The wit and wisdom of Peter Hill-Wood
Posted by John Beech on April 14, 2011
With the sad loss of Danny Fizman, Peter Hill-Wood was moved, no doubt genuinely, to say:
“Danny Fiszman was a visionary Director, a gentleman and a true Arsenal fan.
“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend Danny. His voice, wisdom and presence around the football club he so dearly loved will be sorely missed.
“Arsenal Football Club will forever be indebted to Danny for his invaluable foresight and contribution during the move from Highbury to our new stadium.” (1)
Fiszman had just before his death sold his 16.11% shareholding in Arsenal to Stan Kroenke (2), allowing Kroenke to become the majority (62.89%) shareholder in the club.
Of Kroenke, Hill-Wood famously said in April 2007:
“Call me old-fashioned but we don’t need Kroenke’s money and we don’t want his sort. Our objective is to keep Arsenal English, albeit with a lot of foreign players. I don’t know for certain if Kroenke will mount a hostile takeover for our club but we shall resist it with all our might.
“We are all being seduced that the Americans will ride into town with pots of cash for new players. It simply isn’t the case. They only see an opportunity to make money. They know absolutely nothing about our football and we don’t want these types involved.” (3)
and that he would be “horrified if the club were to go across the Atlantic” (4).
Football management is indeed a funny old game.