For many it is Manchester United, especially under the leadership of Glazer brothers, which sympbolizes the greed and commercialism of the contemporary football industry. The process really began, however, at Tottenham Hotspur which in the 1980s became the first club to be floated on the stock exchange.

Sick as a Parrot tells the story of a further takeover of Tottenham by Alan Sugar, and how he used the club to secure the rights to screen the Premier League for his business partner Sky TV (Sugar made the dishes for the Sky system in its early days).

I worked on the script and as associate producer on the documentary, which was expertly constructed as a classic boardroom takeover drama by producer-director Roy Ackerman, later the creative director of Fresh One television and the managing director of Pulse - two of the world's largest and most original independent production houses.