I see it as a long process to fully recover from the Bonser leech, the first stage of which was removing ultimate control from his clutches.
The next step is to stabilise the Club, whilst finding an effective way to remove us completely from the freehold agreement, which continues to have a significant impact on our football operations.
I think it’s worth remembering that six months ago we were pretty much all resigned to an ongoing, indefinite period of terminal decline and rotting under Bonser. What we have now is at least the opportunity to move forward and build a Club whose main focus is producing a relatively successful football team, not just meeting rental obligations. On top of that, there’s the importance of making sure the Club has a place back in the heart of the community and improves relations/communications with supporters.
Whether Pomlett capitalises on that remains to be seen, but I do think it’s a tad unfair to write him off at this stage.
The problem with all of that is it’s going to take time. You only need to take a look at Oldham’s attendance last night to see what the level of disillusionment could have been like if Bonser was still pulling the strings, just over 2,000 home supporters for a Club very similar to ourselves is quite scary.
I also completely agree that we could do with a freshen up at Director level. The accountability for five years’ of terrible decision making has continued to fall solely on the manager, I would hope Pomlett has been scrutinising carefully the overall performance of the Board. For example, I’m sure for the salary of our Chief Executive we could identify a Football Director to help bring more consistency and long-term planning to the recruitment, playing style and youth set-up.
It is undoubtedly worrying times, though.