Not sure that's exactly the situation , Padge..
There are two points which are the crux of the problem. Firstly, you can't force clubs to, as you put it, "catch up". The difference between the clubs is, at a base level, merely money and if the finance isn't availble then no amount of wishing and hoping or even cajoling and issuing edicts from Red Hall is going to change the situation.
The second point is just as intractable as the first, and that is that there are insufficient 'haves' to form a league of their own so they are dependent on the 'have nots' to make up the numbers. It is a symbiotic relationship and as such the clubs live or die together with all clubs having to support each other.
Bang on the button for me. The championship isn’t anywhere where you can “catch up” by putting some seats in, running a marketing team, getting some kids to form an “academy” and put out a lot of boring hot air P & R about how wonderful you are. That isn’t catching up for my money.
And even that costs money clubs maybe don’t have. If they do have real money then they can organise the cosmetic stuff before the REAL cost of catching up comes along and that is in Superleague where you have to build a sustainable competitive team and grow crowds.
Even in SL what’s the record there? How are Salford doing, what progress have Widnes made? London?? Castleford? Bradford? Wakefield? HKR? even Huddersfield??? these are also have not’s as you indicate along with the have not’s of Sheffield, Leigh, Fax and Featherstone.
So there’s no point really in franchises and telling clubs to know their place. The economic conditions and the lack of resources in the game dictate if no radical changes are made (if any are possible) then a cabal of have’s have “it made” and the rest may as well entertain us via P & R in a competition straddling the top two divisions to see who can be the best of the extensive number of useless also rans, above the given ups.
My bet is all league placings below the real Superleague of erm six clubs will be in direct relation to wallet sizes. Daveys wallet is currently in the lead will Nahaboos wallet catch him on the rails?
Edited by The Parksider, 07 January 2013 - 12:27 PM.