On the day that gracious tributes were being paid to the late Cyrille Regis; Arsenal convincingly beat Crystal Palace and Watford’s defeat at Leicester signified the end of their manager’s short reign at Vicarage Road…

I was reminded of the comment made by Terry Neill, the former Gunners’ player and manager — that you didn’t know what it is like to be lonely until you have been booed by 35,000 home supporters! If football success — as with any other business — has many fathers, failure is a lonely child.
I must say, though, that despite the grumblings of the Arsenal faithful at full time that it should have been 7-0 rather than 4-1, a win is a win and Mr Wenger seemed pretty sure of his place at the Emirates. He looked more like a musical conductor than someone whose long-term future was under constant scrutiny.
I’m not quite sure how secure the managers are at clubs like Qingdao Huanghai FC, in China’s League One, but those joining Edward Teng (MD of Digipanda) on a marketing trade mission to Northern China in early April — and who enjoy the beautiful game — will be able to report back on the state of Chinese football, as well as more general business opportunities.
Edward is a member of One Silk Road, an informal Meet Up group, whose aims are to develop contacts between SMEs and their advisers in the UK and their counterparts in the so called “Middle Kingdom” — with the longer-term aim of nurturing new commercial opportunities for UK businesses in a post-Brexit world.
The trip will include visits to Qingdao; Tianjin and Beijing, and Edward will be providing more information on 1 February 2018 at the next One Silk Road (OSR) Meetup event. OSR is free to join for individuals so if you are interested please register your details here: www.meetup.com/One-Silk-Road/.
Politics, property, business and of course football will be high on the agenda!
Tony Houghton