So where do we go from here?
PUBLISHED: 18:21 14 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 10 September 2010
I don't know about you but I am getting worried about the future of our club. Not only are we still deep in the relegation mire, but off the pitch our fortunes haven't changed for the better either.
I don't know about you but I am getting worried about the future of our club. Not only are we still deep in the relegation mire, but off the pitch our fortunes haven't changed for the better either. Despite the fact the board were swift to rid themselves and the club of Roeder after the scary sight of empty seats at the Charlton cup game, there is still no news of investment or of anyone who wants to buy into the club or replace the current Board members.
While I, like with all City fans, wish Bryan and his team all the best in their endeavours to keep us in the Championship, I wonder what the long term thinking is. If we stay up, do the former heroes get to stay and rebuild? Or were their appointments more about addressing the worry of season ticket renewals?
Who else sees it as Bryan and co merely keeping us going until someone comes along with some real money (and a bit of business sense would be good too). Would this then be curtains for the heroes and money splashed on experience? Pardon the cynic in me, but I guess the answer is probably yes. To put it bluntly, are the board just lurching from crisis to crisis, or do they have a cunning plan? For me, the club can't move forward until we introduce someone onto the board who really can motivate the rest of them into some proactive thinking at least. It amazes me to see smaller (in terms of paying customers) clubs enjoy higher positions in the division than us. Why is this and what makes them successful? Is it primarily the investment in the team that counts for success at this level? Maybe it is and it's one area we have sadly neglected since relegation.
There are plenty of clubs just like us with better than average stadiums, but that doesn't win you the league, having a group of talented committed players does. Oh, and a manager who understands and trusts the board's thinking.
And a board whose number one aims are to invest into the team - meaning spending as much (or more) as we earn in the transfer market. Have we, over years of constant turmoil and managerial change, really missed our chance in putting together a side that can challenge for a spot at least in the top half?
We have become victims of circumstance, but most of that was of our own making. Surely there was someone who could have said something to Mr Roeder regarding the never ending supply of loanees, the constant changing of personnel and the effect all the culling had on morale amongst the playing staff.
To say nothing of the effect it was all having on many long supporting fans. All that money from the transfer kitty now neatly deposited into ex-managerial bank balances makes uneasy reading when we are hovering around the drop zone.
Was none of this so difficult to work out, or are we, fans just basking in hindsight and being smug?
But what do we get from up high? The usual platitudes, 'we listen to the fans'. Well that's okay then. The fans who out of loyalty and love for their club will probably renew in number and return a decent number of bums on seats and investment for the future. What chills me is where is that money heading?