After sitting down with Mrs kevb8ll to watch a film, actually the film was “The Freedom Writers” has anyone seen it? It’s a superb film about a new teacher who goes into a school in a class of “no hopers” and achieves something amazing. It’s a true story, and worth watching.
Anyway, after watching the film – I logged onto twitter as I do, and my time line was going ballistic with tweets saying we were about to go into administration. I tweeted my friend Almajir to get some clarity, he is often the voice of reason in these situations. It appears the Mirror’s back page for today had a big splash about us saying we were about to go into administration. From that Blues fans were running for the hills and villa fans were taking the you know what. I had to log off.
Almajir blogged this article last night which pretty much sums up what I think. One of the comments also said what I wanted to say, but I am going to re-enforce that point here anyway.
First things first. The story was in the Mirror. I wouldn’t believe what they said even if they told me the capital of France was Paris. They are a rag only trying to make money out of people who believe the tripe they report “as truth.” However in the interest of writing this article, I broke a habit of a lifetime and read their article. (Don’t worry I didn’t pay for it and I promise to have a ceremonial wash later).
There is NOTHING new in their so called exclusive about our “financial meltdown”. They say we are struggling to pay bills and will have to sell players, well HELLO, we got relegated what do you expect? However we do appear to be paying our bills including paying the wages, so we not near administration yet. Cast your mind back to Portsmouth. They stopped paying wages before administration occurred. Of course we are going to sell players, however there has been no fire sale yet. The only player to be sold that was a surprise was Gardner. Even Johnson wasn’t that much a surprise as there were noises that he maybe looking for a new challenge before we were relegated.
The other point relates to CY having his assets frozen. This is obviously causing the club some issues. If not directly CY’s money coming in, but possibly preventing other investors. I will be pleased to get that sorted one way or another quickly, but remember he does only own just over 25% of the club through BIH. It’s not as if he is the sole owner. When this is sorted, I genuinely believe we will get invested in. Whatever other people say, we are a club that can become an established Premier League side and therefore will attract investors. However, the problems that CY finds himself in at the moment will probably have to be dealt with first.
The one thing that I agree with in the article, (but it was PP who said it and not the Mirror), is that the club have probably been a bit too private about things. I do have sympathy with them about getting the balance of not saying anything and therefore causing suspicion etc, to letting it “all hang out” which is business suicide. But I do think that the board haven’t been open enough really.
So to sum up, in my opinion – we are NOT going to administration, yes we do have to cut back, but that was always the case after we got relegated, but more importantly it is vital that we the fans get behind the club. Remember how ridiculous the other lot looked threatening to burn their shirts etc on the appointment of their new manager. Do we want to be thought of the same? No of course not, so stop creating silly facebook pages and panicking on twitter and forums. Let’s wait until we actually hear what PP says first.
Hopefully the board, (linking back to the film I watched last night), will take what looks from the outside an impossible situation and turn it into something amazing.
Keep the faith Bluenoses.
You are of course welcome to comment, however I will delete any comment that has personal insults associated to them relating to anyone. Criticism is fine, insults are not. I’m not saying this to be arsey, but previously this subject has resulted in some pretty nasty things being said about individuals. Thank you.