I have a feeling that we'll soon be seeing a change of attitude on club ownership from many Darlo fans, as their board asks the fan owners to decide on bringing in a new owner or part owner.
I find it hard to believe that they will knock back financial support and choose to remain fan owned, after comments from their manager that this is as far as they can go. Not to mention the ground improvements the need.
If they do it, they will lose all those bragging rights about being fan owned, that they have boasted about.
In football, money talks and I think the are suddenly aware of that.
I also think that a lot of what these fans on the various social media platforms go on about is little more than arbitrary perspective. For example, fans of F.C. United and Darlington are very quick to chide us for having money owners, but it's all relative. We have six owners, all of whom are wealthy. They have several owners (the 'fans') who individually contribute a smaller amount, but given where both clubs started, the total value of that investment has still blown away the budgets of 99.9% of the teams that they have surpassed on their way up from their respective Counties levels until this league, where both have seen that budgets of that magnitude are likely to take them no further. Rather than accept the inevitable plateau (and possible backwards step) they ignore the fact that they were previously the big time Charlies and instead whinge about the clubs whose money can compete at the upper levels of the National League set up. As I said, it's all about perspective.
To give an example, I was having a debate with an F.C. United fan on one of the Facebook forums. The guy is actually one of their more rational fans, yet he failed to notice that there is no real discernible difference between Neville having one-sixth of a say (technically one-tenth) in a multi-person owned club (which, the guy said, would completely violate the principles of his morally-incorruptible club) and him chucking in a million for them as a new member, thereby getting one equal vote in the running of the club along with their other 2,000 owners (which the guy said he would gladly welcome).
Post by Chris P. Bacon on May 4, 2017 14:51:37 GMT
We know this is more to do with them finding anything they can to attack us with, but I'm not sure why they think a fan owned club can ever go very far. Many of the big clubs run a debt, despite the millions they get from Sky and elsewhere. Once football got into the tv money, owning a club was always going to be a rich man's game.