niallfraser8 wrote:Surely selling young players to go off and play at a higher level is a good thing nah? How else are we supposed to bring funds in TT? Was there any information on add-ons with these deals?
If there was a chance in hell that they were being sold for the benefit of the "football department" as that parasite insists on calling it then yes! Absoloutely! However, come on we are not as daft as he thinks we are.
To answer your question.. "how else are we supposed to bring in funds? Lets see off the top of my head based on WHAT EVERY OTHER CLUB IN WORLD FOOTBALL DOES .....
1. Promote a professional image of a club focused on football.
2. Sell a club identity based on tradition, history and the town you represent.
3. Create a fit for purpose website, with a club shop selling merchandise that the fans will be eager to buy and wear / use / display with pride
4. Employ staff to run said shop that are fit for purpose, look like the give a f@*% and maybe answer the phone once in a while , oh and actually have the shop open when they advertise it will be.
5. Operate said shop / online shop in a manner that people will trust and will risk making on line payments (recent history and general dodgy image of club puts a LOT of people off doing this! See barrage of negative social media comments regularly posted elsewhere, we are the laughing stock of scottish football)
6. Promote match tickets / season tickets / PAG to commited or potential fans. (Freebies to randoms or folk that will never invest emotionaly in the club does not count and fools no one!)
7.Engage with fans, communicate with them and try and grow said fan base instead of blaming them for the clubs incompetence.
8. Try just once, to have replica strips / new season merchandise on sale at the end of any given season and dont act as if the fact that a new season starts each year is a suprise! Kids ( and some adults) want to buy the new gear and wear during the summer hols. Its the start of the build up to the new season. New season kit, season books etc is how a lot of fans look to invest in the club for the new season. Failure to appreciate this EVERY season and making us wait to well after the new season starts breeds apathy amongst fans and perpetuates the tin pot "ach f%&* it, that will do them" image that the club has had for most of my lifetime.
That will do for starters, any one else got some sugestions to help the club out?
Sorry Niall, no atack on you intended, i agree with your point to a degree but really frustrated with our clubs inability to opperate in a fashion comparable with a reasonably competent junior club.!