I would take it with a pinch of salt chappy. I've seen the fans that do criticise are mainly jealous as most of the fans that have criticised are twinned with a SL club and they don't have any ambition what so ever.
I've got to take exception with you thundergaz as I don't recall many Championship club fans criticising on here what Fev and Fax do and not all clubs who have linked with a SL club lack ambition.
Fev and Fax are two clubs that clubs like mine, Workington Town, aspire to become and then after that who knows but economics play a big part in our plans. Town thrown out of SL after SL1 and large debts dropped to the bottom of the third tier and in 1997 were almost thrown out of the league for going in to administration (how different nowadays, eh). Town chose not to run away from those debts and spent 7 years in a Creditors Voluntary Agreement paying back as much of the debt as possible and for 2 years did not receive a penny from the central funds. All this meant that we were stuck in the third tier and have had to work to not only survive but make small working profits over a number of years to be able to put together a squad capable of surviving in the Championship.
Town this year have 20 players signed on and our recent history tells us that that is not large enough to get through a full season. The players we have are all quality players as some Championship clubs will see this coming season and we have linked with Widnes who I am sure will gain from allowing some of their players to play at Town. This also helps us to keep within budget for the season.
I am not a lover of the link system but I can see some sense as far as costs are concerned and if it helps my club to achieve the same sort of success, to date, that Fev and Fax have then so be it, but rest assured we don't lack any ambition, far from it.
I remember when .............................
"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimesion, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave hadfield - Independent 25th Augsut 1996.