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Ancient Mariner

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I for one was critical of him not selling to Lee and still am. No one predicted Trump coming and crippling plenty of Chinese businesses just as no one predicted that Peter Turnbull would be screwed by the GFC.

However bad Newcastle has been the last few years, they have been more successful than us.

And I think you are way off the mark about Phelan, the academy and Monty’s view of Phelan. It was an absolute clusterf$&k under Phelan that only changed when Anton came in, Schembri oversaw the program and Monty became technical director.
To be pedantic Charlesworth agreed to accept Anton and appoint Monty. It is not a totally one way street.
You could say his biggest mistake was not walking away when the Club was in massive debt. He may even agree with that now.
If that had happened I guess the only football team I would be now watching would be Normo Eagles and have saved myself a lot of money and petrol.
I guess it is up to each of us to decide what commitment we are prepared to make to do what we can to make the Club successful.
 

Ancient Mariner

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and Kuoll & Nizzy
Players moving overseas to bigger leagues to develop is commendable and we must have them under contract to get compensation in the form of a decent fee, but when transfer fees between A-league clubs are introduced we must not lose valuable players to opposition clubs for want of being able to match more money.
Maybe with a richer owner prepared to invest more in the Club this will not be so great an issue. However, at the moment and with a future owner with the same beliefs as Charlesworth (the Club must be self supporting) it could be vital. With the current, or similarly minded owner in the future, the success of the Trust could be even more important.
 

FFC Mariner

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Players moving overseas to bigger leagues to develop is commendable and we must have them under contract to get compensation in the form of a decent fee, but when transfer fees between A-league clubs are introduced we must not lose valuable players to opposition clubs for want of being able to match more money.
Maybe with a richer owner prepared to invest more in the Club this will not be so great an issue. However, at the moment and with a future owner with the same beliefs as Charlesworth (the Club must be self supporting) it could be vital. With the current, or similarly minded owner in the future, the success of the Trust could be even more important.
Agree - there is no shame in being a "selling club" most are except for 2 or 3 at the very top of the pyramid. They key is that we get fair compensation for players we develop AND that $$$ gets reinvested in the squad
 

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