I'm not sure what to make of this really. Part of me is screaming NO!!!! and the other is thinking it might be the only way forward.
Much as it loathes me to accept any sort of "charity" from Hetherington what options have we got?
We can't survive on 400ish people attending per week and if we were to get relegated next season then I seriously think it would be the end of the club. There's no "Sugar Daddy" coming along anytime soon to plough money in so inevitably we're going to struggle to attract the calibre of player required to keep us up. I'd guess clubs will be throwing money at the playing budget next year to avoid relegation, we can't.
So with that in mind this is probably the best way forward. Hopefully we can improve the playing staff, coaching merchandising etc. If the team can be more competitive and attract more bums on seats then hopefully success will breed future success.
I do think the club or HIST need to clarify the details of the partnership. Leeds United have proven that if you don't communicate people just speculate and rumours spread without foundation.
That's a brilliant post and i'm in full agreement with it.
"claryfying the details of the partnership" is essential to understanding what this is all about.
On the main forum it was suggested that this was nothing new, and that York were doing it.
Alarmingly York are below us in the table, and one York fan commented that the tie up (with Hull and cas?) "ruined their season".
This tie up needs to give some sort fillip to the club to keep them out of the "league of death" all other small traditional clubs are busting their guts to stay out of.
Even then I fear that to provide the club with players to keep the club in the Championship will end up with the club being more like Leeds "A".
But then again fears, hopes and comments are pretty throwaway stuff when surely the agreement has some sort of detail??
Can anyone help??