Chester City, according to widespread reports today, are to be sold to the Danish consortium that expressed their interest in buying the club a couple of weeks ago. This sale comes less than three days after a meeting of Chester Fans United at which it was made perfectly clear that CFU had a business plan in place to start up a new club when the new one expires. They have, as we suspected they might, run utterly roughshod over the desires of Chester’s supporters in doing this and deserve nothing more than our contempt for their own contempt of the club’s supporters. Here – through Google Translate, so it is a little mangled – is what the project’s leader, Palle Rasmussen, had to say about it all:
Yes, so the news came out a little before intended, and some people its on TV2 with red ears.
Well, all that stands in my presence mail today. This will be my last blog. From tomorrow, our forum on the legs, and only people who have paid for the project is included in the debate.
There has been too many new flap hats today, this is a serious undertaking; prepared operating budgets, capital raised and every detail thought through.
And in terms of fan support:
CFU is a new fan club founded on 4 months ago with the sole aim would start their own club up and leave the existing bankruptcy. Fortunately, more than 100 true fans let me know by email that there will come people on battens. And that the CFU is “old but sour.” I can only recognize: Yesterday TV2 and I was invited to the football festival of CFU in Chester. We had counted on club jerseys and “pep in Sweeping” – but came down to a game of bingo for 100 persons aged 50 +. It was so bad that TV2 and I subsequently chose to slip away again without filming.
And just to repeat the words from our attorney, who acted 20 football clubs for the last 8 years: Fans can boycott but always comes back. Therefore: We are not the press of a fanfraktion how official they may be. Therefore: We are not the press of a fanfraktion how official they may be. In our operating model, we expect yet not with so many spectators at the start; money can/should include retrieved in a newly created youth amateur division and a football academy + many other new projects I am GAME to reveal to you all in the closed forum.
Thank you for this time – and to all faithful chesterprojekt.dk investors: I will be contacted tomorrow + Tuesday with an “entry ticket” to our closed forum.
Well, at least they know where they stand, and Rasmussen now has some explaining to do to Chester supporters, unless he is going to try and blame Google Translate for this colossal PR disaster. One hundred supporters – a whole hundred, who had somehow or other not previously made their opinions public elsewhere – have their support, all sent emails of support to them. Either this is the case, or the Vaughan family and their cohorts have been sitting at computers for the last couple of days sending them emails and playing them for fools. Even if the latter was the case, however, it doesn’t excuse the outright contempt for the supporters shown by the proposed new owners of the club: the “closed” forum at which all will be revealed to those that have thrown a few pounds into this ridiculous scheme but not to the public or to supporters of Chester City Football Club.
But then, should we be surprised by this? They have already lied to CFU. This press release from CFU confirms what exactly has been going on:
FU Response to Potential Purchase by Danish Consortium
Members of a Danish consortium met representatives of the CFU yesterday before they met the club. It was made clear to them that any rescue bid would need the support of the fans, the wider community, and a viable Business Plan. We were not satisfied with the very brief report we had after the meeting with the club.
In our opinion the Danish consortium also have no adequate business plan or strategy for running the club on a day to day basis. They do not have adequate finances to cover the current debt, and have no plans for community involvement.
We are saying clearly and directly to the Danish consortium: On Thursday you stated that if we did not wish you to continue with your bid, you would not proceed. We are saying that we do not wish you to proceed with your bid. We would however welcome you to be part of an exciting journey with us as we rebuild our club in our own vision. But if you proceed without us, you are proceeding against us with all that entails.
City Fans United are trying to clarify the full situation surrounding the reported sale of the club and will make a further statement in due course.
So, in other words, members of this group met CFU, who stated that they were unsatisfied with the business plans that they saw. The response from the Chester Projekt consortium has been to question the legitimacy of CFU (which is a foolish thing to do, considering that CFU now has over 700 members and their site itself confirms the club’s support at an average of 1,200) and to press ahead with it. There is nothing positive to report about anything Chester Projekt have done or said over the last few days. The only thing that we can say for certain about them is that they are fully aware of the situation of the club and have quite explicitly decided to act against that and in their own interests instead. Indeed, we wondered whether they were accidentally or deliberately misleading their own members over the size of the club’s total debts when they, utterly misleadingly, stated on their own site that, “the club currently has a debt of about 250,000 Danish Kroner in tax debt”. The more that we look at their statements, the more and more it start to look as if there must be ulterior motives at work here.
All members of CFU should bear the phrase “old but sour” very much in mind when they consider these people’s involvement in the club. This proposed take-over may be enough to convince the chairmen of the clubs of the Football Conference to allow this rotten corpse of a club to stagger through to the end of the season, but there is no good news to be had here. The possibility of a new club being formed and run for the fans, by the fans, is now a little less likely than it was a couple of days ago. Chester supporters, however, need to stand firm, and it is starting to feel as if the only rational move for them to make is going to be to step off this particular rollercoaster and start a new club now, no matter what happens to the old one. If it isn’t dead to them already, it must surely be when their supposed new owners seem to hold them in as much as contempt as their last ones did before they have even completed the purchase of the club.