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Winger Ritchie completes £500,000 move to Bournemouth

Swindon Advertiser: Matt Ritchie has left Swindon Town Matt Ritchie has left Swindon Town

MATT Ritchie was last night sold to Swindon Town’s League One promotion rivals Bournemouth for a fee believed to be in the region of £500,000.

The winger agreed a three-and-a-half year deal at Dean Court after Town accepted the Cherries’ third approach for the winger in two years. It remains unclear who sanctioned the move, with potential new owners closing in on completing their takeover of the club.

A consortium headed by Banbury United owner Jed McCrory has exchanged contracts to take control at the County Ground, but until they have been ratified by the Football League they are not believed to be in sole control of transfer activity.

Ritchie said of his switch to Dorset: “It has come very quickly. There was speculation last year and there has been a little bit this window.

“It’s a great place to live, it’s a good club and well run as well.

“The uncreatainty at Swindon player a big part.

“I had good times at Swindon. “I was at Portsmouth when there were uncertain times and it’s not ideal and I felt like this was a great opportunity for me.”

The Swindon Advertiser understands Ritchie’s former club will benefit from a sell-on clause.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham manager Mark Yates has not ruled out a loan move for Town wide man Luke Rooney.

The ex-Gillingham midfielder has barely featured for Swindon under Paolo Di Canio in League One, and has previously spent time at Rotherham and Burton.

The Advertiser understands Bristol City are interested in the possibility of taking Robins striker Andy Williams to Ashton Gate. City boss Sean O’Driscoll is believed to be an admirer of the 26-year-old.

The deadline for players to agree to a move passes at 11pm tonight, and Swindon are hoping to be active during what is expected to be a busy day up and down the country.

Meetings are believed to have taken place with the new investors yesterday to discuss whether or not Di Canio will have funds at his disposal to launch a last-minute assault on the transfer market.

The Adver understands Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine remains a top target for the Italian.

The forward, whose proposed move to Swindon in the emergency loan window in November fell through, is also wanted by Coventry.

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6:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

EastleazeRed says...

F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked . EastleazeRed
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6:10am Thu 31 Jan 13

bowralbob says...

Hmmm. The new owners are going to have a problem convincing PDC to stay after this sale.
Bournmouth have a real bargain in Ritchie a classy player. Half a million is a lot less than he is worth IMO.
Hmmm. The new owners are going to have a problem convincing PDC to stay after this sale. Bournmouth have a real bargain in Ritchie a classy player. Half a million is a lot less than he is worth IMO. bowralbob
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6:12am Thu 31 Jan 13

jayden says...

Well i expect today will be worse.
Well i expect today will be worse. jayden
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6:17am Thu 31 Jan 13

joey butler says...

EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
[quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us! joey butler
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6:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

thats it... think we've given up...

In all this does anyone know how much Di Canio is being paid?

Looks like all the big talk has gone.

Very sad.
thats it... think we've given up... In all this does anyone know how much Di Canio is being paid? Looks like all the big talk has gone. Very sad. greenml
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6:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

Not so Smart Roger says...

jayden wrote:
Well i expect today will be worse.
I'm with you on this, Jayden. In 24 hours time, we'll know for sure which way our club is heading. (Hopefully PDC, Williams, Collins and others won't have headed for the door by then!)
[quote][p][bold]jayden[/bold] wrote: Well i expect today will be worse.[/p][/quote]I'm with you on this, Jayden. In 24 hours time, we'll know for sure which way our club is heading. (Hopefully PDC, Williams, Collins and others won't have headed for the door by then!) Not so Smart Roger
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6:22am Thu 31 Jan 13

robstfc says...

I wonder how the guy who sits behind me in the DRS feels when he hears this news...... He spent the last 2 years criticising everything that Ritchie did...
Bet he feels as gutted as the rest of us...
You dont know what you've got until its gone. Richie is one of the best players in league 1..... Bournemouth have an absolute bargain.
Just worried for the fall out today... And fear others could leave too...
I wonder how the guy who sits behind me in the DRS feels when he hears this news...... He spent the last 2 years criticising everything that Ritchie did... Bet he feels as gutted as the rest of us... You dont know what you've got until its gone. Richie is one of the best players in league 1..... Bournemouth have an absolute bargain. Just worried for the fall out today... And fear others could leave too... robstfc
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6:24am Thu 31 Jan 13

Redhouse Red says...

On the face of it a ludicrous decision.

I look forward to a full and frank explanation.

Question for me is. How informed was paolo. I recollect him slapping some obscene price tag on him recently

Whilst purely speculation, i do wonder if we did need . Pay some bills?

The bit that really hurts is the price tag!
On the face of it a ludicrous decision. I look forward to a full and frank explanation. Question for me is. How informed was paolo. I recollect him slapping some obscene price tag on him recently Whilst purely speculation, i do wonder if we did need . Pay some bills? The bit that really hurts is the price tag! Redhouse Red
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6:26am Thu 31 Jan 13

RRobin69 says...

joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Just posted similar in another thread. Ritchie didnt have to agree to the move. Look at Jack Butland refusing the transfer to Chelsea. At the end of the day people are pointing the fingers at old/new owners without knowing the facts and knowing what PDC knew of this. The fact is Ritchie left but he had the choice not to. He had a contract.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Just posted similar in another thread. Ritchie didnt have to agree to the move. Look at Jack Butland refusing the transfer to Chelsea. At the end of the day people are pointing the fingers at old/new owners without knowing the facts and knowing what PDC knew of this. The fact is Ritchie left but he had the choice not to. He had a contract. RRobin69
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6:33am Thu 31 Jan 13

Since 1950 says...

RRobin69 wrote:
joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Just posted similar in another thread. Ritchie didnt have to agree to the move. Look at Jack Butland refusing the transfer to Chelsea. At the end of the day people are pointing the fingers at old/new owners without knowing the facts and knowing what PDC knew of this. The fact is Ritchie left but he had the choice not to. He had a contract.
Maybe he didn't like what he saw coming in through the door. Maybe he now thinks he has a better chance of Championship football with Bornmuff! Who's next, that's the worry for today.
[quote][p][bold]RRobin69[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Just posted similar in another thread. Ritchie didnt have to agree to the move. Look at Jack Butland refusing the transfer to Chelsea. At the end of the day people are pointing the fingers at old/new owners without knowing the facts and knowing what PDC knew of this. The fact is Ritchie left but he had the choice not to. He had a contract.[/p][/quote]Maybe he didn't like what he saw coming in through the door. Maybe he now thinks he has a better chance of Championship football with Bornmuff! Who's next, that's the worry for today. Since 1950
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6:37am Thu 31 Jan 13

grove red says...

Alex Henshall see coventry are after him on loan could be good replacment.
Alex Henshall see coventry are after him on loan could be good replacment. grove red
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6:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

TedMacsCherryPants says...

After all the banter and wind-ups over buying Ritchie, I've got to sympathise.
The AFCB team from a couple of seasons ago was sold off around Eddie Howe before he left, not a great place to be at the time. Hope the rest of the day isn't a fire-sale for you.
After all the banter and wind-ups over buying Ritchie, I've got to sympathise. The AFCB team from a couple of seasons ago was sold off around Eddie Howe before he left, not a great place to be at the time. Hope the rest of the day isn't a fire-sale for you. TedMacsCherryPants
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6:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

stfclondon says...

I wasn't expecting this. Players come and go, that's football. But what's surprising about this is 1) the suddenness of the sale 2) the price tag and 3) the fact he's gone to one of our promotion rivals.

I await Di Canio's press conference later on today with interest.
I wasn't expecting this. Players come and go, that's football. But what's surprising about this is 1) the suddenness of the sale 2) the price tag and 3) the fact he's gone to one of our promotion rivals. I await Di Canio's press conference later on today with interest. stfclondon
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6:40am Thu 31 Jan 13

louiscassius says...

If the sale of the Club had been kept quiet until the deal was blummin done; we could of got at least double that for Ritchie fact!!

Who's bright idea it was to disclose to the press Blacks intentions to sell his 98% god only knows.......

Corperate Suicide!!

Louis :-(( Roll on tomorrow.....feel sick to my stomach today...
If the sale of the Club had been kept quiet until the deal was blummin done; we could of got at least double that for Ritchie fact!! Who's bright idea it was to disclose to the press Blacks intentions to sell his 98% god only knows....... Corperate Suicide!! Louis :-(( Roll on tomorrow.....feel sick to my stomach today... louiscassius
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6:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

california andy says...

This is both baffling and unsettling. As some have noted, we will know more in another 24 hours, when the transfer window has shut, and when we have had time to hear from PDC. But on its face, this is a terrible development. Ritchie was worth at least double this, and if we had played this more cleverly (eg sold Ritchie, if we had to do that, before anyone realized Black was pulling out) we would have been far, far better off. What a turn-around in the space of less than a month.
This is both baffling and unsettling. As some have noted, we will know more in another 24 hours, when the transfer window has shut, and when we have had time to hear from PDC. But on its face, this is a terrible development. Ritchie was worth at least double this, and if we had played this more cleverly (eg sold Ritchie, if we had to do that, before anyone realized Black was pulling out) we would have been far, far better off. What a turn-around in the space of less than a month. california andy
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6:41am Thu 31 Jan 13

stfclondon says...

I should add, thanks to Ritchie for all the good times. He's been a great player for us and I'm sure he will get a fantastic reception whenever he returns to the County Ground.
I should add, thanks to Ritchie for all the good times. He's been a great player for us and I'm sure he will get a fantastic reception whenever he returns to the County Ground. stfclondon
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6:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

STFC 67 says...

Sam Morshead writes in an entertaining and engaging way but has little idea what is really going on at the Club. This is a time for insight but all we get is stories that are available elsewhere and Thursdays self obsessed cliched claptrap commentary from Vic Morgan stating the bloody obvious. Aver you need to do better.
Sam Morshead writes in an entertaining and engaging way but has little idea what is really going on at the Club. This is a time for insight but all we get is stories that are available elsewhere and Thursdays self obsessed cliched claptrap commentary from Vic Morgan stating the bloody obvious. Aver you need to do better. STFC 67
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6:45am Thu 31 Jan 13

Since 1950 says...

I don't like this one little bit!

New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts.

I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are.

Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo?

Do I not like this!
I don't like this one little bit! New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts. I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are. Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo? Do I not like this! Since 1950
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6:48am Thu 31 Jan 13

EastleazeRed says...

joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Emotions running high , just really angry they let him go for peanuts .You wait and see the language on here later when they sell a few more to fund this takeover ?
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Emotions running high , just really angry they let him go for peanuts .You wait and see the language on here later when they sell a few more to fund this takeover ? EastleazeRed
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6:54am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

reminds me of when we sold Shearer to Blackburn. Increasing their squads ability and reducing ours. A real 6 pointer.... Today will indicate how bad a situation we have. Seems we are in a fire sale mode....both the club and maybe the players.

Actually believed all this was behind us!
reminds me of when we sold Shearer to Blackburn. Increasing their squads ability and reducing ours. A real 6 pointer.... Today will indicate how bad a situation we have. Seems we are in a fire sale mode....both the club and maybe the players. Actually believed all this was behind us! greenml
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6:56am Thu 31 Jan 13

Ollie Reed's Parky dance! says...

Eagerly anticipating the statement from the club as to why they felt it necessary to sell arguably our best player for a third of his valued price at such a crucial stage.

Yes he is a big wage earner but if a replacement does not come in today then it is simply disgusting business.
Eagerly anticipating the statement from the club as to why they felt it necessary to sell arguably our best player for a third of his valued price at such a crucial stage. Yes he is a big wage earner but if a replacement does not come in today then it is simply disgusting business. Ollie Reed's Parky dance!
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7:03am Thu 31 Jan 13

Not so Smart Roger says...

STFC 67 wrote:
Sam Morshead writes in an entertaining and engaging way but has little idea what is really going on at the Club. This is a time for insight but all we get is stories that are available elsewhere and Thursdays self obsessed cliched claptrap commentary from Vic Morgan stating the bloody obvious. Aver you need to do better.
Personally, I really value both Sam and Vic's regular updates and opinons on twitter and this website. (And I have no personal or professional connection with either.) I'm not sure anyone had a handle on what was going on yesterday, although worringly it seems that the Daily Mail might actually have been closer to the truth than anyone dared believe. Fingers crossed big-time for today...
[quote][p][bold]STFC 67[/bold] wrote: Sam Morshead writes in an entertaining and engaging way but has little idea what is really going on at the Club. This is a time for insight but all we get is stories that are available elsewhere and Thursdays self obsessed cliched claptrap commentary from Vic Morgan stating the bloody obvious. Aver you need to do better.[/p][/quote]Personally, I really value both Sam and Vic's regular updates and opinons on twitter and this website. (And I have no personal or professional connection with either.) I'm not sure anyone had a handle on what was going on yesterday, although worringly it seems that the Daily Mail might actually have been closer to the truth than anyone dared believe. Fingers crossed big-time for today... Not so Smart Roger
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7:04am Thu 31 Jan 13

peatmoor pirate says...

joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are.
[quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are. peatmoor pirate
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7:07am Thu 31 Jan 13

Stilloyal says...

The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing. Stilloyal
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7:09am Thu 31 Jan 13

batch says...

IF, and it's a big IF, selling Ritchie was the only way to keep us going in order to complete a sale of the club without selling more players then I can stomach having to sell him.

Even then, selling to promotion rivals Bournemouth and for just £500K is taking the Michael. I guess we just took the first offer in case another wasn't forthcoming.

Angry, gutted, disappointed, can't be arsed with it all, what's the point. That's how I feel right now.
IF, and it's a big IF, selling Ritchie was the only way to keep us going in order to complete a sale of the club without selling more players then I can stomach having to sell him. Even then, selling to promotion rivals Bournemouth and for just £500K is taking the Michael. I guess we just took the first offer in case another wasn't forthcoming. Angry, gutted, disappointed, can't be arsed with it all, what's the point. That's how I feel right now. batch
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7:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

peatmoor pirate wrote:
joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are.
& being a League 1 club (old 3rd division) is not such a huge achievement for STFC. Thats where we've been on average since I was born in 1960. But sadly all this and the rush suggests administration was close. Albeit just because our benefactor decided to shut up shop half way thru his project. Does suggest we need a small squad and the scatter gun recruitment (where players are bought and never play) isnt helping.... & sad to say (well maybe). Can we afford Di Cannio?
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are.[/p][/quote]& being a League 1 club (old 3rd division) is not such a huge achievement for STFC. Thats where we've been on average since I was born in 1960. But sadly all this and the rush suggests administration was close. Albeit just because our benefactor decided to shut up shop half way thru his project. Does suggest we need a small squad and the scatter gun recruitment (where players are bought and never play) isnt helping.... & sad to say (well maybe). Can we afford Di Cannio? greenml
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7:12am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

greenml wrote:
peatmoor pirate wrote:
joey butler wrote:
EastleazeRed wrote:
F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .
Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing.

If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him.

I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us!
Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are.
& being a League 1 club (old 3rd division) is not such a huge achievement for STFC. Thats where we've been on average since I was born in 1960. But sadly all this and the rush suggests administration was close. Albeit just because our benefactor decided to shut up shop half way thru his project. Does suggest we need a small squad and the scatter gun recruitment (where players are bought and never play) isnt helping.... & sad to say (well maybe). Can we afford Di Cannio?
meant smaller squad who all contribute....
[quote][p][bold]greenml[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joey butler[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]EastleazeRed[/bold] wrote: F@#king disgraceful ! You want to be ashamed , wouldn't blame di canio if he walked .[/p][/quote]Just like last night Eastleaze, you seem incapable of posting a comment without swearing. If you read the Adver report more carefully, it seems judging by Ritchie's comments, he ran away when the presssure is on and if that is the case, we are better off without him. I simply do not buy his comments about moving to a ''great place to live''. If he had genuine ambition, he could live in Bournemouth and play for us![/p][/quote]Ritchie has been a good servant for Swindon and I wish him luck; he doesn't deserve a mouthful from fans for going - I'd suggest that the fact we are prepared to sell him to Bournemouth suggests we are not as likely to be gong places as they are.[/p][/quote]& being a League 1 club (old 3rd division) is not such a huge achievement for STFC. Thats where we've been on average since I was born in 1960. But sadly all this and the rush suggests administration was close. Albeit just because our benefactor decided to shut up shop half way thru his project. Does suggest we need a small squad and the scatter gun recruitment (where players are bought and never play) isnt helping.... & sad to say (well maybe). Can we afford Di Cannio?[/p][/quote]meant smaller squad who all contribute.... greenml
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7:13am Thu 31 Jan 13

jayden says...

How many players have bournemouth bought in the last 2 weeks ? Wage cap? Let us have Matt Tubbs on loan and i would be quite happy.Wes and pdc are my main worrys,still what can i do about it.
How many players have bournemouth bought in the last 2 weeks ? Wage cap? Let us have Matt Tubbs on loan and i would be quite happy.Wes and pdc are my main worrys,still what can i do about it. jayden
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7:15am Thu 31 Jan 13

Last step says...

Stilloyal wrote:
The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging.

I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging. I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight. Last step
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7:16am Thu 31 Jan 13

jayden says...

We were going up ,say we were going up.
We were going up ,say we were going up. jayden
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7:16am Thu 31 Jan 13

Rebel_phish says...

Going to be a momentous roller-coaster of a ride for the next 16 hrs.

who knows what the management team and playing squad will look like come 11pm.
Going to be a momentous roller-coaster of a ride for the next 16 hrs. who knows what the management team and playing squad will look like come 11pm. Rebel_phish
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7:18am Thu 31 Jan 13

Lazaat says...

Stilloyal wrote:
The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign.
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign. Lazaat
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7:25am Thu 31 Jan 13

Rebel_phish says...

Going to be a horrible day I fear.

Just wake me up when its all over.
Going to be a horrible day I fear. Just wake me up when its all over. Rebel_phish
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7:26am Thu 31 Jan 13

clunge_meister says...

Just think it shows that the consortium has no money. I don't want people to blow there fortunes on footballers but they need to have enough to avoid having to make terrible business decisions.

If the previous owners could write off 10m then surely the new ones could find 0.5m to save the prize asset.

Feels like promotion has been conceded and the season written off. Let's hope paolo is staying - with him we may still have a chance of reaching the playoffs.
Just think it shows that the consortium has no money. I don't want people to blow there fortunes on footballers but they need to have enough to avoid having to make terrible business decisions. If the previous owners could write off 10m then surely the new ones could find 0.5m to save the prize asset. Feels like promotion has been conceded and the season written off. Let's hope paolo is staying - with him we may still have a chance of reaching the playoffs. clunge_meister
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7:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

means they bought something and black is still selling parts of it...

this sucks! Big time...

No idea what previous owners expected!
means they bought something and black is still selling parts of it... this sucks! Big time... No idea what previous owners expected! greenml
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7:29am Thu 31 Jan 13

Med Red says...

Yesterday at 5:13 the Adver stated -

"The Advertiser understands the prospective new owners of Swindon Town do not want to sell Matt Ritchie, after a £600,000 bid was tabled by the Robins' League One rivals".... so who decided and why did they decide to sell Ritchie to one of our promotion rivals for a knockdown price of £400K and why couldn't our new owners prevent it? Does JMac bring "a wealth of experience" but no wealth to the club?
Yesterday at 5:13 the Adver stated - "The Advertiser understands the prospective new owners of Swindon Town do not want to sell Matt Ritchie, after a £600,000 bid was tabled by the Robins' League One rivals".... so who decided and why did they decide to sell Ritchie to one of our promotion rivals for a knockdown price of £400K and why couldn't our new owners prevent it? Does JMac bring "a wealth of experience" but no wealth to the club? Med Red
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7:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

KojaktheWarg says...

Very depressing and hard to fathom...
Very depressing and hard to fathom... KojaktheWarg
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7:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

jayden says...

A bit of good news shefield united have sold their top goal scorer.
A bit of good news shefield united have sold their top goal scorer. jayden
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7:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

STFCBourne98 says...

Does this mean that paolo will go and sign another winger from the Ritchie cash or will this go towards wages for Madine?
Does this mean that paolo will go and sign another winger from the Ritchie cash or will this go towards wages for Madine? STFCBourne98
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7:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

greenml says...

& would have been better to sell as Championship Club....

We are still better off than Pompey...just
& would have been better to sell as Championship Club.... We are still better off than Pompey...just greenml
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7:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

ciclosporindorset says...

So many anxious fans and so many responding to posts here rather than being able to wait for the info to emerge from the club. There are times when the club have to insist on lock Dow. During important negotiations like any other business.Sorry to see Ritchie go. what I am Sure of from my past experience is that there will have been a contingency plan in Blacks corner in case the take over did not progress and this looks to have been triggered late on Tuesday night. I would expect the exchange of contracts will stop any further sales unless sanctioned by the new owners or PDC. as for the adver, don't blame Sam for the panic, it is caused by fans winding each other up. I suggest we try to remain calm through the day and see what comes, there is none of this in any of our control even if we would like to be able to buy e club on our own. the people who can quite frankly are as they have the money to do what Black did several years ago, save our club from possible extinction. always keep t hat in mind.
So many anxious fans and so many responding to posts here rather than being able to wait for the info to emerge from the club. There are times when the club have to insist on lock Dow. During important negotiations like any other business.Sorry to see Ritchie go. what I am Sure of from my past experience is that there will have been a contingency plan in Blacks corner in case the take over did not progress and this looks to have been triggered late on Tuesday night. I would expect the exchange of contracts will stop any further sales unless sanctioned by the new owners or PDC. as for the adver, don't blame Sam for the panic, it is caused by fans winding each other up. I suggest we try to remain calm through the day and see what comes, there is none of this in any of our control even if we would like to be able to buy e club on our own. the people who can quite frankly are as they have the money to do what Black did several years ago, save our club from possible extinction. always keep t hat in mind. ciclosporindorset
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7:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

Helpme234 says...

Since 1950 wrote:
I don't like this one little bit! New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts. I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are. Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo? Do I not like this!
I'm not blaming the new owners for this - the blame is fairly and squarely with Black and co. Black's intention all along was to get out as quickly as possible with the best deal for himself.

Who knows whether the outfit taking over were actually the best for THE CLUB - out of those showing interest? More probably they offered the best deal for Black to take his money and run.

Good luck to Ritchie - he's been an excellent player (or should that be asset) for us and i don't blame him in any way for joining Bournmuff.

Stuffed again!
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: I don't like this one little bit! New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts. I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are. Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo? Do I not like this![/p][/quote]I'm not blaming the new owners for this - the blame is fairly and squarely with Black and co. Black's intention all along was to get out as quickly as possible with the best deal for himself. Who knows whether the outfit taking over were actually the best for THE CLUB - out of those showing interest? More probably they offered the best deal for Black to take his money and run. Good luck to Ritchie - he's been an excellent player (or should that be asset) for us and i don't blame him in any way for joining Bournmuff. Stuffed again! Helpme234
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7:32am Thu 31 Jan 13

Swindon1984 says...

Lazaat wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign.
Dearly hope you're wrong but could be spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Lazaat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign.[/p][/quote]Dearly hope you're wrong but could be spot on. Swindon1984
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7:34am Thu 31 Jan 13

clunge_meister says...

Lazaat wrote:
Stilloyal wrote:
The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign.
No both parties would have to agree. You can't sell a key asset of a business mid sale, the buyer would be able to sue big time. The fact that transfer of ownership is not official makes no difference other than who signs paperwork.
[quote][p][bold]Lazaat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]If this is true then expect more selling today? And if that happens also expect Paolo to resign.[/p][/quote]No both parties would have to agree. You can't sell a key asset of a business mid sale, the buyer would be able to sue big time. The fact that transfer of ownership is not official makes no difference other than who signs paperwork. clunge_meister
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7:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

who am i says...

Last step wrote:
Stilloyal wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging. I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight.
Acording to bbc wilts this morning both black and new owners agreed sale of Ritchie. That's not good. I await today's news on wether I become a arm hair supporter in future.
[quote][p][bold]Last step[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging. I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight.[/p][/quote]Acording to bbc wilts this morning both black and new owners agreed sale of Ritchie. That's not good. I await today's news on wether I become a arm hair supporter in future. who am i
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7:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

fredi says...

No point in trying to put a positive spin on this. Di Canio would not have sanctioned this and will probably walk - which I fear has been the corporate plan all along. If you agree to fund and then change your mind without due warning, carnage follows. Panic sale and rush for the exit to avoid blame. Black, Patey and the rest of them should hang their heads in shame for the way our club, our manager, our players and all the fans have been treated. And there can only be more bad news to follow. Angry and depressed.
No point in trying to put a positive spin on this. Di Canio would not have sanctioned this and will probably walk - which I fear has been the corporate plan all along. If you agree to fund and then change your mind without due warning, carnage follows. Panic sale and rush for the exit to avoid blame. Black, Patey and the rest of them should hang their heads in shame for the way our club, our manager, our players and all the fans have been treated. And there can only be more bad news to follow. Angry and depressed. fredi
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7:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

nosyrudeman says...

Players/managers/boa
rds come and go in football, but fans can't change their allegiance. No one player is bigger than the club. Seems to me that MR walked very very easily. Nice place to live, you are having a laugh. Bet he won't live in Bournemouth, he'll live in or around his home town which is Gosport. 50 odd miles away. As much as I liked him as a player, if he does not want to be here, well I don't want him here. As for the joke of a price, that is what happens when the A word is bandied about, because that'as when the vultures swoop with paltry offers, knowing we are desperate. What I find disturbing is the timing of Blacks wanting to get out. After all the great work he and his fellow backers had put into our club, it just seems he has pressed the self destruct button and plunge the club back to despair. Who is next to leave?

We need a full and frank statement from both the outgoing and incoming boards. I have been watching STFC since 1961 and nothing ever surprises me anymore. I felt sick to the stomach last night when the MR story broke, and I feel worse today, waiting to who is going to leave while we are 3rd in the league.
Players/managers/boa rds come and go in football, but fans can't change their allegiance. No one player is bigger than the club. Seems to me that MR walked very very easily. Nice place to live, you are having a laugh. Bet he won't live in Bournemouth, he'll live in or around his home town which is Gosport. 50 odd miles away. As much as I liked him as a player, if he does not want to be here, well I don't want him here. As for the joke of a price, that is what happens when the A word is bandied about, because that'as when the vultures swoop with paltry offers, knowing we are desperate. What I find disturbing is the timing of Blacks wanting to get out. After all the great work he and his fellow backers had put into our club, it just seems he has pressed the self destruct button and plunge the club back to despair. Who is next to leave? We need a full and frank statement from both the outgoing and incoming boards. I have been watching STFC since 1961 and nothing ever surprises me anymore. I felt sick to the stomach last night when the MR story broke, and I feel worse today, waiting to who is going to leave while we are 3rd in the league. nosyrudeman
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7:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

who am i says...

who am i wrote:
Last step wrote:
Stilloyal wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.
I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging. I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight.
Acording to bbc wilts this morning both black and new owners agreed sale of Ritchie. That's not good. I await today's news on wether I become a arm hair supporter in future.
Lol armchair not hair priceless unlike Richie.
[quote][p][bold]who am i[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Last step[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: The new owners have no control over transfers until the takeover has been sanctioned by the F.A. This was Blacks doing.[/p][/quote]I think this is a key point that is worth remembering. Any blame attached to the new owners is at best speculation, at worst potentially damaging. I just hope nothing else horrible happens before this 11pm deadline tonight.[/p][/quote]Acording to bbc wilts this morning both black and new owners agreed sale of Ritchie. That's not good. I await today's news on wether I become a arm hair supporter in future.[/p][/quote]Lol armchair not hair priceless unlike Richie. who am i
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7:39am Thu 31 Jan 13

Haydonender says...

Yesterday was a nail biter and I expect today to be as well. We will have a good idea of where we are heading tonight I think. Hopefully nobody else will be sold off and we might even get a couple in.

In the meantime I look forward to Paolo's interview today, he seems to be the only one at the club willing to give the fans straight answers
Yesterday was a nail biter and I expect today to be as well. We will have a good idea of where we are heading tonight I think. Hopefully nobody else will be sold off and we might even get a couple in. In the meantime I look forward to Paolo's interview today, he seems to be the only one at the club willing to give the fans straight answers Haydonender
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7:46am Thu 31 Jan 13

the wizard says...

Asset stripping and walking away. Treachery at its worst.
Asset stripping and walking away. Treachery at its worst. the wizard
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7:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

oz ashes says...

oh well
backwards and downwards
very dissapointed
oh well backwards and downwards very dissapointed oz ashes
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8:04am Thu 31 Jan 13

London Red says...

Feel like a mug getting caught up in anger yesterday evening and starting to listen to posters instead of official news
.
Going to take my own advise of yesterday morning and not commenting on takeover or sale until we have some actual details not gossip
.
PdC's press conference will be interesting as he says it as it is!
.
We will see then if it was Black, Matt or others who drove this sale
.
We should also see if he is still in or not - if he is that has got to be a good indicator that this could be good for the future
Feel like a mug getting caught up in anger yesterday evening and starting to listen to posters instead of official news . Going to take my own advise of yesterday morning and not commenting on takeover or sale until we have some actual details not gossip . PdC's press conference will be interesting as he says it as it is! . We will see then if it was Black, Matt or others who drove this sale . We should also see if he is still in or not - if he is that has got to be a good indicator that this could be good for the future London Red
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8:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

chrystovski says...

Matt is a hella of player and Boremuff have a real gem for peanuts.

I just don't like the lack of communication from the current or new regime, this takeover leaves a bitter taste in the mouth against everyone involved...I just hope it's not a sign of things to come.
Matt is a hella of player and Boremuff have a real gem for peanuts. I just don't like the lack of communication from the current or new regime, this takeover leaves a bitter taste in the mouth against everyone involved...I just hope it's not a sign of things to come. chrystovski
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8:27am Thu 31 Jan 13

AFCBExile says...

I'm not going to gloat about the signing of Ritchie like some of the other idiots from our club that have been on this forum but the facts make it look pretty worrying for you guys.

We wanted him lasy year even allegedly offering over a £1M for him but were told very forcefully to go away. This time we make an offer of £400k and our hands seem to be snapped off.

Black has been replaced but I can't believe he has writen-off the £10M that he is owed. So how is he going to get some of his money back? My guess is through the sale of players. Has the new Consortium bought out the old debt of £13M I might be wrong but to be honest what is in it for them?

Like us you don't own your own ground so you can't sell the land and build a new out of town stadium. So the only way for Black to get some of his money back is to sell the clubs assets; i.e. the players. We have been through this when we reached the L1 play-offs and EH had the whole side sold off to pay off our debts. The difference is for us at the moment we've got the rich Russian who is splashing the cash. How long that will last is anybodys guess and I dread the day when he gets bored.

I genuinely hope that this all ends well for you and we resume rivalries in the Championship next season. But unfortunately I feel that this could be a long day for you with a number of players going out the door. I hope that PdC sticks with you during the more challenging times as it's easier to be a good manager with plenty of money. Let's see if he is as good when he has to operate on a tighter budget.

Good luck for the rest of the season and I hope that it ends well fo you.

PS. To the bloke that said Ritchie siginig for Bournemouth was as likely as him playing for Barcelona in the Nou Camp. What's your squad number as I'll keep an eye out for you on SKy Sports!!
I'm not going to gloat about the signing of Ritchie like some of the other idiots from our club that have been on this forum but the facts make it look pretty worrying for you guys. We wanted him lasy year even allegedly offering over a £1M for him but were told very forcefully to go away. This time we make an offer of £400k and our hands seem to be snapped off. Black has been replaced but I can't believe he has writen-off the £10M that he is owed. So how is he going to get some of his money back? My guess is through the sale of players. Has the new Consortium bought out the old debt of £13M I might be wrong but to be honest what is in it for them? Like us you don't own your own ground so you can't sell the land and build a new out of town stadium. So the only way for Black to get some of his money back is to sell the clubs assets; i.e. the players. We have been through this when we reached the L1 play-offs and EH had the whole side sold off to pay off our debts. The difference is for us at the moment we've got the rich Russian who is splashing the cash. How long that will last is anybodys guess and I dread the day when he gets bored. I genuinely hope that this all ends well for you and we resume rivalries in the Championship next season. But unfortunately I feel that this could be a long day for you with a number of players going out the door. I hope that PdC sticks with you during the more challenging times as it's easier to be a good manager with plenty of money. Let's see if he is as good when he has to operate on a tighter budget. Good luck for the rest of the season and I hope that it ends well fo you. PS. To the bloke that said Ritchie siginig for Bournemouth was as likely as him playing for Barcelona in the Nou Camp. What's your squad number as I'll keep an eye out for you on SKy Sports!! AFCBExile
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8:30am Thu 31 Jan 13

John Young's Grumpy says...

Listening to BBC Wilts this morning, there are a lot of angry fans out there who are not going to come to games anymore and are cutting up there season tickets.

Why? Yes we have just lost one of our best players and yes the price tag seems way under value, but he has gone. It is not the first time a badthing has happened to the club and probably not the last. I agree with those posters who see that MR probably jumped at a uncertain time - or had to go to provide a financial cushion. Whatever there will be a reason and it will become clear.

What is more important is STFC is bigger than a player, it is bigger than a Baord or Owner or, dare I say it, any one manager.

STFC is a family and the lifeblood is its fans. We need to be part of the club and support it and keep it alive. How many of us have had family issues or a crisis and what did we do? Did we turn our back, or rant and scream and shout, or walk away? No, we rally round, we care. We may have to offer tough love and frank advice but we stay loyal.

Come on guys and gals - lets try to be patient and wait this thing out. Lets us not over react - until it is time to do so. STFC has been around a long time and through good and bad times the reason I have kept going is my extended family of friends - as well as the footie.

Crossing evrything and hoping all turns out for the best. COYR!
Listening to BBC Wilts this morning, there are a lot of angry fans out there who are not going to come to games anymore and are cutting up there season tickets. Why? Yes we have just lost one of our best players and yes the price tag seems way under value, but he has gone. It is not the first time a badthing has happened to the club and probably not the last. I agree with those posters who see that MR probably jumped at a uncertain time - or had to go to provide a financial cushion. Whatever there will be a reason and it will become clear. What is more important is STFC is bigger than a player, it is bigger than a Baord or Owner or, dare I say it, any one manager. STFC is a family and the lifeblood is its fans. We need to be part of the club and support it and keep it alive. How many of us have had family issues or a crisis and what did we do? Did we turn our back, or rant and scream and shout, or walk away? No, we rally round, we care. We may have to offer tough love and frank advice but we stay loyal. Come on guys and gals - lets try to be patient and wait this thing out. Lets us not over react - until it is time to do so. STFC has been around a long time and through good and bad times the reason I have kept going is my extended family of friends - as well as the footie. Crossing evrything and hoping all turns out for the best. COYR! John Young's Grumpy
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8:53am Thu 31 Jan 13

bradley red 1 says...

This does not make any sense to me at all,this sale surely has not been agreed by the manager and perhaps ritchie has been shoved out cause why would he want to go to bournemouth? the only thing i can make of it is that the timing suggests the new consortium wanted this sale along with andrew black,i have a negative and uneasy view of this new consortium already something does not feel right,interesting to see who else departs today and how long di canio will stay around,dissapointing and not the right indications from a new consortium with ambition but the only one with the power to authorise this sale is andrew black!"! until we all know who the members are and there intentions i will remain concerned for the future of the club.
This does not make any sense to me at all,this sale surely has not been agreed by the manager and perhaps ritchie has been shoved out cause why would he want to go to bournemouth? the only thing i can make of it is that the timing suggests the new consortium wanted this sale along with andrew black,i have a negative and uneasy view of this new consortium already something does not feel right,interesting to see who else departs today and how long di canio will stay around,dissapointing and not the right indications from a new consortium with ambition but the only one with the power to authorise this sale is andrew black!"! until we all know who the members are and there intentions i will remain concerned for the future of the club. bradley red 1
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9:00am Thu 31 Jan 13

Oxon-Red says...

I mentioned this last night and felt it should be said again. When my daughter informed me of the sale of Matt she said it was being reported that we had to sell due to a letter sent to all clubs saying our players were available and reasonable offer had to be accepted.

It is interesting that Bournemouth made an offer very shortly after the announcement of the buy out. I suspect they have pulled a fast one and taken advantage of the take over not having been ratified.

Not saying this is 100% but she would not have been able to make this up.

Before we blame the new owners we should, possibly, bear this in mind as it seems to be the sort of underhand business that their charming chairman would do.

Time to get behind the club and move forward. If the debt has been completely wiped we should not be in this position again and that has to be a good thing.

Ripping up tickets is not the way forward.

COYMR
I mentioned this last night and felt it should be said again. When my daughter informed me of the sale of Matt she said it was being reported that we had to sell due to a letter sent to all clubs saying our players were available and reasonable offer had to be accepted. It is interesting that Bournemouth made an offer very shortly after the announcement of the buy out. I suspect they have pulled a fast one and taken advantage of the take over not having been ratified. Not saying this is 100% but she would not have been able to make this up. Before we blame the new owners we should, possibly, bear this in mind as it seems to be the sort of underhand business that their charming chairman would do. Time to get behind the club and move forward. If the debt has been completely wiped we should not be in this position again and that has to be a good thing. Ripping up tickets is not the way forward. COYMR Oxon-Red
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9:02am Thu 31 Jan 13

LeGod says...

john's young grumpy - Yes we are bloody upset as we have sold a valuable assett to a rival L1 team for peanuts. If the club has serious ambition he wouldnt have been sold but if you do why sell to a rival team and for mickey mouse money.

The sale of the club had been done and to stave off Bournemouth surely the funds could be found to keep Ritchie. If the new owner have got serious money why oh why did this happen.

We have just shot ourselves massively in the foot and wouldnt be surprised now if we get a negative result at Crawley.

PDC will be hacked of and wouldnt be surprised if it was done intentionally to do that so he walks.

we need to keep the rest of this squad together now and add a couple of players otherwise to me all the talk of wanting championship football is all bull***t

Not happy at all and feel weve been taken for a complete ride.

what is it with this club everytime things start going well it blows up in our face.

it would be nice that at some time we could have some honourable owners who tell us the truth and the real facts about our club. So it seems to me the article in the mail was spot on yesterday.

I've been a town fan for a long long time and we have one of the best managers and best chances for a long time to get to the championship and we have just torn it apart and given advantage to all our rivals especially Bournemouth who are a smaller club, smaller ground,smaller crowds but with a rich russian who is ambitious - but are we ?? the manager certainly is but i have my doubts about the board after this debacle that has gone on.

Seems to me AB has done a quick getaway and couldnt give a toss really about the club. What has been done has not been in the best interest of the club whatsoever
john's young grumpy - Yes we are bloody upset as we have sold a valuable assett to a rival L1 team for peanuts. If the club has serious ambition he wouldnt have been sold but if you do why sell to a rival team and for mickey mouse money. The sale of the club had been done and to stave off Bournemouth surely the funds could be found to keep Ritchie. If the new owner have got serious money why oh why did this happen. We have just shot ourselves massively in the foot and wouldnt be surprised now if we get a negative result at Crawley. PDC will be hacked of and wouldnt be surprised if it was done intentionally to do that so he walks. we need to keep the rest of this squad together now and add a couple of players otherwise to me all the talk of wanting championship football is all bull***t Not happy at all and feel weve been taken for a complete ride. what is it with this club everytime things start going well it blows up in our face. it would be nice that at some time we could have some honourable owners who tell us the truth and the real facts about our club. So it seems to me the article in the mail was spot on yesterday. I've been a town fan for a long long time and we have one of the best managers and best chances for a long time to get to the championship and we have just torn it apart and given advantage to all our rivals especially Bournemouth who are a smaller club, smaller ground,smaller crowds but with a rich russian who is ambitious - but are we ?? the manager certainly is but i have my doubts about the board after this debacle that has gone on. Seems to me AB has done a quick getaway and couldnt give a toss really about the club. What has been done has not been in the best interest of the club whatsoever LeGod
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9:03am Thu 31 Jan 13

SurreyRobinZ says...

Absolutely gutted, but maybe this is an opportunity for Miles Storey to step up to the plate....?
Absolutely gutted, but maybe this is an opportunity for Miles Storey to step up to the plate....? SurreyRobinZ
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9:06am Thu 31 Jan 13

Davethered says...

By all accounts swindon sent a fax out to all clubs stating every player was for sale as the administration team was waiting to come in.
If this sale has paid the wages for the next few months then so be it.
We don't know what the new owners are going to do in the coming weeks , let's just hope we've still got a club to support , for a while it's back to the bad old day's , but things can turn around very quickly in football. Now's the time to stick together and give as much support to the team and manager as possible, all's not lost be possitive , we've been through it before and we'll go through it again. COME ON YOU RED'S
By all accounts swindon sent a fax out to all clubs stating every player was for sale as the administration team was waiting to come in. If this sale has paid the wages for the next few months then so be it. We don't know what the new owners are going to do in the coming weeks , let's just hope we've still got a club to support , for a while it's back to the bad old day's , but things can turn around very quickly in football. Now's the time to stick together and give as much support to the team and manager as possible, all's not lost be possitive , we've been through it before and we'll go through it again. COME ON YOU RED'S Davethered
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9:09am Thu 31 Jan 13

RedhillPete says...

As a Cherries fan, echo AFCB exile above. Very surprised we got Ritchie, (having bought another promising winger Ryan Fraser just two weeks ago) - refelects your current situation. Price for us is brilliant business, but clearly not for you & I see Pompey get £40k of it. However if it helped avoid Administartion, long term may be worthwhile.

Like you in recent time we are enjoying the ride, with a wealthy Russian, but realise what could be in the shadows if he loses interest, ala yourselves or even worse Pompey. (As posted above, I have no idea how we clear the Wage Cap on our current ground capacity).

Today will be a long day for you until Window shuts and you know who you have lost, or even gained - also loan window I believe re-opens in a week. If PDC can keep his cool, he still has the charisma to attract in decent replacements - given the funds. (We need to clear out some over capacity, wouldnt surprise me if someone comes your way in return).

Any thing which weakens a promotion challenger is of course good news for us, but other than this good luck for the rest of the season!
As a Cherries fan, echo AFCB exile above. Very surprised we got Ritchie, (having bought another promising winger Ryan Fraser just two weeks ago) - refelects your current situation. Price for us is brilliant business, but clearly not for you & I see Pompey get £40k of it. However if it helped avoid Administartion, long term may be worthwhile. Like you in recent time we are enjoying the ride, with a wealthy Russian, but realise what could be in the shadows if he loses interest, ala yourselves or even worse Pompey. (As posted above, I have no idea how we clear the Wage Cap on our current ground capacity). Today will be a long day for you until Window shuts and you know who you have lost, or even gained - also loan window I believe re-opens in a week. If PDC can keep his cool, he still has the charisma to attract in decent replacements - given the funds. (We need to clear out some over capacity, wouldnt surprise me if someone comes your way in return). Any thing which weakens a promotion challenger is of course good news for us, but other than this good luck for the rest of the season! RedhillPete
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9:13am Thu 31 Jan 13

Wilesy says...

Regardless of any incomings or outgoings today, or any reasons why, the sale of Ritchie at a third of his value is one of the poorest pieces of STFC business I can remember.

Whether it was down to the old regime, the new regime, or a joint decision I don't care, but we have basically given away about £800,000.

On one hand we are told that we will not be left in the lurch from any takeover and the new people want Championship football asap. Then the action is taken to give away the best player to a rival when 3rd in the league and in great form.

To a lesser extent I was suprised we gave away top scorer Connell for nothing, and also paid up Risser's contract in full, but this is unbelievable.
Regardless of any incomings or outgoings today, or any reasons why, the sale of Ritchie at a third of his value is one of the poorest pieces of STFC business I can remember. Whether it was down to the old regime, the new regime, or a joint decision I don't care, but we have basically given away about £800,000. On one hand we are told that we will not be left in the lurch from any takeover and the new people want Championship football asap. Then the action is taken to give away the best player to a rival when 3rd in the league and in great form. To a lesser extent I was suprised we gave away top scorer Connell for nothing, and also paid up Risser's contract in full, but this is unbelievable. Wilesy
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9:19am Thu 31 Jan 13

London Red says...

If Portsmouth got £40k which is 30% of our profit that means we have only made £135k profit
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I thought we signed him for £250k - so that means he was sold for £385k!
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Or we paid Pompey £365k for him
.
Either way the numbers don't stack up
If Portsmouth got £40k which is 30% of our profit that means we have only made £135k profit . I thought we signed him for £250k - so that means he was sold for £385k! . Or we paid Pompey £365k for him . Either way the numbers don't stack up London Red
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9:20am Thu 31 Jan 13

madterrier says...

Clunge and Med Red hit the spot.

Black decided, suddenly, that he was not prepared to fund operating losses any more. That's the 'things have changed' issue that Paolo referred to a couple of months back. Just that the board didn't come clean.

Ritchie was sold to keep the club solvent. Whether it's enough we will find out today.

It would have been the Board's decision (i.e. Black), not the new owners. But clearly it demonstrates the new owners do not have a pot to **** in, otherwise they would have raised the £400,000-500,000 to keep Ritchie. He's worth far more than that. Hell, if I could raise the money I would have bought Ritchie for £500,000 and sold him for £1 million in the summer.

I'm afraid that Paolo's spending, player contract pay-offs and Phil Spencer's fees have caught up with us. While Black was prepared to finance the shortfall, it could carry on. But once he decided he'd had enough, the operating loss had to be dealt with.

Black's timing has been crap. The club could have sold Ritchie for much more four weeks ago, had they kept things calmer. But Patey spouting off alerted clubs to a potential fire sale. Similarly, had Black decided to sell the club a while ago and done it more discretely, he might have had more potential buyers to choose from. I don't think he needed to sack Wray and appoint Patey as Chairman. He could just have paid a consultant/intermedi
ary to seek out new buyers behind the scenes.

It's all been handled very badly indeed, and has cost us one of the best players we've had in recent years.
Clunge and Med Red hit the spot. Black decided, suddenly, that he was not prepared to fund operating losses any more. That's the 'things have changed' issue that Paolo referred to a couple of months back. Just that the board didn't come clean. Ritchie was sold to keep the club solvent. Whether it's enough we will find out today. It would have been the Board's decision (i.e. Black), not the new owners. But clearly it demonstrates the new owners do not have a pot to **** in, otherwise they would have raised the £400,000-500,000 to keep Ritchie. He's worth far more than that. Hell, if I could raise the money I would have bought Ritchie for £500,000 and sold him for £1 million in the summer. I'm afraid that Paolo's spending, player contract pay-offs and Phil Spencer's fees have caught up with us. While Black was prepared to finance the shortfall, it could carry on. But once he decided he'd had enough, the operating loss had to be dealt with. Black's timing has been crap. The club could have sold Ritchie for much more four weeks ago, had they kept things calmer. But Patey spouting off alerted clubs to a potential fire sale. Similarly, had Black decided to sell the club a while ago and done it more discretely, he might have had more potential buyers to choose from. I don't think he needed to sack Wray and appoint Patey as Chairman. He could just have paid a consultant/intermedi ary to seek out new buyers behind the scenes. It's all been handled very badly indeed, and has cost us one of the best players we've had in recent years. madterrier
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9:24am Thu 31 Jan 13

Stilloyal says...

Stop worrying, Wright -Phillips is far better than Ritchie and if we get short of a bob or two he can go nicking purses.
Stop worrying, Wright -Phillips is far better than Ritchie and if we get short of a bob or two he can go nicking purses. Stilloyal
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9:28am Thu 31 Jan 13

peatmoor pirate says...

madterrier wrote:
Clunge and Med Red hit the spot.

Black decided, suddenly, that he was not prepared to fund operating losses any more. That's the 'things have changed' issue that Paolo referred to a couple of months back. Just that the board didn't come clean.

Ritchie was sold to keep the club solvent. Whether it's enough we will find out today.

It would have been the Board's decision (i.e. Black), not the new owners. But clearly it demonstrates the new owners do not have a pot to **** in, otherwise they would have raised the £400,000-500,000 to keep Ritchie. He's worth far more than that. Hell, if I could raise the money I would have bought Ritchie for £500,000 and sold him for £1 million in the summer.

I'm afraid that Paolo's spending, player contract pay-offs and Phil Spencer's fees have caught up with us. While Black was prepared to finance the shortfall, it could carry on. But once he decided he'd had enough, the operating loss had to be dealt with.

Black's timing has been crap. The club could have sold Ritchie for much more four weeks ago, had they kept things calmer. But Patey spouting off alerted clubs to a potential fire sale. Similarly, had Black decided to sell the club a while ago and done it more discretely, he might have had more potential buyers to choose from. I don't think he needed to sack Wray and appoint Patey as Chairman. He could just have paid a consultant/intermedi

ary to seek out new buyers behind the scenes.

It's all been handled very badly indeed, and has cost us one of the best players we've had in recent years.
Have to agree about Patey's contribution here. I thought the bloke was a diplomat. I'm thinking of giving him a ring and seeing if he fancies a game of poker; clearly he is incapable of keeping his cards close to hs chest. Whilst I suspect that we have sailed very very close to the wind here in terms of going back into administration etc, it is such a shame when we are so close to havng a real promotion push. The future is very uncertain but the silence of the new owners is worrying. Fearing the bad old days are returning ( madterrier's point abut £400k being a small ampunt to be a sticking point is very well made) but sincerely hope I'm proven wrong. I've been a town fan for 39 years now and it never seems to get any easier does it?
[quote][p][bold]madterrier[/bold] wrote: Clunge and Med Red hit the spot. Black decided, suddenly, that he was not prepared to fund operating losses any more. That's the 'things have changed' issue that Paolo referred to a couple of months back. Just that the board didn't come clean. Ritchie was sold to keep the club solvent. Whether it's enough we will find out today. It would have been the Board's decision (i.e. Black), not the new owners. But clearly it demonstrates the new owners do not have a pot to **** in, otherwise they would have raised the £400,000-500,000 to keep Ritchie. He's worth far more than that. Hell, if I could raise the money I would have bought Ritchie for £500,000 and sold him for £1 million in the summer. I'm afraid that Paolo's spending, player contract pay-offs and Phil Spencer's fees have caught up with us. While Black was prepared to finance the shortfall, it could carry on. But once he decided he'd had enough, the operating loss had to be dealt with. Black's timing has been crap. The club could have sold Ritchie for much more four weeks ago, had they kept things calmer. But Patey spouting off alerted clubs to a potential fire sale. Similarly, had Black decided to sell the club a while ago and done it more discretely, he might have had more potential buyers to choose from. I don't think he needed to sack Wray and appoint Patey as Chairman. He could just have paid a consultant/intermedi ary to seek out new buyers behind the scenes. It's all been handled very badly indeed, and has cost us one of the best players we've had in recent years.[/p][/quote]Have to agree about Patey's contribution here. I thought the bloke was a diplomat. I'm thinking of giving him a ring and seeing if he fancies a game of poker; clearly he is incapable of keeping his cards close to hs chest. Whilst I suspect that we have sailed very very close to the wind here in terms of going back into administration etc, it is such a shame when we are so close to havng a real promotion push. The future is very uncertain but the silence of the new owners is worrying. Fearing the bad old days are returning ( madterrier's point abut £400k being a small ampunt to be a sticking point is very well made) but sincerely hope I'm proven wrong. I've been a town fan for 39 years now and it never seems to get any easier does it? peatmoor pirate
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9:50am Thu 31 Jan 13

hertz says...

Someone on page 1 of my 2013 had to go they always do , it was rumoured it would be Aden looksd like he is staying but now we know its Matt , He has been a great servant to the club and I wish him well , we talked about this at Orient the other night , he was busy enough but he has lost that cutting edge he used to have and his corners are'nt what they used to be , we will survive COYR
Someone on page 1 of my 2013 had to go they always do , it was rumoured it would be Aden looksd like he is staying but now we know its Matt , He has been a great servant to the club and I wish him well , we talked about this at Orient the other night , he was busy enough but he has lost that cutting edge he used to have and his corners are'nt what they used to be , we will survive COYR hertz
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9:55am Thu 31 Jan 13

Wilesy says...

Stilloyal wrote:
Stop worrying, Wright -Phillips is far better than Ritchie and if we get short of a bob or two he can go nicking purses.
Will need to nick quite a few purses to make up the money lost on Ritchie....
[quote][p][bold]Stilloyal[/bold] wrote: Stop worrying, Wright -Phillips is far better than Ritchie and if we get short of a bob or two he can go nicking purses.[/p][/quote]Will need to nick quite a few purses to make up the money lost on Ritchie.... Wilesy
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10:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

Oxon-Red wrote:
I mentioned this last night and felt it should be said again. When my daughter informed me of the sale of Matt she said it was being reported that we had to sell due to a letter sent to all clubs saying our players were available and reasonable offer had to be accepted.

It is interesting that Bournemouth made an offer very shortly after the announcement of the buy out. I suspect they have pulled a fast one and taken advantage of the take over not having been ratified.

Not saying this is 100% but she would not have been able to make this up.

Before we blame the new owners we should, possibly, bear this in mind as it seems to be the sort of underhand business that their charming chairman would do.

Time to get behind the club and move forward. If the debt has been completely wiped we should not be in this position again and that has to be a good thing.

Ripping up tickets is not the way forward.

COYMR
Agreed - this is not the new buyers and cutting up season tickets is only going to impact on one person - the club already have your money and when we play our matches in April to secure promotion it will not be STFC who have to find the money to pay for a ticket on the day.
....
There are so many potential story lines here but asset stripping isn't one of them.
....
Selling Ritchie to fund us through February in case the deal was not completed on time is far more likely and the cheap price being down to the fact that they paid cash up front is likely to be the basis of it.
[quote][p][bold]Oxon-Red[/bold] wrote: I mentioned this last night and felt it should be said again. When my daughter informed me of the sale of Matt she said it was being reported that we had to sell due to a letter sent to all clubs saying our players were available and reasonable offer had to be accepted. It is interesting that Bournemouth made an offer very shortly after the announcement of the buy out. I suspect they have pulled a fast one and taken advantage of the take over not having been ratified. Not saying this is 100% but she would not have been able to make this up. Before we blame the new owners we should, possibly, bear this in mind as it seems to be the sort of underhand business that their charming chairman would do. Time to get behind the club and move forward. If the debt has been completely wiped we should not be in this position again and that has to be a good thing. Ripping up tickets is not the way forward. COYMR[/p][/quote]Agreed - this is not the new buyers and cutting up season tickets is only going to impact on one person - the club already have your money and when we play our matches in April to secure promotion it will not be STFC who have to find the money to pay for a ticket on the day. .... There are so many potential story lines here but asset stripping isn't one of them. .... Selling Ritchie to fund us through February in case the deal was not completed on time is far more likely and the cheap price being down to the fact that they paid cash up front is likely to be the basis of it. SAPFanSTFC
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10:12am Thu 31 Jan 13

The-Swindon-Man says...

Gutted is an understatement
Gutted is an understatement The-Swindon-Man
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10:18am Thu 31 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

nosyrudeman wrote:
Players/managers/boa

rds come and go in football, but fans can't change their allegiance. No one player is bigger than the club. Seems to me that MR walked very very easily. Nice place to live, you are having a laugh. Bet he won't live in Bournemouth, he'll live in or around his home town which is Gosport. 50 odd miles away. As much as I liked him as a player, if he does not want to be here, well I don't want him here. As for the joke of a price, that is what happens when the A word is bandied about, because that'as when the vultures swoop with paltry offers, knowing we are desperate. What I find disturbing is the timing of Blacks wanting to get out. After all the great work he and his fellow backers had put into our club, it just seems he has pressed the self destruct button and plunge the club back to despair. Who is next to leave?

We need a full and frank statement from both the outgoing and incoming boards. I have been watching STFC since 1961 and nothing ever surprises me anymore. I felt sick to the stomach last night when the MR story broke, and I feel worse today, waiting to who is going to leave while we are 3rd in the league.
I take it you've never been to Gosport!
[quote][p][bold]nosyrudeman[/bold] wrote: Players/managers/boa rds come and go in football, but fans can't change their allegiance. No one player is bigger than the club. Seems to me that MR walked very very easily. Nice place to live, you are having a laugh. Bet he won't live in Bournemouth, he'll live in or around his home town which is Gosport. 50 odd miles away. As much as I liked him as a player, if he does not want to be here, well I don't want him here. As for the joke of a price, that is what happens when the A word is bandied about, because that'as when the vultures swoop with paltry offers, knowing we are desperate. What I find disturbing is the timing of Blacks wanting to get out. After all the great work he and his fellow backers had put into our club, it just seems he has pressed the self destruct button and plunge the club back to despair. Who is next to leave? We need a full and frank statement from both the outgoing and incoming boards. I have been watching STFC since 1961 and nothing ever surprises me anymore. I felt sick to the stomach last night when the MR story broke, and I feel worse today, waiting to who is going to leave while we are 3rd in the league.[/p][/quote]I take it you've never been to Gosport! Piston_Broke
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10:31am Thu 31 Jan 13

Piston_Broke says...

LeGod wrote:
john's young grumpy - Yes we are bloody upset as we have sold a valuable assett to a rival L1 team for peanuts. If the club has serious ambition he wouldnt have been sold but if you do why sell to a rival team and for mickey mouse money.

The sale of the club had been done and to stave off Bournemouth surely the funds could be found to keep Ritchie. If the new owner have got serious money why oh why did this happen.

We have just shot ourselves massively in the foot and wouldnt be surprised now if we get a negative result at Crawley.

PDC will be hacked of and wouldnt be surprised if it was done intentionally to do that so he walks.

we need to keep the rest of this squad together now and add a couple of players otherwise to me all the talk of wanting championship football is all bull***t

Not happy at all and feel weve been taken for a complete ride.

what is it with this club everytime things start going well it blows up in our face.

it would be nice that at some time we could have some honourable owners who tell us the truth and the real facts about our club. So it seems to me the article in the mail was spot on yesterday.

I've been a town fan for a long long time and we have one of the best managers and best chances for a long time to get to the championship and we have just torn it apart and given advantage to all our rivals especially Bournemouth who are a smaller club, smaller ground,smaller crowds but with a rich russian who is ambitious - but are we ?? the manager certainly is but i have my doubts about the board after this debacle that has gone on.

Seems to me AB has done a quick getaway and couldnt give a toss really about the club. What has been done has not been in the best interest of the club whatsoever
Size isn't everything, sweetie!
[quote][p][bold]LeGod[/bold] wrote: john's young grumpy - Yes we are bloody upset as we have sold a valuable assett to a rival L1 team for peanuts. If the club has serious ambition he wouldnt have been sold but if you do why sell to a rival team and for mickey mouse money. The sale of the club had been done and to stave off Bournemouth surely the funds could be found to keep Ritchie. If the new owner have got serious money why oh why did this happen. We have just shot ourselves massively in the foot and wouldnt be surprised now if we get a negative result at Crawley. PDC will be hacked of and wouldnt be surprised if it was done intentionally to do that so he walks. we need to keep the rest of this squad together now and add a couple of players otherwise to me all the talk of wanting championship football is all bull***t Not happy at all and feel weve been taken for a complete ride. what is it with this club everytime things start going well it blows up in our face. it would be nice that at some time we could have some honourable owners who tell us the truth and the real facts about our club. So it seems to me the article in the mail was spot on yesterday. I've been a town fan for a long long time and we have one of the best managers and best chances for a long time to get to the championship and we have just torn it apart and given advantage to all our rivals especially Bournemouth who are a smaller club, smaller ground,smaller crowds but with a rich russian who is ambitious - but are we ?? the manager certainly is but i have my doubts about the board after this debacle that has gone on. Seems to me AB has done a quick getaway and couldnt give a toss really about the club. What has been done has not been in the best interest of the club whatsoever[/p][/quote]Size isn't everything, sweetie! Piston_Broke
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10:44am Thu 31 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

Since 1950 wrote:
I don't like this one little bit!

New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts.

I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are.

Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo?

Do I not like this!
Did the new investors sell him?
Ritchie did not seem to know on his interview on a Bournemouth radio station yesterday.
Like someone has said he had a contract and could have stayed,he knew his place in the team was safe!
Myself i think it is a good price.
[quote][p][bold]Since 1950[/bold] wrote: I don't like this one little bit! New 'investors' and the first thing they do is to sell, within hours of taking over, arguably our prize asset and best player, to one of our promotion rivals - and for peanuts. I did warn yestetday that we should wait and see who the new consortiums money men were and what their motives are. Well, there can't be much money if we have to sell Ritchie to pay the wages this month who's next out the door - Paolo? Do I not like this![/p][/quote]Did the new investors sell him? Ritchie did not seem to know on his interview on a Bournemouth radio station yesterday. Like someone has said he had a contract and could have stayed,he knew his place in the team was safe! Myself i think it is a good price. swwindon61uk
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10:51am Thu 31 Jan 13

eddyxx says...

read between the lines on ritchie going, i think hes panicked and jumped ship and bournmouth have pulled a fast one and fair play to them. The sale to this particular consortium is the right deal for the club at this moment maybe because they could complete quickly or because they have ambitions yet to be revealed. The other deals could have been potentialy better for the club but would have taken longer and potentially forced admin on the club which would be a disaster. by the end of today the picture will become clear on whether the squad is sold on to fund the club indicating the consortium has no dosh or they will stand firm on championship football asap which means keep this squad together and invest in it which means they have the dosh, either way a statement of championship football asap can only be achieved with financial backing and suggests all may not be as bad as it seems. time will tell
read between the lines on ritchie going, i think hes panicked and jumped ship and bournmouth have pulled a fast one and fair play to them. The sale to this particular consortium is the right deal for the club at this moment maybe because they could complete quickly or because they have ambitions yet to be revealed. The other deals could have been potentialy better for the club but would have taken longer and potentially forced admin on the club which would be a disaster. by the end of today the picture will become clear on whether the squad is sold on to fund the club indicating the consortium has no dosh or they will stand firm on championship football asap which means keep this squad together and invest in it which means they have the dosh, either way a statement of championship football asap can only be achieved with financial backing and suggests all may not be as bad as it seems. time will tell eddyxx
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11:10am Thu 31 Jan 13

STFC Higworth says...

may be Richie could help us. How many promotion rivals do Bournmouth have to play??? Not us any more thats for certain.

Also if Matt Richie had got injured for 6 months would that of been season over??? If so a little worrying relying on one player so much!!
may be Richie could help us. How many promotion rivals do Bournmouth have to play??? Not us any more thats for certain. Also if Matt Richie had got injured for 6 months would that of been season over??? If so a little worrying relying on one player so much!! STFC Higworth
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11:17am Thu 31 Jan 13

Psychedelic Syd says...

Idiotic. Unbelievable. What kind of ambition or business awareness does this show? Virtually a free transfer by the time Portsmouth have their pound of flesh. Who have we got to replace him? Caddis to come back as a right winger? Nonsensical. Feel gutted by this, who on earth sanctioned it?
Idiotic. Unbelievable. What kind of ambition or business awareness does this show? Virtually a free transfer by the time Portsmouth have their pound of flesh. Who have we got to replace him? Caddis to come back as a right winger? Nonsensical. Feel gutted by this, who on earth sanctioned it? Psychedelic Syd
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11:35am Thu 31 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

STFC Higworth wrote:
may be Richie could help us. How many promotion rivals do Bournmouth have to play??? Not us any more thats for certain.

Also if Matt Richie had got injured for 6 months would that of been season over??? If so a little worrying relying on one player so much!!
If we had to rely solely on Matt we would be in trouble indeed.
Hope Bournemouth have a decent right back!
[quote][p][bold]STFC Higworth[/bold] wrote: may be Richie could help us. How many promotion rivals do Bournmouth have to play??? Not us any more thats for certain. Also if Matt Richie had got injured for 6 months would that of been season over??? If so a little worrying relying on one player so much!![/p][/quote]If we had to rely solely on Matt we would be in trouble indeed. Hope Bournemouth have a decent right back! swwindon61uk
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11:36am Thu 31 Jan 13

swindonbob says...

Soaked to the skin at Bournemouth, drenched at Leyton, cancelled trip to Crawley. I've lost my passion for the club now.
Soaked to the skin at Bournemouth, drenched at Leyton, cancelled trip to Crawley. I've lost my passion for the club now. swindonbob
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11:38am Thu 31 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

Psychedelic Syd wrote:
Idiotic. Unbelievable. What kind of ambition or business awareness does this show? Virtually a free transfer by the time Portsmouth have their pound of flesh. Who have we got to replace him? Caddis to come back as a right winger? Nonsensical. Feel gutted by this, who on earth sanctioned it?
Forgot to add Matt could have just said "i am staying i have a contract".
Saying that i still want to know what triggered this.
PDC must have had to be told before hand surely?
[quote][p][bold]Psychedelic Syd[/bold] wrote: Idiotic. Unbelievable. What kind of ambition or business awareness does this show? Virtually a free transfer by the time Portsmouth have their pound of flesh. Who have we got to replace him? Caddis to come back as a right winger? Nonsensical. Feel gutted by this, who on earth sanctioned it?[/p][/quote]Forgot to add Matt could have just said "i am staying i have a contract". Saying that i still want to know what triggered this. PDC must have had to be told before hand surely? swwindon61uk
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12:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

BorisIsTheSpider says...

eddyxx wrote:
read between the lines on ritchie going, i think hes panicked and jumped ship and bournmouth have pulled a fast one and fair play to them. The sale to this particular consortium is the right deal for the club at this moment maybe because they could complete quickly or because they have ambitions yet to be revealed. The other deals could have been potentialy better for the club but would have taken longer and potentially forced admin on the club which would be a disaster. by the end of today the picture will become clear on whether the squad is sold on to fund the club indicating the consortium has no dosh or they will stand firm on championship football asap which means keep this squad together and invest in it which means they have the dosh, either way a statement of championship football asap can only be achieved with financial backing and suggests all may not be as bad as it seems. time will tell
Eddy, completely agree. You put my thoughts into words. The new consortium said they did not want to sell MR, so it's down to either the player or the previous owner. For all the talk of lack of ambition I think getting Marlon Pack will soften the blow a little and possibly demonstrate that it was not the new owners but the old who wanted the money for MR.
[quote][p][bold]eddyxx[/bold] wrote: read between the lines on ritchie going, i think hes panicked and jumped ship and bournmouth have pulled a fast one and fair play to them. The sale to this particular consortium is the right deal for the club at this moment maybe because they could complete quickly or because they have ambitions yet to be revealed. The other deals could have been potentialy better for the club but would have taken longer and potentially forced admin on the club which would be a disaster. by the end of today the picture will become clear on whether the squad is sold on to fund the club indicating the consortium has no dosh or they will stand firm on championship football asap which means keep this squad together and invest in it which means they have the dosh, either way a statement of championship football asap can only be achieved with financial backing and suggests all may not be as bad as it seems. time will tell[/p][/quote]Eddy, completely agree. You put my thoughts into words. The new consortium said they did not want to sell MR, so it's down to either the player or the previous owner. For all the talk of lack of ambition I think getting Marlon Pack will soften the blow a little and possibly demonstrate that it was not the new owners but the old who wanted the money for MR. BorisIsTheSpider
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12:48pm Thu 31 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

So it turns out it was a joint decision to let Ritchie go,to keep the club running whilst the new consortium gets Football League approval.
Could they have just put in there hands in there pockets just a little longer and keep Ritchie?
It also looks like the transfer was done to allow PDC money to strengthen the squad..
So it turns out it was a joint decision to let Ritchie go,to keep the club running whilst the new consortium gets Football League approval. Could they have just put in there hands in there pockets just a little longer and keep Ritchie? It also looks like the transfer was done to allow PDC money to strengthen the squad.. swwindon61uk
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1:27pm Thu 31 Jan 13

shams69 says...

Maurice Malpas seen leaving the C G ! New owners say they are working to their new 4 year plan. Selling everything off then making a shopping centre with video arcade on the C G site so Maurice can brush up on his Soccer Management skills on FIFA.
Maurice Malpas seen leaving the C G ! New owners say they are working to their new 4 year plan. Selling everything off then making a shopping centre with video arcade on the C G site so Maurice can brush up on his Soccer Management skills on FIFA. shams69
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1:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13

buckobassettboy says...

hertz wrote:
Someone on page 1 of my 2013 had to go they always do , it was rumoured it would be Aden looksd like he is staying but now we know its Matt , He has been a great servant to the club and I wish him well , we talked about this at Orient the other night , he was busy enough but he has lost that cutting edge he used to have and his corners are'nt what they used to be , we will survive COYR
Spot on.I was at Orient too.Living near Colchester does not allow me to see the Town too easily.Matt Ritchie is a good player but not a great player.One dimensional and very left footed.Remember the Wembley disaster against Chesterfield.Their fullback,having done his homework,had Ritchie in his back pocket from the off.You know he always cuts in to favour his left foot so rather than loose his cutting edge he has just been found out.Cuthbert would have given Orient the rundown on him,not that they did't know already.Nevertheless
,it is a huge loss. When Fjortoft went to Middlesborough we all felt a million was too cheap but he drifted into obscurity.Maybe the sale of Ritchie was premature but half a million is about right.Good business,we will survive.If he was that special surely bigger clubs than Bournemouth would have come calling.
[quote][p][bold]hertz[/bold] wrote: Someone on page 1 of my 2013 had to go they always do , it was rumoured it would be Aden looksd like he is staying but now we know its Matt , He has been a great servant to the club and I wish him well , we talked about this at Orient the other night , he was busy enough but he has lost that cutting edge he used to have and his corners are'nt what they used to be , we will survive COYR[/p][/quote]Spot on.I was at Orient too.Living near Colchester does not allow me to see the Town too easily.Matt Ritchie is a good player but not a great player.One dimensional and very left footed.Remember the Wembley disaster against Chesterfield.Their fullback,having done his homework,had Ritchie in his back pocket from the off.You know he always cuts in to favour his left foot so rather than loose his cutting edge he has just been found out.Cuthbert would have given Orient the rundown on him,not that they did't know already.Nevertheless ,it is a huge loss. When Fjortoft went to Middlesborough we all felt a million was too cheap but he drifted into obscurity.Maybe the sale of Ritchie was premature but half a million is about right.Good business,we will survive.If he was that special surely bigger clubs than Bournemouth would have come calling. buckobassettboy
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2:20pm Thu 31 Jan 13

swindonbob says...

Good call buckobassetboy. I've moved on from my earlier disappointment and now I'll take some positives. We still have a club with Paulo still at the helm. If we can get a quality replacement we will still challenge for promotion.
Good call buckobassetboy. I've moved on from my earlier disappointment and now I'll take some positives. We still have a club with Paulo still at the helm. If we can get a quality replacement we will still challenge for promotion. swindonbob
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2:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13

swindonbob says...

Good call buckobassetboy. I've moved on from my earlier disappointment and now I'll take some positives. We still have a club with Paulo still at the helm. If we can get a quality replacement we will still challenge for promotion.
Good call buckobassetboy. I've moved on from my earlier disappointment and now I'll take some positives. We still have a club with Paulo still at the helm. If we can get a quality replacement we will still challenge for promotion. swindonbob
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2:58pm Thu 31 Jan 13

swwindon61uk says...

So it seems like it was the old board behind selling Ritchie.
So it seems like it was the old board behind selling Ritchie. swwindon61uk
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