I thought I might do a summary of some of the articles posted and then add my comments too.
On the 6th January, BCFC confirmed that the EFL had informed them that there had been a breach of EFL Regulations in relation to a business plan imposed upon the club in the 2018/19 season. There had been a few rumblings on social media, but this was the confirmation. The club didn’t add any more though, which I understand. However it left fans not knowing what was wrong.
The Blues Trust posted a statement on their website accusing the club of misleading the supporters, and confirming that the ground had been sold as part of “balancing the books.” Something that again the fans were unaware of. The trust also quoted Daniel Ivery, a friend of J&S, reminding us that Daniel had asked some key questions at the fans forum in November. The club responded by saying that they acknowledged the EFL regulations and were working to meet them while trying to be ambitious too.
Daniel posted a couple of useful blogs on his site. Firstly this one which was an open letter to Mr Zhao, the Birmingham Sports Holdings Chairman – highlighting issues on the pitch. (Although technically not the subject of this blog, it is part of the “crap storm” that we’re going through at the moment.
He then did a blog relating to our accounts. Daniel has done some fantastic work over the years in China and Hong Kong, so this blog gives a good insight into the challenges facing the owners. Of course the sale of the ground is also linked to the issue.
Going back to the Blues Trust, they explained here that they investigated ownership of St Andrews through the Land Registry. Unfortunately because it can take a couple of months to register, at the moment ownership appears to still be with the club. St Andrews IS a registered community which gives it some protection – however the lack of information is the key to the problem here.
We have always tried to be fair and respectful here at J&S, giving credit where it’s due and recognising that running a football club can be difficult and it’s impossible to please everyone. However, I have previously talked about the fact there needs to be a respect from the owners and the fans. The fans are the ONLY constant in a football club.
While of course business decisions shouldn’t be shared openly, football clubs are different to almost any other businesses such as Casinos. Actually you can find daily free spins no deposit 2020 by visiting Casino Bonus UK, or New Casino Online. No football clubs are different, because of the emotional attachment that fans have. Sadly that doesn’t seem to be understood and while the club are prepared to meet with fan representatives at the forums, and of course that is welcomed and encouraged – unfortunately if the quote referred to within the Blues Trust post, there is still a disconnect between what is being said and what is actually happening.
Where appear to be going downhill fast on the pitch, but off the pitch things aren’t good either. If the non-form we are in continues, that’s bad enough – but if we’re facing a points deduction we may as well prepare for Division one.
I accept there there may be legal reasons why the club can’t comment at the moment, however the general principle of being more open and honest needs to be adhered to if they want to win over the fans again. At the moment – a vast number are NOT supportive of the owners. That just results in resentment and bad feeling and doesn’t help the players.
I really hope that the board use this situation to recognise that a change is needed in the way communication happens.
We all wait to see what happens next with the EFL. If the last debacle is anything to go by, we have 3 years before they will make a decision anyway!
What are your thoughts about 1. The owners, 2. The financial issues.