Russell, we are all behind you , we want you to do well, the few of us who are left will cheer the team to the rafters if they try hard for us – win, lose or draw. You will be a lasting hero if you give us promotion.
We will cheer you and support you as much as we can, we will encourage and urge our friends and family who used to come to the Valley to return but for heavens sake don’t expect us to give any credit to the owner and his CEO.
Your statement in tonight’s Evening Standard ‘ It was time for a fresh start. The owner and [chief executive] Katrien [Meire] saw that and all credit to them for that. There needed to be change.’
Russell, mate, you are our seventh fresh start in 3 years since these stupid people sacked an excellent manager and dismantled an experienced, capable team. Do not, under any circumstances, give them any credit.
You might want to read this email I received yesterday from a fellow season ticket holder, who has sat with me for 40 years , but has decided not to renew his & his wife’s season ticket. He is one of 5 of our Group of 10 , who after 30-50 years have decided to stop coming. It makes me sad and angry.
”It is getting really dire.We have all supported the Club, which has generally had mediocrity running through it for our 50 plus years
In those times when we underperformed as a team, we still all pulled together because there was a common cause and a united belief that we could improve, grow and re-scale the league ladder.No longer. The Owner and CEO have alienated the vast bulk of all stakeholders let alone the supporters. Their goals are unclear – but certainly flawed – and their mismanagement of every aspect of Club business and conduct is driving people away. Some for good, no doubt.The home match-day experience is no longer enjoyable. Much like the protests.Something significant needs has to change, very soon – as there is not much left to dwindle away.”
Understandably some supporters are fed up with the negativity around the club and I get the odd email telling me to stop moaning.
But the poor treatment of fans and mismanagement of the club is not a trivial issue. It is disgraceful and it breeds real visceral anger, even from old mellow softies like me, which Russell needs to understand.
Success on the pitch will be very welcome and we will all hope and shout for that, but the best present for the supporters would be a new CEO and Owner as soon as possible.