Post by a more piratey game on Feb 12, 2020 14:22:17 GMT
So DC got us back into our historic home of Division Three, and then ran out of road
Then GC steadied the ship, before BG came along as a key piece in WAQ's (in parts somewhat belated, it seems) vision of how to run a football club - devote time to recruitment, develop the young 'uns, play modern football, develop the commercial side
BG then hit the ground running, with a lot of help from a following wind provided by (Windy) Widders, and got a whole bunch of fit-the-profile players through the door. And kept JCH
The change of style was from cheese to chalk, and took a while, but showed up increasingly game-by-game. There is a suspicion that a bit of defensive baby has been thrown away with the bathwater, which will require further adjustments, but we are off in the direction intended. And it's much much better to watch
So, ignoring the emotional incontinence which accompanies football fans, and the building sense of pressure, I'm still liking what I see. Although, to be fair, I used to like watching Luke James
If the stadium and training ground package (as WAQ says it is) gets sorted (per the Post it still might), and the impossible-to-get-right-but-easy-to-do-better-than-we-are-doing comms get sorted, it could all turn out quite nice
It all makes sense, doesn't it?
* as the ever-interesting Tracey Thorn might have put it. No relation to Michelle, at least as far as I know, who may be better-known to some on here
However it doesn't necessarily always end happily.
Clubs building grounds and then not kicking on include :-
Bolton Chester Chesterfield Darlington
To name four
Well to be fair Bolton built their stadium and then spent the best part of 15 years playing Premier League football in it. So they definitely did use the stadium to kick on. It's what happened afterwards that caused the problems. I don't think there's any Bolton fan cursing their stadium deal - it worked out brilliantly for them. They'd spent decades in the doldrums before then.
Surely, it has to be a case of diminishing returns to a degree. Those first few clubs that did it gained themselves large competitive advantages and a quantum leap forward compared with the teams around them. It could gain you a large competitive advantage. But once most clubs have them then, while you might get an initial boost, it's more about catching up with the rest rather than getting an advantage over them.
It's the difference between necessary and sufficient conditions. In the past there was a period when a new stadium (provided it was done properly) was a sufficient condition for success all else being equal. Now it's probably just neccesary to have one in order to compete - but you need other things too now like a way of bridging the financial chasm that is opening up between League 1 and the Championship.