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Sorry to **** on your chips but a jazz club or music for the oldies would not persuade anyone to visit let alone an overnight stay.
The days of places like the Batley club with Louis Armstrong and Shirley Bassey or the Willows making money are long gone.
It may make a half decent conference centre. But then again there are plenty of country houses and "castles" in yorkhire offering conferences as well as golf etc that it would be an up hill struggle.
To be honest I can't think of anything that can be done with it. Someone could decide it would make a decent corporate headquarters but that would be very lucky indeed.
Fortunately it's a listed building so the local authority does have a little clout with regard upkeep but my guess is it will remain empty and unwanted. Sadly.
Spot on summary
The George will struggle as a hotel, B&B, flats or whatever you choose
1. Isn't the best bid the one containing the person who will put the most money into the club, not just the coffers of whoever was selling it like the administrator? If you think Koukash had no intention then fair enough. My wishful thinking? was that he'd realised the better bet for a rich owner was Bradford??
2. Well it would be typical what's announced in public isn't the truth. If the club do not "keep up" they will go into the same spiral of decline every other club does in such a position. If Bradford are not to go backwards then as you intimate Green may have to ensure that any shortfall from being able to spend enough to keep the club in with an annual chance of the £1M game is made up by his good self.
But as Beaumont pops another £300K into his salary pot Mr. Green looks like he may not be "keeping up"????
The administrator has to get the best price which is usually the highest subject to being able to complete the deal quickly
They aren't too bothered about the level of cash available to spend
Sheffield have been fairly successful in recent years and can't draw a thousand fans, I would love a successful sheffield playing in a decent stadium attracting good crowds and playing to the same rules as the rest
All bar the first are symptoms, not causes. The root cause is far too little money.
The ONLY solution (IMO) is there HAS to be a LOT more money coming into the game. From sources other than sugar daddies. But...nothing new to see here?
The RFL "leadership" is charged with that task. For whatever reason, they have clearly failed in that task. Even with the new TV deal, There is only enough money coming into the sport to just about sustain a 12-team competition, at a level high enough to be credible in the wider top-flight sports arena. And, even then, the actual attending spectator interest for many of that 12 is far too low to be credible on the national stage. Especially unfortunate given that, unless for the actions of sugar daddies, it is now hard to envisage that 12 being anything other than a closed shop for the foreseeable future.
The current RFL leadership is IMO not fit for purpose. Never has been. Whether, if they were removed (as eventually they will be, probably far too late - indeed, I fear already too late) any more capable and imaginative candidates would present themselves is the big question. But, if they do not, I genuinely fear that within five years we could see the top 6-8 clubs either defecting to Union or (preferably) to some wider intercontinental super duper league (echoes of 1995..) with the rest retreating to a part-time parochial game mostly watched by hundreds rather than thousands of spectators in decaying grounds or as very junior tenants of soccer stadia.
So where would either the current or new Leadership find this extra income?
Who could take over from the existing incumbents?
Aren't the Clubs at fault as the RFL is technically the Clubs?
If more income is not realistically achievable then what can the game do?
I'm pretty sure I made some stupid prediction about him not coming back to rugby league.
Although he'll be viewed as a failure by the wider public in England, in Australia this will be largely ignored. I always thought his pride would mean he stuck it out but I guess if he'll be settling in Australia it didn't become an issue.
We have to try and get him on the field at half time or before the game. He'll get the reception he deserves. If England did pick him they wouldn't need to worry about selling it out. Of course they won't but it's a nice thought.
He won't be viewed as a failure by the wider public in England as the RU doesn't hold that level of interest of the majority of the population
RU supporters are a very narrow part of the overall population