Richard Scudamore is set to step down as the Executive Chairman of the Premier League, and there’s plans to give him an eye-watering ‘golden goodbye’, much to the annoyance of ordinary football fans across the country.
The 59-year-old is set to step-down from his role next month, and will be replaced by Susanna Dinnage, and after 19 years of service, it’s been reported that each Premier League club has been asked to chip-in for a leaving present of sorts.
Now, there’s no doubting Scudamore has made some of England’s biggest clubs a shed-load of money over the years by helping to negotiate mammoth TV contracts, but the figure each club has been tapped for is reportedly £250,000 – EACH.
Timed by 20, that comes to a cool £5 million, for a man that has reportedly been earning £2.5 million per season.
According to the BBC, the idea was put forth by Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck, but it’s fair to say the regular week-to-week paying punter is far from impressed:
What reason is there to give anyone £5m pounds on Retirement. FIFA was exposed for money scandals in recent years ,does the FA have to follow that path ? #RichardScudamore
— Scholes 🇾🇪 (@26scholes) November 13, 2018
If I will the lottery tonight, I'm giving it to Richard Scudamore. #Giveit2Scudamore
— The Crabman👱♂️⚽️🍺🇬🇧🇺🇸🏳️🌈 (@SimonCrabtree12) November 13, 2018
I love how out of touch football is. Richard Scudamore has overseen the expansion of football well beyond its comfort zones. He's also a millionaire many times over. Why does he need a 5m pound exit bonus? Because football.
— Bunga Bunga with Mr Wenger (@hahostolze) November 13, 2018
The FA asking Prem clubs for a £250K donation for Richard Scudamore’s leaving gift is a further example of how obscene top level football has become. The Prime Minister is on £142k pa and Scudamore is on £2.5M pa. The £5M leaving gift should go to any charity but not to him. #FA
— Phil Hough (@Phil_Hough) November 13, 2018
Richard Scudamore can…….. pic.twitter.com/hi12rnhlkT
— Graham Kingsbury (@grayjam68) November 13, 2018
If that Richard Scudamore really needs the money so badly, maybe he should go back to being a jockey 🐴
— Ian Mc (@redmysterio96) November 13, 2018
PL clubs being asked to give 250k each for Richard Scudamore leaving present is obscene, clubs should refuse and put money into grassroots football instead
5 million would help kids play football instead of potentially getting into gangs in the inner cities @piersmorgan
— ken briggs (@thekaraokeking1) November 13, 2018
A whip around for Richard Scudamore? pic.twitter.com/RWxsnzE4d6
— Stuart Locker (@Daily_Stus) November 13, 2018
Well and truly a grotesque, deluded and out-of-touch 'gesture' to outgoing @PremierLeague chairman Richard Scudamore; a £5m 'thank you gift' on top of £2.5m annual salary – & I bet no-one involved batted an eyelid at the amount. https://t.co/V7MCGtfiCx
— David Cann (@drwhofan_194) November 13, 2018
Sickening. Absurd. Wrong. An insult to all those who toil away at grassroots level for no material reward whatsoever. Think of what that £5,000,000 could do for them and their clubs. Disgusting! https://t.co/HzURxhRDrB
— Lucas Monk 🇬🇧 🇪🇺 (@LucasMonk_) November 13, 2018
Football clubs are from, and represent, local communities. They are supposed to transcend the hum-drum nature of daily life. That is why we follow them. I wonder if Richard Scudamore and the rest will raise their snouts from the trough long enough to consider this?
— iconforourtimes (@iconforourtimes) November 13, 2018
What do you think of Scudamore’s crazy whip-round?