Newcastle United and Malaysian Football


English version

I supposed by now Malaysians and Newcastle United fans alike have heard the news stating that one of Malaysians bidding for the Toons. The news also being covered locally in Malaysia and received various reactions from the locals. Either the bid will be successful or not, it is yet to be known.

For me, it is suprising indeed. However, I’m more interested to ask these questions for those who involved directly in Malaysians football industry – right from the management of FAM, state football associations, local football clubs, football coaches and not to forget, our dear players (and oh yeah, the football pundits too :D) :-

1) Why the billionaire do not spend his money on local football associations and clubs? TM sponsored our M-League. Why not Astro or Maxis do the same?

2) Why are the qualities that Newcastle possessed that attracts him to bid Newcastle? What about such local teams- Johor FC, UPB-MyTeam or even SKMK Kelantan (for example, don’t take it negatively, ok? :))?

3) Why he do not create a local football team to compete in M-League?

4) In the event the bid is a success, will Malaysians be given opportunity to develop their football skills and career in Newcastle?

5) In regards to question 4, if the answer is yes, what are the standards need to be fulfilled to be at Newcastle United?

These are the 5 simple questions from a football fan.

As for my own opinion, I can understand such decision made, either from business point of view or football quality point of view. My answer to Doc Sid’s comments should indicate the gist of my questions above.

By now, the personnels involved in managing local football and our professional players playing on the pitch should ask themselves whether their performance is worth the value paid (or they do not bother to think about it!!!).

I’m not looking down to our football and still hoping that our football to prosper. However, I’m dissapointed with the quality that shown by our players and not to mention our football management despite labelling our football to be in “professional era”.

I love to see our football to prosper once again. That is why, even when I criticised, I provide suggestions. Should the suggestions and comments received being heeded or not, it is up to our players’ and managements’ consciousness and actions that could bring back the glorious days.

p/s: If the report provided by Kosmo is true, I’m deeply dissapointed with the professional level shown by our players and management. Maybe we will lose, but we should not lose before we start to play. Is this the level of professional shown by FAM and the players?

 

Versi Bahasa Malaysia

Saya fikir, ketika ini rakyat Malaysia dan peminat Newcastle United sudah mendapat khabar tentang  seorang rakyat Malaysia membida ToonsBerita tersebut juga mendapat liputan tempatan dan menerima pelbagai reaksi daripada rakyat Malaysia. Samada bidaan itu berjaya atau tidak, masih belum diketahui.

Bagi saya, ianya sesuatu yang mengejutkan. Walaubagaimanapun, saya lebih berminat untuk bertanya soalan-soalan ini kepada mereka yang terlibat secara langsung dalam indutri bola sepak Malaysia – dari pengurusan FAM, persatuan bola sepak negeri, kelab ola sepak tempatan, jurulatih, dan tidak dilupakan pemain-pemain kita yang dikasihi (dan oh, pengulas sukan juga :D) :-

1) Kenapa “billionaire” tersebut tidak membelanjakan wangnya untuk perkembangan bola sepak tempatan? TM menaja Liga M kita. Kenapa tidak Astro mahupun Maxis melakukan perkara yang sama?

2) Apakah kualiti yang dipunyai oleh Newcastle United yang menarik minatnya untuk membida Newcastle? Bagaimana pula kelab tempatan seperti – Johor FC, UPB-MyTeam or even SKMK Kelantan (sebagai contoh ya, jangan diambil secara negatif, ok? :))?

3) Kenapa tidak dia menubuhkan pasukan bola sepak tempatan untuk bertanding di Liga M?

4) Jika bidaan itu berjaya, apakah rakyat Malaysia punya peluang untuk membina kerjaya di Newcastle United?

5) Berkenaan soalan no 4, jika jawapannya “ya”, apakah tahap kelayakan yang diperlukan untuk berada di Newcastle United?

Ini adalah 5 soalan mudah daripada seorang peminat bola sepak.

Bagi pendapat saya, saya boleh memahami apa jua keputusan yang diambil, samada dari sgi perniagaan mahupun kualiti bola sepak. Jawapan saya kepada komen Doc Sid mengandungi intipati kepada kenapa soalan-soalan diatas ditanyakan.

Seharusnya ketika ini individu yang terlibat dalam menguruskan perkembangan bola sepak tempatan dan pemain professional kita bertanya kepada diri sendiri samada persembahan mereka setimpal dengan gaji yang dibayar (atau mereka tidak fikir langsung!!!)

Saya tidak memandang rendah bola sepak tempatan, dan masih mengharapkan ianya kembali gemilang. Namun, saya kecewa dengan kualiti yang ditunjukkan oleh pemain kita dan juga pengurusan disebalik melabel bola sepak kita di tahap era “proefessional”.

Saya mahu melihat bola sepak kita gemilang seperti dahulu. Kerana itulah, walaupun saya kritik, saya turut memberikan cadangan. Samada cadangan dan komen yang diterima itu diambil perhatian, terpulang kepada kesedaran dan tindakan pemain dan pihak pengurusan untuk mengembalikan kegemilangan bola sepak Malaysia.

N/B: Jika benar laporan yang diberi Kosmo, saya kecewa dengan tahap professionalisme pemain dan pengurusan untuk menghadapi Manchester United. Mungkin kita kalah, tetapi jangan kalah sebelum bertarung! Adakah ini tahap professional FAM dan pemain Malaysia?

5 thoughts on “Newcastle United and Malaysian Football

  1. membaca tentang kisah pembelian Newcastle United, saya amat menantikan respon dari ODS.
    Saya juga hairan, mengapa Newcastle yang menjadi tumpuan walhal liga temapatan ini seharusnya menjadi fokus utama.
    Apakah dgn pembelian pasukan tersebut akan dpt membina prestasi bola sepak tempatan atau sekadar untuk menguatkan usaha promosi syarikat demi keuntungan sendiri?
    Di manakah semangat 1Malaysia?

    Mendongak ke langit tinggi, usah hingga dilupa rumpunan hijau yang dipijak.
    Walau setinggi mana terbangnya sang helang, matinya tetap di tanah jua.

    ODS: Terima kasih diatas komen saudara SuaraJagat.

    Secara peribadi, saya faham kenapa Newcastle yang dipilih, dan tidak liga tempatan. Bukan tidak menyokong, tetapi saya kecewa dengan tahap prestasi dan komitmen yang ditunjukkan oleh pihak pengurusan dan pemain di Malaysia. Pihak pengurusan dan pemain hanya professional secara luaran, tetapi tidak dalam menterjemahkan “professional” dalam meningkatkan mutu bola sepak tempatan. Jika ingin dijual sekalipun, belum tentu ada yang berminat hendak membelinya.

  2. saya sokong pembelian ini. bagi saya memang sudah tiba masanya kita ke arah ini. menaja liga tempatan ibarat tikus membaiki labu. maaf jika saya menyinggung mana-mana pihak. tetapi itu telah dibuktikan selama 10 tahun kebelakangan ini. mutu bola sepak negara masih tidak berubah. mungkin ini akan mengubah senario bola sepak tempatan, itu pun jika newcastle dibawah pimpinan ananda khrisnan mahu mengambil pemain malaysia bermain di sana. jika tidak, sia-sia beliau beli kelab tersebut jika bukan berniat mahu membantu bole sepak negara.

    ODS: Jika rakyat Malaysia mahukan rakyat bermain di Liga Perdana Inggeris, pemain-pemain yang berminat perlu berusaha lebih dan menterjemahkan “professional” dalam erti kata sebenar. Atas sebab yang samalah, saya sertakan persoalan kualiti yang diperlukan untuk berada di Newcastle United.

    Buat pengurusan bola sepak tempatan, fikirkanlah dan bertindaklah sewajarnya. Duit masuk ke kantung sudah berjuta, TM tidak selamanya boleh menanggung anda. Nilai komersil belum dapat dinilaikan dengan sewajarnya.

    Terima kasih Doc Sid untuk komen saudara.🙂

  3. Hi ODS,

    The gomen will take on the local football la..!

    Maxis & Astro hardly find anymore chinese or indian soccer players nowadays… so… they go New Castle! okay what..? heheheheh..

    Good that you also translate your entry into bahasa too… now I can learn to read satu patah, dua patah…

    cheers!

    ODS: If gomen take on local football, I supposed current salaries paid in football indutry is way too high. They got to face pay cut, and their lifestyle will be on question too (consider that any matter relate to gomen has political value..hahaha!!!).

    Just translating it to Bahasa, so that the locals who have poor understanding in the messages conveyed done in English can be delivered.🙂

    Thank you for your comment, Kenneth.

  4. Nampak nya kempen Kerajaan “beli lah Barangan Buatan Malaysia ” berkesan hanya untuk kerepek keropok dan kereta saje yang telah di adekan di KLCC ,dekat dengan menara Maxis..
    Slogan ini dan kempen ini tidak di pakai langsung olih pembeli Kelab bola asing.
    Sedih kerana slogan ini,tak di endah kan olih orang yang sangat rapat dengan atasan dan elit malaysia..
    Orang ni yang jadi kaya dengan ihsan Rakyat Malaysia tak mahu sokong kepentingan Malaysia.
    Sepatut nya dengan duit banyak tu (IRB dan BNM sila ambil perhatian) dia bolih biayaai FAM yang hidup segan mati perlahan.
    kesian Malaysia ade warga negara pakai paspot Malaysia tapi beli aset luar negeri.
    Ini lah contoh terbaik liberalisasi dan pasaran kewangan bebas di mana aliran wang keluar taade sape yang bolih kawal.
    changkat lobak.
    arjuna waspada

    ODS: Dari satu sudut yang lain, ya, saya boleh bersetuju dengan pendapat saudara tentang kebarangkalian dan kemungkinan yang ada akibat liberalisasi tanpa batasan.

    Akan tetapi, dari satu perspektif, FAM, persatuan negeri, kelab tempatan dan pemain (serta rakyat Malaysia secara amnya) seharusnya mengambil iktibar. Sudah banyak duit masuk ke kantung, tetapi kualiti masih lagi tidak berada ditahap yang memuaskan.

    Jika bagus, saya percaya, bukan sahaja tajaan yang masuk, tetapi pemain kita boleh mendapat permintaan untuk dibeli atau dipinjam ke kelab-kelab di luar negara (tidak termasuk Brunei ya). Saya kurang pasti samada ada pemain kita menjadi perhatian hangat kelab dan pasukan di Indonesia, Singapura mahupun Thailand.

    Sekurang-kurangnya, Proton yang kononnya teruk masih lagi terjual di luar, tetapi pemain kita belum tentu laku jika “dijual” ke kelab/pasukan luar negara.🙂

    Terima kasih di atas komen saudara Arjuna Waspada.

  5. just would like to bring your attention to the following article published in Malay Mail last month:

    Dollars and sense
    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    FAM need to rethink participation of clubs in local leagues

    Haresh Deol

    IT COULD have been a fairytale hit. Who would have thought a forklift driver from Penang would finally get a chance to don the national colours?

    That’s Azmi Muslim. Azmi is the product of the reality tv-series which got the whole nation talking – MyTeam. Earlier this week, Azmi traded his MyTeam jersey as he joined the national Under-23 side for a series of friendly matches in China.

    MyTeam was the reality show that pitted the winning contestants against the national selection in Bukit Jalil in 2006. The reality lads lost 2-1. Some claimed MyTeam was set up to ‘right the wrongs’ of Malaysian football.

    The conspiracy theorists believe it was a platform for club president Khairy Jamaluddin to get into FAM and later politics.

    Note, Khairy is FAM deputy president and president of Umno Youth. MyTeam’s intention to join the domestic league raised eyebrows. After all, history has recorded the fall of clubs such as Public Bank, MK Land, Telekom Malacca and MPPJ.

    “We don’t want to have a big budget and spend unnecessarily only to fold a year later,” said Khairy when asked if MyTeam would be able to sustain themselves in the domestic league during the club’s launch at Bukit Kiara on Dec 11, 2006.

    Three seasons later, MyTeam are staring at a possible exit from the Super League. Sad but true.

    The FAM competitions committee turned down MyTeam’s request to transfer of 12 of their players to other teams in a bid to ‘streamline’ the squad. MyTeam should have seen it coming.

    Running a football team is no joke especially when the State FAs are accorded privileges which are not enjoyed by clubs. Many believe FAM would pull a ‘Police’ or ‘Kelantan’ on MyTeam — by reversing their earlier decision. However, the issue at hand is bigger than MyTeam alone.

    Telekom Malaysia, who are the main sponsors for the league, hand out grants totalling over RM10 million to FAM annually. States competing in the Super League are then given RM250,000 each while clubs only receive RM75,000. Even Police and Armed Forces receive a much lesser amount compared with the State FAs.

    In return, teams are required to don Telekom Malaysia (Super League) or Celcom (Premer League) on the front of their jerseys leaving potential sponsors to settle for other parts of the kit. Note, such a practice is not seen even in the Barclays Premier League (Tottenham Hotspur – Maison, Liverpool – Carlsberg, Everton – Chang Beer).

    Most State FAs are headed by their Menteri Besar, assuring funds from the state government and statelinked companies. Clubs, meanwhile, are left to fend for their own. States have voting powers in FAM while clubs are mere accessories. Teams can only hand out one percent of free tickets of the total seating capacity, regardless if the stands are filled or otherwise. Presumably, this is done to prevent any form of malpractice.

    However, MyTeam, KL Plus and even KL are among the teams which hardly see any fans at the stands. Yet they are unable to give out more free tickets to get in the crowd. MyTeam play better football than some of the state teams in the Super League. Sadly, football today is all about Ringgit and ‘sense’.

    Are clubs really welcomed in the domestic league? Would anyone sponsoring a club actually reap any benefits? It is time for clubs to set up their own league instead? Perhaps the bigwigs in FAM can mull over this during the Congress on June 21.

    ODS: Your comment and the article is well noted.

    However, in between article you gave, there is a line of statement:

    ““We don’t want to have a big budget and spend unnecessarily only to fold a year later,” said Khairy when asked if MyTeam would be able to sustain themselves in the domestic league during the club’s launch at Bukit Kiara on Dec 11, 2006.”

    Technically, if MyTeam is given RM75,000 annually, and considering other source of income that should be have been generated throughout the team establishment and resources available within MyTeam (including the expertise of personnels), I believe, the management should be able to work out something, especially from the one who initiated it. He initiated it, he is the Deputy President of FAM (which gives him a better view from the top), he should be able to work something and set example to other clubs. He is to be told as brilliant and said to be resembles the bright future leader. So, prove it!

    It is time for FAM, football associations and clubs to reconsider the wage structure due to players inability to attract fans to pay and watch their matches. I think most football fans are rather sit at home or any mamak stall watching Barclays Premier League rather than watching 22 local players kicking and running at the stadium and providing poor performance.

    The excitement is no longer there. The quality shown by players are not as worth their pay. I believe, by now, FAM should already have think tank to work out something. At least there is one with Oxford scroll there to lead and reform our football.

    Due to his current inability to lead Malaysian football as he supposed to, I am in no suprise if some will agree with the sentence quoted in the newspaper:

    “MyTeam was the reality show that pitted the winning contestants against the national selection in Bukit Jalil in 2006. The reality lads lost 2-1. Some claimed MyTeam was set up to ‘right the wrongs’ of Malaysian football.

    The conspiracy theorists believe it was a platform for club president Khairy Jamaluddin to get into FAM and later politics.

    Note, Khairy is FAM deputy president and president of Umno Youth. MyTeam’s intention to join the domestic league raised eyebrows. After all, history has recorded the fall of clubs such as Public Bank, MK Land, Telekom Malacca and MPPJ.”

    Thank you.🙂

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