Neville Bartos wrote:There were two moments during their 8 odd years where the current owners had the very real opportunity to back up their words.
Firstly, appointing a manager to replace Allardyce. Now we all saw the names mentioned. An innovator in Bielsa, solid, and high end in Mancini, and a man with a track record of winning trophies with an unfashionable team, Emery. Exciting times, eh?
Well, they decided to go with the relatively untested and inexpensive Bilic. Not ambitious by any stretch, but hardly the final nail in the coffin either.
No that nail came off the back of the final season at the Boleyn. Now here was the chance to push on. We had an inspired, creative player pulling the strings, and pretty solid back-up all over the pitch. All we needed, all we really wanted, was a top striker, and maybe a couple of other quality additions to push on again. Much was promised. A marquee signing. Lacazette, Batshuayi, Bacca, and a host of other names were mentioned. The rumours were even more ambitious -- £50m+ for Madrid's James.
All this and we ended up with a dozen non entities, and a loan striker who was on a contract designed for failure.
And that was it. Two moments where talk of ambition could have been made real.
The lies and duplicity have not ceased since.
Remember how moving to the OS would give us the revenue to compete with the top club's?
Now look at Sullivan insisting that revenue is 'only' a few extra million.
Lack of ambition is nothing to us, but the lying, the lying is where we should all draw a line.
This. My view is that we needed someone 8 years ago and they came in and on the surface did what needed to be done. Not going to repeat what Ive posted elsewhere, but the plan as others have alluded to was absolutely around the stadium. My opinion is they are saving the money now to buy the place at a knock down price, then sell it with the club at market value.
Just for the record, as I am the other side of the world and didnt pay much attention at the time, is there a list of other bidders who were in for the club?