1. Why would they not? Attendances for the last time they were in the english second tier tells us whether this would be a success or not.
2. French league fans will not part with their money to watch this level of football no matter what you call it, the championship is SL2.
3. I also wouldn't expect sponsors or the local marie to invest in a team at this level as the last foray indicates.
4. Sports fans in Toulouse want to watch the top level of our sport and any other introduction would back fire.
Thank you for your reply.
1. The big difference is in the CC campaign Toulouse fielded a weak semi pro side, whereas in SL2 they will be expected to go fully professional.
2. You do the "fan" a dis-service. Widnes fans smelt Superleague in 2011 because Mr O'Connor was a millionaire professionalising the club and they returned 4,000 crowds despite being mid table. Fans can smell success and have a history of riding bandwagons.
3. In the last foray Toulouse were given no assurances of Superleague at all. This time Messrs Lenegan, McManus, Moran and Hetherington (will accept corrections as regards the exact names) visited the club recently and gave them the green light. This won't be lost on smart investors because it was intended for smart investors
4. What would backfire is if Toulouse were put in SL1 and proceeded to lose most of their games.
What would be the better option is to put Toulouse in SL2 (with their millions) and pit them against semi pro clubs and ex-pro clubs booted out of SL and SL clubs who got dropped to the middle 8 league.
Fans just love their clubs spending money and winning games and the plan for Toulouse in SL2 to start with makes great sense.
Again don't underestimate the power of the fan to understand what's going on and to smell a club "on the up"...
Edited by The Parksider, 25 June 2013 - 08:00 PM.