As yet another example of just how out of touch the people at the top in football are, Newcastle United and the other 19 Premier League clubs have each been asked to pay Richard Scudamore £250,000 as a going away present.

He is on £2.5m per year already and it is he (Richard Scudamore) who is deciding to move on, yet clubs, which in effect fans, are being asked to give him and additional £5m bonus.

Only 59, no doubt the outgoing Premier League executive chairman will shortly find another role where he will be once again be paid a fortune, it isn’t as though he is worried about whether he can afford to switch the heating on in his retirement.

This is one occasion when I do hope Mike Ashley’s reticence to allow club spending does come into play, hopefully instead of £250,000 of Newcastle fans money, it will be five pairs of white sports socks donated by the Sports Direct supremo.

The man behind the idea is Bruce Buck, a close personal friend of Richard Scudamore and also chairman of Chelsea.

Interestingly, this is the same Bruce Buck who only last month said he was determined to block UEFA proposals to encourage more competition in European football.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin wants to redress inequalities across European football and has suggested targeting dominant clubs with a ‘luxury tax’ to try and give smaller clubs more of a chance.

The UEFA  President saying he want to stop a small group of clubs having the majority of the wealth in the sport, which he says ‘Threatens the competitive balance that is essential to football’s appeal.’

Quite unbelievably, the Chelsea chairman’s reply to these ideas saw him declare he wasn’t in ‘Favour of dumbing down the large clubs in order to make all clubs the great unwashed.’

Bruce Buck speaking in October 2018 at the Leaders Sport Business Summit:

“In terms of competitive balance, which is always viewed in a negative way…I personally believe that for the development of football, marquee clubs and marquee players are important.

“It is important in developing a fan base, it is important in encouraging young people to engage in this sport and it is also important in terms of the large clubs having the ability to put a lot of money into good causes which they do.

“So I am not, as a general proposition, in favour of dumbing down the large clubs in order to make all clubs the great unwashed.

“I just don’t think it works for the long-term.

“Clubs have to seek their natural position in the football order.

“No matter where you are in that, you want to improve, but I don’t think we should assume that because every club is not equal that therefore it’s bad.”

It is disgusting really, considering all the built-in advantages clubs such as Chelsea increasingly have, where they increasingly squeeze the rest to try and ensure they take more for themselves and cement their position for evermore. Whether it is with seeding in the Champions League, or the recent revelation that Chelsea were allegedly one of those clubs behind plans for a European Superleague which would have no relegation for at least 20 years for clubs such as Chelsea.

Particularly amusing is that Bruce Buck last month gave as one of the reasons why they should keep as much money as possible because ‘it is also important in terms of the large clubs having the ability to put a lot of money into good causes which they do.’

We see where the Chelsea boss is coming from now, ‘good causes’ such as giving his mate Richard Scudamore a bonus £5m.

Richard Scudamore of course trying to push through some great ideas, such as having Premier League matches played overseas….

  • Coach Clagnut

    “Clubs have to seek their natural position in the football order.” Is that before or after the billion pound financial doping Chelsea benefited from?

  • Toontaff

    All donations to Toontaff’s-pre-match-pint-fund!

  • Toontaff

    Having refilled my Evans Cycles basket, I checked, and as The British Eagleis the cheapest, I reckon Mike will be telling Bruce Buck and Scudamore to fkuc off on their new British Eagles! Though he may have a budget tandem for them!

    • Peaky

      FatTwat thinks he’s a “Giant” in the game…he’s not “Specialized” enough….let’s all “Raleigh” together at the boycott and at least hope his “Chopper” falls off…..

      • Dillon Tovak

        Probably more like one of those finger bikes people used to play with at school than a chopper.

  • Themoscow72

    He deserves nothing the way he has treated Newcastle all these years. The league have continually taken the mick even changing away fixtures up to two weeks before when fans have booked transport and hotels and T.V. fixtures have been announced. That bloke deserves a good kick in the nuts and so do the fat men he sits next to.

    • Leicester Mag

      Going to break habit and agree. This level of greed is breathtaking. In a world of food banks even in UK, this if true, is utterly disgusting.

    • Wor Lass

      Never a truer word!

  • Paul Patterson

    That’s more than Charnley gets a year. Mind you, that’s not saying much . .

  • Leazes.

    On the ‘Bungs Enquiry’…’ Scudamore and the Premier League appointed independent investigations agency ”Quest” led by former Metropolitan Police Lord Stevens, to investigate Premier League transfers.

    On 20 December 2006, Stevens presented his preliminary report, which found that the level of corruption within English football was not as high as had been anticipated.

    Maybe Scudamore could appoint Stevens again to look into executive bonuses and the syphoning of money from football….

  • Peaky

    £250k eh…….can we not just give him something of the same value… The Hoss…..

    • Leazes.

      Its Richard Scudamore not Peter.

      • Peaky

        👏👏👏👏 Nice One,,,,

      • Wor Lass

        That was actually quite funny, Leazes.

      • Kenny


  • Fisherking

    He’s been well paid for the job he brown nosed for give him nowt leech

  • Steve Smith

    Not holding my breath that his replacement will be much better. Looks to be a diversity hire judging by their “wealth” of experience in football…

  • Mike

    2 words last word is off

  • Realist

    How about all the premier league clubs give this money to say homeless or food banks or both, it’s disgusting that people have to use food banks in 2018 and people sleeping rough on the streets. No they’ll not do that because this is exactly how the dirty stinking corrupt establishment want people to have to live, this is all by design.

    • Wor Lass

      So the Premier League clubs won`t do that because they want there to be homeless people and food banks. You should get around the alleys and shop doorways and give those homeless folk a pint of what you`re on. As the Starks would say, “Winter is coming”!

      • Peaky

        I’m sure that’s Fleckman….same politics.

        • Wor Lass

          No, I suspect that Tommy Robinson moron.

          • Realist

            I’m on real life mate, I give my fair share to rough sleepers, i would say 150 to 200 pound a year, here and there when I’m walking past the homeless in the street, and yes this is manufactured by our own establishment and I didn’t mean the premier league you dummy. This is the problem with the mag there’s to many trolls like yourself. You make a comment sensible one also and your shot down by the spineless keyboard clique on here.

          • Wor Lass

            You come on as a guest so your moniker`s greyed out and you can`t be blocked (not that I bother blocking anyone), your account`s private so noone can look back at your posts to see how you change your tune to suit events and you change your moniker every so often to pretend to be someone new – and you`re not a troll? Do me a favour. You`re worse than Clarko. At least he has some comedy value.

          • Realist

            I come on a guest because I don’t have a disqus account and don’t want one this is no big deal. Why would you want to go snooping on previous posts of people, I find that abit weird. And correct I’m not a troll I just don’t agree with the majority of the shyte people pedal on here, some on here hate the club. I read a post last week of someone saying “It’s not about the football anymore it’s all about ashley”
            And think what you like about me, I couldn’t care one bit.

          • Wor Lass

            As a matter of interest, why – seeing as you come on here a fair bit – don`t you have a Disqus account? You used to have one. As for looking at people`s past comments, it gives you an idea of where they`re coming from and you can check whether your memory of a conversation you weren`t actually involved in is correct or not. Nothing weird about it. Keep supporting rough sleepers – at least that`s something I can agree with.

          • Realist

            Your lost mate, totally braindead.

          • Wor Lass

            i was right, then?

          • Realist

            I’m not into politics it’s all a big pantomime that the majority fall for.

  • Dillon Tovak

    I’m sure Sports D***** make a nice plastic watch they can send to him.
    Which is more than I’d like us to send anyway, greedy scumbags at the FA.

    • Martin Rooney

      It’s the premier league nothing to do with the F.A.

      • Dillon Tovak


    • Kneebotherm8

      Sweet FA……..that’s all he deserves….

  • Mirandinha9

    Cashley’s got his investment in early – a Donnay sweatshirt, a Lonsdale t-shirt, a Slazenger tennis racket and a Kangol tracksuit are on their way to Scudamore with a card which contains a free meal voucher at an Italian restaurant of his choice in Ponteland. No one can say Cashley doesn’t have a heart. It’s always been as big as his trousers pockets – pockets which are huge given the amount of £50 quid notes stuffed within them.

    • GlasgowMag

      You forgot the big SD cup!!😂😂

  • Wezza

    Ridiculous greed! FCB won’t pay that anyway and won’t spend in January.

    • Leazes.

      He gave £100,000 to Louise Redknapp who just asked him for it, a friend of the Redknapp family is Ashley….

      • nufcslf


      • Rich Lawson

        Not heard that,loan,gift,jamie not paying maintenance ?

  • toonterrier

    I’m sure I read that he’d been earning £2m a year for nearly twenty years of doing nowt so the most he should get is a Mars bar a bottle of coke and a balloon but no doubt he has another money grabbing job lined up.

  • Martin Rooney

    F’ that, if he gets £260k from the toon that’s the end of my season ticket the utter shameless greed of these people is staggering.

  • toonterrier

    Why don’t the clubs give the money to the kids Cancer and Cardio clinics which is a much more worthy cause and if they did I’m sure the supporters would donate too.

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    I wouldn’t give Scudamore a stale stottie

  • Down Under Mag

    This is the biggest joke ever. Yet more greed, his 5m quid a year salary clearly not been enough to put a retirement nest egg away?!?!?!?! What a joke! Also, why should the clubs be coughing up for this?

  • 1ewis

    I have a half eaten Greggs steak bake, I’ll like to donate it to him.

  • SuperDesHamilton

    A luxury tax 😂

  • JohnnyH

    Couldn’t believe this at first, but it is now being widely reported.
    An absolute disgrace. Scudamore should go public and make a commitment that this will not happpen.
    He won’t because he is a corrupt scumbag. I wouldn’t give him the steam off my pi$$

  • Cushty lad

    Nice work if you can get it. Scudamore is one of the reasons footy is knackered. The tv deals he negotiated in turn spirals down to the ordinary punter and up go’s your sky sports & bt sports subscriptions! So it ain’t fatty paying anyway it’s Joe public getting squeezed yet again. Boycott his shops but also boycott sky/ bt.

  • mactoon

    Words fail me. They should all be sacked for even suggesting it. Pure greed.

  • Rich Lawson

    No ! 1st the FA want to sell Wembley to some chancer to ”provide more money to grass roots football’ rather than stick their hands in their deep pockets then the Prem’ want a handout to an already very rich man.If you want to ”tax” the big clubs then give the money to the lower league/non-league sides struggling to stay in business.

    • mactoon

      It was the Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck who suggested it, the same man who was against attempts to make football more equal, and said that big teams should not be forced to join the “great unwashed” through new regulations. Class eh?

      • Rich Lawson

        Complete T##t !

  • mactoon

    Outgoing executive chairman Richard Scudamore will receive a £5m farewell bonus paid by clubs, the Premier League has confirmed.

    Scudamore will receive the payment over a three-year period “in recognition of his outstanding work”.

    He will remain with the Premier League in an advisory capacity.

    Bloody disgusting.