It’s guest blog time again and first through the door this week, offering a few thoughts on the latest Attanasio news, is regular commenter and friend of MyFootballWriter, Andrew Delf.
All yours, Delfie
Following Monday’s announcement of a General Meeting for shareholders on October 2, 2023, to ratify the second phase of the Attanasios’ involvement in Norwich City, I’d like to offer a few thoughts of my own on what this means and where it leaves our club.
To start with, I should declare an interest. I own four ordinary shares, which I purchased for the princely sum of one hundred pounds and therefore I will have a vote.
At this point in time I haven’t yet seen the paperwork, so can only base my opinions on what I have seen and heard.
So… six points that I believe are worth making, in no particular order:
1) I firmly believe that Michael Wynn-Jones and Delia Smith have only ever wanted to do what they believe is best for our football club.
2) The world of football finance has changed beyond all recognition over the last decade and Michael and Delia have no need or desire to deal in these shark-infested waters.
3) As both are now octogenarians, they have recognised the need to try and leave the club in the most secure, safest and best hands that they possibly can.
4) It seems to be the case that they have foregone significant personal financial gain in order to try and benefit the club in the longer term.
5) The Attanasio group makes all the right noises, say the right things and, on the face of it, seem to be okay.
6) Plus, they are not human rights abusers, chancers from the Far East (or anywhere) or oligarchs who have recently, or in the recent past, been encouraged to take over other clubs in this country.
So, in conclusion, and based on all of the above, I will cast my vote in favour of the waiver.
Do I expect a different strategy to finance our club from the self-sustaining model? Yes, I do.
Do I expect things to change for the better or worse? I don’t have a crystal ball but, yes, I expect the club to progress.
Finally, what remains really important to me is that I can continue to watch football at Norwich City for as long as I wish to. I certainly cannot do that if the club is put at risk and then goes out of business.