Scubby Posted June 8, 2022 Share Posted June 8, 2022 5 minutes ago, Wholly Trinity said: I don't have access to actual income figures, as I suspect you don't either, but losing 600k per year and almost entering administration for a second time in 3 years suggests it was unsustainable. On top of huge discounts for season tickets, there were many freebies given out. It was a gamble for instant success which didn't pay off. Merchandising was also particularly poor at that time, lots of cheap tat, not least the Macron replica shirts. "Scrimping" is only a race to the bottom if the business is shrinking rather than growing, however slowly. The alternative of spending money you don't have without an "investor" is a huge gamble with the future of the club (see Bradford). Trinity have certainly been "getting away with it" for over 20 years now, but the growth of other clubs means that time is running out. Hopefully, the new development will increase income and therefore competitiveness. Otherwise, the end is nigh. Finishing in the top 10 for the last 6 years has been against the odds for a club with the lowest cap spend, but investment in other aspects of the club (youth, community, women, minority groups) has strengthened the infrastructure. Diverting cash to the first team only (Salford?) and spending above income was, and is, a big short-term gamble. It is yet to be decided whether this longer-term approach will succeed, but the alternative did and would have failed. Sub 5k attendances are unsustainable in the long term, but slow growth whilst maintaining SL status was really the only option despite the poor optics. So it was bad management that was the problem. That is different from capitalising on more fans being inside Belle Vue that year than at any point in the last 50 years. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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