What do Gary’s Field and Gowers, Stewart Lewis, Dave Bowers and many of our readers and other writers have in common? Apart from the bleedin’ obvious as in being NCFC diehards, they all know a lot more about finance, particularly footy finance, than I do.
However, the sale of Alex Pritchard for an “eight-figure sum” (we’ll never know the exact figure) has led me to stick my ill-educated neck out and take a look at this self-sustainability malarkey from a layman’s point of view.
It stinks. From top to bottom.
If we have to sell off a Pritchard and a Maddison every season just to stay afloat (e.g. achieve a £20 million ingress of funding every season from here to eternity) can you imagine how much pressure that puts on an Academy that was only very recently rated as “not fit for purpose”?
And then, let’s look at what appears to interest the Board not one jot: what happens on the pitch.
Just as Pritchard, Madders and Josh looked like they could create something up top against Chelsea, of all sides, without a recognised striker, whoops! One of them is gone. Now what does that do for the remaining two? It p*ss*s them off, that’s what.
Only last week Daniel Farke told us we do not need to sell and how much he was looking forward to working with Pritchard in the future. Pull the other one mate, it’s got a whole peal of bells on it. Weddings by arrangement.
All this stuff about a conveyor belt of talent coming through is a thread of unpredictable nonsense, a farrago, a charade.
Because all hope of any real on-field continuity is gone. And no upwardly-mobile player will want to come to a club with no more ambition than to sell them on at a profit, especially if they work out that one day soon their best bud on (and quite possibly off) the pitch would not be there anymore. Almost overnight, perhaps. Players like camaraderie and fun, y’know.
Don’t get me wrong, I want the best for Alex Pritchard. He could have done better than Huddersfield, but he’s chosen PL over stagnation here and fair play to the boy. I want the optimum for Madders as well – I realise we couldn’t keep him forever even if we were PL. But shouldn’t we at least get some value from him in game time first?
He might not go in January (I doubt even our Board would alienate us supporters that much) but he’ll certainly be off in the summer.
Interestingly, Wolves are saying (in January fer Chrissakes) that they are only looking to sign players who could do a job in next season’s PL. Now that’s what I call ambition and intent. A million miles away from where we stand.
Stuart Webber and his policy of open communication? You’ve gone a bit quiet pal, haven’t you?
I really fell for the restructuring of NCFC and thought it was great at the time. Every passing day tells me I’ve been conned. It’s only Delia downsizing behind smoke and mirrors.
And to those saying, “let’s see who we sign with the Pritchard money before you verbally beat up the Directors” I would only add this: How much of that figure do you really think will be made available? Not a lot, believe me.
Everything NCFC is doing just now is simply dedicated to reducing the wage bill – the loan of Yanic Wildschut to Cardiff surely proves that.
He’s good enough for Colin but not good enough for us? Where are they in the table and where are we? Pull the other one once more.
Surely those at the top can see the way the wind is blowing. If as supporters all we have to look forward to is consolidation in the lower echelons of the Championship (or worse, as several predict) then I think we’ve got a bum deal.
I remember my dad telling me that at the end of WWII all the steam engines, pig sheds, even I believe some cars were painted in battleship grey – the paint surplus the wartime Government had accumulated for its warships but luckily didn’t need to use for that purpose any longer so gave it away exceptionally cheaply to all-comers.
That was around 1947 and called Austerity.
It took ten years to come out of it…