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    I'm putting this on here as I genuinely don't want to use the Sala thread for unrelated anti Tan/Tan United comment.

    On a small private forum I'm on with some friends who still follow them, to varying degrees, I wondered if being forced to pay Nantes the money they are owed would be the straw that broke the camel's back for Tan. He strikes me as the kind of autocrat who would flounce over (for him) a point of principle when forced to do the correct moral and legal thing against his wishes.

    Then I wondered what he got out of still owning the club anyway. I recall (and I think it was noted upthread somewhere) that they recorded a loss in their first PL relegation season and while I it would appear they cut costs on their second unsuccessful go at it I'm not sure how much money was made.

    There are parachute payments, of course, (though I believe they are going down for the first time ever from now) and a chance that they could have another go at promotion but I wonder at what point the cycle loses it's profitability and appeal to Tan. Especially as I think the club still has a nine figure debt to him - though I suppose recouping that is the main incentive for hanging around.

    Last edited by Ray de Galles; 04-11-2019, 17:27.

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      Isn't there some benefit for the Malaysian regime, especially as the 1MDB chickens continue to come home to roost?

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        Benefit in terms of prestige/profile or as a vehicle to, er, process funds?

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          To be fair, I was thinking of both, though I was more focused on the prestige/image support given all of the bad publicity.

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