Not if you're a not for profit Industrial and Provident society it doesn't. Sustainability, financially viable competitiveness and a community focus take equal precedent.
But then again, we could be a 'aim for the sky' basket case like Blackpool - and we all know where that's heading.
If my club ever merged in any shape, the great likelihood would be that the conference would have a new Rochdale community club within two years. Probably playing at merit level to start with, and I'd be there week in week out and not watching some manufactured merged entity that means nothing to me.
You really do have to stop measuring success by proximity to SL.
but surely the thing is that that is aboslutely fine.. and you may find that Rochdale attracts those p*ssed off fans that a"North Manchester Titans" creates.. however, three will be a good number that feel the same way as Sleeper and would go and watch the NMTs and beyond those already interested in teams a more general North Manchester Titans side may well attract a brand new bread and set of speccies from areas that before hand would not have been interested due to the parochialism of some of the teams and names even.
For all those that are Rochdale through and through how many people int he surrounding area wouold not go and watch Rochdale unless it were on fire? how many dont go to watch their "local" team becuase to them it is not local to them?
This can then be encompassed in these merged entities.
For example: When Sheffield "merged" with Huddersfield and the Sheffield fans pulled away from the game how many went to Doncaster? if it happened again and Sheffield were no more how many would go to Doncaster? how many from DOncaster would go to sheffield? not many i would hazard a guess.. yet a merged entity between the two that didnt have Doncaster or Sheffield in the name necessarily would attract a large number of these speccies for super league, not only that but it would stand a chance of bringng in fans from all over the area, those in Rotherham who may not want to go and watch a "sheffield" side etc..
I dont really know which is right the above is just another way to look at it IMO..
in the same way as you should not measure everything by the SL you should not go ahead with things due to a minority, very vocal that it can be it may well be the minority of that larger area your trying to hit and enourage through the door.
Edited by RP London, 27 July 2010 - 07:30 AM.