When the wind of change blows some build walls, others build windmills...
Forget Tubbs, there is no way Stevenage handed over £500k for Freeman.
As a discussion point has any club recently got into the Championship without paying out fairly high fees for players i.e BRP for Charlton, Rhodes H,Fld, Evans Sheff Utd, and I know before someone reminds me they are not in the Championship yet, but I think to get Championship standard players without paying a fee (particularly strikers) has to be nigh on impossible doesnt it?
Lambert cost Saints £1M didn't he?
Gary Hooper was a bargain for Scunny when they brought him for £175k, I think Mclean and Mackail-Smith were quite cheap for Posh as well.
No one has seemed to prove that you can get promotion without spending money sadly.
position given the financial constraints, as I say just an observation but I guess we have to all hope for better, things might improve
when Dev. squad is more established but I hope it doesnt take too long otherwise I will be pushing up the daisies by then.
Col U stayed up for a bit with Cureton etc on similar budget to us and even lower gates and Scunny did alright for a bit, but really competing against the bigger sides with 4 or 5 times our gate receipts makes it so hard. With a tight defence and maybe a couple of strikers maybe we could scrape a promotion but consolidating and staying up there looks a tall order.
The whole business is frustrating if you unearth a talented youngster it is next to impossible to hang on to. We can't afford anyone half decent and ageing strikers not seen targets for anyone else, but who can still find the net, or loanees is about it. Gloom !
On the bright side maybe we are doing a lot better than we think. I get Sheff Wed and Utd guys at work saying we are doing a remarkable job given our circumstances. There perception is a lot different from ours. Maybe its just us and about 40 years of disappointment. 8th in Div 3 with every hope of improving now that U.R. has gone through every conceivable formation in the history of the game and hit on the diamond might not be all bad !
having a Russian Billionaire, which as we know is sometimes good sometimes not, then we are doing ok. I will settle for that and hope we can nick a promotion place at some stage in the future.
I have just picked up the local Bournemouth paper. The total transfer spend for them this January is £1,675,000
I think things have changed in the last couple of seasons, Scunny found surviving in the Championship unsustainable, same with Colchester. The levels are moving up in all divisions, just look at the teams in the Championship who are struggling?... and there are clubs in league 2 that have more supporters ( people who attend matches) than us, even the likes of Chesterfield have new shiny stadiums. There has been a lot of argument or banter today about BU and what value they add to the club ?, but in my mind the only way we going to get into the Championship is if Matthew Benham gets 100% control and then brings in other " wealthy" investors and we sign better players. I don't think it can be done on a shoestring anymore. Perhaps we need to re-align expectations and settle for the fact we are who we are ?
Football is not a matter of life or death, it's more important than that.
Interesting how McLean really did nothing in the early part of his career, went non-league & on his return to P'borough was suddenly a goal-scoring sensation. He may have exceeded his level now though...
Is there an underlying reason why we got none in. It is very unsettling but I hope just me
I think Swansea is the interesting model. They did it slowly but surely, without spending huge sums in the early days. Maybe their combination of a new stadium, attractive football (that has helped to more or less fill it as the years went on) is the route to follow. Now you can se them passing teams like Chelsea of the pitch. If that's the route we are following then I only hope that I will still be around when we reach the promised land.
Players should want to come to us and if not Why not.