If Salford can manage it why can't Saints???????
i will never ever feel sorry for Saints, they have had years of success and they should have had this all sorted out.
the willows is a bigger hole than KR
I love the way that some fans, beleive that they are completely responsible for their club, obviously it was 1976PMJwires who personally put his hand in his pocket and funds the Wires new stadium.
Or maybe it was actually the work of 1 man who bank rolled the whole project and had very little to do with the Wire fans, but obviously the Saints fans should have sorted their house first, how dare they take a whole 5 years more than Wire to get a new stadium built.
As for licences I see nothing that goes against the licence here. The last round we got a licence based on our current status, which was playing at knowsley road, by the time the next licences are issued Saints will have moved on from the last submission to having a stadium in place, this is only the 2nd year of a 3 year licence. It's only after 2011 that new criteria have to be met.
Is the problem that saints are playing in a ground that does not belong to them, surely we don't want to go down the path of saying that clubs that do not own their ground cannot play in SL, as that covers a large % of clubs.
Wigan rent a ground that is not theirs yet that's not a criteria for throwing them out of SL. Same for quite a few others who either rent from councils or are only part owners of their stadia.
As for the confusion over whether work had begun. The work was on making the access to the stadium possible not actual construction of the stadia. The construction of the stadia was alway based on the appointment of a constructor.
I'm sure the boards aim would be to play some games at the new stadia next year but that is dependant upon construction, if it is ahead of schedule you can assume games from around this time next year, if it's behind schedule there would be little point starting just for a few games, maybe just the playoffs.
I can understand that some other fans would want to see this fail, as we can still match them on the pitch whilst making a loss and with a old stadium, with a new one and turning a profit, the down fall of saints that many hope for to make way for their side may not happen.