This must be the first formation thread in Gaschat's history where everyone has agreed on something. Yesterday's lineup was very entertaining to watch and contained all the right ingredients for a successful team. As somebody else has already said, if it ain't broke don't fix it!
I'm on board with this, very much feeling the positivity of this thread after seeing the performance today. Some consistency and a few shrewd acquisitions in January will see us much higher up in the league.
Looking forward to this backfiring as we lose 3-1 at Gillingham next week.
Where did the folklore originate that Wael is a hapless footie fan with no idea how to run a business, and Hani and the family are just indulging him by letting him buy a football club as a 'plaything', to use the term I've often seen, and that Hani actiually holds all the purse strings?
A lot of people seem to accept it, but is there any truth in it all at? And how does anyone know this?
Pretty sure this narrative emerged around the time the UWE deal collapsed, but took over slowly enough that no-one has stopped and questioned it. Another one spread by the ITKs that has become fact on this forum.
I don't think it's just the forum, Wael said this in the Guardian about a year ago:
“My father and my brothers – Hani, the eldest, is the guy in charge at the bank, a Harvard Business School honours’ graduate – they’re conservative and they look at business with numbers and charts. So to try to convince the family to come into football, something they see as just a game … they had no clue about the industry, about how it has grown.”
I reckon it's pretty clear from this that Hani holds the purse strings and Wael had to persuade him to buy into the club. I also think however he still holds an interest in Rovers, beyond his investment. I seem to recall that he watched the L2 promotion in with the fans in the North terrace, so he has had the chance to experience the passion the fans have towards our football club.
A quote from a week ago from DC regarding his plans for the transfer window:
"Me personally, I think we need to go down the proven route, we need to get more established players into the football club to help this group of players.
"But we want players here for the right reason, it's not about spending loads of money, they've got to want to come for the right reason as well."
To me this suggests we might be looking at this level and possibly above, who have perhaps fallen out of favour and would want to come and get regular game time. That's not to rule out some non league gems but I reckon DC will prioritise experience and look to replace Mansell, Easter ect.
Since Wael said "the finance is in place" to build the UWE, I'm assuming the finance is no longer in place, since the Mem will now be a bit-by-bit development.
I wonder who the financiers were? The family? The bank they part-own? UWE themselves even?
I don't think the decision to have a bit by bit development is just about cost. Doing it all at once would mean potentially relocating for a couple of years which isn't the easiest thing to achieve. A stand by stand development, in theory, could be just as expensive as a new stadium. I think C*ty's redevelopment cost £70m, far more than the UWE would have cost.
As for the identity of the "financiers" as you call them, that's anyone's guess. I think we can rule UWE out though as Hamer spoke about meeting to get potential investors on board which to me, sounds unlikely to be UWE as they made it clear that we were the ones to pay for the stadium. If they had intended to finance it, we probably would have been sitting in it by now.
Whilst we’re all trying to prove doomsday is upon us. Darrell wants out and we haven’t got a pot to piss in.
There’s a lovely photo of our gaffer and president, smiling outside the Chelsea ground. Waels come in for criticism lately, but he watches more football- than any other owner I think of. Here, London or abroad. He’s a true football nerd.
Remind us again who was talking about shopping at Poundland only last week?
That's twisting DC's words a little bit though isn't it. What he actually said was he had three lists one for "Waitrose", "Lidl" and "Poundland". Time will tell if DC has been told to shop for bargains in poundland or luxuries in Waitrose but what we do know is that Wael is passionate about football and committed to this club.
Burnley v Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace v Bournemouth 1-2 Barnsley v Derby County 2-0 Burton Albion v Preston North End 1-3 Queens Park Rangers v Leeds United 2-2 Bristol Rovers v Southend United 2-0 Bury v Wimbledon 1-1 Peterborough United v Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Walsall v Scunthorpe United 2-1 Chesterfield v Barnet 1-2 Colchester United v Exeter City 2-0 Luton Town v Notts County 3-1