Exactly. Our plan was having deeper pockets than most other clubs. Which is an advantage we no longer have. We do need a very different plan this time - one which isn't as much of a certainty of success as spending a lot more than other clubs is ever likely to be.Our plan was running at massive losses a year
In those days Brighton and Brentford fans were wondering how they might stay in the football league. At the time they were marvelling at the “Boro model” (local young chairman who loves the area with cash on the hip). Times change, and before we know it, Brentford and Brighton will be rubbish again. Like Swansea are, who were once deemed a “well run club who play good football etc” not long ago. Stoke too. Neither of them made a UEFA Cup final though.Why do people say we need to emulate brentford and Brighton . We won a cup and got to a european cup final and spent more years in the prem than them. Our plan was pretty good until gibson made a few bad decisions.
Good point,Brighton are the 3rd most indebted PL club. Only Spurs and Man Utd owe more. They owe even more than us!
Your final sentence is the most potent I’d say.The advantage we have is that Gibson cares about the footballing side of things. He's not bothered about making a profit or answering to shareholders.
He's constrained by finances obviously, but his sole goal is success on the pitch whilst not bankrupting us. Hence the first class training complex and the academy.
The downside is that his footballing judgement is highly questionable. This is a man who thought Tony F***ing Pulis was the man to lead a top to bottom review of the club. So for all Gibson's good intentions he does have a tendency to keep shooting himself in the foot.
Seem to be on the right path now, but we should have been set on it years ago. Better late than never I suppose.
True, but that's not to say we shouldn't try for another golden spell. And as the other poster suggested, going down the route we are doing now (and a similar approach to these two clubs) seems our best bet currently.As things stand he’s someone whose overseen a golden spell that came to an end. That’s all the likes of Brighton and Brentford are as things stand too.
Our plan at that stage was to outspend most of the league, we don’t even have the funds to do that even in the championship now. For clubs like us, the Brentford/Brighton way is the only way we can operateWhy do people say we need to emulate brentford and Brighton . We won a cup and got to a european cup final and spent more years in the prem than them. Our plan was pretty good until gibson made a few bad decisions.
Our golden era was on the back of throwing money at everything, Brighton’s is far more sustainable than what we did and less likely to failYour final sentence is the most potent I’d say.
A lot of managerial appointments are simply trial and error, pot luck, especially at our sort of level. We all thought Wilder was great for a time, and although many don’t like to admit it now, there was a time Warnock was hugely popular.
If Gibson ever re-establishes in the PL for a medium-long length of time that will be remarkable. I don’t really see it happening, but if he does, that’s far more than you could ever expect from a chairman.
As things stand he’s someone whose overseen a golden spell that came to an end. That’s all the likes of Brighton and Brentford are as things stand too.
The luck in signings does run out eventually though, Southampton likely to be the next example of the conveyor belt eventually running dryGood point,
But since that article they have shifted Maupay for £20m and looks like Trossard is off too. And in todays showing there is another 4/5 that could easily go for big money. It’s a conveyor belt
Not sure it’s luck TBH. The problem is other clubs start shopping in your market, often with more resources. People will start shopping in Brighton’s market soon enough. In fact they already will be. Liverpool and Chelsea come along and buy all your players and staff. Money is no object to them.The luck in signings does run out eventually though, Southampton likely to be the next example of the conveyor belt eventually running dry