based on, say, half the other lower League clubs following suit. I don't know of any, let alone many, that are planning no Youth Development which will leave us looking singularly fifth rate. A team, not a club.
No-one seems to consider, either, that if the EPPP scheme isn't working well next season it is nothing for the PL to pump a pile more money into it. Where does that leave us? Starting from scratch with a reputation for ditching Youth Development to get back on a gravy train. How many years before our Youth Development is respected again?
The wisest thing would have been to do this closure as a very last resort after trying a year at Cat 4, not as the first way to save money.
I might be wrong here as I don't know the figures for sure, but I was under the impression it "cost" £300k a year and not "lost" £300k a year (although I thought it was in fact £250k to run the... more
I tend to agree. Does the current Supporter`s Trust have the appetite or band width to support the CoE? Yes the club is in financial dire straits and 300k straight of the balance sheet helps. But,... more
are exactly that, difficult. I am sure nobody making the decision wanted to close the youth system. But with access to all the financial numbers, presumbably they concluded that they simply couldnt... more
been taken with the best intentions, should be thoroughly scrutinised, especially when reflecting back on the events of the last few years? Particularly in reference to the financial aspect. "Don't... more
but realistic scrutiny can only take place with all the relevant information. Which fans on the gasroom dont have. It is very easy without the relevant information to say, the youth system should not ... more
Could you both outline for me, as briefly as you like, the ways in which you are helping the Trust at this difficult time? I'm confident that two experts like yourselves are using your talents for... more
I may be wrong here but do I detect a hint of irony in your comments? I was under the impression that this was a space for "lively debate" where one could offer an opinion about important or inane... more
I guess it's going to be too much for you to state how many players we're going to have to either sell or bring through to the first team ('generating' income by obviating the need to sign a player... more
A lively debate doesn't neccesarily exclude constructive ideas does it? I appreciate your unique view on the closer of the CofE, i understand that you feel this loss more than most. Perhaps though,... more
I'm not sure you read my original post but it was certainly not laced with sniping, unlike your eloquent response. I offered an opinion and simply said that I thought there could have been ways of... more
If the PL is happy for many academies to fail they lose their newly acquired 'satellites' for finding elite prospects. It is not in their interests for lots of Academies to close - so they won't. You ... more
No one invloled in the Trust thinks that youth development is not vitally important to the future of clubs our size. Equally, however, is the CofE costs around 300K to run, we'd have to be producing... more
Clearly losing our youth system, which it would appear was doing well, is a major disappointment I'm sure to all including those who had to make the decision. It would appear very likely that the... more
I certainly haven't accused anyone of being an idiot, and saw just how disappointed the players were when they were relegated, so I would never accuse them of not doing their best. The reality is... more
you and I dont have all the information to make a fully informed judgement. I think it is very unlikely there will be much more information in the brave new world about major decisions than there was ... more