PASALB are not renowned for their reporting from "private" meetings!
That's unfair. It was a late
night and it's a gorgeous day at the beginning of the school holidays here in the smoke.
I attended. I can't say I learnt anything new, or was persuaded to buy a season ticket, despite Mr Ridsdale appealing directly to me.
- £8.4M wage bill on £4.9M turnover last year
- Doesn't care who owns the ground, or what they do with surrounding land, so long as the club is protected by a strong lease.
- We are in negotiations with a Premier League club to sign (on a free) a centre-forward who played against us (on loan) last season, it's acknowledged that we need a centre-forward.
- Shaun Reid, new first team coach.
- The centre of excellence is budgeted for in the three year business plan (£250K - £300K p/a)
- The Argentine midfielder is training with us, personal terms are agreed, however there's a possibility that compensation may be due, until it's confirmed no compensation is due we can't risk ourselves to signing him.
- Rick Cowdrey got over excited regarding the Golden Share internet announcement, it was altered after Ridsdale got angry at it's inaccurate content.
- He won't work with Kagami, Gardner, Wrathall, Stapelton, Todd, Dennerely or Syan.
- He has signed players for clubs, without the manager seeing them play, but always with the managers blessing.
- Is very frustrated that fans aren't buying season tickets for politics, without season ticket sales his business plan will need adjusting and we'll be in the mire.
- His PB was James Brent, but Brent's offer was not palatable to the administrator.
- A Dublin building PLC is behind Heaney, but he doesn't know who is behind Heaney.
- This isn't an asset strip we've never owned our ground, Lombard do.
- Laboured the point that Heaney's money is clean after some suggested mystery money from anonymous sources could theoretically not be so.
- Confirmed that if the Heaney deal collapsed he'd support the contingency plan.
-Has exchanged emails with James Brent.
- Was unequivocal that Brenden's boss does not want the process to be reopened and as such would rather the club fold than expose his business any longer, hence the sliding deadlines - they're necessary to facilitate the Heaney deal.
Sorry if I missed anything, the trust was represented and as was an Exeter director probing with a few questions.
Thank you to PASALB for organising and Peter Ridsdale for staying in London until gone 9pm despite having to check into a flight from Liverpool at 4am for a family holiday.