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Bolton fans want to know more about owners' plans

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers fans are keen to know what Football Ventures have in store for the club.

A survey by the Supporters’ Trust has revealed that 98 per cent of those polled want to know more about the owners’ plans at the University of Bolton Stadium.

The club – like so many others – are waiting for guidance from the EFL on what happens next with the League One season and FV have largely kept their own counsel since football was placed on lockdown in March.

But as the game starts to move towards a new normal, and forms a blueprint for the future, there is a great deal of interest in FV’s next steps as they approach a year in charge.

Sharon Brittan and Michael James released a joint statement on May 1 which reaffirmed the consortium’s commitment to the club and hotel and added that FV were “very much looking forward to restarting the journey of getting us back where we belong.”

Many are keen to hear about the much-vaunted football restructure which has been overseen by head of football operations, Tobias Phoenix, and what it will mean for current first team manager, Keith Hill, and a squad of which 14 senior players and a raft of scholars will fall out of contract in a little over six weeks.

The trust’s survey also broached some wider topics – including how supporters wanted them to engage with Football Ventures, and how they viewed the owners’ communication.

More than half of the 800 people polled by the Trust say they would like to hear from the board more often, with 40 per cent satisfied with the current frequency of communication.

Ninety per cent of the responses said they wanted to see evidence of structured dialogue between the trust board and the owners.

Nearly half of those who participated felt that the League One season should end now, with no promotion or relegation – although that scenario looks highly unlikely as the Football Association have underlined that they would not sanction such a change in the rules.

Interestingly, 62 per cent of fans who answered the questionnaire said they would be purchasing a season ticket as normal at the UniBol next season.

Nearly 75 per cent of fans say they were missing football during the coronavirus crisis and nearly two thirds believe the model of professional football will have to change as a result.

A trust statement said: “The reason behind asking for feedback and the other points was to give supporters a voice, and the new trust board a real understanding of the areas we should be looking to address.

“We spent some time looking through all the comments received and we have now categorised them into some key themes that are shaping what we do as a trust going forward.

“We have ranked the themes, positive and negative, based on the number of comments received. They are as follows: 1. Engaging with FV on behalf of supporters, 2. Building trust as a BWFCST, 3. How we communicate, 4. Season tickets, pricing and matchday experience, 5. Offering financial support, 6. Membership and BWFCST development, 7. Community initiatives.”

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boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Not sure we needed a poll for this.

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
@boltonbonce wrote:Not sure we needed a poll for this.

Not sure why anyone would think they have a right to know - unless they are shareholder's in the company.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Sluffy wrote:
@boltonbonce wrote:Not sure we needed a poll for this.

Not sure why anyone would think they have a right to know - unless they are shareholder's in the company.

I think fans want to know how they're thinking, in a sort of 'What are your intentions toward my daughter?' sort of way, but that's natural. 
A poll seems a waste of time and effort, but it gives them something to do.

Sluffy

Sluffy
Admin
@boltonbonce wrote:
@Sluffy wrote:
@boltonbonce wrote:Not sure we needed a poll for this.

Not sure why anyone would think they have a right to know - unless they are shareholder's in the company.

I think fans want to know how they're thinking, in a sort of 'What are your intentions toward my daughter?' sort of way, but that's natural. 
A poll seems a waste of time and effort, but it gives them something to do.

Wanting to 'know' and wanting to have a 'say' in are two completely separate things and the latter is at the core of the ST's very being - indeed this is it's self declared reason for being taken from the first thing you read on their official web site!

Welcome To BWFC Supporters’ Trust!

The Bolton Wanderers Supporters’ Trust is a democratic, not for profit organisation of supporters, committed to strengthening the voice of supporters in the decision making process at the club, and strengthening the links between the club and the community it serves.

https://bwfcst.co.uk/

They have absolutely no right to do that - the correct way to go about it is to become a shareholder - ie if you risk your money, then you have your say in how it's run.

Many/most people simply don't seem to understand/comprehend that purchasing a 'service' gives them a 'right' in how the business is run - but the average football fan somehow seems to believe it does?  That's an illusion/fallacy they are somehow under.

They of course can try to 'influence' decision making by 'voting with their feet' but they can't 'tell' the owners how to 'run' their business and seek/demand a right to know what is going on.  Buying a can of tomatoes from Tesco doesn't give you a right to have a say in how they run their business, in the same way that buying a season ticket at a football club doesn't give them the right to say how the football club is run.

You have to invest/risk your money in the company to have a say - and not simply by buying a product or service from it.

As for the ST's survey, I decided to not even bother to refute it - there's that much wrong with it.

Suffice to say if you ask the right question to the right people you will get the answer you wish to hear.  

I'm not saying they deliberately set out with that intention but there is a whole science to how to achieve a survey free of bias - and someone who already as a predetermined point of view, typing a few questions into 'Survey Monkey' isn't it!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survey_methodology

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
I think the preferred plan is for the owners  to sell to Mike Ashley as soon as he has unloaded Newcastle FC.

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