When I heard the news that Lord Triesman, the man who was in charge of the Football World Cup 2018 bid, quit his role at the Football Association over allegations that he made in private over rival bids were leaked to a national newspaper, I seriously had to laugh. Seriously.
Do we really want for England to host the world’s premier sports tournament in 2018? After all, as I mentioned earlier, it was held on our soil before… and we won it. So why on earth would we have to go through the motions in bidding to host it again? There are plenty of other countries who deserve the chance of holding the tournament.
Most of the juicy details of this story concerned more about Triesman’s private life rather than his useless ability to do the job. The bid had already been hit by allegations of infighting and the fact that most people simply weren’t interested in it. There are far more important issues for him to deal with, particularly for the fact that in the last year, a large number of professional, semi-professional and amateur clubs went into administration, and the gap between the wealthiest clubs and the rest have grown wider than ever before.
Unless the FA starts to tackle the huge problems in the English game, then our bid should not be taken seriously, and the huge document handed over to FIFA last week will be put in its proper place…. the litter bin.