Stuart Dickson Posted August 29, 2012 Report Share Posted August 29, 2012 I'm not convinced we do know their motivation. We've had the sales pitch; however the behaviours have been very different. I have seen no evidence whatsoever of us becoming a "community" orientated club. Under 10000 hrs involvement in the club we have seen the club opt for perceived increase in shirt revenues at the expense of service to the community.....we have seen disabled fans getting charged twice for entry and if the latest rumours are true some of the community development staff have been made redundant. Sid, redundancies are always bad form but you do realise that you do not need to have community development staff on the payroll to engage the local community - don't you? I'm a bit detached from it here now but the NLC football development officers have been using qualified coaches to deliver some of their programme in both schools and in the community for some time now without the need to recruit them directly. The same has been true in other sports like athletics. I've posted about it on here in the past and how it could work if St Mirren were to develop down that route so there is no point in going back over it again. It makes perfect sense at every level, especially financially, for a senior club to tap into the skills, knowledge and expertise of community groups. All it would take is for the senior football club to put together a package that offers the right incentive. Anyway I am digressing from the topic so to get it back on track my view is still that 10000hours is the vehicle fans need to deliver long term security for the club. To give a pish analogy it's like me embarking on a journey to Carlisle without a car. The best way to go would be to either hire a limo or just pay for a taxi but that's going to be prohibitively expensive. I could take the train or the bus but again that will cost money and being a cheapskate I don't want to do that either. I could walk but that would take forever, it takes far more effort and even then I'd run the risk of not completing it cause I've got blisters, or perhaps just cause I've got bored. I could just stay at home and not bother but then I'd never get to Carlisle or I could just thumb a lift hitch hike which might come with the risk of being arse raped but I believe I can look after myself. St Mirren fans appear to me to want to secure their clubs future against the threat of bad influences owning the club but they don't appear to have the finances available to buy the 52% shareholding, they don't appear to have the legal expertise to steer a bid through the various minefields, and they want to do it with as little pain as possible. They've tucked the baseball bat up their sleeve - in the form of a load of direct debits - so why not hitch a ride on the back of someone elses work. You might not be in total control of the vehicle but at least it will get you there. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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