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  • Hobitez Hobitez May 8, 2012 10:43 Flag

    FSG need to prove themselves

    The owners dont need to prove anything, they have been brilliant and this is a learning curve for them. They came in, unsaddled our debt and then within 18 months have trimmed away £500k a week of our wage bill whilst reducing the average age of our squad by monstrous amounts and in keeping with the homegrown rules and prepared us for FFP. Other then the players we bought in the summer, we also went for Phil Jones and Ashley Young, just that we know of as well as not planning to sell Meireles till he showed his late hand.

    The only reason we didnt buy in January was because they had learned their lesson with over priced January signings, showing they are quickly learning the football 'game'. Comolli was sacked as they have developed a new plan, the new stadium plan is being developed and we have a kit deal worth around £300m! What do some people want?! We were 1 day away from administration and now people want to be competing in the shop window with Madrid and City! Even though results have been average this year, we are moving forward as a club, if patience is really so low, there is other clubs you can support!

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    • What do I want Peter? I want my cake and eat it!

      I want a club with the best website, best commercial department, best youth set-up, best reserves and best first team etc. Simple eh?

      My point is that the owners have been going on about how money is no object when it comes to success. They can't expect to throw 20 million in the kitty in the summer and expect us to get CL next season if the other big clubs are going on massive spending sprees as well. It is a historical fact that you have to spend massively on the squad to get success. We have to do that. I wouldn't expect us to compete for the title for 3 years at least even with major squad investment every year.

      The fact that they have only spent 30 odd million net shows they have not yet proven those words. To be fair, I was very impressed with the fact that they allowed us to make signings before shipping out the cr@p, and I am confident they will put their money where their mouth is, but nonetheless, they need to really show it in the summer or we will never have the success in the league we all crave.

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      • FSG don't HAVE to do anything. We we're a day from administration last season, and they saved us that fate...yes they did it because they got us at a steal in the end, and they knew they could make money out of us, but don't for a minute think that FSG have to do anything for the fans, they own the club and can do what they like.

        To be quite honest if I was FSG, I'd look at the situation and think 'what have we done'. I've appointed the fans favourite as manager and they still aren't happy, we've spent £40m net on players, and sanctioned huge money for players the manager and director of football wanted, based on their reccomendations, yet we are getting flack for the flawed judgement of the afore mentioned fans favourite, we need the CL to fund the borrowing for the new stadium, but have fallen a million miles short, and now what do we do.

        In terms of Kenny they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. Their worst decision, the monumental error, was appointing Kenny as manager. They knew not to, but couldn't resist the will of the fans, and the feelgood factor it brought for a time. Their reservations were correct though, and they are stuck with a manager they can't dispense with, and a team that needs investment, but they can't trust the incumbents to spend the moeny wisely.

        It's difficult all round to be fair to them.

      • Yes, we all want that, every fan wants that from their club. Its a bit embarrasing to be calling out the owners to prove themselves when that is all they have done so far at every point of asking. Its pathetic. You say all they have done is invest £30m but they also invested £300m in buying the club in the first place, which actually was paying off our own debt! They never said, money is no object, quite the contrary. They have made it clear that if we need a certain player and we can identify him then we will get him. That is all.

        We will buy again this summer, I think we will get the players we need to move forward too. Its fans with unrealistic expectations that will end up ruining it for those of us who were in pieces when we were the worlds laughing stock 18 months ago.