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General Discussion / Retained list
« on: May 20, 2022, 11:52:27 AM »
Courtesy of the Lynn News:

The Linnets have released the quartet of Joe Gascoigne, Jak Hickman, Arthur Iontton and Cameron King.

The club remain in contract negotiations with the "big four" of Ross Barrows, Michael Clunan, Aaron Jones and Paul Jones, for next season.

Grapevine around the Leagues is saying that the only one likely to stay is Paul Jones, but time will tell on that one.  :dontknow:

Some Clubs still appear to be offering silly money to get the signatures of the players they want.

General Discussion / The Queen's Speech.
« on: May 10, 2022, 01:13:44 PM »

Independent football regulator.

This bill will create a new independent regulator of English football, instead of the FA.
It will protect clubs' long-term financial sustainability in the interests of clubs and fans.
The regulator would also make sure stewards are fit to practice and protect changes to logos, branding, kits and emblems to protect clubs' heritage.

General Discussion / Happy.....
« on: May 04, 2022, 12:37:30 PM »
..........Star Wars day.

May the 4th be with you.    :laughcry:


General Discussion / Lynn win
« on: May 02, 2022, 05:16:50 PM »
3-0 away win for the Linnets.

General Discussion / Tommy talk
« on: April 30, 2022, 08:00:50 PM »

All sounds fair enough to me, although surprised that still plans to be full time next season.

General Discussion / Down but not out.
« on: April 30, 2022, 04:58:43 PM »
Lynn's battling performance see's a 3-3 draw against Eastleigh.

Not enough to avoid relegation and a return to the NLN, with Aldershot achieving a fine 3-1 win against County today.

"King's Lynn Town's improvement in the second half of the season came too little, too late as their two-year stay in the National League was ended at The Walks".

I couldn't agree more. Damage was done by the Management team first half of the season. Tommy has had a good go at it since he's been here and I think he'll do a good job next season. Lots of things at the Club need to be looked at for him to be able to do that, but it seems things are finally happening at the Walks now, even if it is a case of better late than never.

Fingers crossed they all work together when the new Sales Director joins, and he'll get a team behind him that really work for the Club's benefit, and a team that's capable of doing the job in hand.

So, is it a bounce right back next season, or would a year of consolidation and catching our breath be better before we try again?   :dontknow:

General Discussion / Cleeve article
« on: April 30, 2022, 10:08:06 AM »
It is very likely at the National League’s AGM in June that salary caps will be the main talking point.
Various options were put to clubs, including a hard cap (a fixed maximum amount clubs can spend on players' wages), soft caps and even a concept based on the USA baseball system that Woking FC owner John Katz threw into the mix.
All have their plus and minus points, but currently you are allowed to spend what you like on player wages, although this is highly likely to change. One of the main protagonists against any sort of cap is the PFA, who are essentially a trade union for players and retain charitable status. Clearly, any caps mean less money for players and hence less money for their members, so they are diametrically opposed to caps being installed.
The National League has a pretty good record of looking after its clubs; I cannot remember a club going bust recently under their watch. We already must submit returns on a quarterly basis; PAYE and VAT payments are monitored monthly, allowing the league to step in quickly at the first signs of trouble ahead.
The word on the street is that a soft cap of 70pc of turnover is likely to be the chosen route that we must follow. The devil is always in the detail and my worry is that the walk to financial security could be littered with booby traps whilst en As an example, our attendances fluctuate significantly with the team’s performance and as our gate receipts (unlike the Premier League) make up a huge percentage of our income, having to budget for our gates in advance will never be an easy job.  After guessing gates, I would then need to estimate the average ticket price, which would mean estimating the mix of the crowd in terms of away fans and home fans. Away fans usually have a higher average ticket price as a higher percentage of adults travel to matches away from home.
With higher travelling numbers you have higher stewarding costs, something that is often overlooked, so the net gain is never as high as some fans think it should be. To put this into context, after deducting VAT and using our category A pricing and without deducting stewarding costs we probably average a blended rate of at most £14 a head in the away end and no more than £11 a head in the home end.
For a category B game these figures drop considerably. If the visitors sell the tickets to their fans, they are allowed to deduct 5pc for doing so – bigger clubs can easily pay box office staff their annual salaries by just insisting (as is their right) that they sell all away tickets to their fans themselves.
If King’s Lynn Town drop into the National League North (NLN) many fans will want a price decrease and they will probably want a price lower than our current category B prices, even though, like every business, we have had significant cost increases to absorb this year.
If we were to do that, my guess is that our blended price, especially with fewer away fans in the NLN and after deducting VAT would be no more than £10. So, if we estimated 800 fans per game, multiplied it by 23 and took 70pc of the total over a 44-week season we could have a total wage budget of just £4,181 a week - far less than what we spent to get promoted out of the Southern Central League.  
A wage budget that small would guarantee relegation. I accept there are sponsorship deals and a little league income, but one would still need to pay managers, coaches, training costs, travel, electricity and so on. The remaining 30pc I doubt would cover the travel and hotel bills.
The new model championed by the fan led football review is unlikely to allow directors' loans. Often, club directors have companies in a group structure which allows profits gained in one company to be offset against losses in another. If these loans (which in our case are non-interest bearing and have no fixed date for repayment) must be injected into clubs as equity, then tax would need to be paid on the money being loaned across as you cannot get a tax deduction when you invest in a business and take an equity stake.  
From the fan led review side of the fence this, they say, protects clubs as directors cannot pull their money out and bankrupt the club in the process; but this misses the point as there is usually no money pot to pull out from in the first place. I would, though, be quite happy with restrictions on debt from commercial organisations being used to repay directors' loans.
What would happen if you over-estimate the attendances and find your three best players injured in the first few weeks of the season and results then go against you and crowds fall? Players are on fixed contracts so what would directors be expected to do if you find yourself exceeding the soft cap? From an administrational perspective there would need to be real time reporting, which would make life even more expensive for smaller clubs.
My solution would be to allow a sensible level of directors' loans per year, maybe up to £200,000 and only after this threshold is breached would there be a need to convert debt to equity. 

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