Running a football club like @ASFCofficial has been one of the most challenging jobs I’ve ever done.
I go through massive periods of self doubt..
...how should I run it?
...what issues are important?
...what is the end goal?
...how do we get there?
...what core values are we trying to live by?
...is my paradigm of football correct?
...why am I the only man in the regiment that is in step?
...am I going about it all wrong?
...what if I fail?
...is football right for me?
...am I right for Accrington Stanley?
On an on, more and questions...
We are formed as people by our past experiences and lessons learned whilst a child...
...but is this right for @ASFCofficial ?
...are my personal values, formed..
Studying all the above I believe I’m right, which is why we operate as we do.
And by right, I mean steady sustainable growth, managed budget,
security of long term health of the club, integrated with all local stakeholders..
Believe me I have tried all ways to run businesses and failed a few times.
I know the routes to failure because I’ve travelled them.
Let’s look at the options.
If I put..
What are the reduced odds of relegation?
If we are promoted, what amount is needed then to compete?
An extra £10m? £20m?
So that option is out.
The other option of sustainable slow growth is our only option.
To build a great, the best, community club.
Run in the way our supporters want. A great, the best, day out..
I’m pissed off at the players we’re chasing going to other clubs.
It’s very difficult not to pay the extra to get your man.
This window has been Coley’s worst.
He’s struggled to compete.
...his response is, keep going, we’re building a great club for the town.
Jimmy said, ‘do not let us ruin what we’re creating together’
‘That’s your job Andy’.
‘Our job is to do the best we possibly can with what we’ve got’
That’s what we will continue to do under my stewardship.
A change in the way we work would need a different owner.
It might be more exciting for a while gambling, but when the music stops, everyone pays the price.