I’ve wallowed enough. Spring must eventually be sprung, and, having succumbed to feeling a little negative lately, the clouds have cleared in my mind.
I was upset to find out we have not been self-funding, was bemused by Mr Webber’s resign-then-lead paradox, and then sucker-punched by Delia at the AGM, but having mulled over half a glass (full or empty?) of the yellow stuff, green shoots of optimism are sprouting, and, as this website so kindly permits, I should like to share them with you.
In a ‘the King is dead, long live the King’ spirit (I have championed Delia, for 26 years), I would like to look forward positively.
So, here are some things you may wish to take cheer in. I am. Please note you do retain the democratic right to call me names and disagree. Preferably politely.
- Mark Attanasio and Ben Knapper spoke well at the AGM. Each provided reasons to be cautiously optimistic. For example, Attanasio discussed extra finance while being loosely self-funded, and was also refreshingly honest about the team’s performances, particularly at Watford. He seems to possess self-awareness, humility, and a perception of the fans’ views. He already runs a successful over-achieving professional sports club on a smaller budget than its competitors. I therefore think it is wonderful that Delia will now spend three years learning how to run a club from him. As irked as we all rightly were, wouldn’t it have been far worse if the past spoke well and the future insulted us?
- Delia and Michael Wynn-Jones seem to be gradually transitioning away from the running of our club. While I am eternally grateful for what she has done for us in the past, her performance last week made Marie Antoinette seem like a lady of the people. She has become a distraction and seems detached from real fans’ views. Not every future NCFC discussion needs to end with her name, and a significant portion (north of 20 per cent?) will surely be happier when the transition is complete. We can then go back to talking about the football.
- Ben Knapper also seems to know his stuff and said nothing about divorcees, 90 per cent effort rates, and did not declare a disinterest in women’s football. If he wants to upset us, he has a mountain to climb from here.
- We have won three of our last four games. They say the sign of a good team is winning while playing badly, so we must be class!
- The Championship is currently pretty poor, so we can literally afford to not be great while/if we rebuild. The top few – Leeds, Southampton, and Leicester – are so good that we could have played well all season and still missed out. So, it is a good season to underwhelm, and it seems possible that someone may genuinely get to 90 points and still not get promoted automatically. The rest are bang average.
- We have got two winnable home games coming up.
- Then we get an opportunity – I think that is how we should look at it – to extend our unbroken record against the Townies.
- Having considered our debt, I think with Attanasio and Knapper around we can clear it, and relatively soon-ish. We have got a lot of surplus players, contracts are running down, and BK should be able to utilise loans moving forward, so future dross will only be here short term.
- We do have some financial assets. As galling as it might be, we will get a pretty penny when we say Sera to Sara, Go to Rowe, and there may even be a small financial solace in Tzolis. Sorry… I couldn’t work a pun for Sargent.
- We also appear to have some useful youngsters. Imagine if you will a back-three one day of Brad Hills, Jonathan Tomkinson, and Jaden Warner.
- Kenny McLean is most people’s favourite trier these days – for this season at least – which shows that redemption is possible and therefore no one should be written off. Przemysław Plachetta for the Barry Buttler trophy 2026?
- Apathy, the very thing that Dean Smith said he had never heard of but seemed to create, is not abound. Reading the comments on this wonderful site shows that the passion burns brightly in Nelson’s County and beyond. We have a wonderful supporter base, we care, we deserve better, and I believe it is on the way.
There may be more, I would be very grateful to anyone who can add any more reasons for optimism and cheer in the comments below.
Be positive when you can fellow Yellows, and, remember, Never Mind the Danger