Katrien Meire announced her plans for the Target 20,000 initiative today.
Leaving aside the fact that the club needs to address the flight of longstanding fans away from match days mostly because of the dross on show, it at least meets one of the commitments made at the recent fan’s meeting.
Fans want committed players and a manager to trust in, but the club has to run parallel strategies to encourage new, lapsed and young fans to The Valley, especially in the strong headwinds of West Ham’s Olympic Stadium ticketing policy and Palace’s current success.
The CEO has check listed a whole range of supporter groupings which is sensible although I think it is another slight not specifically engaging with older fans. Grouping 50 and 60 year olds with over 35’s maybe politically correct but the knowledge, executive and historical, that the more senior fans could offer, as well as more disposable time seems silly to ignore particularly with our fan demographic.
The deadline for fans to express their interest in participating is December 11th.
“It remains our over-arching desire to establish an environment which encourages all of our supporters to take an active part in making a positive contribution to the long term success of our club.”
The CEO of course now has a public objective to be judged by.