It’s the dream of every football fan – to lead their football team to glory either as the star player or as the inspiring manager. For most of us that dream remains just that – but Scottish businessman John Clarkson has made that dream potentially a reality with an unusual and outrageous football bet.
A surprising football bet
The bet is a simple one. Clarkson is putting up about €170,000 of his own money to pay for the position of manager of a football club. If he can get Club Deportivo Tudelano promoted from Segunda Division B – the Spanish third tier – in two seasons then he gets his money back. If he can’t, then the team can keep it.
Clarkson has a tough job ahead of him. He not only has to make the team successful on the pitch, but sort matters out behind the scenes too. Tudelano are mid-table at the moment and struggling with financial difficulties including unpaid player wages and an estimated €200,000 tax bill. Part of Clarkson’s role will be to bring in sponsorship and to sort out the debts, to help make the club a viable proposition going forwards.
A winning football bet?
The club play in Group 1 of Segunda Division B in Spain. With just over half the season gone Tudelano lie in 11th position, 15 points outside the playoff spots for promotion to the Segunda Division. Even if they go on and a run and make it to the playoffs, Tudelano then have to make it through three rounds of games to achieve promotion.
CD Tudelano did make it to the playoffs last season, but were defeated in the first round of playoff games by Hercules, who then subsequently advanced to the final round only to be defeated by Cadiz.
Clarkson isn’t a novice to football coaching. Tudelano’s president Jesus Miranda was quick to reassure fans that this bet wasn’t some sort of publicity gimmick. Miranda confirmed that Clarkson has all the requisite coaching badges needed to coach the team.
Indeed, Tudelano isn’t Clarkson’s first role as a football manager – he’s managed teams in the English amateur leagues such as Tiverton Town, Liskeard and Launceston along with lower level Spanish teams like Benissa, Catarroja and Real Aviles.
Can he win this football bet?
Do you think Clarkson can win his bet and get the team promoted? Or do you think that he’s chasing the impossible dream?