1. I was referring to the idea that HKR will 'never ever' be sustainable. The point I was making was that if HKR are not sustainable on average crowds of what seven, eight thousand, then what hope is there for half of the rest of the league?
2. I might be an eternal optimist, but I never cease to be amazed at how incompetent a lot of clubs, not just RL clubs, actually are. As a teacher, I've worked in some appallingly run schools and some good ones, but it does seem to me that if you get the right people involved and do things properly then it's makes all sort of things possible.
1. Never say never ever, because to be fair there's another investor interested in possibly taking over HKR. I am a bit sceptical because he's not named and of course it's season ticket selling time, but fingers crossed. There is also the ground developments at Craven park. Certainly improved facilities put bums on seats and they can also provide a higher revenue per person, so all's not lost at Hull.K.R. But one can't dismiss the size of the downside which seems to be Pearson stripping HKR of it's best players. Clearly he doesn't rate the derby matches or the "symbiotic" relationship that is alleged occurs in Hull.
2. The hope for the rest of the league is fairly easy IMHO. One hopes that the clubs will restructure the league. Not along the Gatcliffe lines of 20 clubs in Superleague (has he explained this one yet anybody??) but along the sensible lines of a return to 12 clubs. Other options include a small drop in the salary cap (we don't have expensive Aussies to entice and house anymore) a targetted distribution of SKY money, or some income sharing. Also a second french club may offer more income to SL.
On the point of Incompetence you can nail that to government departments, councils, private company call centers, the NHS etc etc etc. Competence is a rare and valuable thing, and I don't think "Incompetence" is the main problem for our game.
The problem is it's a minority sport trying to keep its head above water as the big fish of soccer and union swim past dragging it under. The other problem is people in the game whether fans, administrators or rich chairmen, being resistant to neccessary change.
I like to reason that Maurice Lyndsay had the competence to make things happen, but in the end he was swimming against the tide of clubs and fans who resisted the change. If Superleague wants a competent leader Hetherington is the obvious choice by a mile but watch for the pejudices come out on this one. Plus Hetherington may feel that the clubs won't support him.
As for Neil Hudgell the problem is the Government hunting down workplace accident claim lawyers.