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Re: AL- Itís not as bleak as it appears.
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2024, 05:15:58 PM »
So as AL said join the dots on who messed this deal up.  Then again with the Chairman saying heís £300k short of getting us to the end of the season is it really a surprise. Established   National League players on loan wonít come cheap.

So Lakeland wanted him but someone at the Club didn't.  Seems strange it was a done deal then not signed off.  Can we surmise from this some form of breakdown in communication, or worse ?
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2024, 05:43:32 PM »
Surely the manager's comments are wholly predictable? 'Don't panic', rather than 'man the lifeboats'?

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2024, 07:47:30 PM »
Or, if things are not as bad as they seem (ref AL), is  this just another version of the begging bowl that we have seen previously?

Seems strange to try and sign a good and expensive striker if your business was about to go under.  :dontknow:

Has the first payment of the loan been made? It would be a bit cynical to think that declaring to the world how desperate the financial situation is, was a precursor to asking for the loan to be written off.  :dontknow:

It could even be suggested that if the loan was forced to be honoured, then it would be those that make such decisions who would be held responsible for the Club going belly up!

Could  the fact that there was such a massive backlash from Supporters have been  miscalculated.  :dontknow:
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« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2024, 11:30:34 PM »
So as AL said join the dots on who messed this deal up.  Then again with the Chairman saying heís £300k short of getting us to the end of the season is it really a surprise. Established   National League players on loan wonít come cheap.

So Lakeland wanted him but someone at the Club didn't.  Seems strange it was a done deal then not signed off.  Can we surmise from this some form of breakdown in communication, or worse ?

I don't think Lakeland said exactly that to be truthful

When he said join the dots, he was alluding to the player he wished to sign, without naming the player - the interviewer then "joined the dots" and guessed who the player was, to which Lakeland agreed that was indeed the person.
He wasn't saying join the dots on who messed the deal up

He did say someone at the club pulled the deal, but to be fair, we don;t know which club it was - it could have been Lynn, but it could have been the players old (or new for that matter) club

I've watched Lakeland's post match interview twice now and that's my interpretation of what he said

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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2024, 09:36:18 AM »
That's how i interpreted AL's comments.

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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2024, 07:47:37 AM »
See todays edp.

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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2024, 08:40:54 AM »
"Don't quit before the miracle"

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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2024, 09:33:48 AM »
The problem with running football clubs is that they are very difficult things to manage.
At one extreme we have Marske FC, who resigned from the Northern Premier League this week, after not finding the money to see the season out and then just yesterday Peter Freund, a minority owner of the New York Yankees, put up his consortiums shares in Dagenham and Redbridge FC for sale.
One moonlighting journalist this week suggested that I should sell up, but he forgot to mention who to. Therein lies the problem, there are many who proffer opinions but very few who have any answers. I will do my best thought to answer some of the questions that the EDPís head honcho Chris Lakey has put to me, although I am still constrained by what I can say as I write this column.
The key is we need the right partner/investor; we need someone that understands business and can live within the somewhat neurotic world of football. Over the last few weeks I have spoken to many parties. Some wanted to spend millions, which is something that sadly I could not help with, much that I would have liked to of done.
Others had personal situations that developed during negotiations which prevented them investing, others had multiple decision makers which made getting a decision difficult.
However, I have had in-depth discussions over Christmas and the New Year period with one group which I hope will conclude in a deal. I like the fact that they are dynamic and have one guy at the top who can make decisions which means that things can get done quickly and efficiently.
Whilst I have always been prepared to walk away if asked to, every investor so far has wanted me to be part of the club going forward which I am more than pleased about as we have a lot of unfinished business to do.
Monsieur Lakey wanted to know about the consequences of failure to attract investment and whilst I do have some B plans, I have not considered failure as an option.
Simply put, we sell more players than any other non league club, we have a booming academy, the best manager in the league and a squad which is improving with fitness and additions every week.
There are some long-term strategies in place to ensure that I can concentrate on brighter events in the coming months and as our cost base (excluding players) is probably one of the lowest in all the leagues. It means that extra monies generated can make a disproportionate effect to the squad. Simply put, we cannot fail.
I am told that the word on the street is that Darlington could be our last game and I can assure everyone that this is not the case - we will, and I will, be at Buxton next Saturday.
There are so many clubs that have tough moments, Chelsea were days away from going bust before Roman Abramovich stepped in and not only saved the club but paved the way for them to have their most successful period in their history.
Personally I have found out who my friends are. I have had many messages of support, have seen some fans offering support be shouted down, but yet when our visitors today, Darlington, decide to raise money for the third time this season they raised £15,000 in a day as their supporters rallied around the club.
However, I have had in-depth discussions over Christmas and the New Year period with one group which I hope will conclude in a deal. I like the fact that they are dynamic and have one guy at the top who can make decisions which means that things can get done quickly and efficiently.
Whilst I have always been prepared to walk away if asked to, every investor so far has wanted me to be part of the club going forward which I am more than pleased about as we have a lot of unfinished business to do.
Monsieur Lakey wanted to know about the consequences of failure to attract investment and whilst I do have some B plans, I have not considered failure as an option.
Simply put, we sell more players than any other non league club, we have a booming academy, the best manager in the league and a squad which is improving with fitness and additions every week.
There are some long-term strategies in place to ensure that I can concentrate on brighter events in the coming months and as our cost base (excluding players) is probably one of the lowest in all the leagues. It means that extra monies generated can make a disproportionate effect to the squad. Simply put, we cannot fail.
I am told that the word on the street is that Darlington could be our last game and I can assure everyone that this is not the case - we will, and I will, be at Buxton next Saturday.
There are so many clubs that have tough moments, Chelsea were days away from going bust before Roman Abramovich stepped in and not only saved the club but paved the way for them to have their most successful period in their history.
Personally I have found out who my friends are. I have had many messages of support, have seen some fans offering support be shouted down, but yet when our visitors today, Darlington, decide to raise money for the third time this season they raised £15,000 in a day as their supporters rallied around the club.
I know that they are fan owned and fans will know that being fan owned means that they have to pay more than just admission prices alone, but we are stronger as a group, sticking together and pulling in the same direction.
Football clubs keep communities together and I am well aware of the importance that they hold in bonding many different sections of the community together.
There are some that call for the magic pill of better regulation, but I cannot see how this will avoid some of the problems that we are seeing.
Regulators will not be giving out money. I accept that they will be enforcing that clubs do not spend more than they can afford, but the reality is simply that this end of the pyramid needs more money.
As a club I think we need to find a way to develop a stand into a conference and banqueting centre/small hotel, turning the club into a seven-day-a-week business, but we have two or three other strands that we can put together for next season that sorts out the clubs shortfalls on a seasonal basis - indeed I am taking a two-night trip to South America in a few days time to press the start button on one of them.
We need the town behind us today - itís a big game and the more fans that get behind the lads the easier it makes their life on the pitch. Letís stick together - donít quit before the miracle.


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Re: AL- Itís not as bleak as it appears.
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2024, 09:40:10 AM »
So there is a plan B (s) if the  Asian interest doesnít convert.    So all is well.
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Re: AL- Itís not as bleak as it appears.
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2024, 09:45:56 AM »
So there is a plan B (s) if the  Asian interest doesnít convert.    So all is well.

Where does it say the investor is Asian?

Even if true, do Lynn supporters really want this now? It would only be kicking the can further down the street. They've had enough.

The article misses the Elephant in the room.
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« Reply #11 on: January 06, 2024, 09:58:45 AM »
You donít mix in the right circles B&G. 

Surely  the new investors will be sharp enough to spot the Elephant in room
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« Reply #12 on: January 06, 2024, 10:09:50 AM »
From going bust to turning the Walks into a money earning Function suite and major investor coming on board in the space of a week. Now South America is brought into the equation. Linnets now becoming an internationally recognised brand.
He seems more confident of keeping it going than he was previously so makes you think he's getting money from somewhere.
Isn't he missing something with the Chelski reference?What happened there is nothing to bang the drum about.
Everything can be summed up very simply.
Supporters no longer want him here, money coming in or not.

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Re: AL- Itís not as bleak as it appears.
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2024, 10:12:56 AM »
Oh no, not another hotel - we all know what happened to the last one he owned!!

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« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2024, 10:13:34 AM »
You donít mix in the right circles B&G. 

Are they the ever decreasing ones?
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