No, you're not one those gullible twats Chris, over the years your forum postings time and time again have proven to be, right on the money. I've read every word of that above and you're not wrong in any of that.CP Gull wrote:I realise that I will probably be in the minority here (and elsewhere) but I take a slightly different view on the events unfolding .... in truth probably more in line with that taken by Dave Thomas in this week's podcast - for those that have listened to it.brucie wrote:Exactly - and anyone who thinks otherwise should really be confined to a rest home for the terminally gullible.
In order to convey my thoughts I think it best to set them out on a Q & A style format, so here goes .... apologies to those who have absolutely no interests in what I think and whose mind is (probably) already made up!
Do I trust GI ? ..... NO
Do I think that Plainmoor as the home for TUFC should be retained at all costs? NO
Could I see a potentially brighter future for it at (say) the Willows? YES
Do I think that the vast majority of fans/posters who are totally against a move away from TQ1 are probably of a similar age ( born before 1980 shall we say!) to me? YES
Do I think younger fans might be more attracted towards a multi purpose stadium in the centre (lets be honest that is what it is these days!) of town at the Willows ? YES
Do I think TUFC desperately need new income streams in order to have any chance of getting back in the Football League ? YES
Would I prefer a wealthy TUFC fan to own the club and build a new stadium at the Willows? YES
Do I think Torbay Council could build it and retain ownership of the stadium at £ millions cost? NO
Do I think that the future success of TUFC would be better if TUST owned the freehold of Plainmoor? More secure certainly but I have serious doubts abut our ability to maintain a football club at this level, never mind ever getting back into the Football League!
Do I think Gi are going about things the right way ? NO
Do I think they should improve their communication? YES, of course they should!
Do I think they are approaching the "right" people to form a new Board? YES,actually ... await developments!
Do I think we should be cautious and watchful ? Of course we bloody should!
Do I think we should give GI a chance? On balance, YES
Do I believe that in order to for GI to succeed they are wholly reliant on not only Torbay Borough Council, TUST, TUFC fans bit the wider community to succeed? YES
Do I care if GI make a healthy profit from all of this - so long as TUFC benefit ? NO
Do I think my views will garner support from the majority of posters on here and other forums? NO :
I guess I am just one of those gullible twats eh? Whatever, at least I am prepared to keep an open mind!
Keeping an open mind whilst casting a very close and cautious eye on our new owners is spot on, and doing so does not mean we are ripe to being ripped off, after all, those who act in haste, normally repent at their leisure.