Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:10 PM
It's hard to know what to make of the situation at the moment.
In a way, I'm glad the Council said "No." I don't think it is right for a Council to use taxpayers' money to prop up a professional sports club. I know others do, but that doesn't make it right.
In a way, I'm glad that we must stop deluding ourselves. Salford are bust. Why would any sane person put money into such a failing enterprise? I'm a fan and I wouldn't. (Okay, I might put a bit in, but in order to make an impact, I and several hundred others would need to find at least £1,000 each)
What about next season? Without Salford, the rfl have an unworkable 13 team competition. The options are either keep Salford going with central funding (just how many clubs would the rfl end up funding?) or provide that central funding for an ambitious (and very brave) Championship club to fulfil the fixtures and drop a stripped and denuded Salford into the Championship. Neither makes for a 'happy ever after' outcome. I think the second is more likely. Before people start screaming about putting Salford into Champ1, it might be the most 'correct' thing to do, but it would cause another layer of fixture problems.
Another problem for the club would be where do they play? I doubt they could afford the rent at Barton. Is there a pitch at a local school they could use? Wall to wall doom and gloom for Salford right now. Never mind, it is only a game and tomorrow is another new day. I'll live.
Rethymno Rugby League Appreciation Society
Founder (and, so far, only) member.