Andrew Jordan commences this analogy with part one.
It got me thinking about which other teams we could put up there on the list.
I would put Chelsea up there, Liverpool up there and upcoming hated team,
Manchester City. Here's my reasoning:
Chelsea - Money club. Roman Abramovich came along and pumped as much money into it as fuel into his yachts. Success had been bought rather than earnt and even that took a while since the oligarch's acquisition. Claudio Ranieri's trophy success dwindled after that and so he was replaced by Mourinho.
Sure, their players play great football and have a few fine English players ready to lead England to South Africa but I refer you to what I had said about money.
Excessive sugar-daddy funds cause more glory-hunting supporters. Not only that, but some fans are believed to be racist. In early 2008, Chelsea's then-manager Avram Grant allegedly received anti-Semitic death threats from fans. Chelsea went on to lose the League Cup to London-based rivals Tottenham Hotspur just days later. Spooky...
Liverpool - I used to have a bit of a soft spot for Liverpool and their Champions' League adventures. I always used to enjoy Gerrard fire a solid long-range drive. But the love has died away a bit. On watching Liverpool with more conviction, I've found them to be even more desperate to knick a vital few points here and there to get them by. However, it wasn't through gritty, urgent play. It was through conning referees.
To gain access to last year's Champions' League finals, Liverpool had to draw with Bordeaux. It was the final minute of injury time. So Gerrard, of all people dived for a penalty, which was granted. It was scored in front of the Kop and Liverpool went through.
Now, they didn't go on to win the entire tournament, but that's not the point. It is still conning the referee and winning where it is not at all deserved.
In this season, Liverpool found themselves 2-1 down and being outplayed for
90 straight minutes by Birmingham City in Anfield. David N'Gog dived and got a penalty. The penalty was awarded and converted, bringing the final score to 2-2.
On a sidenote, Mascherano likes to perform a bit as well so any knock he gets is met with a screwed-up face and a firm grabbing of the shin (which would probably cause more pain than the actual foul). It has earnt him a yellow card or two, but again it doesn't make up for the fact that conning the officials is just not acceptable in what's meant to be an honest, gentlemanly game.
Manchester City - They have written their own Chelsea story. Some Arab Sheiks came in with their massive oil funds and pumped them into the Blues' bank account. The glory-hunting will increase in good time. If they make the Champions' League after this season, the only way is up. They would've breached the current top-four cartel by buying the privilege.
With money on tap, former manager Mark "Sparky Marky" Hughes had the skeleton key to the entire transfer market. He used it by signing the likes of Carlos Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gareth Barry, Craig Bellamy and Roque Santa Cruz. At least three of those five signings have left a bad taste in the mouths of their former clubs' fans.
If you don't believe me, ask the ones who held fake bank notes up at Gareth Barry, booed Carlos Tevez after all that he did for them during his heyday and threw countless amounts of things at Emmanuel Adebayor. You can say all you want about loyalty, but it's now very hard to tell who gradually, genuinely disliked their club forcing them to leave for Eastlands and who just wanted to make a quick dollar.
I just hope the club's board soon learn of all their mistakes. Examples include trying to buy a title and sacking Mark Hughes simply for doing his job and meeting his target which was set by his Sheik owners (get to sixth place). With Hughes gone, we can tell that whatever success may come to City after 34 years has been bought by oil barons rather than scrapped for by Mark Hughes.
He'll be laughing when it blows up in the board's face leaving their faces literally blackened.