Notts County – The Morning After The Night Before

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Rob says:

    Sounds like Notts are in a similar position to the one that Boston were in when Rodwell became chairman. The previous ones needed shut of the club because they hadn’t been honest when it came to things financial, both at a ground that the club don’t own, with a lease that only allows for football while the club is relatively healthy. In Boston’s case that was existing, in Notts’ case, that appears to be as long as the club are playing no lower than two levels below the Football League. That was according to a Notts fan many months back either on here or on Pitch Invasion suggesting why selling the ground was a non-starter – my reply was stating the speed at which Boston went from League to Northern League (13 months wasn’t it?).

    Now, if Notts ended up at the same level as Rodwell’s ex-club, they’d be playing at a stadium where the rent would presumably be unsustainable, with the covenant of the lease no longer applying.

    What other reason could there be to buy a club like Notts, with a wage bill way beyond it’s means (Kasper Schmeichel’s reputed £15k a week contract beats the 60% wages-to-turnover salary cap on it’s own, and makes him the third highest keeper outside the Premiership, despite only being of League One level), and no current real assets of it’s own?

  2. Andy says:

    I wouldn’t give any credit to Rodwell for getting us ‘sold’ to Chestnut Holmes.

    David Newton and Neil Kempster put in a lot of work alongside Barrie Pierpoint to get a deal done and save our club. There is still a lot of work to be done to go even a small way towards repairing the massive damage resulting from Rodwell and his ilk. Despite this we are moving in the right direction, both on and off the pitch thanks to some steady and conservative management from the Chestnut guys.

    I feel for Notts County, I really do. I hope Rodwell doesn’t rinse that club as he did ours.

  3. NottyImp says:

    Lincoln’s Chairman is Steff Wright, not Steve Wright; he’s a crap DJ on Radio 2. Trew’s bid to take over the Imps included turning them into a listed PLC, surely one of the more bonkers notions to have been proposed for a perennially under-achieving L2 struggler like LCFC.

  4. Michael Wood says:

    if Notts ended up at the same level as Rodwell’s ex-club, they’d be playing at a stadium where the rent would presumably be unsustainable, with the covenant of the lease no longer applying.

    At Bratfud City we talk a lot about how our rent costs us £1m a season compared to Notts County’s £20,000 and while I have no idea where that figure comes from it certainly would not become unsustainable any time soon.

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