In recent weeks it has become clear that there is a dividing line between City supporters over the direction of the club.
So I have looked at it from both angles.
One theory, supported by Delia and Michael, is for them to continue at the helm for the next three to four years. To be fair, this one comes with the not-inconsiderable caveat of Mark Attanasio working in the background with Ben Knapper on the football side of things.
But Attanasio’s increased involvement is no sudden desire on the part of the Wynn-Jones’ to hand over the reins – it is due to Michael Foulger deciding to sell his shares.
So, in reality, a continuation of the self-funding model but perhaps more of a self-funding+.
I still know of some Delia supporters but have yet to meet any other City fan who supports self-funding. Even Stuart Webber in his final days admitted that self-funding “had to change”.
Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”. Well, we learned that lesson after two brilliant Championship wins under Daniel Farke.
Farke, the true architect of those wonderful days along with a very good recruitment team under Kieran Scott, was also the fall guy for its subsequent failures in the Premier League.
Deep down I think both Farke and Webber would now admit they had a close to impossible job. Farke, allegedly, told the Leeds United board in his interview that he had no chance of keeping City up due to our poor recruitment in both seasons.
The truth is a Huddersfield, even maybe a Luton did/could survive one season in the EPL but beyond that, without decent financial backing I think it is impossible. Look at how good Burnley were last season – streets ahead of anything in the Championship – but now languishing second bottom and on course for as many points as we got in either EPL season.
Even more worrying is the £97 million debt that City now has accrued. How on earth has that happened? Did players go onto reduced wages after relegation? Are we therefore self-funding in the true sense of the word?
I think with this option, a return to League One is not only ultimately a possibility but a likelihood.
Players who are out of contract this season will be beyond what we can pay next season, and selling Jon Rowe for £10-15 million and Adam Idah for £2-3 million… the same guy we awarded a five-year contract a few months ago. As things stand, this is paper talk but if it happens it shows just how much in the do-do we are.
So, on to theory two – Delia and Michael to step aside and allow Attanasio run the club unhindered.
We know he won’t put millions and millions into the club but let’s not forget it was Brentford’s extra spending compared to ours that has kept them in the EPL for three seasons (Kristoffer Ajer for example).
With Attanasio at the helm, it feels like we could at least be in a position to compete for players of a better quality. That would be a start.
Many of you will worry that a new majority shareholder is a risk, and I would agree it is. But theory one, for me, is way worse.
Of course, it is a worry that we get a Charlton, Bolton, or, god forbid, a Reading-like owner (the EFL’s “fit and proper person” test is a farce) but we could also end up with a Brighton, a Brentford, or a Fulham-type owner. As dear old Forrest Gump said, “It’s like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”
But the truth is that in the world of football today standing still is, in fact, going backwards.
It is also true that someday Delia will have to relinquish the running of the club. Time waits for no man or woman. So that day is an inevitability.
She has done a lot of good for this club but she must come to terms that she isn’t the only person that can do it. In the world we live in today it is time to accept, however hard, that the world has moved on without you.
I have been disappointed to hear that there have been serious inquiries to invest in the club over the years despite the denials of this by Delia and Michael. Missed opportunities. We must not squander this one.
Finally, there have been a few more of Delia’s supporters coming onto MFW lately, which I think is great. Debate is what this is all this is about. But a recent article irked me somewhat. Not the article per se as I agreed with a lot of it, but it was the author’s reply on three areas where he misrepresented me.
Firstly I didn’t say at any point that Delia and Michael didn’t know how to run a football club. What I actually said in my reply was, “Instead of explaining to supporters and journalists as to why we have no idea on how to run a football club, they blame us for all their failures”. That was in response to Delia’s very rude response to Connor Southwell after he asked her a perfectly valid question at the AGM.
Secondly, the author said the quotes I listed in my reply from Steve Stone, Iwan, Hucks, Chris Sutton, and Mike Liggins were “erroneous” They were all facts, from these pages on MFW, from The Pinkun and valid X (Twitter) accounts.
Thirdly, and most annoyingly, he accused me of calling Adam Idah “Sh!te”. I have written replies to articles on here on here defending Idah on here and so I would never do that. In all my replies to said piece, I ever even mentioned Adam Idah!.
If you have a different view to others please keep it honest. I had to apologise to one commenter on here the other day as I didn’t explain my Manchester City/ Wimbledon analogy well. We all get it wrong.
So please don’t put words into the mouths of us who wish to see a change at the club. It doesn’t further your argument.