incompetence. thats what it sounds like to me. I know people like to hold JW up as a hero, and its good to see anybody invest in RL but there has been next to nothing that has ever impressed me about Salford as a business.
The situation is that Salford have not managed 6,000 crowds since the early seventies, and not managed to develop any significant number of home grown players, and so devoid of fans and players to a level they could utilise to be a top club, they were a "second division club".
The reason they actually managed to be a second division club in the top division for the bulk of the 35 odd years since they were big was Mr. Wilko paid for them to be there.
It seems clear to me it was not incompetence, It was Mr. Wilkinson covering the losses with his money but never putting in enough investment in to develop the game in Salford below the first XV11.
You cannot criticise anyone for throwing money at a lost cause, you certainly cannot criticise anyone for not throwing even more money at it especially when the sums required to make RL succeed in Britains top soccer metropolis were/still are phenomenal.