I have been reading about the controversial James 'non-deal' and something about it bothered me from the start. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it, albeit from 10,000 miles away, the bulk of the transfer money was to be paid by Leeds only if they got promoted. I have to wonder whether or not there might have been a conflict of interest here when we next played Leeds. OK, I know that match is only a few weeks away this season but this kind of 'dependent on promotion' deal concept seems to be a new one and could establish a precedent. In general the promotion of the buying team (Leeds in this case) could well depend on the result of the match with the selling team (Swansea in this case) especially if this occurs towards the latter end of the season and especially if one of the automatic places is at stake. In future not-too-hypothetical scenarios the outcome of the deal could even be decided by this head-to-head match in the final round of games. Would it not be within the bounds of possibility that the selling owners, desperate for a windfall of 10 million or so, could whisper in the manager's ear 'make sure you put out a weak team for this one mate or else ...'. In our particular case I would be prepared to hazard a guess at the answer. Surely this is a scenario that the FA rule-makers would have to consider in future.
I just noticed that the official Swansea City website has a 'Mandarin' version - see the red flag of 'Peoples Republic of China' on the top right of the home page. Anyone else find this intriguing ? Any explanations (eg preparing for a Chinese takeover) ?