On the forum we have been discussing the events of the last 24 hours and the lack of a new CB. It has caused a few, well, shall we say – strong opinions to be voiced. I thought I would put a representation of them here.
There is an argument that says that the board haven’t done enough this January. The majority of the new signings are loan signings or unproven. There is a case that this shows a lack of ambition of the board. They appeared to be prepared to spend around 4 million on Boyd, but that appears to have gone back into the two Davids piggy bank.
Also a number of other points raised, included:
1) The let the club be put into a state of “flux” with Carson Yeung, allowing him to effectively stop us trading until his deadline, this from top class business people?
2) David Sullivan has continually said he would sell the club
3) We have only dealt in loan players now for a while, not really spent money even when in the Prem League
4) We have combined owner value which puts is in the top 10 of richest football clubs, yet we do not invest? Why?
I can settle for us running the club in a balanced way and I do applaud it. However the money is there, they simply do not want to spend it. IMO if we had a buyer they would be gone before the cheque was cleared.
The point of spending over the odds for a player is that usually they’re far better than what we already have. We will never build a side that will stay in the Premiership permanently on a few loan deals, a few freebies and a few £2m players here and there from the lower leagues.
Our board need to change, rapidly, otherwise we can enjoy the Yo-Yo tag for a good few years to come.
I understand these positions. In recent times the board have appeared to be out of touch with the fans. This was exasperated by the Yeung affair and all came to a head at the end of last season when we were relegated.
Over the years the board appear to have demonstrated a make and mend approach to signings on the whole, and often appeared to have gone after players we needed to strengthen the side.
On the whole it appears the board still get a lot of stick no matter what they do.
Now before I give my opinion, I will say I do think there still is room for improvement, however I think some of the criticism being shown on our forum but also elsewhere – is harsh. Let me try and explain why I think this.
The club being run in a financially sound way is critical IMO. You only have to glance over at Elland Road to see how things can go very wrong if you over spend. I gather they were paying for players even after they left. I remember the day that Ken Wheldon announced that the club was almost bust. The Kumars came in and made a certain measure of progress, however I don’t think anyone can deny that this board have made the club financially sound.
The Carson Yeung situation REALLY hurt the club, and I believe, was a major contribution to relegation last year. I guess there is a level of responsibility with the board, but until you work things fully out – how do you REALLY know that the bloke couldn’t stump up the dosh!
This brings me to the next point relating to the club being sold. DS has said he would be prepared to sell at the right price, which he has been criticised for, but surely that’s true of the majority of owners. There will always be exceptions, those who are owners of “home” clubs – but there aren’t too many of them.
I guess the biggest bone of contention is around transfers. The board are criticised about loan signing and about selling or not buying players – but do we REALLY know what goes on behind the scenes?
Loans make good sense for sussing out players as long as options to buy are worked out and possible recalls sorted out. I think sometimes as fans we think that anybody would want to play for our club, but it’s not the case. It appears that Davonport didn’t, as Cahill didn’t last year. As a club attempting to buy – I’m sure that players prefer to keep their options open and as a result clubs attempting to buy don’t know until they are turned down.
As fans, none of us really know what negotiations go on behind the scenes, with how many players over how long. We usually only here about it at or towards the end. The failure of getting players to come may not be the clubs fault at all. Perhaps the player had better offer, his existing club decided not to sell or there are other issues such as medical issues. It is easy to point the finger at the board or the manager.
Another issue has been communication. The club have shot themselves in the foot at times with making comments that should have stayed private, however there has definitely been an improvement recently. Also they said they would keep us informed and I think that has improved too.
Over all I personally think the board are trying to make things better. I appreciate it’ll take time to win over people who feel they have repeatedly let down. BUT I think they are going in the right direction.
Let’s hope a couple of notable loan signings who play at the back well get things rolling, let’s face it the midfield additions look the business.
By all means we should ensure the board stay focused, however let’s get behind the club, including the board and hopefully we’ll see BCFC get better and better.