After considerable effort to get paid as per his contract and all the FIFA stipulated hoops you have to go through when this happens, Josh terminated his contract with Manisaspor FC.
You will see news tomorrow that he has signed a 3.5 year contract with BSC Young Boys of the Swiss Super League.
Josh enjoyed his time in Turkey. He did not want to leave. He is not the only one not getting paid. This problem was supposed to get resolved when the team renegotiated its TV contract. It still seems to be a problem and may get worse before it gets better.
This didn't happen over night as it may appear. FIFA has been in the loop for some time.
Sorry to spoil the rumour to Vancouver.
Hey, thanks for posting ! Always nice to get the real story.
Congrats to him. Can someone tell me how the Swiss Super League compares to other leagues, perhaps B2?
Gawd bless. Much better news than that other topic, no disrespect intended to MLS.
"Simpson coming to MLS". Damn near made me spit out my beer when I read that.
Re Unpaid wages; FIFA/UEFA have become far more diligent in resent years in this respect (long overdue). How a player is paid and under what circumstances is much more black and white these days. The federations all have to sign off on contracts and what can and can't be put in them is much clearer than it maybe once was. Pity about the situation in Turkey but I'm quite sure A). That Josh will be getting unpaid wages in due time. And B). Manisaspor voided any claim they have to man's playing rights through their actions.
Like I wrote, bad situation all around but the club is doing what they feel is right by them and Mr Simpson has to do what he feels is right by him. It's the proverbial two-way street.
For it's a grand old team to play for.
May 25th, 1967
Is there another Canadian playing for Manisaspor FC??? If so he should get the f...ck out now before he ends up in striking poverty.
Taking a stab at pbullen's question...
Based on the UEFA coefficients (success in European competition) the Swiss League is above Austria and slightly below the level of Denmark and Belgium as far as first divisions go.
Swiss Super League vs B2 : I would think they are pretty comparable, the exception being Bern and Basel who compete in Europe, are better than your average B2 team and more like a bottom B1 side. I'm not sure how the lower table Swiss sides would compare to lower B2 clubs, but I suspect B2 has stronger clubs down there.
Thanks. Hopefully he can become a key player there then.
Hope he knows they play on plastic as do a number of swiss teams
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Disappointed by the league but glad Josh has found a good, long-term ride that suits him. Best of luck!
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