The Chambers Have Stepped Down
#21

I always thought the Chambers owned the club but AP/EM owned the ground. However many people have said recently that AP/EM continue to own both the club and the ground. In that case, I don't understand why it's Patrick's responsibility to put his hand in his pocket to allow a bigger budget and the grief he gets for not putting any money in. Why would anyone put their own money in when they are just volunteers?
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#22

Who is going to want to run the club now? Imagine the scenario where Eamonn and or Alex don't want to be involved anymore, hence appointing a new Chairman to run it, now they're burdened with a club bottom of the league that no-one wants to run and seemingly needing cash thrown at it to get out of the relegation zone.

There is another option.

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#23

Thanks to the Chambers for their hard work. Lovely people, but it clearly wasn't working out. Good luck to them in the future.

Terrible results, a weak squad, bottom of the league, falling attendances, angry fan base. Things could barely be worse.

Whoever comes in, we can't do any worse as a club. The only was is up, surely....?
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#24

I'm very much a 'sit on the fence' type of person when it come to things like this. Mainly because I don't have any sight or knowledge of what happens at the club other than what happens on the pitch.

I also have no idea of the amount of time and effort it takes to run a football club (I assume as volunteers too). I feel uncomfortable criticising anyone for trying to do what they think is best - just like I would never dream of criticising any other volunteer for trying to help the club.

For the Chambers to leave like this isn't a thing to be celebrated for me personally. It's a sign that the club isn't in a good place and that isn't anything to celebrate even if you think they are the cause. I'm sure there are things they would've done differently if they could do it all again.

I have no issues if it is Alex coming back - although I was told a few months ago that he 'sold us a dream' so I don't know what has changed since then for people to want Alex to come back now - although I'm oblivious to a lot of things!

Whatever happens next I only hope it's positive (as we all do) and that the we can support the club together.
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#25

(16-11-2023, 02:13 PM)Neil Wrote:  Who is going to want to run the club now? Imagine the scenario where Eamonn and or Alex don't want to be involved anymore, hence appointing a new Chairman to run it, now they're burdened with a club bottom of the league that no-one wants to run and seemingly needing cash thrown at it to get out of the relegation zone.

There is another option.
I can't imagine them wanting their long-term investment to collapse. True, it happens... I would imagine that it's in their best interest to bring the club back up to a standard - as we were at the end of the last season, at least on the pitch - that someone would be interested in taking it on? As Matt has said, there's more to a club than just the on-the-pitch matters.
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#26

The trouble with football is it has a unique quality of making grown men act like 5 year olds.

The Chambers have made some mistakes, a couple of which will probably prove very costly, but some of the abuse they’ve had from day one has been ridiculous. Who on Earth would want to take this club on?
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#27

(16-11-2023, 02:16 PM)MrMatt Wrote:  I'm very much a 'sit on the fence' type of person when it come to things like this. Mainly because I don't have any sight or knowledge of what happens at the club other than what happens on the pitch.

I also have no idea of the amount of time and effort it takes to run a football club (I assume as volunteers too). I feel uncomfortable criticising anyone for trying to do what they think is best - just like I would never dream of criticising any other volunteer for trying to help the club.

For the Chambers to leave like this isn't a thing to be celebrated for me personally. It's a sign that the club isn't in a good place and that isn't anything to celebrate even if you think they are the cause. I'm sure there are things they would've done differently if they could do it all again.

I have no issues if it is Alex coming back - although I was told a few months ago that he 'sold us a dream' so I don't know what has changed since then for people to want Alex to come back now - although I'm oblivious to a lot of things!

Whatever happens next I only hope it's positive (as we all do) and that the we can support the club together.
Great post that, particularly about it not being something to celebrate!
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#28

(16-11-2023, 02:16 PM)MrMatt Wrote:  I'm very much a 'sit on the fence' type of person when it come to things like this. Mainly because I don't have any sight or knowledge of what happens at the club other than what happens on the pitch.

I also have no idea of the amount of time and effort it takes to run a football club (I assume as volunteers too). I feel uncomfortable criticising anyone for trying to do what they think is best - just like I would never dream of criticising any other volunteer for trying to help the club.

For the Chambers to leave like this isn't a thing to be celebrated for me personally. It's a sign that the club isn't in a good place and that isn't anything to celebrate even if you think they are the cause. I'm sure there are things they would've done differently if they could do it all again.

I have no issues if it is Alex coming back - although I was told a few months ago that he 'sold us a dream' so I don't know what has changed since then for people to want Alex to come back now - although I'm oblivious to a lot of things!

Whatever happens next I only hope it's positive (as we all do) and that the we can support the club together.

I think the vast majority are the same as you but they like to think they know more or it's their business.

(16-11-2023, 02:20 PM)Paul Wrote:  I can't imagine them wanting their long-term investment to collapse. True, it happens... I would imagine that it's in their best interest to bring the club back up to a standard - as we were at the end of the last season, at least on the pitch - that someone would be interested in taking it on? As Matt has said, there's more to a club than just the on-the-pitch matters.

The Chambers knew that. If anything their biggest mistake were underestimating the people of Gloucester. A great resource to tap into compared to Hungerford but it's like getting blood from a stone. I'd love if we could run the club on money raised but it's not how football works. Look at Brackley, they beat us every time thanks to Allan Leighton pouring cash into them whilst they get 475 through the turnstiles and pay players a grand a week to sit on the bench!

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#29

(16-11-2023, 02:26 PM)Neil Wrote:  I think the vast majority are the same as you but they like to think they know more or it's their business.


The Chambers knew that. If anything their biggest mistake were underestimating the people of Gloucester. A great resource to tap into compared to Hungerford but it's like getting blood from a stone. I'd love if we could run the club on money raised but it's not how football works. Look at Brackley, they beat us every time thanks to Allan Leighton pouring cash into them whilst they get 475 through the turnstiles and pay players a grand a week to sit on the bench!
And they still can’t promoted!
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#30

(16-11-2023, 02:26 PM)Neil Wrote:  I'd love if we could run the club on money raised but it's not how football works. Look at Brackley, they beat us every time thanks to Allan Leighton pouring cash into them whilst they get 475 through the turnstiles and pay players a grand a week to sit on the bench!

This was my fear after coming away from Patrick's opening meeting. You can't run a successful football club on gate money and food/drink alone. Lots of nice chat around spend per head etc, but me and my dad both thought "that'll never add up to a competitive budget".

We asked about bringing in investors but we got a slightly flippant answer. I think that should have been their #1 priority, as they were nice people but they didn't have the financial clout needed to sustain this football club at this level.

It sounds like there were debts, but I doubt there's a football club chairman in England who has ever taken over a club with zero debts.

Either way, onwards and upwards. Additional money is needed something to sign 2 or 3 new players I'd say.
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