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at 14:34 26 May 2018
Anyone watch the giro highlights from yesterday's stage? Froome played a blinder. I know he has his detractors but yesterday was one of the most interesting stages I've ever seen unfold. Well worth watching.
at 16:53 28 Apr 2018
|On the plus side|
at 18:04 7 Apr 2018
Watching Man United getting embarrassed is pretty enjoyable. 2-0 Citeh and Sterling just missed a one on one by 20 yards.
|Big one this weekend|
at 12:59 21 Mar 2018
Colchester half marathon that is, anyone done it before and got any tips?
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|Update as our accounts were filed last week|
at 11:48 17 Mar 2018
Not really anything seismic in the accounts. Evans via a multitude of group entities is owed circa £90m (including some preference shares that are classified as debt - that I'd think he would want). We made a loss for the financial year to 30/06/17 of £4.3m, which is broadly what I and probably most people expected.
We all know the biggest KPI is league attendance and for the period it does state quite a drop from essentially 19k to 17k as comparative period is 15/16 where we were in the playoff mix and probably had a much better feel around the place. There's a little Brexit reference in the principal risks and uncertainties but I'd assume KPMG recommended this as it seems a bit arbitrary.
The wage bill is up from £16.6m to £17.8m, still broadly chicken feed for this division. I'd imagine pension costs will go up next year as auto enrollment to pensions takes full hold of the admin staff but would struggle to see it being over £18.75m. We have a liability to pay someone £260k if some performance criteria is triggered, I assume it's Garner or Waghorn related as it wasn't present last year. Other than that, the accounts are pretty uninteresting including the related party notes that can have some unexpected, juicy items in them.
For completeness and for reference by everyone, our average consolidated loss over the last 4 years is £3.2m:
30/06/14 - £7.3m loss
30/06/15 - £5.5m profit
30/06/16 - £6.6m loss
30/06/17 - £4.3m loss
Interestingly if you extend this to 30/06/13 when we lost £9.8m, this creeps the average loss up to £4.5m per year which is probably less than I'd expect.
|State of play|
at 02:50 14 Mar 2018
Wasn't there last night as I'm away, but I've followed the events of the last few weeks really closely. Must be pretty toxic but it feels especially so considering it stands to reason that the majority of fans who want him to go the most don't even go anymore. I know some obsess over attendances to ludicrous degree but the last few have felt really disheartening, especially with renewals around the corner with the inevitable early bird rhetoric.
Standing back, it's untenable to have a manager who wants to divide the fans and players, which it seems like his Phil Brown and post match comments were trying to do. Evans needs to act immediately, it's embarrassing for all parties and will only get worse as the season goes on unactioned. It's also slightly ridiculous that the only person who can pull the trigger is the same person who is ultimately responsible for the majority of most fans angst.
To sort this out in the long term, Evans can't continue on the same trajectory. I think he has the following options to arrest our decline towards an inevitable relegation in the next few years:
- Invest some more meaningful funds. This feels pretty unlikely. To remain competitive in the championship it's not really optional. MM ground out result after result but often by attrition and to the detriment of developing our own talent. McDonnell, Patterson, Downes, Dozzell, Rowe, Marriott to name a few who are obviously talented but should have all had more game time on top of the slim amount they've had in preference for more experienced, often loanees who are frequently grafters.
- Separate church from state - by this I mean actually have a group of football minded people who are given the power to run their respective part of the club at their discretion. We all know Milne has no power to affect any decision, it's always Evan's decision. This isn't fair, get a football minded MD who his given strategic goals and given autonomy to achieve them in a way they see fit. Imagine asking your boss' permission before you do anything in your job. No effective organisation operates without segregation of duties and with single points of failure.
- Sell the club to someone who is willing to invest in the club's future and understands its stakeholders.
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|Train options for Sunday|
at 17:23 15 Feb 2018
Was considering getting the football special from Stowmarket on Sunday at 10:13 (or similar) is it normally rammed to the extent you might not get on? I normally go on the Cambridge North to Norwich line but timings are a bit off. Any feedback that doesn't involve Gatwick would be great.
|Did Clare Parkrun this morning|
at 10:50 16 Dec 2017
Really friendly and enjoyable. Saw some Town fans too, give it a go if you're in the area and hankering for a jog.
at 17:15 14 Oct 2017
Thinks Celina is a flash in the pan and wants Sears to start against Norwich to 'create things'.
|In Singapore working|
at 14:19 21 Sep 2017
One of the local guys asks which team I support. I said Ipswich, you've probably never heard of them. He then proceeds to talk me through his personal views on the highs and lows of Richard Wright's career.
[Post edited 21 Sep 2017 14:20]
|On the gate|
at 10:34 16 Sep 2017
What are my options for lower North? Ticket office in the shop before 1:30 and then turnstile afterwards, right?
[Post edited 16 Sep 2017 10:35]
at 17:08 19 Aug 2017
Kenlock for me. Very mature and balanced performance. Skuse, Grant Ward and Garner also very decent.
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