All due respect Terry, but IMO that is rather an ambiguous statement. You state that we were brought back from oblivion to the verge of SL, but surely a perceptive person with nous should have approached the whole deal with caution, sought outside advice and not envisaged ideas above their station. I dare hazard a guess that many, many fans thought that attaining SL was not only one step too far logistically but also financially.
I am afraid that we were lulled by the glamour and promises of SL accompanied by terrible judgement.
Attendances of over 2000, a winning team, a set of lads playing not only attractive rugby but also playing for the club. all to be wiped out in the space of a few months. This lot will take some sorting out.
I take on board the valid points you make Saddleworth but it was Mark who appointed DP in the first place and transformed the whole club operation into the most professional it's ever been in my opinion. Initially when Feisal came along the club continued to grow steadily under Mark's leadership and added investment from Nahaboo despite what the doubters may say.
It all started to go wrong when DP decided to move on, JB appointed and the divisive plot to oust the chairman put into operation which meant he had day to day control taken away from him. He was left between a rock and a hard place. Does he deprive the club of future potential huge investment or try to wrest control of the club back to maybe avoid future financial disaster? An unenvious position to be placed I'd suggest.
MC has already held held his hands up to the mistakes he's made recently but we're all human. I've every confidence he's the man to get us back on track however long it may take. It's difficult to watch Cas going so well when I think it so easily could and should have been us from 2016 with or without Feisal. £500k plus the £1.8m for reaching SL would be more than adequate to provide us with a good SL side under the right coach. Untold damage was done to the team after DP left, we already had a great side as you say which didn't need the crazy wholesale changes which were brought about. I don't think the DSL dream was ever unrealistic until the bull entered the china shop.
Edited by Terry Mullaney, 12 July 2014 - 04:52 PM.