As it appears that Thomas has lost patience with funding an underperforming Division 3 football club which has now filtered through to significant cuts to the youth set up at the club with coaches leaving and not providing kit for the kids etc. Given that SE London is a hotbed of footballing talent, cutting in this area seems misguided ( at best ) or just stupid ( most likely)
How about this as an idea – a bit like horse racing syndicates – as fans we agree to provide some funding to the academy ( let’s say 20-30% of the annual costs) and in return when someone gets sold – think Mason Burstow and Miles Leaburn next, we get a 20-30 % share of the profit. We could have all sorts of level of contribution. We would be even more personally invested in supporting the youngsters and their careers. Maybe we would influence their contracts to the extent that the minimum number of games they play for the first team before they get sold – lets say 50- so that they can properly impact 1st team performance before they exit.
OR – If we could recruit some of the higher rollers – John Hayes are you still out there – maybe we could try and fund 100% , run it as a completely commercial venture and take responsibility for the whole academy and providing players to the first team and the overall football market generally. Maybe its a Peter Varney project ?
We might even make money out of it !! – I don’t actually think the current ownership would know how to run a British sweet shop so with the talent amongst the fans at our disposal, surely we could make a success of it.