Are words enough?
Katrien Meire has spoken to us. An update following last week’s supporters meeting was released today on the Official Site. Baby steps and all that.
I am pleased to see that the club followed up from last week and met again with Steve Clarke from the CAST. Now Meire has issued a list of strategic objectives. As I said it is a start.
I do like that they want to engage fans, particularly seeking input from those that were previously involved and successful in other attendance growth initiatives. And also that they want dialogue with a broad spectrum of supporters. I would suggest that Katrien will be surprised with what she will find. Coincidentally many of these people will be people’s father’s, brother’s and boyfriends!
Nonetheless this is very reactive from Meire, no doubt under orders from HQ to sort out the troublemakers. All 2% of us.
And there is a but. There has always been a but since Meire and Duchâtelet walked in the door. A list is nothing more than that is it?
What are the fundamentals, how are we to get to the goal. Ms CEO, what are the metrics that will allow us to be successful in recruitment, retention and trading of players? Do they actually extend beyond friends of Roland?
How is that recruitment process to appoint a Head Coach on a permanent basis going?
What I do know is that Meire is heavily relying on good fortune from the next two games. Two wins and I suspect a lot of those upset with the mismanagement of the club will settle back down. The opposite and words will mean nothing.
Maybe Fraeye will do okay. A couple more Vaz Tê’s are loaned in January and we finish enough points above the relegation zone to avoid a stressful end of the season. Then in the summer a couple of our best players are sold for profit, not enough players are brought in and Fraeye begins the season with promise but an inexperienced and tiny squad. It all goes pear shaped and he is booted out unceremoniously and replaced by another Roland network clone described as the next Alex Ferguson.
Over and over again, the mark of insanity not strategy.