I too envisage a slow start to the new season, and we - the fans - need to keep accentuating the positives if there are a few poor results initially.I wouldn't read anything into the defeat at Mansfield.It wasn't so long ago Alfreton Town put 14 past Sheffield Wednesday in a pre-season kick-about, and SW went on to get promotion...
One point I have been pondering, and that is wages to turnover ratio.
I keep going over the fact that at the moment our turnover is around £16m, and that if we were to have a wages tot turnover ratio of (say) 75%, it would be a wage bill of £12m.
Applying the old 80/20 rule, 80% would be first team wages and 20% Directors, Admin & non-first team players.
So, that would be around £9.6m for the first team.
If we assume a first team squad of 20 players, that equates to an average of £9k per player per week.
My question is, can we assemble a squad to challenge for promotion at that sort of level of wages?
If not, then we are back to the old question of how do we increase the revenue to enable us to support the level of wages per first team player per week?
Let's build quietly and sensibly rather than chucking it all away on players with names and fees that don't really want to be here apart from the money - We tried that last year and look what happened.
I'm cautiously optimistic about them.
And tbh they should only start throwing out the cash when it is absolutely necessary. To do so very early on would be a sign of naivety- The loudest man in the room is always the weakest man the room.
I'm very pleased so far.
I would like us to have several more players come in, a few as cover and then some with potential (ala Hall from Southend), and perhaps a striker.
Perhaps those expecting us to spend millions and achieve promotion instantaneously have higher expectations than the owners? I would like us to do promotion the right way; build from the back, build a quality squad with depth capable of mounting a promotion push, and plug any gaps come January. Whether that is this season or the next will depend mostly on what happens in the next few weeks, but I think patience is key at this stage. We now have a left back for the first time in years, a more than capable back four and a quality midfield (at least centrally). Where we might have to rely on our current squad is up front, but if Miller remains injury free (oxymoron I know) we might well end up with a good season.
Anywhere around mid-table will be wonderful and we can press on from there.
What excites me most about ur new set up is we will have an influx of players from the middle east. We dont know how good they are, but they will all come as trialsts so expense is just their air fares.
To us supporters it means players we have never seen before instead of the merry go round of the English scene.
There has to be some untapped talent out there and we will get first choice. By the end of the forthcoming season it will be interesting to see how many of these guys are first team regulars.
Maybe some could also be brought on thru the Academy. Who knows, I think its going to be a roller coaster ride, very interesting, and great fun to watch.
Wonder what Derby fans make of all this. I'm sure they will be varying shades of Green back at pride park.
I'd quite fancy a pre-season tour to the Gulf.
It would be mighty hot though!
"I don't want to be rude but I could not have gone to Derby. It was impossible"
Guy Moussi, July 2011.
The beast is stirring yet again!! :devil:
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I knew there was a bloody good reason for Desert Storm.
Problem with Arab countries is that they are so hot.
They need someone to sell them good air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
I'm tired of this new regime. It's been hours since we signed anyone.
I think this will continue throughout the season as varied new players become fan favourites. We've nearly started our team from scratch so will be looking forward to revenue from the jersey's throughout.
As for the middle-east...yeah I think if Forest do reasonably well this year (top ten) and show some good football- we could sell some shirts.