This decision ranks as probably the most stupid decision the club has made in the last 30 years. Ok, selling Ashton started our decline, but we stayed up that season, so the damage wasn't huge.As above with the following inclusions.
- Not sacking Steve Davis early enough
- Not sacking Steve Holland early enough
- Building a Main Stand with an opaque roof that leads to that part of the pitch becoming a swamp come January.
- Appointing Norman Hassall to the board.
- Buying Anthony Elding, Calvin Zola and Joel Grant for hundreds of thousands of pounds only to see us relegated to League Two for the first time in 15 years.
- Signing Cameron Park on loan
This decision ranks as probably the most stupid decision the club has made in the last 30 years. Ok, selling Ashton started our decline, but we stayed up that season, so the damage wasn't huge.
But giving Holland just shy of £850k in one transfer window was insanity. I mean, Zola had never scored more than 5 goals in a L1 season before he joined us. But suddenly he was worth £200k. How did Holland decide to pay that much money for him and which genius sanctioned that? Elding was signed by Leeds for £50k, scored 1 goal in 9 games and his value tripled to the £175k we paid for him. Erm, how? No scoring record in L1, a bang average scoring record in L2.
Ok, I can forgive Joel Grant, he was an up and coming winger in the conference and he clearly had the talent. I can see why scouts would have been impressed and why we signed him. Holland also bought Brayford, so did well out of that one. Donaldson however, despite being signed for the same amount as Zola and Eldim, sat on the bench during Hollands last few months in charge.
The Zola and Eldim transfers are the ones that stick in the craw most. Donaldson came good in the end(not that we made any money on him mind), Grant you could see why they signed him and Brayford they made money out of.
But it wasn't just the fact they lost money, it was also that the compromised the club by spunking big wages and 3 year contracts on these players. Then we went down and were saddled with these players in L2. I believe it was why the club suffered that cash flow problem in the 11-12 season and why directors had to give the club emergency loans to keep afloat. I mean, ok selling Ashton was a bad decision with regards to timing, but the Holland 2008 pre-season disaster was way worse because they made 3 terrible decisions. The first was to give the bloke money to spend. The 2nd was to think Calvin Zola was worth £200k and the 3rd was to think Anthony Eldim was worth £175k. We're fortunate that these mistakes didn't wreck the club, they could have done.
We could create our own separate tread on this