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Where Is Our Future?

By: Nick Osborne
Date: 02/01/2002

WITH the recent changes at the club I have to ask myself is there a future for GTFC? Have we already missed our chance of financial survival?

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Lawrence has gone, rightly or wrongly it matters not. What's done is done, but why?

He kept us up last season and was a hero, went top of the league and he was a hero, we beat Liverpool and he was a hero. We win 1 in 20 and he's history. Like most people, his formations baffled me at times, playing players in positions they can't play in will never work. Strengthen the squad then. He couldn't do that because the board wouldn't provide the funds needed.

He has had more money than any other manager in our history, so why have there been no replacements for our dwindling squad? Lack of long term investment by the board. From all the money he has had, we must have had 100's of loans or trialists in one form or another. Give 'em a quick go and see if it works, that's fine in the short term but we need long term plans so the players can get used to playing with each other. On the plus side, we didn't have to pay transfer fees and wages for a two year contract, on the negative side, he's spent all the money and we haven't got anyone. With exception of Menno and Campbell. That has got to be the fault of the board, who say yes you can have that player, but only for a week or two.

Now the financial fairy godmother. Has she already been and gone? I think so.

When Bryan Huxford announced he had massive financial backers who wanted to pump loads of cash into the club, the board decided they didn't want them. Because they didn't like them? No, because they wanted the club lock stock and barrel, meaning they would probably lose their comfy seats on the board.

I don't know these backers personally, but does it really matter who owns the club, provided they are going to pump millions into it? That opportunity has now passed never to return. Much to our financial regret.

GTFC has no one who currently wants to put large sums of money into the club, and with the Chairman announcing massive cost cutting measures in every department, do we really have a future?

The chairman has hinted we will be selling players and dumping the youth set up so we can save funds and concentrate on the 1st team. I don't believe that's the way forward, its another short term false economy.

Come the end of the season, we will have an even smaller squad and no youngsters of our own we can call on if needed. Finally, Groves and Grezzer are another short term money saving exercise. Their wages might increase a little but we don't have a new manager on the payroll who would probably want to bring in his own managerial team. Another short term false economy?

I will of course support them both because they are there, but they wouldn't have been my choice. Good luck to them and the team, there going to need it.

Nick Osborne


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