Ownersneed to ponder their future
EVERY club has an owner – and it’s fair to say some are more popular than others. Or, to put it another way, some are more unpopular than others. It makes you ask the question sometimes as to why people decide to take over clubs.
Perhaps it’s for financial gain, though that is rarely the end result, maybe it’s for prestige or publicity. Perhaps in some cases there is a feeling of wanting to give back to the community you’re from.
However, there is no doubt that some owners make a mess of running a club. Fans of Coventry City no doubt feel that way this weekend after seeing their club relegated to the fourth tier for the first time since 1959.
When owners SISU took the reins in 2007, the Sky Blues were in the Championship, but they have now dropped two levels and face an uncertain future.
Winning the Checkatrade Trophy a couple of weeks ago was a momentary respite and shows how much potential the club have.
Leyton Orient fans must also be asking why Francesco Becchetti ever got involved with their club three years ago. It has all been downhill ever since and their relegation out of the EFL could be sealed tomorrow when they host Hartlepool.
From being within a whisker of the Championship before the Italian businessman took over, the O’s are now on the brink.
The club face a winding up petition in June and staff have had to wait to receive their salaries.
Charlton are another club where the trust between owner and fans has completely broken down.
When that happens, there is usually no way back – and a clean break is best for all concerned. That way, the owners, who may well have had good intentions at the outset, can at least depart with a little bit of dignity, and allow the communities they’ve hurt so much to begin the long journey back.