerned, a general agreement could in principle have already been reached, with individual tailoring for the economic conditions of each. It was not as complex as Bertrand put it.
Rooney told of a youngster on the Derby team who still lives with his mother on a community estate and is likely to pay the bills for his entire family. Each club undoubtedly has one, and those individuals can undoubtedly be exempted.
But to highlight the outliers as the reason why a deal with clubs can’t be struck? There were probably many reasons why Nightingale Hospital couldn’t be built in two weeks, either. Turns out, things can be done quite quickly in exceptional times, if you like.