Anyone who thinks we could enter the Northern League as a 'Big Club' and suddenly attract the cream of the crop and gain promotion is deluded.
Gaining promotion will be difficult but not impossible, therefore nobody is deluded. Overly optimistic - maybe. Deluded - no. Furthermore we simply cannot afford to be thinking along the lines of consolidation and a top ten fricking finish.
Do you all really need reminding that we have hardly any players, and we will have a manager, ground, and board that have been together less than 6 months.
Everybody is aware of this, the players will have to gel quickly. We'll have to attract the best of the best to overcome the drop in performance caused by players not knowing each other.
We don't need a few good NL players, we need a squad full.
Well, yeah. That's what we'll need to go up. Obviously.
The other clubs in the NL might not have the money or talent, but they have squads that have played together at this level for a long while. They will have the team spirit and the understanding. They also have experience. You can't put a price on that.
You'd presume that we'd ALSO seek players with experience of the level and who might have played together at different clubs! Isn't that the whole point of having a manager, to do just that?
The other clubs also have their own grounds, and their own oppurtunities to make money. We would be paying to use Shildon.
We're not paying a lot to groundshare though, and surely we'll make money through sponsorship, merchandise, bigger gates etc - we'll still surely have the biggest turnover by far, and a cost base little higher than the top NL sides.
All we have that makes us a 'Big Club' is that we USED TO HAVE a big stadium, and we USED TO BE in the football league.
Average crowds in the NL are about 150, so we'd be about 10x bigger - I'm confident gates will hold up around 1,500 because for every person that stops going there seems to be an ex fan claiming he wants to join the new adventure. I think we'll surprise ourselves with our gates - precedents have been set by Halifax, Chester, Telford etc - though they went bust and we didn't, it's still the principle of becoming a fan run club at a much lower level - people will smell potential success.
We will probably have higher attendances, that is true, but other than that we are not likely to be any better than any of the established teams in the Northern League.
The arrogance of some people on here is not going to make us popular if we end up in the Northern League.
Look, we need to be positive about winning whichever league we are placed in. I don't think that's arrogance - expecting to get promotion is not the same as telling everyone you will be promoted, that's arrogance.
Talking ourselves out of being a promotion chasing club is not going to do any good.
fat tony wrote:
As for the opinion expressed about Darlo fans… meh. It’s just the same old thought-averse guff that every other pointing, gawping, Northern League villager with an axe-to-grind / pitchfork-to-shake has cobbled together about us.
fat tony wrote:
When you look into the NCE it does look like a significantly better run organisation than the Royston Vasey Invitational Clown Challenge that we've ended up in.