Monday, 2 November 2009

Marlon King should be shunned by the Premier League

By GREVILLE WATERMAN. Greville's signed for the Soccermongery and points his Brentford-maddened focus upon another Premier League star heading for jail.

Smarmy agent Tony Finnegan did his public image no favours by smugly proclaiming there'd be a queue of teams lining up to sign Jailbird Marlon King once he served his 18 month stretch for assaulting a student.

And even the normally sane Arsene Wenger endorsed his view with "you would consider signing someone like that".
Has the world gone mad and can the recidivist King who has amassed thirteen convictions since 1997 expect a continued demand for his services?

In the Greed Is Good Premier League, there's seemingly no moral compass. Previous miscreants like Tony Adams, Jermaine Pennant and Joey Barton have all returned from incarceration into the forgiving arms of their clubs who judge that on-field performances outweigh any moral obligation.

Maybe in this instance, the grin will be wiped off King and his agent's loathsome faces - and the reason will be purely financial.

In the Premier League madhouse, Marlon King is apparently "worth" £35,000 per week - the thick end of £2million per year.

And what does that get you?

A journeyman 29-year-old striker with a decent record of 108 league goals in 345 matches. But when you look more closely, you'll find half his goals were scored for Barnet and Gillingham, and all that after a promising spell in the Premier League with Watford. King's never been more than a squad player at the higher levels of the game with Wigan, Middlebrough and Hull.

It's an indictment of the game's finances that managers have been prepared to spend so much for so little - but maybe there is a ray of hope.

King will probably find some manager prepared to overlook his dreadful behaviour when he's released, but given he's obviously more accurate at hitting the target in nightclubs than on the pitch, I'm sure he will no longer receive such an obscene salary for his mediocre talent.

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  1. What about Joey Barton and Lee Bowyer? Why not kick them out along with various other criminal footballers? Would shrink the wage bills of lots of clubs!

  2. william makes a good many others are klawyere fried who specialises in these cases says lots..where do you start,,,bentley for drink driving.....micky thomas for the alledged money many others have been in bother witjh the law >>> remember a sweet left foot or a good engine don't guarantee a nice person or a smart guy

  3. Yeah Jim, house 'em all in an Arseholes XI and they'd win the league!

  4. I have just read an excellent blog by a guy called Simon Doyle who put together the following Jailbird's XI

    1.Luke McCormick
    2.Tony Adams
    3.Jan Molby
    4.Peter Storey
    5.George Best
    6.Joey Barton
    7.Mickey Thomas
    8.Jermaine Pennant
    9.Duncan Ferguson
    10. Lee Hughes
    11.Marlon King

    Can anybody suggest some additional squad members

  5. I really don't understand the fuss about King. He's a multi millionaire and very few girls are in his league. He's entitled to grope whatever girl he wants because he's a famous footballer and if a girl rejects him, she's only asking to have her nosen broken. Please just think about it from his point of view before criticising him.

  6. I have to confess that I hadn't really thought of it like that and I really want to thank you James-Guy for making me look at things from Marlon's perspective.

    Having taken time out to do so I can now confess a miraculous conversion and change in my views.

    The man is totally misunderstood and is a true examplar and role model.

    I can only bow to the perceptive views of Messrs Wenger, Finnigan and Taylor who have grasped matters so much better and more quickly than !.

  7. Footballers are not people in the ordinary sense of the word. As soon as they sign for a Premier League club, they instantly attain a quasi celestial status. As such, they should not be subject to the laws of the land and should be allowed to hurt, kill, steal and rape with utter impunity. These demi God like creatures should also be paid substantially more and worshipped in the streets and terraces.

  8. Greville, welcome from Holland where Soccermongery is admired with huge amounts. Please do not be turned by James-Guy and Alvin who are much joking for sure! He is a totally bad man who should be in a prison and then throw away the key, I say!! Throw it far and good.


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