Monday, February 26, 2007

MCFC Supporters Trust - A view from the outside

Following the post below about The supporters trust boys appearing on Radio 5 tonight, and with the impending meeting on Sunday March the 4Th at the University of Manchester’s Renold Building, Sackville Street Campus, Altrincham Street, Manchester, M1 3BB, I would like to give my views on the trust.

Firstly I have had no direct contact with them , I have deliberately kept my distance but will be attending on Sunday and listening tonight. Initially I was very sceptical about three points but have pretty much been won over and look forward top doing my part. I have listed the three points below.

Power Trip : In all honesty probably my biggest initial concern was that the working party were in this for some kind of power trip/ego massage. The cynic in me screamed that they were just attention seekers ! And early doors when they lost control over some of the press stories seemed to confirm this. Interestingly it only took one action to remove this objection - a simple post on there site stating that none of the working party would be standing to be the trusts spokesman on the board

A Fan On The Board : Covered in some aspects by the above post but I was worried that (if it was an ego trip) the representative on the board could make the trust look stupid if they were forever banging on about buying players, certain players are rubbish change the tactics that kind of stuff. Obviously they are looking for somebody with boardroom experience a wise move that should suit both parties.

Conflict With The Board : Probably not resolved in reality !! The trust have stated they want to work with the board, have no intentions of challenging John Wardle and are not a stalking horse. They have made their position quite clear. The board meanwhile have gone coy pretty much refusing to discuss the trust which as I have stated on here before I find bizarre. There can be no greater endorsement than people wishing to put their money into what you are doing ! The boards reluctance is probably down to not wanting too upset potential investors ?

Im sure people have different concerns and hopes about the trust. I implore anybody who says they care about Manchester City to attend the meeting

You have an opportunity to shape the future of your club. Its not everyday you can say that.

vote it up!


Anonymous said...

For your information I have posted twice on the Trust's website critiscising them for not stating clearly what direction they thought the club should take. I was not surprised when neither post was shown as I clearly think that these people are just headlinine grabbing fantasists with no idea how the club should be run.

Anonymous said...

How odd?! Every post I've put on there has gone on no problem - more than can be said of MUEN!! They strike me as concerned fans who want what's best for City and are just looking to do their bit. Gotta agree with the article as I felt the same too.

Mr Banks said...

i find it interesting as well as my comments were answered. maybe its because there is no plan in place yet. they are looking at starting the trust only, its up to the members which way it goes ? tip up on sunday and see for yourself.

Ollie said...

I must say that we have not let a very small proportion of posts on to the blog (I doubt that it would number more than five). We are more than happy to accept constructive criticism, we are more than happy to answer e-mails and we are more than happy to contact supporters by phone. Unfortunately messages that include swearing, threats etc will be deleted. I would ask anonymous to leave another message bearing the aforementioned in mind and we will answer. Similarly, e-mail us on and we will answer. If you leave your phone number we will call you. We will be presenting our aims, concerns and ideas at the Open Meeting. I can also confirm that not one of us wants to represent the trust on the board of City if it came to it. I would also say that we cannot win on arguments like this. Only last week, I told a supporter that I had no current intention to stand for election to the board of the trust, the answer was "great! you set up the Supporters Trust and leave us in the lurch".

Wigan Blue said...


This used to happen at my youth club - they would elect a member to join the church committee, the member would turn up the first two weeks, get ground down with procedural activities and points of order, get bored and leave. Happened every time. You need at least a barrister (hopefully a QC) to make any impression at all. Now which of my colleagues who fill those criteria do I know who's a Blue?