Whats the plan ?
More and more Im seeing clubs opt for transparency in their enterprise . Plans are no longer well guarded secrets and many boards have made the decision to announce their vision and then get their fans onside with them. In this technological age information can be had by most in seconds and with the rise of the camera in our pocket visual evidence can be worldwide in no time at all. Lie’s can and will be exposed in this modern world that craves scandal . The West Ham owners recently found that out . At the opposite end of the scale the Liverpool’s owners have deemed it best to share their goals and ask the fans to buy into it , and they have gladly.
My own club of choice have not embarked upon this course though and it doesn’t surprise me . I feel these gents in charge are of the “ old school “ where its word of mouth behind closed doors and keep it schtum. It has served them well and they can be happy with their stations in life I assume so it would be folly to expect or ask for change at this stage of their custodianship.
I admit freely that I anticipate no big changes at board level before 10 has been hit or derailed and there are signs derailing is the establishments choice which will surprise no one.
I dont expect a mass exodus the very next day should the club achieve that hallowed target but I think we can speculate with a large degree of certainty that it will lead to a chain of events bringing significant change.
Players,,,those in their mid to late 30’s could not find a better time to hang up their boots. In particular I suspect Scott and Craig to bow out then. And those homegrown might see their aims fulfilled domestically and opt to bow out on a high. KT springs to mind as does Griff .
Management,,,Why stay after hitting that target if they do. Natural time to walk away , a legend hopefully . Should we need a new manager while still going for the 10 my own preference would be to bring in a unifying figure to unite and push us over the line with pride . Lenny and Martin both spring to mind and it could be a short term task possibly . Like I say , do it and walk away proudly.
Board,,,As mentioned they are older gents and where I sit it would be hard to find reasons to stay in situ post 10 in a row or failing hitting it . The Ceo or Chief Exec may well feel it is their duty to stay and help the new bhoy whoever he is but thats not really the done thing in football is it . Common in many jobs though is the handover phase.
No , we really should see a lot of upheaval within the next 5 years. Dermot had previously mentioned keeping the club in the family and possibly handing over the shares to his son.
At least he’s younger and should be a bit more in touch with the modern world is my take should that come to pass.
Fresh Targets,,,how can we tell what this board views at their medium and long term goals ? It is the void of that silence that is often filled with negativity and can lead to splits. I would love a common goal that we can all get behind and I believe most would. Get out of dodge should be priority number one and I would like to see what reaction would come from the domestic set up if it emerged the club actually had initiated discussions with regards to switching leagues . I think they would crap it and it might focus some people but its very unlikely under this board I think .If we were to stay a homegrown 11 would be a fantastic aim .
New Board,,,if I were asked to sum up what I would wish for in a new set up the word would be dynamism. A fresh pair of eyes that have a grasp of the modern changing world coupled with vision . I believe we could and should become traders in effect though use the profits of smart trading to continously built to higher standards every branch of the business .
Is there any facet of the business that is perfect and could not do with some type of overhaul or upgrade right now ? I know CTV would be around the top of my to be fixed list. Stadium gripes are common place among match goers as is somewhere to eat and relax for the support . The scouting seems to have collapsed over the summer and that tells me theres a department needs looked at. An app would be nice giving us info or highlights maybe.
But whoever they are its important they tell us what the plan is . Seriously . Dont expect loyalty , fight for it. Dont expect a full stadium , encourage it with acts. This board tend to be reactive rather than proactive, that should be changed .
And most important for me,,,stand up for your those who pay your salary.
Mahe the Madman