Ebbsfleet & MyFootballClub rebuilding squad and confidence
MyFootballClub is still a rollercoaster ride. A couple of weeks ago the Club Secretary resigned and we lost several key players who were out of contract to other clubs in the Blue Square Premier, in fact half the main team have gone.
Some of the remaining players are being sought out by rival clubs, and we’ve voted to reject offers on Michael Gash and Darius Charles. This was a tough call, as the sale of these players could boost the playing budget for the rest of the squad. But these two in particular have performed well this season and are firm favourites – both were bought after fundraising drives by members. I think the most positive thing is that it’s raised the profile again, and seen the biggest vote turnout in a long time, almost 3,000 taking part.
The coach, Liam Daish, announced that he’d like to stay on at the club, working with the “prudent” budget we’d approved; we voted to offer him a new contract. The tight budget meant that we lost the assistant coach, but Paul McCarthy’s stepped up in this role, something members had been suggesting for a long time on the forums.
But we’re still better off than many other clubs at the moment, with no debt and a unique revenue stream. Today it’s also reported that Setanta Sports, who have TV rights for Blue Square Premier matches, face administration, potentially a loss-earner for many clubs, but could actually be good for us as our ability to provide TV coverage to the global membership has previously been hampered by the broadcast rules and contracts.
But you’ve gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don’t want no volunteers, I don’t want no mates, there’s just too many captains on this island. Quint – Jaws (1975)
So it’s going to be an interesting summer as we fight off the circling sharks, try to boost the playing budget so that the coach can build a better team. And we’re still going through a process of organising ourselves, with votes on the size of the Society Board, and how we communicate with the Club management and each other.