So, three defeats in five. In league 6. The brief flowering of optimism following our two match winning run seems to have withered away for many following that first half performance at Stalybridge.
Fingers point at the manager. Thank you Alan Lord but sadly you are not the man to take us forward.
Heard this sentiment? I have.
My own take is that I desperately want County to push on with Alan Lord as boss.... but that sickly, niggly feeling AL may not be the man to do it keeps popping into my head.
Get a grip. Early days. Relax.
Perhaps we need to take a step back? Changing the manager... would it make much of a difference? Finishing 9th instead of 13th? And another period of bedding in before we can make that assault on the Vanarama Conference North division?
Below are the thoughts of Martin White (taken with permission).
Martin as many of you will know was Secretary of the Stockport County Trust and someone who I have no doubt has a valuable perspective on the clubs position now.
Martin suggests the current target of current manager is off the mark.
Re-focus. It's the shareholders and the ground situation. Join the Co-op and let us all get 'Stronger Together'. The strategy should be along these lines:
Short term plan
- Co-op membership drive immediately
- more open meetings (on match days) to get word to the fanbase
- engage with the fans who do just want to turn up, watch game and go home with no worrying about how they manage to do that and what they would need to feel differently
- work with the life presidents to see what they think and how to stop the rot (which still hasn't stopped yet)
- Must get the shareholders to commit to stuff and deliver on that - e.g. share debt write off - has it happened, why hasn't Spencer Fearn written his off etc...
Its a terrible thing to say I admit but I am wary of giving the club anything at the moment until they can show a clear plan of how we are going to get out of this godforsaken league.
They are at the moment purely relying on the fact that we are all gullible football fans who will put up with anything.... And we are by and large, more fool us. Why help them further, when they aren't helping County ?
Mid term plan
- Co-ordinate plan from Co-op to explain to the entire fanbase the current stakes and that current levels of ST renewals may actually be harming the club in the long term.
Have a credible alternative ready for end of this season - i.e. boycott next season with any funds only going to either working to get ground back or getting owners out
It's not pleasant and it's a difficult sell (I don't blame people for renewing as it's supporting the club - but it isn't in reality).
But we are at the point of no-return and 'doing nothing' is also a decision... And a poor one at that as it's clearly not working on the evidence of last season
Finally - whatever options are presented and especially with any money going to club or retained etc - it needs to go through legal advice to ensure that all is watertight and cannot be manipulated by any party - football clubs do strange things to the best of people sadly - so it's vital it's all thoroughly checked by appropriate people
Feel free to shoot down all the above or ignore it - am just annoyed by it all tonight [post Stalybridge defeat - ed] - we may or may not have a good season but it's all just papering over the cracks of the root cause of the problem.
All focus should be on the shareholders and ground IMHO
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