Angry, disillusioned and worried for the future…my views on the Meadow Lane saga
January 5, 2010
Afternoon all, hope you had a good Christmas and New Year. Mine was relatively quiet and stress-free. A pity the same can’t be said about Notts County, as in the fifth day of this new decade, the club has been issued with yet another winding up order.
Normally, I try to be positive about this kind of news. The club are making the right kind of noises about the bill being paid ‘with plenty of time’ to spare, and Mr Trembling assures us there is nothing to worry about. We’ve also discovered today that the Football League have hit us with a transfer embargo while the finances are resolved, which again I’d not have worried about previously due to the depth of the squad. But right now, my mood is changing.
This petition has been served to the club’s parent company, Blenheim 1862 Limited, and is once again over unpaid taxes. But this does make me think that the club is being run by a bunch of amateurs. How can we possibly have two winding up orders in three months? And why, when the mega-rich backers came in, did they not pay these bills off straight away? If money ‘was no object’ as was claimed, was the club’s first objective not to wipe all debts? Surely viewing the books should be in the mind of any investor?
Trembling at least tells us he was aware of the petition. However, I’m getting sick of hearing from him. I’m now genuinely worried that beyond this season, my beloved Notts County will have gone out of business, all because the faceless board were not prepared to show us true transparency. With that transparency, the Football League and the media would not have been all over us like a fat kid in a cake shop, and we’d have been able to get along with the important stuff…earning promotion.
As it is, we still sit here without a manager, and as one of the most inconsistent teams in the league. I was looking forward to January, adding a couple more faces to the squad to boost our promotion push. However, this latest news may put off potential managers, who may be worried about what may happen in the future.
Hans Backe left the club over ‘broken promises’. I think there is a segment of our support who feel promises to us have been broken as well. Now, we need to see this bill paid quickly, and we need assurances from the board that any debts are covered. We also need to see a manager come in who can lift the squad and earn us that promotion we so desperately desire.
The next few weeks will tell us everything about Notts County. I just hope that come March, we still have a club to support.