The Board have recently said that they’re undertaking their own strategic review – the evidence suggests it’s desperately required. It needs a huge dollop of realism, accompanied with an open and honest debate on the Club’s vision and identity. Whether we get that is another matter.
Born afar from "Nelson's County", but Norfolk has always been Gary's considered second home since an early age. Booted and suited from 9 to 5, he is a Chartered Surveyor, managing commercial property investments for private clients for a City of London firm of solicitors. A season ticket holder and regular away traveller, he is also Canaries Trust Board member, City shareholder, with a general interest in football governance.
Being “debt free” is, or should I say, was, a snapshot at a moment in time – in our case, taken from our accounts at the end of June. However, by the time the accounts are actually released several months later, they’re already effectively out of date.
That would now be more than enough right there to rebuild the City Stand – plus a Ross McCormack if you fancied it – and give the purchaser a 60 per cent controlling interest in the club. The markets have, apparently, been trawled before for potential investors – perhaps, now, with City in a much better position financial health than previously, is a time to revisit the options?
Have City let the genie out of the bottle in terms of player wages? Is Alex now paying a very hefty price?August 29th, 2016 by Gary Field | 11 Comments »
Last time we were in this league our wage bill was actually 97 per cent of our total turnover, even having regard to the then relegation clauses and the subsequent promotion bonuses – that’s unsustainable long term without Premier League football.
The club’s DNA is currently entwined with a self-funding model, a seemingly old fashioned model of simply spending what we can afford. Many are questioning, as commendable though that is, whether it is actually now sufficient to survive in the Premier League beyond the odd season or three? Whatever your view, it raises two recurring themes, which seem to be “in vogue” throughout football at the moment: club ownership and additional investment.
Our 18 goals have actually been scored by TEN different players, with Nathan Redmond being top-scorer with FOUR goals. Perhaps more telling, our main three strikers – Cameron Jerome, Dieumerci Mbokani and Lewis Grabban – have just FIVE goals between them.
Alex Neil does have the benefit of a squad with much greater Premier League experience that the two promotion rivals, even if the cynics may suggest, some most part of the relegation team from the season before last.
While City prepare for their fight for Premier League survival, the other Canaries await a very different fightJuly 13th, 2015 by Gary Field | 4 Comments »
For the past decade the Hitchin Town Supporters Trust has been raising funds each year to help pay the players’ wages. However, that doesn’t go anywhere near telling the whole storey, as the club’s problems are much bigger.
The silly season is upon us, yet still plenty to ponder, including what will 2015/16 bring for our Wesley H?June 23rd, 2015 by Gary Field | 14 Comments »
If there’s one thing we’ve all learnt during Alex Neil’s brief tenure it’s that he has a meticulous eye for preparatio rarely seen before at Carrow Road. And it’s that which is highly likely to set him apart from his counterparts at Bournemouth and Watford.
Football is naturally a competitive game and, when your club is completing at the highest level, whether in the Championship or the Premier League, it’s understandable why very few managers are brave enough to risk an inexperienced, academy player, rather than a seasoned old pro. The odds are stacked so much against the academy player.