Alec Swann - There’s more to it than money, isn’t there?

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

To sort of quote those productive songwroters from Scandanavia: “Money, money, money, must be funny, in the Premier League.”

There’s only a slight alteration needed and that’s to the word funny which needs changing to ‘the only thing that really matters.’

I doubt whether this revelation will come as much of a surprise to anyone - if it does you’ve had your head in the sand for a bit too long - but a couple of instances this past week emphisised the fact.

Firstly, while driving down to Worcester for the County’s YB40 game last Sunday, the radio choice, being somewhat limited, led to the build-up to the Championship play-off final being selected.

It was perfectly rational stuff with both Watford and Crystal Palace’s chances being debated but what was made very clear was that it was a game of football with vast riches waiting for the victor.

The performances of the players might be a little nervy because of what’s at stake financially.

The losers would be missing out on a great deal financially.

It’s the richest single game of football in the world.

And so on.

The actual sporting achievement of claiming promotion was pushed in to the background even though that’s what makes the play-offs so appealing in the first place.

The second instance was in the week when Thierry Henry was being interviewed on Sky Sports News.

Without listening to what he was coming out with, it was evident that some of his comments concerned Arsenal’s so-called success in finishing in the top four.

That finishing the campaign four places from the top as opposed to three makes all the difference in the final reckoning.

Not that the Gunners were light years behind the champions or that they’ve hit a lull in terms of actual success, just that they’s managed to secure a ticket on the Champions League gravy train for another year.

This is the age where being in the top division and elite European competition is all about the bottom line and winning silverware - you know, something that supporters can actually look at - is secondary to the almighty dollar.

Sport and business can’t be separated, just as the former and politics can never exist separately, but there has to be more to it than how much is rolling into the bank accounts.

Or is that me simply being naive?