Writer: Robin May
Date:Tuesday September 14 2010
Two bad performances on the bounce at the end of a terrible week for Wednesday. Robin May expresses his fears off and on the field.
Now this is nothing new, we may have been billed as one of the league's favourites but all Wednesday fans know consistency has never beeen something we are really capable of and with a team still not firing on all cylinders it would be a huge task for any manager.
What worries me more though is the timing of this bad form in relation to the bank problems.
I like most fans am usually anxious for one reason or another but something I have been worrying about recently is what if any impact does the financial situation have on the players ?
I have spoken to quite a few fans on their thoughts on the influence of the financial situation and its a 50/50 split. There are some that say this will definately effect the players and yes it may well do, but how does it effect the manager and the backroom staff? Would potential job cuts have a knock on effect throughout the entire structure of the club, which in turn damages the player's morale?
When Irvine was let go from Preston there seemed to be little reason for his departure. However now as a manager of a club that may be looking for cuts you could argue that there would be a reason for Irvines departure should it be needed, which could seriously effect his morale.
I'm not suggesting Irvine is showing any signs of being uneasy but considering this year is supposed to be all about assembling a club capable of winning football matches, it may feel pointless at times that other off the field events are conspiring against you.
The fall of Portsmouth was well documented last year and now various legal hammers have hit the game in order to be firmer with clubs which have lead to wide spread cuts accross the leagues. A much harder stance on the finance of football has come at a bad time for clubs like Wednesday and Portsmouth last season. Should they deem it necessary, these laws can bring clubs to their knees.
Even with our issues I don't believe it's as bad as that and I'm sure it won't get that far but it does make me wonder what AI actually knows and is it worse than we're lead to believe?
When Lee Strafford took over he revealed how close we were to selling Mark Beevers at any price just to balance the books, so with that in mind Lee Grant anyone?
Grant went for a fraction of his worth and seemed from a fan's point of view the start of a fire sale.
Arguably he was at the time our biggest asset on the pitch and the fact that they were not willing to hold out for a better offer seems to suggest things may be more serious. Yes clubs are also aware of our situation and are able to really take advantage (especially when it's a former manager) but the sale of Grant for that sum of money, was in my mind, a disgrace.
Despite how it sounds I'm trying not to be too pesimistic but considering what Strafford said when he first took over and what seems to be happening at the moment it would suggest there may be much bigger problems than we are aware of.
Date:Tuesday September 14 2010
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