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Re: The Future

By JatinGuntupalli16/12/2022 00:37Fri Dec 16 00:37:55 2022In response to Re: The Future

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As a recent Trust Board Member myself who was involved in countless meetings with the main theme being "The Future", I feel I have some useful knowledge to share as an ex-Board Member and as someone who will be there to see Hendon in the future (touch wood).

The club in its current state is not sustainable, not through the fault of anyone whatsoever; it's all to do with the current climate of football.

Football is only getting more expensive in all aspects. The budgets needed to get promoted at this level 10 years ago would just about get you out of a relegation battle at the same level. Currently, the club relies on donations, gate receipts (very little of it anyway), commercial deals, and competition funds (ie FA Cup). As such, the need for further investment is crucial not only for the success of the club but the sheer survival. It was why I and other Board Members proposed the Alternative Ownership Structure (AOS). This would be a structure that would help introduce more money into the club and allow fans to still have a huge chunk of the club to themselves. However, in my opinion, it felt that the idea was very quickly talked down with assumptions already made before we could even explain our side. SJP was the first to be against the idea as far as to say they would disassociate with the club if we chose this route.

Too keep it short, Whilst both entities want what's best for the club, how we go about that will always be a never-ending battle. I respect and appreciate all the work both HFC AND SJP have done to keep things going but for me, HFC 2008 and the Supporters Trust should have the final and only say in matters relating to the club.

Happy to be challenged or questioned on any of the above.

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