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VIC MORGAN COLUMN
6:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
A DARK grey cloud of despondency hangs over many Town fans at the moment.
Swindon aren’t thrashing the rest of League One every week and there’s meltdown after every match. Defeat at Crewe brought the same reaction as defeat at Crewe did last season. Yes, we lost there on the way to winning League Two you might remember. The club is obviously in crisis, with the finances in tatters and the manager about to leave. All this a day or two after talk of that same manager being committed to the club and positive things coming out of meetings with the new chairman.
So what’s going on? Well, I tried to understand the transfer embargo situation over the weekend. I’m not a financial expert by any means. But it seems quite simple to me. We’ve gone over the limit in terms of spending money on players and wages in comparison to our turnover. To get out of the embargo we need to increase our turnover or get rid of players. Problem is, it’s not just a case of the owners putting their hands in their pockets and chucking more money at it. We’ve arrived at a bit of a stalemate and that stalemate won’t be cleared until the January transfer window when hopefully the situation will have been sorted by increased turnover or clearing of debt or whatever.
What happens now then? It’s a case of getting by. Rules is Rules. We all have to live with them even football clubs. Maybe it’s a case for all parties to just put up or shut up.
Who amongst us fans knows what’s really going on in the boardroom of any company, let alone a football club. People often say they’re “in the know” but rarely are. I think the constant negative comment, from every quarter, is doing no one any good. That includes everybody.
Compared to two seasons ago Swindon are in a good position. It’s just that it’s tough right now. Do you know what? Let’s just get on with it. We’ll win, we’ll lose, we’ll draw. That’s football.
In the meantime we have a town that holds two championship trophies for the first time in its history. My first visit to the Abbey Stadium was in 1964. I revelled in the days of Briggs, Ashby and my boyhood hero Bob Kilby. Congratulations to Rosco and the Robins. Elite League Champions 2012 to go with League Two Champions 2012. Get those trophies paraded around the County Ground next Tuesday. Get that cloud of despondency lifted and lets enjoy some real “double winning”.